Metal Wani writer Matthew Powers sits down for an in-depth chat with The Contortionist frontman, Michael Lessard.
The main topic of the conversation is the new record from the band, ‘Clairvoyant’ and its context. Michael goes deep into the thought process behind the record, the goal of its sonic background, how it subtly ties in sonically to past material as well as what his cinematography skills had to do with bringing the overall vision to life.
Michael opens up about the emotional influence that gave birth to both ‘Clairvoyant’ and ‘Language’ and what the albums stand for from his perspective.
The progression in the band’s sound is discussed and compared to The Beatles, of all artists. Michael describes the process of being in a band where everyone’s music tastes are so varying. The band’s sonic contrast with the earlier releases to their current releases and how that creates an interesting challenge in making setlists is touched on as well.
Michael says a bit about his own music taste and sonic inspirations, delving into his ambition as to who he would like to see The Contortionist tour with from ‘Clairvoyant’ and how gracious the band would be to do bigger tours off this record.
Pleasing fans vs. Pleasing yourself and how ‘Clairvoyant’ addresses that is a key topic here too. Michael reveals his change in perspective from previous projects to now and even talks about what the future holds for Last Chance To Reason.
The Contortionist’s future plans for touring are briefly brought up before closing out the interview.