Why I Love: Edenthorn on Pink Floyd

From Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Edenthorn formed back in 2013. So far, two albums, The Maze (2015) and 2018’s ‘Exist’ along with a commitment to live performance, have cemented a reputation as an up and coming outfit. Place them under ‘ones to watch’. Not to be thwarted by any global pandemic, the back end of 2020 has seen them release two singles: A Matter Of Opinion and the excellent 1993 along with the promise of a new album in 2021. Meanwhile, while their star is in the ascendency, Faiba Gabrielle who plays bass with the band, joins us at the barrier to write about why she loves Pink Floyd.

 

Anybody that really knows me well, knows that I absolutely adore Pink Floyd. My parents were big influences on this though. Pink Floyd’s music was the soundtrack of my childhood. Dark Side Of The Moon was introduced to me at just 6 months old and according to my parents, was the only album that stopped me from whinging… Fast forward 29 years later and it still has the same effect… HA!

I remember writing a dissertation with A Momentary Lapse Of Reason blasting in my headphones. It was that loud that even my dad (who I may say didn’t have the best of hearing) told me to turn it down because he couldn’t concentrate on his crossword! Come to think of it this is probably why I also don’t have the best hearing…whoops!?There is something about their music that just draws me in, in a totally different way to any other song or band I listen to. This may sound odd but the music and especially the guitar solos aren’t just music and solos to me, they speak and tell a story.

To me, everything about their music just fits into place and blends perfectly. The tone of Gilmour’s guitar just touches somewhere deep in my soul and I feel – as clichéd as this may sound – that the music is speaking to me. I think this is what makes Pink Floyd such a Marmite-like band. You have to be able to let go and just get lost in the music to really understand what they are trying to say. Obviously, I never got to see them live but their recorded concerts were also played on repeat in our household when I was growing up. The stage shows, the lights, the musicians, the giant pig, the TV playing behind them, the music, the backing singers.

As a child, I wanted to be one of those backing singers so bad. In primary school, we had a show and tell once a month and I took a TAPE (wow) of Great Gig In The Sky in and attempted to sing/wail along. Safe to say there is no video evidence of this (thank god). When I began playing bass at around 15 years old, Run Like Hell was one of the first songs I learned. I then, along with my younger sister (who played the drums) and Dylan my brother (guitarist in Edenthorn) formed a band and we practiced every single day in our living room. The neighbours must have LOVED us. Along with all sorts of other songs, we learnt the whole of Dark Side Of The Moon from start to finish. Us And Them was always a favourite of mine to play and sing.

I definitely feel that it was Pink Floyd’s music that inspired me to pick up the bass. As well as the guitar, I always found myself humming along to the bass lines. Sorrow is so simple but drives the whole song along and gets stuck in my head for days on end. Same with Another Brick In The Wall, Pt 2. That is a bassline I wished I had written. It is one of the grooviest, rhythmic yet simple bass lines ever! I think the bass is quite an overlooked instrument in any band, but to me, the bassline can totally transform a song from being boring to memorable. You don’t have to be riffing all over the place either, some of the simplest basslines are in some of the most popular songs.

Our thanks to Faiba for joining us and sharing her passion for The Floyd (and particularly for Sorrow…)

Here’s the video for the new Edenthorn single, 1993:

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