Servant Sun

Andy MacDonald from Servant Sun Interview

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Forming in Summer 2014, Servant Sun released their debut self-titled E.P in December of the same year, which is available for free via Bandcamp. The band recently announced that work on their follow up EP is underway and is set to be released later this year. We spoke to lead singer Andy MacDonald about his favourite songs and albums.

This is his music…

What is your favourite song of all time?

I can’t really say that I’ve got a single favourite song of all time, but one that comes to mind for some all time favourite songs is Painters of the Tempest, Pt. 2 (Triptych Lux) by Ne Obliviscaris. For a song that goes on for 16 minutes, I have never been more invigorated in my life.

Can you remember when you fell in love with it?

I was visiting my friend Benjy who had to go out for football practice, so it was just me keeping myself entertained whilst he was away. I saw that Ne Obluiviscaris released the full album stream for Citadel and now I finally had the chance to listen through it, I sat down and streamed the entire album. Will always remember hearing the entire thing for the first time and being blown away by each new introducing section of the full album getting progressively better than the last.

Has a song or album ever changed your life?

I can remember being very uninspired by music for quite a few months, having nothing refreshing or new to listen to and overall I heard more music I didn’t like over music I enjoyed. Then I heard Reuben and they pretty much saved my entire outlook. In Nothing We Trust resonated with me the most and I can safely say that if there’s ever been a time where an album has restored me or picked me up, it’s In Nothing We Trust.

If you could only listen to five albums for the rest of time, what would they be?

City by Strapping Young Lad, Citadel by Ne Obliviscaris and Ocean Machine: Biomech by Devin Townsend are the three absolute certain ones, but the other two slots get changed frequently, so I’m going to cheat and list a few contenders for the 4th and 5th slot. Colors by Between the Buried and Me, In Nothing We Trust by Reuben, Blackwater Park by Opeth, Digital Veil by The Human Abstract and Sound Awake by Karnivool.

How much of your day do you spend listening to music?

I go by pretty much the entire day with music accompanying me. Whether it’s going to the shops, doing coursework, playing video games, eating food, whatever I’m doing I almost always have something or other playing in the background even if I’m not fully listening.

What’s your ideal time and place for listening to music?

Lately I’ve been utilising the chance of listening to new music when I’m out the house on the go. I don’t believe I listen to as much new music as I should so I’ve been taking that chance to do so. When I’m in the house I immediately put on familiar songs.

What’s the best gig/show you’ve ever been to?

There are three gigs which constantly fight each other for the reign of best gig I’ve ever seen. Devin Townsend’s Retinal Circus at the Roundhouse was where I first saw my idol and included in the already magnificent set were two Strapping Young Lad songs, which was incredibly special. Second was my first time seeing The Dillinger Escape Plan on the One of Us is the Killer tour at the Glasgow Garage and I don’t think I really need to provide a description where the words ‘dillinger escape plan’ are included. Lastly was my first time seeing Ne Obliviscaris when they supported Cradle of Filth at the Glasgow Garage.

Approximately how big is your music collection? And in what format?

My music collection resides in my iTunes library. I have both CDs and vinyl but overall it’s my iTunes library where I keep my entire collection and use the most. Apparently, there are 1,342 albums on there, with 34.6 days worth of music and coming in at 94.73 GB.

What does music mean to you?

Music’s pretty much been the most significant and consistent aspect of my life for the past 15 years. It pretty much includes everything I do from relaxing on my own or sharing and talking about great albums to going out to a gig or see my friends play. Bit of a philosophical question for me, I’m not too sure what else to say!

What song should we all go and listen to right now to make our day better?

Thing Beyond Things by Devin Townsend. I genuinely don’t believe there is a more gorgeous song on planet Earth and it entirely consists of two chords. That song has been with me for around five years now and overtime I hear it, it still has the exact same effect on me.

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