The new single “Warm Bodies” is taken off of AFTER TASTE’s debut album “How To Fake Love” and comes along with a visualizer video,
Dave Meester about the song: “’Warm Bodies’ is about hurting your loved ones. It kind of flew under the radar for us. The writing process for this song was so easy that it didn’t really stand out. Listening back to it we realized its potential. Definitely a track for the live shows!
I doubled down on the haunting vocals in the verses, which came out pretty strong in my opinion. We wanted to go for a dangerous sound, which works well with the lyrics. I don’t want to give away too much. You might be able to figure it out for yourself.”
Dave Meester (God Dethroned) started the band in 2016. “I felt the need for a different kind of outlet than the one I already had with God Dethroned. I wanted to create something that was more personal and eclectic. I already knew Ian (drums), Johan (guitar) and Sid (bass). We studied together at Metal Factory / Dynamo in Eindhoven. We stayed in touch ever since, always involving each other in whatever (musical) project we had going.”
The writing process for “How To Fake Love”, After Taste’s debut album, took about six months. Back then Dave Meester spend a lot of his time in a squatted office building in the south of the Netherlands, that’s where the songwriting and most of the album recording happened. “We had plenty of space to make noise. Johan and Ian are both experienced sound engineers, so the recording and mixing process went very smoothly.”, states Meester. He further says: “’How To Fake Love’ is about – you guessed it – love. Love knows many forms, has ups and downs, and has a bright side and a dark side. After Taste loves exploring love’s dark side, as it’s full of creatures, weirdoes, demons and mirrors. In these mirrors is where we find ideas. Ideas that shape us as human beings. Ideas that spark a need for self-expression. ‘How To Fake Love’ is that self-expression.”
Drums were recorded by Michiel van den Boer at Soundhill Studios and the vocals were recorded by Kevin Quilligan. “How To Fake Love” is mixed and mastered by Johan Girard.
‘’Who says love is sacred? Anyone can fake it.’’
Dark music goes hand in hand with dark words. Romance and heartbreak are recurring themes. After Taste offers a view on the world’s most popular sources of inspiration. Mental health, family, soulmates, life and death… The story of love – warts and all – told by the haunting funeral voice of founding member Dave Meester.
The beautiful artwork for the yet released digital singles are made by Lisa Meester. “Lisa is my sister. I sent her the songs and asked her to create whatever she could come up with. I thought it would be interesting to see what would happen if I didn’t give her any pointers at all. Turned out she did an awesome job! She created a piece for each song.” , comments Meester.
AFTER TASTE line-up
Dave Meester – Vocals/guitar
Johan Girard – Guitar/vocals
Sid van Kastel – Bass/vocals
Ian van Kastel – Drums
Photo credit: Sonja Schuringa