After a lackluster and dull 2020 - it’s time for an EARTHRISE!
What do you do when the entire world shuts down and everything comes to a sudden stop? For THE QUILL the only option was to stay creative and continue working to keep a sane mind. Once again reuniting with Erik Nilsson in the 491-Studio in Oskarshamn they set out to produce a worthy follow-up to the much praised Born From Fire (2017).
Roger - Working with Erik is a smooth ride - he knows us and we him. He works fast but doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to performance and sound.
Building a sound based on a broad spectrum of influences THE QUILL have over the years proven to release one high-quality album after another since their debut in 1995. By now a well oiled machine the writing- and recording process for EARTHRISE once again proved really fruitful with close to 20 songs finished and recorded.
Christian - One of the harder things this time was to decide what should go on the album and what we should leave behind. But when it was time to make decisions we all agreed surprisingly fast on which nine songs should make it on the album.
New songs Hallucinate and Keep On Moving oozes confidence and adrenaline well suited for the stage, Left Brain Blues and the title track Earthrise reeks of Black Sabbath in their hayday whereas cuts like Dwarf Planet and Evil Omen dips into the same pool as the heavy psychedelic sides of early Led Zeppelin or Uriah Heep.
Jolle - Several of the songs were road tested on our trek with US Stoner legends Nebula and went down a storm even though no one had heard the songs before which gave us confidence we were on to something special.
EARTHRISE tells tales of alienation set within the confinements of space and time. Maybe not a surprising subject given the state of the world in this day and age but it’s also a theme that transcends through the history of mankind.
Magnus - The lyrics deal with different types of alienation which I see as a rising problem in the world today. Be it on a grander level, in politics and between us as a human race - but also on an individual level with growing problems with social alienation, mental disorders and illness.
With EARTHRISE being their ninth album over a 25 year period THE QUILL are now well respected veterans in the scene with an impressive history and back-catalog receiving recognition not only from their fans and peers but also from more surprising outlets. Awarded the 2020 Culture prize of their Sweden hometown Mönsterås gave recognition to an impressive career with no signs of slowing down.