Hot on the their July 2016 release of Volume II EP, a continuous epic that follows the Reaper-Hybrid, September Mourning honored Shockwave Magazine by speaking about their past and present story, both in musical form as well as their comic novella. Created in 2009 by Emily Lazar and Marc Silvestri, both the written story and musical rock ballad sequel of September Mourning’s Volume I have been a long anticipated release, and we’re ecstatic to share our time talking about their project.
Shockwave Magazine: You’ve mentioned before that your current lineup is the strongest since September Mourning’s inception. What makes your current band composition so strong, and what of those strengths will take you forward in your story the best?
September Mourning: The members are very strong musicians as a whole. Beyond their talent as players they really dig into their characters on stage and enjoy the transmedia elements of the project.
You’ve previously said that music is but a vehicle to your story. What elements of your story mandate a lyrical component, or was it a personal desire to see an amalgamation of written, visual, and melodic elements to your story?
From the get go, I built this project as a trans media concept project… everything that is created for it goes hand in hand with everything else.
For those only recently being introduced to the chronicles of September Mourning, what do you suggest would best induct them into the message and storytelling component of your series?
Checking out The first and second comic books, “A Murder of Reapers” and “The Hand of Fate” will give you the storyline and the EP Volume I and debut album Volume II will give you the musical landscape.
Fans have compared you largely to bands such as Motionless in White, and myself, I hear the strong resonating voice of In This Moment. What are your musical influences, and do any of them serve as more than a purely musical influence?
September Mourning’s character inception is, seemingly purposefully, vague. A Reaper who knows virtually nothing of a beautiful, sleeping woman trades his entire existence to allow her to “live.” What elements are most important as an emotional driver to your story? Love? Sexuality? Mystery? Religiosity/Fate?
Where did the artistic visuals originate? Is there specific references to how your names were created, as well as your physical styles?
As far as our visual… that was influenced mostly by comic books and anime, combined with old Japanese warrior looks and war markings of american indians. The names of each character are directly related to their powers as reapers.
“Children of fate” is a title you give your fans. Are all beings Children of Fate, or only your followers, those that “believe?” Given your comic’s tone, it would appear we are all subject to Fate, and are given a chance to rise against it.
Lyrically, your songs seem to imply a feeling of personal empowerment that is co-mingled with a sense of entropy that will continually haunt you. What are some real life scenarios your Children of Fate might experience that resonate with this?
The balance of the universe is something that we are constantly reminded of. Build, destroy, rebuild, decay, build again…ying and yang… it’s the cycle of life as we know it and live it. We have all felt love and had it taken from us, only to experience it once again in a different form. The same can be said with every emotion in the human heart. The only thing constant in life is change.
If you had a single, overarching message that you wanted shouted from the rafters, what would it be?
There are no saviors, there is no messiah… There is only the strength of our hearts and our souls which are greater than we can even conceive… great enough to be the catalyst to save our own selves if we find the way to tap into that part of ourselves.
You can catch September Mourning out on tour now. Visit their website for details, and to grab your copies of Volume I and Volume II, as well as the accompanying graphic novels “A Murder of Reapers” and “The Hand of Fate.”