TesseracT are a band that has continually pushed boundaries – a band that fuses many genres, and one that has many fans as a result of it. In anticipation of the band’s new album Sonder, vocalist Daniel Tompkins spent some time recently talking to Metal Wani about the upcoming album, its inception, the bands creative process and upcoming touring plans.
Speaking about the bands expectations about the new album, Tompkins talks about the relative calm that the band is experiencing prior to the albums launch, and reassures that the band isn’t worried about any negative comments that may be made about it. Tompkins states “there’s always going to be a few that will voice their dislike, the ones that jump on social media, but like with every album we have done it’s going to take some time to grow on people and that will be reflected in some of the comments you may see”.
With Sonder on the horizon, you would be forgiven for thinking that the band are excited to get the music into their fans hands, but as Tompkins puts it, everybody in the band is most excited about getting back on stage and performing these songs. “We always get excited about that (the live shows), because it’s where we feel we shine the most I guess and we very aware that we that we translate well live and we have a great live sound” before talking about some of his experience in growing as an artist.
Continuing on that notion of growth and evolution, then conversation then explores TesseracT as a band and how the work on their previous albums has led them to the release of Sonder. Tompkins then acknowledges that the path ahead of TesseracT looks very promising “I feel quite happy with the album, I don’t feel like this is Tesseract’s best moment, I feel like the best is yet to come… We’ve got a long term plan and it’s exciting to think of where the music might go next”.
When discussing the musical style of Sonder, Tompkins delves into the creative process of the album, but also sheds some light on the involvement of their sound engineer Aidan O’Brien and how some of his work helped shape what would eventually become Sonder. He also details how the bands songwriting and creative process has grown over the years and that the creation of albums feel very collaborative these days.
Talking about the inception of the album title, Tompkins recalls a chance picture on Twitter with a definition of the word Sonder which helped birth some inspiration for the album and it’s lyrics themes on insignificance in the greater scope of the world “everyone had the same reaction, this kind of feeling where your walking through a crowd of people and suddenly have the revelation that the people around you are living complex and vivid lives – equally as much as your own – and initially it left me feeling quite insignificant”. He then also explains where the word Sonder comes from, and his appreciation for the literature of the words creator John Koenig.
The interview finally rounds out by talking about the bands touring plans in support of Sonder, including the upcoming tour of North America and the recently announced Australian tour.