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Polyester Embassy is Elang, Eky. Sidik, Tomo & Givarie. They are an alt-rock band from Bandung, Indonesia.
POLYESTER EMBASSY: “The song LSD actually an abbreviation of 'Like Sunny Day' and we can assure you the lyrics has nothing to do with the substance hahaha..”
[interview.ak / pics & video.idham adipranata / November 2011]
There's a 5 year gap between your debut album, “Tragicomedy (2006)” and your latest release, “Fake/Faker (2011)”. What's going on in between?
Our Tragicomedy album was released on 11 November 2006. After it's initial release, we've been touring for the most of 2 years. Then start writing for new materials on 2008. We take the effort not to make our new release as a sequel. We don't want that very much. So we took long hours to write, arrange and re-arrange our new materials. In 2009, we begin our pre-production of those confirmed songs and later start recording in 2010. Still it was a long battle for us on the post production. The Fake/Faker album was well cooked in the beginning of 2011, after a long and exhausting argument in the mixing board hahaha. Gladly we settle our differences.
“Space Travel Rock n Roll”?
Hmm actually we have not labeled our music in to a certain genre yet. We think it's only fair to called our music as Rock, because that is our main root and the rest we just playing in lots of areas outside rock to create a certain mood for our songs. Space Travel Rock n Roll is actually the title of our song.
This is your second album with Fast Forward records, are they giving the band the freedom to explore, musically speaking?
FFWD Records backed our efforts in music since the beginning. And up until now it was a collaborative relationship and we are happy with that. They give us the freedom to create and write our music and that's a luxury for bands like Polyester Embassy.
Looking at the equipment and strange gadgets that you bring on stage, i think it's not cheap to produce such characteristic sounds as your band. How much do guys spent on gadgets after all this time?
Hahaha! That is one tricky question. Well we have not calculated the exact amount of money we spent along the way. But a LOT is for sure haha.
You guys are fond with strange instruments and strange stage set-ups. Can you elaborate on that subject?
We love the vibes we produce in a live show. That is the reason why we bring most of our gears as a part of our live shows. We can use all of them to make a different touch when we play the songs live and also to make sure that we have the sound that we need. It's all about the sounds man, the rest is pure adrenaline.
You have a song called “LSD” on your latest album. Ever had an exciting experience with that substance?
Hmm i'm not sure we can discuss this matters publicly. So we have no comment on the substance. The song LSD actually an abbreviation of Like Sunny Day and we can assure you the lyrics has nothing to do with the substance hahaha.
So how's the feedback from your solo concert "Silent Yellow Ensemble" and your sophomore release, "Fake/Faker"?
The Silent Yellow Ensemble concert is already blasting senses and minds, so be prepared for the next unexpected concert guys haha. The Fake/Faker album is already has a lot of positive feedbacks: from our friends and from the media. Our expectations was not to make another "Tragicomedy" volume 2 and they think this album sounds so different than our previous effort. So in a way, this album is pretty succesful. "Fake/Faker" was already released on May 2011, so if you haven't got your hands on it, be sure to get a copy or more if you love it.