The Auditory Adventures of Acacia Avenue
Acacia Avenue is a hard rocking/AOR collective featuring the talents of mastermind / multi-instrumentalist Torben Enevoldsen – also known for his work in the bands Section A and Fate. Early Warning is the name of Acacia Avenue’s latest sonic manifesto, featuring the participation of Rob Moratti of Saga and Anders Johansson of Hammerfall as well as many other guest artists. In addition to the stunning original compositions, Early Warning features a mesmerizing rendition of the Deep Purple classic Space Truckin’.
We recently had the chance to chat with Torben Enevoldsen to find out more about the dynamics of Early Warning, his collaborations with other musicians, signing with Perris Records, and other auditory adventures to be found within Acacia Avenue. Read on...
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Acacia Avenue, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Torben Enevoldsen and I’m a guitarist, songwriter and producer from Copenhagen in Denmark. I am the main songwriter in Acacia Avenue, and apart from playing the guitar, I also play bass and keyboards and I do lead and background vocals as well. Acacia Avenue was founded back in 2008.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
I guess you can say that we’re based out of Copenhagen, here in Denmark , but most of the singers involved are from all over the world. The local music scene here in Copenhagen is pretty good, but not all that hard rock and AOR friendly. There’s a big scene for cover bands, and as an original act within this style of music, it’s quite difficult to get gigs.
How did you wind up signing to Perris Records?
I simply offered the new album to Tom Mathers at Perris Records and he liked it a lot, so he gave me an offer and here we are 🙂
Is there any story or concept behind the album title Early Warning?
No, not at all. It’s simply one of the song titles and I just felt that it would work well as the album title.
Select two songs from Early Warning and what inspired the lyrics.
“Running Out Of Time” is inspired by how fast time seems to fly by. It’s about love and loss and that it’s important to live in the now and to make every second count. “Broken Dreams” is inspired by courage really. It’s about having the guts to live your life, no matter the consequences.
How did Rob Moratti of Saga and Final Frontier become involved with Acacia Avenue?
Rob and I have known each other for a long time and have written some songs together over the years. As I was writing material for our second album, I just asked him if he would be interested in participating. The style is right up his alley, so it felt like a really good fit. Fortunately he felt the same way 😉
How did Anders Johansson of Hammerfall become involved with Acacia Avenue and what was his overall contribution to the project?
Anders Johansson plays drums on “Space Truckin“, a Deep Purple cover song. We actually did the drum recordings for this track years ago for a tribute album. I always felt like redoing this track since I love the song and both Anders and Mats did a great job, but I wasn’t happy with the initial version. This version turned out a lot better I think.
What is the best and worst part about recording and producing your own album?
The best part is that I maintain control of it and I can work on it on my own time. I always juggle several projects at once, so it’s really nice to be able to go back and forth on various projects. It helps keep everything fresh and exciting. The downside is of course having to do all the work myself. It is A LOT of work and it would be great to be able to focus all my energy on the creative side of things.
Who did the cover art for Early Warning and how much input did you have on it?
Carl-André Beckston did the artwork for this album. I always let the artist come up with something on his own. I think that is important, because I really want the artists ideas and not my own. The only influence I had was on the final color of the cover artwork. It was initially blue, but I felt that it should be darker and suggested a black color instead.
Has Acacia Avenue ever performed live, and if so, what was the experience like?
No, no live gigs yet I’m afraid.
What is currently on the horizon for your other bands Fate and Section A?
Not much is happening with Fate these days, so that is a little hard to say. I guess time will tell. Section A is currently waiting for our latest album, “Wall Of Silence“, to get a proper release. The album was supposed to have been released worldwide in late February this year, but due to the tragic passing of Alfie Falckenbach, the album only saw a US release. From what I understand, the album is now sold out, so we are anxiously awaiting what will happen.
What’s up next for Acacia Avenue?
A new album is in the works as we speak, so hopefully a release some time early next year.
Any final words of wisdom?
I hope that everyone who reads this will check out our new album and please stop by these web sites for updates on Acacia Avenue and my various other projects:
(Interview by Ken Morton)