During the Night Fest X, we met and interviewed Andy Marshall, the mastermind behind the band Saor. If you want to know more about the band, read this interview.

First, how are you and how do you feel about playing here tonight ?

I’m good thanks, we are really looking forward to playing tonight.

Do you feel like Saor fits on the poster tonight ? I mean do you feel like it matches with the other bands of tonight’s concert and why ?

Yes and no. Most of the other bands are a lot more extreme than us and we use a lot more folk elements in our music. We have some black metal influences, but I wouldn’t class us as a black metal band.

What’s the story behind Saor ? How did you end up creating this project ?

I started it in 2013 because I wanted to mix Scottish folk elements with metal music.

How would you describe the band musically speaking?

Caledonian Metal. A mixture of atmospheric metal and Scottish folk elements.

What are your inspiration sources for both the composition and the lyrics ?

I take inspiration from the landscapes, nature and history of Scotland. I find a lot of inspiration for lyrics from traditional poetry.

You are presenting your latest album “ Forgotten Paths”. What is it about?

The forgotten paths we once trod.

I’ve read that Neige from Alcest had contributed to this album. In what way ? How did your collaboration together go ?

It went well. We are good friends and work together well. It was an honour to have him on the album. He has one of the best voices in metal.

You are on your own on the composition (lyrics + music), you have session musicians with you when it’s needed. Why did you choose to work on your own and not with a “full band” ?

“Too many cooks spoil the broth”.

What are your plans for the coming year (2020)?

Play more shows and festivals and continue writing the next full-length album.

Anything you wish to tell us to end this interview ?

Thanks for your support and we hope to see you next year !

Picture by LauPi Photo

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