Akiva have recently released new single, M.O.D, a polemic on war, with a riveting new video.
The band, Malcolm Carter (guitar, vox), Rob Mercel (bass), Dave Mercel (drums) and Dave MacKenzie (Singer, guitarist and synth programmer) have been focusing on current affairs with their music but took some time out to speak to The Fountain about their plans for the future.
TF: You must be ecstatic about the release of your new single, M.O.D?
Yeah, we’re really happy. It’s been a long time in the making. We’ve been playing the track live for a few years now. We recorded it at Angelic Studios in Oxfordshire at the same time as Skepta was tracking his album Konnichiwa, which went on to win a Mercury. He was having a day off and we were working with the same studio team he was using. That was quite a cool experience. It took a while for us to get the final mix done and the video made but we’re really proud of how both of them came out.
TF: And are we likely to expect an album soon or forthcoming tour?
We’ve got two more singles coming out next year. We’re also looking to go back into the studio in 2018 to record some more tracks so hopefully the next album won’t be far off. We’re working with two really cool animators for the videos for both singles at the moment. It’s always pretty exciting when you see someone else visualize your songs. Live dates have taken a bit of a back seat whilst we’re working on the recording and videos but we’re looking to book up some festival dates for next summer.
TF: Will we have the pleasure of seeing you hit Scotland soon?
Hopefully. We don’t have any dates booked yet but it would be great to get up. I’ve always had massive respect for Scottish bands and Scottish musical tastes in general. My dad’s from Aberdeen. He exposed me to a lot of really cool stuff when I was young and got me playing so I’ve a lot to thank him for. My first ever gig was with his band at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen!
TF: What inspired the band name Akiva?
As you can probably tell from our latest single M.O.D. we’re pretty fascinated by international conflicts and themes of war and hostility. A lot of our songs have these themes in them somewhere. Akiva is the name of a character from an old Second World War film called Kelly’s Heroes.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
We always tend to go down pretty well in the north-west of England. Maybe it’s because a lot of bands we’re influenced by originated from there. I’d probably go for a festival gig we played recently at PennFest in Buckinghamshire though. The sound was perfect, the sun was out and we seemed to hit everything bang on. That was a pretty special day.
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