INTERVIEW: Bones Of Minerva by Matt D

What’re your highlights of the year so far?

Ruth (Guitar) – This last year has been unreal! We played at several festivals here in Spain, travelled to Ibiza, sold out all the first batch of our cd’s, issued a special edition of our debut, were on national radio and went to play some shows in the UK for the very first time.

What are your goals for the rest of the year?

Chloé (Bass) – Our goal for the rest of the year is to be able to start writing new stuff and hopefully book a European tour for next year.

Which new bands/artists are you into right now?

CB – Personally I’m into spanish bands I discovered recently, like Púrpura, Terrestre and Grajo.

Blue (Vocals) – Right now I’m listening to Rosalia’s new album and Jorja Smith, I just discovered her.

RG – We played with a Basque band called Viborv recently and they absolutely smashed it, awesome band. Le Mur and Firmam3nt are very cool too.

What was the band or artist that got you into music or inspired you to be a musician?

RG – I don’t think there was only one, but maybe Prince. My parents had a video of his Sign o’ The Times tour and my brother and me would watch it nonstop. He was an insane musician, and the live show just blew my mind.

Chloé (Bass) – I don’t think I could choose only one band or artist that got me into music.

BV – Yeah, same, I can’t think of just one. For me what got me into music was seeing that I could be good at it, it was the only thing I felt comfortable and confident doing when I was 9, and the fact that something could make me feel like that at that age meant a lot. Of course though with time I got different influences.

How best do you write; in a jam room or a studio?

CB – I think we work pretty well in a jam room. We’ve never really tried to write in the studio because you’re always stressing about what needs to be done and timing, so it’s not something we’ve done.

BV – Yeah, we always try to have everything tied up for the recordings, but in my case I have always changed the vocal lines at the last second in the studio hahaha, even if it’s only a little bit.

What was your wildest show so far, and why?

RG – Our shows aren’t generally that wild, but the strangest situation was probably when we played in Ibiza in June. The gig was outdoors, and just as we started playing a massive thunderstorm broke out, halfway through the set it started raining mud and there were huge lightning bolts, it was like an AC/DC video or something hahaha. Pretty metal, but we had to stop playing because it was just too dangerous. Maybe we raised a demon or something, I don’t know.

 

Where is the furthest across the globe you’ve played so far?

CB – We played two shows in Gothenburg (Sweden) last year and then two in the UK a couple of weeks ago.

We’re coming to the end of 2018; top five albums and movies of the year so far?

Our list (in no particular order) would include:

– Tesseract   ‘Sonder’ We’ve had it on repeat in the car all summer, amazing album.

– A Perfect Circle   ‘Eat The Elephant’ – We’re huge APC fans, we saw them in the summer too in Barcelona and WOW, what a show.

– Rosalía   ‘El Mal Querer’ This one is just stunning, she’s an incredibly talented Spanish artist who’s kind of fused her flamenco roots with trap.

-Films: Deadpool 2 / Black Panther / Avengers: Infinity War – We’re very big comics fans so these have got to be on the list!

And for fun; worst albums and movies of the year so far?

Top of the list has to be the film Megalodon, what a disappointment, hardly any blood at all. The Nun was also pretty bad. But worst albums? We’d rather not answer that question!