Q&A with A Permanent Shadow

A Permanent Shadow, and electronic rock project based in Barcelona, filled out a quick Q&A for us!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BANDMATES WHEN YOU MET?

I have no bandmates per se as A Permanent Shadow is more of a solo project of mine in which I work with different collaborators. However, the two mainstays among those are Albert Català and Valentí Nieto, two musicians/producers who help me with arrangements and production. I’ve known Valentí for many years although we only started working together some three or four years ago. He always stroke me as a very gentle and patient person and an incredible imaginative musician with a vast vault of ideas and references. Albert is a classically trained piano player who has an insatiable curiosity for new sounds and effects. The two of them complement each other pretty well and over the years, more than collaborators, have become close friends.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY PLAYING SHOWS? 

We perform a cover of Lou Reed’s “Sword of Damocles”. It’s a difficult song lyrically which deals with the side effects of cancer treatment. I usually introduce the song and explain what it’s about, and sometimes people are taken aback initially but get into it after a few minutes, which is nice to observe. Happy-go-lucky it definitely isn’t, but it’s cool to challenge an audience sometimes.

WHAT ARTIST WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?

There’s this great Welsh singer named Catherine Ann Davies who releases her music as The Anchoress. I really dig her music and her voice and would love to collaborate. I’ve reached out to her via social media but haven’t heard back from her yet. Fingers crossed…

WHAT SONG ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?

On our second album there’s a song called “Day Zero” which was inspired by the Japanese Tsunamis back in 2011. It was not intended to be almost ten minutes long, but it’s a long story to tell and has so many different parts that it was impossible for me to edit it down. It’s a bit prog, but it’s a great song if I may say so myself.

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO GAS STATION ORDER?

You know, I live in this very old building that works with butan gas, so usually you find me at gas stations chasing the last bottle of butan as it’s quite difficult to come by.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES?

I really like Andy Warhol. His art was amazing, but I think also he as a public figure was very fascinating. A very contradictory personality who really knew how to create a buzz around himself, his art and his entourage. In the end, he himself became the work of art. He was a very skilled media manipulator, too. Other than Warhol, I admire Banksy, and as a Spanish resident, Antonio Miró and Salvador Dalí.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF? 

Cheer up and think things through a bit more. Work harder on your craft. And don’t spend so much money on useless playlist promotion!

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR?

A Permanent Shadow will have a single out on September 24th, which will be followed by our second album release in early 2022. We’ve made a few promotional videos but there’s still a couple more I’d like to produce. I have also been working on the third album and a covers EP over the last few months, so the idea is to properly record those. And hopefully play some live shows!

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