Live2PlayNetwork’s “Guitar Guy” Tim Hemingway sat down with Daniel Brummel, vocalist/guitarist for Sanglorians to discuss their new album Initiation, touring and what it’s like being part of multiple bands.
L2P – Daniel, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with me today. To get started, can you tell me a little bit about Sanglorians and how you got started?
Daniel – Sure, Sanglorians are a melodic rock band from California. Kevin Bronson at BuzzBands LA called our style “power-prog,” and my friend Henrique from Birds Are Indie recently described it as “happy-heavy.” I don’t really care about style. I’m more interested in counterpoint and intuition. Scarlatti and Trungpa. I started Sanglorians at a time when I hadn’t played any rock music in more than 3 years and I was starting to go nuts. I wanted to come back to it, I wanted to sing. I had a decade’s worth of songs backed up and I needed catharsis.
L2P – For our readers that aren’t familar with your musical career, Sanglorians is your second major musical project. Since the mid-90’s you have been the bassist/vocalist for Ozma. What inspired or motivated you to create music outside of Ozma? And as a secondary question, what can Ozma fans expect to hear, like similarities/differences?
Daniel – I wanted to try hard rock music with other people to see how it could be different, and to try out song ideas that I’d never subject my friends in Ozma to. Sanglorians is more metaphysical. It’s weirder, truly weirder in the original and accurate sense of that word.
Hear the Sanglorians’ single “Love is the Speed of Light”.
L2P – Very cool! Sanglorians is a unique name, how did you come up with it?
Daniel – James Joyce invented it on page 2 of Finnegan’s Wake. I liked the sound and the imaginary etymologies.
L2P – Who are your influences and how do you think your influences affect your songwriting?
Daniel – You ask an important and perceptive question: “How do think your influences affect your songwriting?” I don’t think my stylistic influences affect my songwriting at all anymore. Style itself is overrated. Style is packaging for authentic content. Mackintosh said “There is hope in honest error, none in the icy perfections of the mere stylist.” The great “alternative rock” of the past couple decades (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer, The Rentals, Nada Surf, Hum, Arcade Fire, Metric, Muse, etc) have already defined the popular style I prefer to work in. Now, when I write, I only think of harmonic progression and melodic phrase structure as they affect objective meaning and communicative fidelity.
L2P – Now that your album is out, what do the next few months hold?
Daniel – We’re just going to keep performing and getting our record to as many people as we can. I definitely hope Sanglorians get to tour at some point soon. We’ve got lots of new material, so more recording will happen in 2014.
L2P – Ozma is currently in the process or recording your fifth album. How are you finding time to actively participate in both bands?
Daniel – We just have to keep getting better and faster at what we do! I am grateful to have so much music in my life. It feels like an era of artistic abundance.
L2P – I know you have been in Europe for the last month. Were you playing Sanglorians shows there? If not what were you doing in Europe?
Daniel – The Europe tour was not with Sanglorians. I play guitar in Josh Haden’s band Spain, and we’re signed to Glitterhouse, a fantastic German label. So we’ve been touring on our records there quite a bit, it’s been really eye-opening to spend so much time in Europe and soak in the culture. They do things differently; different parameters have been flipped in the average European’s “cultural acquisition device” (in the Chomskyian sense) than in the average American’s. The American way of existing and relating to environment at large, is of course not the only possible way. We lose sight of that fact sometimes, which is dangerous ignorance.
L2P – (laughs) Scrap everything I said about playing in two bands, it just became three! Just out of curiosity, what is the worst or funniest thing that has ever happened at a gig?
Daniel – Once, when Ozma was touring with Weezer and Saves the Day, we had a gig in Florida for about 5,000 people and Saves the Day replaced our opening walkout music with “Y.M.C.A.” by the Village People, in retaliation for a prank we had played on them. It was mortifying!!! But you just run with it, I guess, right? No fear.
L2P – Moving along with gigs, what is your dream gig? Is there a specific place you want to play or a band you would like to play with?
Daniel – Carnegie Hall! I also like playing out in natural settings. There are so many brilliant bands out there that I’d love to play with. The other day I realized one of my dreams by performing on a bill with White Magic, who I’ve listened to for many years. I would also love to do more orchestral and classical work, like with WildUp or the LA Phil.
L2P – Just in closing, do you have any advice for young aspiring musicians?
Daniel – Practice meditation.
We want to thank the Sanglorians, Daniel in particular, for sitting down and talking with us. The album Initiation is out now. You can stream it online and purchase it here.
For more information on Daniel’s other band Ozma, check out an intervew we did with guitarist Joze Galvez regarding their upcoming 5th album here.
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