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Joey Eppard: Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitar
The Gartdrumm: Drums, Backing Vocals
Billy Riker: Electric Guitar
Daniel Grimsland: Bass, backing vocals

Nach der Veröffentlichung von Revisions, diversen Touren mit Porcupine Tree und einer großen Reise im Zuge der ersten Progressive Nation Tour zusammen mit Dream Theater, Opeth und Between the Buried and Me kamen 3 vor Inspiration berstend wieder nach Hause. Joey Eppard, Billy Riker, Daniel Grimsland und The Gartdrumm begannen demnach umgehend, Demos einzuspielen, aus denen sich ihr neues Album The Ghost You Gave to Me entwickeln sollte. Es dauerte nicht lange, bis die einzelnen Stücke ihr Eigenleben entwickelten. Die Band wuchs aus dem standardisierten Kompositionsformat des Rock heraus hinein in etwas, das eher eine filmische Natur aufwies. Joey Eppard führt aus: “The songs told us where to go and the instrumentation followed. We knew this record would be our most progressive but it would be on our terms, and in our own way. As always songwriting and melody are the driving forces behind the sounds capes we generate. I think the biggest challenge was to rise to the occasion lyrically with so many musical scene changes. What I found was that I had to let go and allow the words and melody to be as creative and original as the music, if not more so. In a progressive situation this can be time consuming and indeed the bulk of my efforts were focused on exceeding my own lyrical standards. For example, ‘Only Child’, an eight minute epic that traverses a myriad of musical scenes has enough great lyrics for half a record.”

3 standen am Ende vor einem Berg von 25 starken Songideen, aus denen sich am Ende die zwölf besten Kompositionen durchsetzten, meistens die Lieder mit den komplettesten Texten. Eppard klärt auf: “If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years of making records, it’s that you can’t force lyrics, although I do seem to do some of my best work with my back up against the wall. For example, the title track; ‘The Ghost You Gave to Me’ was just an instrumental that I still hadn’t come up with lyrics for yet. We were already mixing the record and I had one day to write the lyrics and record the vocals for the song (usually this takes weeks for me!). I locked myself in a room with my recording gear and some notebooks and dove in. I had to go stream of conscious style and just sorta sing whatever popped into my head. Soon bits and pieces began to spark my inspiration… I found a thread and just went with it.” Keine zwölf Stunden später kroch Eppard zufrieden, aber äußerst glücklich mit dem Endergebnis aus seiner Box. Hier ein paar Auszüge: “tidal controls warping the poles…quaking… drawn back the blanket of faith… to the muscle of soul, brightness unfolds breaking….the Lion is stirring to wake.”, “emanating epicenter, brutal waves born to vapors clung, last gasp escapes your lung… Universe is on the tip of your bitter tongue… I want to Thank You For the Ghost You Gave To Me…”

Diese Zeilen wurden beängstigende Realität, als das Erdbeben und der folgende Tsunami auf die japanische Küste trafen. Joey Eppard erinnert sich: “My work complete, I stumbled downstairs and flipped on the TV. When the newscaster began to speak I found myself frozen in my tracks, hair standing on the back of my neck in disbelief of what I was hearing. ‘This is live footage of Japan which has been struck by a 7.8 earth quake (a few hours later it would be classified a 9)… I braced myself as I watched the tsunami consume whole towns; cars trying to outrace the waves were overtaken. I could only imagine the human devastation. The news crew was beside themselves and unsure of what to say… I still had the lyrics I’d written earlier in the day buzzing in my head and it was definitely more than a coincidence.’ ‘Tidal controls warping the poles’ (am folgenden Tag wurde berichtet, dass das Erdbeben so stark war, dass es sogar die Erdachse verschoben hat), ‘emanating epicenter… brutal waves’ It was quite mind blowing to have sung this line all day and then to flip on my TV only to see it taking place in reality. Even ‘brightness unfolds breaking’ & ‘born to Vapors clung’ seemed to carry an eerie heaviness as the days passed and the nuclear disaster at Fukushima unfolded. I’m not about to start calling myself a psychic or anything but that day when I immersed myself in the music and let the words come through me I tapped into something… something that is beyond the current scientific conception of how human consciousness actually works. It’s very fitting really, because this is a haunted record and we are a band that walks between worlds.”

Joey Eppards oben beschriebene Erfahrung kann als Essenz von 3 gesehen werden: Sie sind die etwas andere Band: dunkel und doch aufrichtend, spirituell ohne religiösen Hintergrund. Ihr Sound übersteigt die Genrekonformitäten der modernen Popkultur. Die Trademarks von 3 bestehen weiterhin: pfeilschnelle Akustikgitarren, lebhaftes Drumming und donnernder Bass kulminieren in einer einzigartigen Hörerfahrung. Polyrhythmen, treibende Metalgitarren, melodische Gesangskunststücke, durch Täler in schwindelerregende Höhen gleitende Refrains, helle Passagen, Dunkelheit, all das stets angetrieben von Gartdrumms aggressivem Schlagzeugspiel und dem akustischen/elektrischen Gitarrenduo Joey Eppard/Billy Riker in Kombination mit den pumpenden, melodischen Basslinien von Daniel Grimsland. The Ghost You Gave to Me zeigt 3 so hingebungsvoll und inspiriert wie nie zuvor.








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