YouTuber Eric Quinn is quite the Meshuggah fan; one of the ways Quinn likes to pay tribute to the band is by heading out into the middle of nature and covering some Meshuggah songs with his trombone.
The Meshuggah songs that Quinn decides to cover are those associated with the latest Meshuggah album, Immutable. Below you will find a few videos that feature YouTuber Eric Quinn covering Meshuggah songs.
What do you think of Quinn’s performances?
Back in March, we had the opportunity to talk with that of Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake. We talked about the themes associated with Immutable, writing lyrics and songs, as well as the band’s passion for creating technically intricate music. Below you will find an excerpt from that interview; if you want to read the full interview featuring Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake, click on the link below the excerpt.
The Pit: Meshuggah is so famously known for your technical songwriting and performances. When it comes to the band’s creative process, has that always been organic? Like let’s just try whatever comes to mind. Or, has it been more analytical? Like we want to try X, Y, and Z – like an equation.
Tomas Haake: I would say it’s got elements of both actually. It’s organic in the sense that we can only write what we feel… I think different from how a lot of bands do it, in the sense that we make everything kind of in “computer world.” We sit with Cube Base, I program drums. Sometimes, some parts, for example, “Clockworks” off of The Violent Sleep Of Reason or “Phantoms” off of this album, those kind of come from the rhythmic aspect, the drums are the basis for the song, then you write riffs for that… A lot of times it comes from the riffs.
There’s definitely an organic side to it. But we don’t jam, we don’t really try stuff in rehearsal. We’re completely doing it in computer world, and have been for almost forever. When I joined the band in 1989… everyone started getting computers and there was software you could use… and for sure there would not have been anything similar as a band if those tools had not been around. For us, it’s crucial, not only a preferred way, because we are so used to it now. At least for us, we could have never jammed up or worked songs likes this out if we had to be in rehearsal space and do it like that.
So I would say there’s a little bit of both; a lot of it depending on machines and computers and stuff. But it has to be organic, as far as the actual ideas themselves. Those can only come from within.
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Words by: Michael Pementel