For 15 years, Samuel Spivey and his band Authmentis had been energetic within the Reno scene.
Then the pandemic hit.
“We had been round for a actually very long time,” Spivey stated.
Most bands don’t final 5 years, not to mention 15—and the pandemic worn out many bands who’d beforehand had endurance.
Spivey has now began a brand new solo undertaking, A Desolate Gentle. It options Spivey tackling (virtually) all of the devices, the songwriting and even the manufacturing points for the private undertaking that explores various rock, steel and parts of prog. Debut single “Suppressor” is a sonic journey that begins ethereally with spacey guitar, earlier than main into an anthemic again half that includes heavy rock. For extra, go to adesolatelight.bandcamp.com.
“The largest distinction is, this undertaking is simply my very own factor,” Spivey stated throughout a current interview. “I used to be in the course of attempting to make a few these songs which can be on this file occur with Authmentis, and after issues fell aside, I made a decision to check out a solo undertaking the place I write and create all of the songs, and file them and blend the songs and all that type of stuff by myself.
Spivey discovered that going from taking part in one instrument to taking part in all of them will not be straightforward.
“I’ve slightly little bit of background in a lot of the devices,” Spivey stated. “I understand how to play drums slightly bit. I can play the bass; I play guitar. I used to be the singer of Authmentis, so I’ve all of the instruments; I simply by no means sat and did all the components by myself. The largest studying expertise is determining easy methods to write counterpoints—stuff that helps a melody right here and there, and really performing the devices. Bass was a trick, as a result of I discovered that to sound such as you’re in time with the remainder of the band, you’ve received to play in opposition to the beat slightly bit.”
Getting a track out into the world can generally be a simple course of, and generally it may possibly take years. With A Desolate Gentle, Spivey had the latter expertise.
“Bringing a track into the world is tough anyway, as a result of it at all times begins in, like, a dream, or some type of intangible factor, so it seems such as you’re loopy carrying round these concepts with you,” he stated. “Making an attempt to boost these into actuality, it’s actually ugly by yourself, since you’ve received to determine easy methods to translate the entire thing as one individual. While you write with a band, it’s very easy to discover a circulation state, the place all people picks up and will get the concept of issues and strikes alongside. While you’re doing it by yourself … when issues aren’t proper, you must troubleshoot by yourself and determine, ‘Oh, why is that this not working? Perhaps I ought to play this as a substitute of that.’ You simply must attempt a bunch of shit till one thing really works, and also you prefer it.”
He talked about his trials and tribulations in finalizing “Suppressor.”
“I’ve had that track in all probability for 4 years, and I had began engaged on it with my earlier band, and doubtless did about 12 or so iterations between the top of that undertaking and releasing this the place I’d simply tweak little components, change lyrics, attempt issues out or prolong areas of the track,” Spivey stated. “I must attempt it out after which sit with a combination or a demo of it for a few days and see my ideas about it. It’s much more work by yourself whenever you don’t have a crew, whenever you don’t have an engineer and stuff like that.”
Spivey has discovered some assist when it was completely wanted.
“The one assist I’ve actually gotten on this undertaking to date is in hiring a drummer, as a result of I don’t have a drum set,” he stated. “Making an attempt to purchase a drum set, after which determine recording it at house—by the point I stroll away from what that may price, I might simply rent a man. I really wrote the drum components in MIDI, constructed the track round that as a demo, after which I despatched the track out to a man on-line and had him observe the half that I wrote. That really labored out fairly effectively. I combined it from there, after which I additionally had any individual grasp it in their very own skilled facility.”
The lyrics on “Suppressor” are emotionally charged, with strains akin to, “Break down till I disappear,” and, “All I can do is preserve looking.” Spivey stated going solo allowed him to turn out to be extra private in his writing.
“Writing for a band, you do drafts of lyrics, and you then run it by all people, and if there’s stuff that they actually hate, perhaps you modify it,” Spivey stated. “I used to be going for a sense with this undertaking. I really began with the idea earlier than I actually centered on the music; I’m attempting to inform a narrative with this undertaking. I’m attempting to personify an expertise of an identification disaster by way of every of the songs which can be going to be on this file, so every track goes to signify a step in that journey of easy methods to cope with that type of an issue.”
Spivey stated he thought his music could be relatable, as a result of, he stated: “One thing type of occurred to all of us over the previous few years to some extent, proper?”
“For me, it’s only a fruits of quite a lot of issues,” he continued. “I’d say midlife disaster, as a result of I’m of that age, however I believe it’s actually an identification disaster that has an age countdown. I believe all people’s going to undergo some type of scenario the place issues get too overwhelming, and their identification will get challenged. Who you suppose you’re, and stuff you consider in, and issues that used to be just right for you—all of that hits a breaking level in some unspecified time in the future. Not all people goes out and buys a Lamborghini. Everyone offers with it otherwise, however I do suppose individuals hit some extent the place life type of breaks them down, they usually have to determine easy methods to transfer on as a modified individual.”
The remainder of the upcoming A Desolate Gentle album, tentatively scheduled for a Nov. 30 launch, will develop on Spivey’s problem-solving course of, and be loosely primarily based on Zen ideology.
“I’ve the steps mapped out, and I’ve been experiencing all of them, nevertheless it’s humorous, as a result of this path is round,” Spivey stated. “I primarily based the journey of this album on a factor known as the Zen Compass, which is a Zen idea from a e book known as Dropping Ashes on the Buddha that I used to be referred to a very long time in the past. It’s type of a journey of enlightenment, nevertheless it’s represented as a circle, and also you begin at zero levels, and you then transfer to 90°, 180°, 270° after which again to 360° the place you began—however that journey the place you come, you’ve gotten the expertise, and also you’re extra knowledgeable of what’s happening and who you’re. Perhaps nothing within the exterior world has modified … however it is possible for you to to maneuver ahead with out the struggling that you just had within the first place, and that makes you a greater individual to assist the world.”
Spivey is conscious that this idea could also be overseas to some, however he hopes he can craft songs that make the thought course of comprehensible.
“It sounds slightly too deep, like, ‘Oh, we haven’t smoked sufficient weed for this dialog,’” he stated. “I wished to attempt it myself, and I additionally wished to point out those that if you’re in a spot like this, perhaps this can be a journey that you possibly can take that can get you pumped up. … If it’s useful, nice, and if not—hey, it’s an incredible file.”