Dateline: January 2006

Source: Lords Of Metal metal E-zine

Interview: The Syn - Issue 55

By Winston

Toward the end of this year the number one position of my yearlist was overtaken by 'Syndestructible', the new album of the reformatted band The Syn. This band meant a lot for the evolution of progressive music back in the sixties. Bassist Chris Squire ultimately founded Yes with Jon Anderson after The Syn and it is known how that went. We chat up with singer Steve Nardelli and we start in 1965…just kidding. It ís 2005 (when the interview was held) and when I speak to him on the telephone The Syn just did their first show at the new Marquee club in London.

So Steve, how was that for you, stepping on stage for the first time in forty years?

Well, I wasn't really that nervous, I just felt very strange. It was putting me back to the sixties when we played at the original Marquee club.

How many gigs are planned for the first tour that you will be doing in January so far?

About fifteen at the moment, a couple have just been added and there will be some more. We are trying to play in Seattle and hopefully we'll be playing with Alan White's band there.

That would be nice. Is there a possibilty that the 'More Drama' idea will happen? (A reunion of the (in)famous Yes line up of the 1980 'Drama' era, the one album without Jon Anderson but Trevor Horn as lead singer)

I doubt that to be honest. Everybody is very busy doing their own things at the moment. It's too bad that it fell through, it would have been great fun.

You know that things are unpredictable in the world of Yes. How do you feel to be involved in that? You were connected to Chris Squire before Yes and now he carries that band everywhere he goes.

Things are indeed unpredictable at the moment. The Syn is not Yes but the link is strong of course as Yes was a follow up to The Syn. I don't mind that at all, it can be a big advantage to be accepted by the Yes community. It's great to have that market interested. But this could only have happened because of the break that Yes is having at the moment. The time was right to do this, it took us fourty years, hahaha.

Are you glad how the album worked out? I think it carries a unique charm.

That's nice of you to say that. I'm very happy with it. It worked out really well. We took the roots of prog, which we played in the sixties to this century and I'm very pleased with the way it came out. We spent about a year making the album, it progressed grindingly slow at times but we were all involved and we really worked on it as a band. A real band effort and it shows.

But can you explain why it's just you and Chris on the backside of the album?

We wanted a band picture on the back to be honest, I didn't want it to be just Chris and me. But the brothers (Paul and Jeremy Stacey) are very private guys and they don't like to be on the foreground. Although they work with Oasis, Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow and The Finn Brothers. They asked us to not to be featured that prominently and actually we had to change the artwork for them. Now the band picture is on the inside.

The reviews of the album I read so far are all very postive…

Yeah, a couple of weeks ago Chris (Squire) and I were in Los Angeles for promotion and we did an interview with the 21st Century Guitar, a very big magazine over there and they called 'Syndestructible' the album of the century. Which is great of course!

Well the century is only five years underway but still a very nice compliment…

Haha, that's exactly what Chris said but it did sounded good to us. We also did a TV show and the guys over there liked it very very much as well. I really hope that we can reach the market, getting through to the people then we may have a hit record.

The production of the album is very great; warm but clear. Any comments on that?

Paul (Stacey) is a brilliant producer. It took some time but it was worth it. When we were finished he mixed from digital to tape and that gave it some extra edge. It took another three weeks, but now have the sound that you don't get when it's just digital. It sounds simple at first but you hear more and more each time you listen you listen to it. There are a lot of layers which creates a deep sound.

That is explaining why you have been doing so much promotion already? TV, regular magazines and papers but you also seem to realise that internet is important.

Especially for this kind of music internet is a powerful medium. We achieved some radioplay but it's very hard to reach a reasonable amount with the big names of pop music getting all the airplay. So that's why we do interviews for internet radio and magazines like yours. You have to help us sell because we really want this album to succeed, haha.

Are you thinking about a European tour? A second album perhaps?

Yes. It is almost certain we will do that. We will get back from the USA tour at the end of January. Then we may work on the next album, for which we have two songs already and in the spring we want to do Europe and after that go back to the USA. We will have a DVD of the Marquee gig out as well at that time. We believe in 'Syndestructible' and want to give it time to breathe. That's why we want to go on tour with it. The initial sales were quite good but now we would like to break to a bigger market than just the Yes based one. With all respect of course. A second album ís planned but it's too soon to say when it will happen. I could say May but it can easily be September when we finish it. We just have to see how it goes.

And so we will see what will happen with The Syn, reformed and very ready to go. In the meantime it is announced that for the USA tour it will be Yes drummer Alan White and not Jeremy Stacey behind the drum kit. Stacey has other obligations (with Sheryl Crow) and that's why Chris Squire asked his mate to step in.

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