Mike D’Eon has been active in the music scene for a while with bands who played music with “post” attached to genre styles, post-punk band The Establishment and post-rock band Kuato. Now D’Eon debut’s his post-band album, which is just a confusing way to say he is releasing his debut solo album (Don’t worry, he’s still in Kuato). The self-titled EP was recorded in the basement of the Acadien Embassy, the home of humans and the label that shares the name. The EP has some grit, tackling personal topics head on, slashing through with some heavy sludge guitar.
The EP release show happens in Halifax at Gus’ Pub tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 2). The official release date is October 7, but you can check out our Mixtape exclusive album premiere below .
Mixtape Magazine: I love when musicians in bands release solo albums that sound completely different from what they usually do. How important is it to have a solo outlet such as Fossil Cliffs?
Mike D’Eon: I think it’s very important. It’s an outlet for me to express myself in a different way than the other projects. The last band I fronted, The Establishment, was kind of expressing external emotions. It was more of a social/political post-punk kind of band. This is more of a release of internal emotions.
Acadian Embassy is definitely a huge influence on my creativity. I currently live in the Acadian Embassy house, all the records are stored in my attic. Most of the bands still jam in my basement. Everyone pretty much plays in everyone else’s band. It is a great community to be a part of. We all kind of pitch in and help each other out. We all hang out and listen to records and get influenced by a lot of the same records. I also recruited some members of other Acadian Embassy bands (such as Quiet Parade) to play in the live band.
With Kuato, the Acadian heritage of your band is very important and integral to the songs. How much does that background factor into this EP? Or is the EP more personal?
My Acadian heritage is not directly involved in this project. This is more of a personal album. I was going through a lot of medical problems which were causing me a lot of stress. I was in a long distance relationship that didn’t pan out. So it is a lot of personal stuff really, which is definitely new for me in music, because I always wrote about external stuff in the past. So if the album seems a little dark lyrically that is why. This project was a great outlet for this. I am in a way better state of mind and body now and the medical problems are being managed. So the next album will probably have beaches and sunshine lyrics.
Photo: Supplied/Richard Lann