Ghost Cult: What's the thought behind the album title?
Matt: Whenever James and I come up with an album title, we take a step back and see what
happens in the songs lyrically and come up with something which ties
them altogether. What stood out to us was a sense of nothing staying the same. A lot of the songs deal with personal relationships, hardships
and challenges someone might be going through in his life, but no matter how bad things get, nothing is permanent and stays the same. It made
sense to us to use "Impermanent Resonance" as the album title.
Ghost Cult: "Impermanent Resonance" is very much a refinement of the previous album. Was there any specific reason why you guys stuck with that sound?
Matt: Yes, one reason is that we really established our sound on "Static Impulse". With the new album, it was about using that music foundation, but push
it more in all directions. We spent way more time on the melodic aspects of the music. That's not to say we didn't give the bass, drums and
guitars the attention they deserve, but we spent so much time and effort getting the vocal melodies right and crafting the songs themselves. I
think there's clear distinction between "Static Impulse" and "Impermanent Resonance", mainly in the melodic aspects and the overall dynamics.
Ghost Cult: With a new DREAM THEATER album looming over the horizon, touring in support of "Impermanent Resonance" will be a dicey affair at best. With this in mind, what tour plans do you have?
Matt: It's tough, because there a lot of logistics coming in in order to set
up a tour, because all the members live in different parts of the world. We ran into this with "Static Impulse". We had a very strong
album to promote, but we didn't have the time to make things happen.
This time we want to take the time to prepare ourselves and tour. With
that said, DREAM THEATER is gearing up for their new record and
eventually they're going to tour to support it. We'll have to look at
the touring aspect when the DREAM THEATER touring cycle has ended. We're all fired up and ready to go, though.
James: Absolutely. It's inevitable that we'll be out and tour in support of
the new record. It's mainly a question of how and when. Realistically,
it would be at the end of the next DREAM THEATER touring cycle
when that winds down. The new album and the older material will be as
relevant when we go out on tour tomorrow or when we do it in 1.5 years
from now. It's timeless in that sense. When we'll go out eventually, it
will be really exciting and powerful to play this material and bring all the players together on a single stage. It will be an incredible
experience. You have to be patient, but it will happen eventually.