King Richard III is buried in Leicester. The band Final Coil from Leicester, on the other hand, is very lively and in very good shape, and soon they has a new album ready, The World We Left Behind For Others. Final Coil combining elements of post-rock and progressive, Final Coil’s acclaimed debut, Persistence Of memory, has drawn comparisons to Tool & Pink Floyd. The line-up, Phil Stiles with lead vocals and rhythm guitars, Richard Awdry with lead guitars and backing vocals and Jola Stiles with bass and design. The track …And I’ll Leave
Musically, The World We Left Behind For Others shows Final Coil truly becoming the band that Persistence Of Memory, in hindsight, was merely hinting at. The sheer breadth of sound, the depth of the emotions captured, and the free flowing creativity make this album very captivating and a nice achievement. Lyrically, the story being told is both intimately personal and yet universally relevant and affecting. Final Coil’s front man Phil Stiles reveals a little more about the inspirations that lead to the creation of his bands finest work to date.
«I don’t think any of us in Final Coil thought we would have a second album ready to go so quickly after Persistence of Memory, not least because there was really nothing left over from those sessions that could be used moving forward. The dual catalysts for The World We Left Behind For Others proved to be both political and personal. As we were mixing Persistence…, I received word that my grandmother, Stella, had passed away after a relatively short illness. At 101, it was hardly a shock that she was gone, but she had played a major part in my upbringing and I was heartbroken».
«Whilst clearing out some of her things, we discovered a couple of letters which shed light on a part of her life that she had never discussed with us. They exposed not only the fragility at the heart of any human relationship, but also the prevailing social attitudes of a time in which women were expected to behave in a certain way regardless of the circumstances they faced. The language of the letters seemed to mirror, in many ways, the terrible polarization of society in the wake of the vote to leave the EU».
«With families and friends facing one another across a social chasm, it seems that far less has changed since the early 1900s than we, as a society, like to believe. To see populist speakers gaining traction, right wing groups once more on the rise and a fierce rejection of globalism it seems that there are those who actively wish to raise the spectre of a divided, nation-state-led world once again; along with all the divisions that come with it; and it was those two subjects that bled into lyrics that I started to write at a ferocious rate».
«The first track I wrote, and the track upon which the entire album hangs, is Imaginary Trip. I didn’t set out to write a concept album, but as I moved forward, I realised that the melodies of that song were haunting the other tracks on the record. It’s something that can be found in much of Roger Waters’ work (most notably The Wall and The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking) and it occurred to me that, as the songs were already linked thematically, it made sense for the music to be linked so explicitly. As the piece reached its conclusion, I realised that it also formed the perfect sequel to Persistence… That album dealt in broad terms with themes of isolation through a lack of communication, whereas this one looks more at the consequences of a lack of communication within families and groups upon society as a whole».
«As such, the first notes you hear on The World… are also the last notes of Persistence… Heavier and darker than our debut, The World We Left Behind For Others was a challenging record to make. Perhaps it runs against the trend, as it is very much an album meant to be heard in one sitting (and in the correct order), but I believe it to be the best thing I have ever written and I am very excited for people to hear it Final Coil – The World We Left Behind For Others».
The artwork for the new album was created by Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art (Flotsam And Jetsam, Rock Goddess etc) who was also responsible for the striking image that adorned Persistence Of Memory. The artwork for The World We Left Behind For Others flows through the booklet, guiding the listener through the story as the music unfolds.