Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – A Permanent Shadow

Tell Us about:

Your latest single you have released:

Our new single is called “Shining Star” It’s a ballad about envy and jealousy that comes with a great video.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

Our first single “Empty” came out in 2019 and it felt exciting to have it released after more than a year of work. 

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

There is a song called “Sailor” on our first record which is about the passing of David Bowie and what he meant to me as an artist and a remote father figure. On the new one we have a song about tsunamis called “Day Zero” which I’m pretty proud of, too.

Your favourite song to play live:

Again, “Empty” is great to play live because it has a catchy chorus that people pick up very quickly. It’s also a nice song to play just on acoustic guitar.

Your most emotional track:

We play a cover of “Sword of Damocles” by Lou Reed, a song about the side-effects of cancer treatment. It’s a heavy song to sing, especially when you have family members struggling with the disease. 

The best lyric you have ever written:

On our new album there’s a song called “Breakthrough” which talks about self-help gurus, some of which are downright insane. There was this one “life coach” who staged a mass sauna in the desert for collective cleansing, and people died in there. When the guy realized what was going on he started legging it. The middle-eight goes “Do you recall the sweat lodge, people were turning blue, choking to death all around us, but where was the self-help guru?”

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

It’s a mixture of concentration and anticipation. You need to be focused and technically there’s always a lot going on, but you also need to connect with the crowd. And remember the lyrics, of course. 

The hardest track to play live:

That would probably be “Day Zero”, we tried it a few times in rehearsal, even changed the format and the arrangements, but the bastard needs to be mastered yet.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

Lots of herbs, tea and voice caramels. I have this paranoia, as most singers have, I guess, to lose my voice or catch a cold, so it’s all about the voice. 

Describe your fans in three words:

Few and far between.

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

“Sad Song” by Lou Reed. It is what it says on the tin, a really, really sad song. I can relate to that.

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

There is a new single out in November, and finally the album “Humdrum” will be released in early 2022. 

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