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Lying Figures
Lying Figures recently reached out to me about their brand new EP A World of My Own. The French Death/Doom Metal outfit only has one other release, another EP titled From Nowhere to Nothing, which came out in 2013, only about a year prior to the aforementioned follow-up. After sitting down with their latest endeavour, I put some questions together for the band in the hopes to give a little more depth to the group before the review drops in a few days, and founding guitarist Matthieu Burgaud answered the call.

How is everything on your end? I hope all is well…

Matthieu:
Returns are rather positive about our productions, it’s really hopeful and motivating. We start this new year with great motivation for Lying Figures.

Lying Figures recently unleashed their second EP. Considering it was only about a year since the ‘From Nowher to Nothing’ EP, how long did it take to write the material for ‘A World of My Own’, and what was that process like?

Matthieu:
We had written about 9 songs when we released our first EP “from nowhere to nothing”. About 2 years. Some of those songs were pretty old and we wanted to put them down on a CD to close an age of composition. The other songs, those on “A world of my own” are the songs we consider like the more completed for us. For this second EP we wrote “only” 2 more songs (Angels of mercy and Nightmare).

Why did you guys go the route of doing another EP instead of a full-length at this point in your career?

Matthieu:
We decided to make two EP because our composition process evolved quite quickly. There are many differences between “From nowhere to nothing” and “A world of my own”, there will be many more differences with our next coming release. Our style is evolving to something a little more brutal, still doomy of course, but different.

Lying Figures recently lost bassist Ludovic Martinet. Was this departure prior to the recording of A World of My Own? Also, how much (if any) did Ludovic contribute to the material we hear on this release?

Matthieu:
Ludo left the band after the release. As we were going to have more and more shows, Ludo couldn’t be free enough because of his complicated schedule. He recorded the bass on everything we released. When we told him about the split he answered that he understood and that he was going to tell us about that too.

How did you guys come to replace Ludovic with Frédéric Simon, and has he been stepping up to fill the void created by that departure?

Matthieu:
We have already work with Fred as guest vocals on the title “Words here are nothing” from the demo. We know he is a complete musician so it was an evidence for us to propose him this role. Everyone is active in the band process, Thibault write the lyrics, Matt create our graphisms and our webpages concept, we work all on the music & Fred work the communication and booking, His arrival in Lying Figures is a good step for us.

After listening to ‘A World of My Own’ and seeing the pictures of the band wearing suits, it seems like you guys are creating more of a high cultured collection of Death/Doom Metal performances. Is this the intent, or was that vibe more of a happy accident on this release?

Matthieu:
This is absolutely intentional, we wanted to have that kind of contrast between this abandoned place and “class” of the appearance of members in suits, we can say that it’s part of the Lying Figures “concept”. An alliance of darkness, brutality, beauty and melancholy.

There seems to be a steady progression from mildly upbeat and content to downright depressed and melancholic by the end of ‘A World of My Own’. Was this intentional, perhaps a sign of a concept running throughout the six tracks?

Matthieu:
Yes it was intentional. A world of my own, a world you can’t get out. You struggle then you abandon. Yeah pretty doom. The EP open with a repetitive tapping and close with an another, like a kind of loop, a prison in your head. That’s how we imagined the thing.

I see you guys are playing a number of shows as of late. Are there any you’re looking forward to, or at least were there any memorable shows or experiences from previous dates?

Matthieu:
That’s right. in the past, we had some difficulties to have regular rehearsals. so not comfortable to prepare some shows, we stayed focus on compositions. But now all is more clear for us with our respective schedules. We can do gigs and we want it! Lying Figures sounds very different in live than studio, intense but more “in your face”.

You guys made the ‘From Nowhere to Nothing’ EP available as a “name your price” download on Bandcamp. Would you say this was a successful decision for the group? Also, has there been any thought to making ‘A World of My Own’ available in the same manner?

Matthieu:
Yes it’s a good decision for us to let people choose if they want to pay or not our first EP. We recorded It at home and had no cost to release it, so we let it free. It lets people discover our universe. If they like this demo, they’ll love “A world of my own”. For this one we paid a Studio recording and released it on a physical support, so we prefer to sell it . But people can already hear two songs freely and a remix of a third on our official website and facebook page.

Speaking of, where can people go to get a physical or digital copy of ‘A World of My Own’?

Matthieu:
There is no distribution, we are actually without deal, They can order physical copy only at shop.lyingfigures@outlook.fr or at our gigs.

So, what’s next for Lying Figures? Anything big in the works, or perhaps new compositions that we may get the hear on another EP or other release sometime this year?

Matthieu:
We are looking for gigs, we want play more live, meet our fans and people who support us. We actually work on new songs for our our first full- length, we don’t have deadline, just keep the time to release a good record.

Is there anything else you want to mention before I let you go?

Matthieu:
See ya on the roads!

Lying Figures: A World of My Own
Lying Figures
Interview conducted thanks to Lying Figures.