Prior to the release of Continuum, we caught up with Marlon King from SOAC:
As we begin 2018 what were your highlights of 2017?
Marlon King (Guitars) – 2017 was an eventful year for both us as a band and for myself as I had my first born arrive in March 2017 which definitely added a new challenge to the mix. SOAC managed to record and finish the last few tracks to our album Continuum and the main highlight for me was having the opportunity to work with Aaron Harris on the mixing of the album. I’m a great fan of the music from Palms and Isis (the band) as is Nick (bass), so to have Aaron mixing the album was a great experience and he didn’t disappoint on the delivery.
What are your goals for 2018?
MK – The release of Continuum will be one of our biggest goals. We have been working towards this release for several years now and had a few detours along the way. It will be great to finally get this album out there. Post Continuum, we already have several ideas for new material that we plan to start working on. So to break it into goal terms I’d say the main one is to speed up our release process so there is less of a gap in between Continuum and our next album.
Which new bands/artists would you recommend in 2018?
MK – Not necessarily a new band but if you like the likes of Arcade Fire or post rock/indie type vibes you should check out Volcano Choir. Also check out Between Waves by The Album Leaf.
What was the band or artist that got you into music or inspired you to be a musician?
MK – I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock, Stones, Kinks, Jimi Hendrix etc. so I had a lot of good choices there. But it wouldnt be one single band or artist that inspired me. I was influenced in different directions from several. One of my favourite albums growing up was Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy, I loved the riffs (some of the first I learned on guitar) and the guitar solos really spoke to me.
There is another side though, and that is the journey. For me, whilst listening to an individual track is cool, I much prefer getting involved in the journey of an album. Nick on the other hand is more about the singles and loves to work on the more hard hitting riff in your face type stuff which is great as between the two of us, we get a good blend of riff and journey. So I’d say the likes of Pink Floyd and Moody Blues were my main inspiration from the Journey perspective.