It wouldn’t be an understatement to say Mariusz Duda, or as he known around here, The Duda, has been a busy man. Between last year and this, he’s put out not one, but two Lunatic Soul albums. In addition, he’s been busy with his day job, recording and preparing the new Riverside album, Wasteland, which is out September 28th. And then, of course, touring which will be upcoming soon. Recently, we caught up with The Duda, talking to him for the third time at this site. Topics included the concept and inspiration behind the new album, recording as a trio for the first time, various instrumentation used on the album, and why he effing hates The Eagles, man.
[Note: It’s possible that I completely made up the thing about him hating The Eagles]
[Note 2: And by possible, I mean 100% absolute metaphysical certainty]
Ok, so let’s get on with it now.
Progarchy: What made you decide to do an album about surviving in a post-apocalyptic world?
Mariusz Duda: First and foremost, the story is what I always wanted to write about but never had the occasion to until the end of the world happened in Riverside. I thought that OK, if I choose this subject, it will be multi-dimensional to have many layers, and pretty symbolic stuff, so I chose this you know. This is a story about survivors, about the end of the world, and the people who survive the end of the world. But it’s also connected with the situation in the band, and the situation all around the world, because we live in uncertain times. For some people, Wasteland might be like Poland or something, so I thought I would do that kind of subject now.