New album from The Rumour Said Fire
"We eventually sorted out most of those who thought we were another Simon & Garfunkel"
It was almost too good to be true. Whereas most bands take several years to break into the Danish music industry, The Rumour Said Fire’s debut EP The Life And Death Of A Male Body really took off with single "The Balcony" in 2009. The breakthrough hit shot them to almost instant fame, and the song has since earned more than 3.5 million streams on Spotify alone. But there was also another side to the coin. TRSF schedule got busy very quickly and perhaps busier than was good for a young band who were still learning to play together. After the release of the second full-length album, Dead Ends in 2012, they were suddenly faced with a difficult choice.
“We had gone full speed since 2009. As a songwriter, I have an inner turmoil, and it probably means I can be a little difficult to work with. But it was the energy we drove on and it obviously creates some conflicts that we needed to solve. We needed to breathe and find each other again as a band”, says lead singer and songwriter Jesper Lidang.
But even if the break was necessary, it was not easy, says Jesper Lidang:
“I didn’t have the faintest idea what would happen to us. It was a bit empty on the other side. We were in a great crisis, with media already writing that we wouldn’t get back together.”
After eighteen months they joined back up together, fortunately. The band met at Tambourine Studios in Malmö, where they began tracking the songs Jesper Lidang had written while the band was on hiatus. And recaptured the magic again. The result is the album Crush. It was finalized in Sauna studio in Copenhagen and produced in cooperation with Nis Bysted. Mattias Glavå has mixed the album, as Jesper Lidang describes as a mix between the band members love for both Fleetwood Mac and the 80’s, "hot, delicious and vintage hell”:
“The new album brings together the threads really well for me personally and for us as a band. I think I was more aware that I should try to relax a little. It was important that we got back together and made a record, because I felt that we had something special. It matters to us that people will listen to us. We're a pop band.”
The band's break from each other has also helped to define the sound of the new album, says Jesper Lidang:
“Crush is about the here and now. About the fear of losing grounding in all things volatility. About to try to stick to each other. Face to face and skin to skin. It's about love's many forms. Both falling in love, beautiful nebulae, but also downs, when the sun rises and restlessness sets in. About the work life. Crush is melancholy, never to have peace, but try to stare this fact of life in the eyes, rather than escape from it. To try and dodge the anxiety that comes with it. Crush is about girls and boys, women and men, about friendship, sex, to hide under the covers, the disappointment, failure, to change, and stick together no matter what. To make an effort not to disappear completely. Being close to the border to give up, maybe even lose a lot, yet to stand up and look the new day in the eyes. The potential new heights and depths.”