|.||with Jonas Thurén and Mikael Askemur from Sweden Progressive Rock Band XINEMA|
you describe the Xinema´s music and tell us a brief and interenstig
Jonas Thurén: Well, first of all we feel that our music has a life of its own. We never really know what it will sound like until the final mixdown is performed. When we write songs, one important thing is to make the music reach out to people somehow.In accordance with informations at the Xinema´s History, what kind of several projects
Xinema musicians has beem envolved during the last fifteen years?
Jonas Thurén: Sven, the solo-guitar maestro, has amongst other things played guitar with the prog band "Galleon" and the AOR project "Street talk". Mike, main lead vocals and major noise-maker (keyboards, guitars & basses), has co-worked in the making of a local-scene musical in -94 where he wrote some of the music and played bass. He has also worked as a bass-player on several recording sessions.The members involved has played together earlier, between the years -85 and -90 in a
band called "Madrigal". Back then the music was quite inspired by influences from
Rush, Genesis, Yes, Kansas and Styx. Does the Xinema members have the same
influences today and how would you describe your music at present days?
Jonas Thurén: Back in the 80-s we were obviously younger and hadn´t quite found our style yet. So we borrowed a lot from those bands and it was great fun, and in the end it really taught us how to play. Nowadays, we hope that we have evolved enough to develop a style of our own. Our influences today comes from a much wider perspective than earlier. It can be for example a classical piece, or maybe something oriental or whatever. After all we´ve always said: A good song is always a good song, even if it is a lullaby. Jon Anderson of Yes once said that good songs are like butterflies. And, if you want to write good music you have to wait for that butterfly to come to you. So if you can put up enough patience, eventually itTell us about "Different ways" release. How did that begin and some interesting history
behind the songs and the works?
Jonas Thurén: It all began as an idea of re-recording some of the best songs from the Madrigal era. (1985 -1990) These songs were demo-recordings and were of a very poor quality to say the least. As we began diggin´ in the dirt, we realised that most of the songs really could benefit from being rewritten.Are there plans for a second release?
Jonas Thurén: We are always writing songs you know... As for now we have a handful of sketches for new songs. So we will come up with a second release in the future. And if you like "Different ways" you won´t be disappointed.In my opinion, "Blind is the light", "Across the Styx", "Distant lights" and "The secret"
are the best songs by Xinema, good instrumental development at the guitars and
keyboards, with a nice musical structure. Which songs do you prefer and why and is
there a special one for the band?
Jonas Thurén: It´s a bit hard to say, really. As mentioned earlier, we put very much effort in trying to make the songs as good as possible. So for us the songs are equally good. Then there is the personal aspect of the lyrics. In that respect, Mike´s no 1 is "Different ways", and Jonas prefers "The secret".In accordance with informations at the Xinema´s Site, What dos the Band want to
communicate with "Xinema´s music is not for the Crimson, Anglagaard & mellotron
Jonas Thurén: It´s all about being open-minded... sadly enough there seems to be some narrow-minded individuals out there that really take the biscuit...A new, but hardly unexperienced melodic/progressive, or whatever, rock band from the
dark woods in the middle of Sweden. Could you explain this beter for us?
Jonas Thurén: It can sometimes be rather a difficult task to put a certain lable on things. There´s always a chance that you might fence yourself in somewhat.Watching the prog movement from the seventies to the present days. How do you view today's progressive rock scene versus the seventies prog scene? What do you think about the newer generation of progressive rock bands?
Jonas Thurén: To tell you the truth, we really love the prog of the seventies, since we grew up with it. When it comes to the prog scene of today however, we´re afraid we´ll have to admit that we´re not all that updated. (Shame on us) We´re convinced though, that the future looks bright on behalf of progressive music. Much of it is thanks to the internet of course... And this is probably just the beginning...Which is or which was your favorite band of all times? Do you have any opinions?
Xinema: Mike: RUSH for gods sake. What else is there?Can you tell some thing to all prog fans and prog friends around the world?
Jonas Thurén: Buy our record! Seriously, each and everyone that plays an instrument, and performs their own music really deserves respect. And above all, be open-minded.
Askemur - The multiinstrumentalist. Leadvox, keyboards, bass,
guitars & programming.
Xinema is a three piece prog/melodic rock band from Sweden, and has existed in itís present form since March -99. Their music can be described as melodic emotional, well played and with a profound intention of making each song a working entity. The band's motto is: "-A good song is always a good song, regardless of genre." Xinema takes great pride in their strong musical integrity, and has always done things their own way. This gives at hand that there's no obvious choice when it comes to placing them a specific genre. The guys themselves feels that they are standing with one leg in the melodic/AOR field, and with the other in the progressive realm.
The members involved has played together earlier, between the years -85 and -90 in a band called Madrigal. Back then the music was quite inspired by the likes of Rush, Genesis, Yes, Kansas and Styx and was leaning heavily towards complexity and skillful playing. During that period, a lot of songs were written and the band toured quite extesively in Sweden.
When that band split up in the early 90:s, the guys stayed in and out of touch with each other during the following years, and worked together as well as individually on many different projects. By the summer of -98 however, the guys occasionally got together, sat down, had a few drinks and talked about old times. Everyone remembered the poor sound quality of their earlier demotapes, and agreed upon that a fun thing to do would be to re-record some of the Madrigal songs, in order to make them sound they were originally intended. To wrap things up a bit so to speak, once and for all. This triggered the formation of what was later to become Xinema.
In January of -99 the newly formed band started to work out the basic structure for each song. By March that year the first outline of the project was ready. It didn't have much in common with the final production though. This is one of the cornerstones in the Xinema philosophy. If a song proves to have weak passages, nuke those weak spots! Then compose new material, incorporate it and see if it works. If it doesn't, well nuke some more and let the process run all over again, until everyone's happy. This is of course a rather time consuming business, but has the benefit of really bringing out the best of everyone.
first, the band's ambition was merely to produce a full length cd for themselves.
Slowly but steadily since there was no time pressure, the work went on.
As the project progressed, it became more and more obvious that the outcome
of the band's tireless struggle, would reach far beyond everyone's expectations.
The final touch to the production was added in October of -01. Xinema has
launched the recording process for a second album.
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