HALCYON DAYS - Rain Soaked Pavements & Fresh Cut Grass (LP)
Halcyon Days (Oslo, Norway) is a melodic metal and hardcore band not swaying stylistically too far away from bands such as Architects, Underoath and Counterparts. Since their beginning in 2012, they have released two EP’s, and most importantly their debut album (2014) titled “.ELEVATE”. Their debut album was frequently playlisted and recommended on Norway’s national radio, NRK P3. Two years after their debut album, they released a self-titled EP in 2016, scoring more than 250k total streams on digital platforms. The EP was met with an amazing response from their fans all over the world, in addition to awarding the band the title of “Band of the Week” from NRK P3’s Urørt at the end of 2016. They are now ready with their second full-length album, which will be out during the summer of 2018, with the title “Rain Soaked Pavements & Fresh Cut Grass”.
During the writing of this album, the whole band sat down and worked in the studio twice a week for about 8 months, and started pre-producing all the material they could come up with into one big work file. They started with different riffs, ideas and thoughts they had come up with beforehand, and new material started emerging when working together. This led to a process where most of the tracks were written simultaneously. After this, they worked with the tracks in segments and built the songs by using material from all over the project – always with the vocals as the main focus, gluing the tracks together. This process made them get to know each and every track, getting a stronger relation to their material than they had ever gotten before.
The album tells stories in simple ways. The book of synonyms that we all love so dearly had been tossed out of the window, focusing on a way more simple vocabulary. The stories talks about reflections on specific events or periods in our lives. The intention from their side was to write songs that wasn’t too open for interpretation, but as you read the lyrics you will get a view into their personal lives and thoughts, with the intent of having the listener being able to relate to the message the songs carry.