Phenomenology is a philosophical term coined by Husserl, Sartre etc. which was used to describe the study of structures of experience, or consciousness. Literally, phenomenology is the study of “phenomena”: the appearances of things, or things as they appear in our experience, or the ways we experience things, thus the meanings things have in our experience. In modern interpretations though, it’s been adjusted to define a much wider range, addressing the meaning deeper things have in our experience, notably, the significance of objects, events,
tools, the flow of time, the self, and others, as these things arise and are experienced in our individual worlds. We all read a lot, and felt it was a suitable name for the kind of album we wanted to create. Its simultaneously an homage to our non-musical influences and a template we used to build a concept on. The last track, Ragman Rolls, contains samples of Alan Lomax basically trying to get people in a village up north to sing an old folk song for him; they are all either too embarrassed to sing it, or just didn’t know it but said they did. The way people communicate is fascinating to us. The whole realm of experience and sensation is fucking weird, and one of these things no one ever stops to really think about.
You’re playing a gig for Radical Film Network – are there any radical films that have particularly inspired you?
Of course, it depends on what one sees as “radical”. Radical can be politically motivated, but doesn’t have to be avant garde in any way. To be a cliche, we would say A Clockwork Orange; Salo’s essential. However, there’s loads of contemporary ones like Children ofMen that inspire us. Basically, we love a good dystopian future.