Interview with Pelugion – Uprising 2017
Interview by Richard Tilley
When you are covering an Event such as Uprising, one of the things you’ll invariably be asked to do is interview a band you really aren’t familiar with and that is what happened to me with regards to Pelugion. Luckily we had a couple of weeks beforehand to have a listen to some of their music. This day was to be a very different day for this three piece Heavy Metal / Heavy Rock band from Coventry though, because they were due to play their first ever acoustic gig. This was, to my way of thinking, either a very gutsy thing to do or a very silly thing! What you couldn’t argue with was that all three guys were great fun and, as the weather was so lovely, we sat outside to get their thoughts!
EVER METAL: We are fairly new converts to your music and, I personally, haven’t heard a lot before, so when Angel (Angel Merry of Fat Angel Management, who look after Pelugion, and who was also running the Uprising Press Office with her other half Chris Sams, and might I add they were both superb) got in touch with me and said would you like to do an interview, I had to get up to speed with what you were all about and honestly, I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve heard so far so to those people out there who may not have heard of you tell us about the band and about the name Pelugion as well?
PELUGION: Well, it all started back in College where we all met. We were all sort of shoved together. Originally there were five or six of us in the college band and everyone slowly left and that’s how Pelugion was formed, with just the three of us. As for the name its two Greek words put together but we do not remember what the Greek words are! (As you can imagine there was lots of groaning and laughter at this admission)
EVER METAL: (Still laughing) You can’t say that! I’ve been looking forward to a really deep and meaningful explanation about a great name and it turns out to be two Greek words you can’t remember!
PELUGION: Well we aren’t going to lie to lie to you. It’s really good though because when you Google it we are the only band that comes up
EVER METAL: Okay, so you’ve also got Nicknames/Stage names in the band, which are ‘The Goat’, ‘The Vulture’ and ‘The Quatch’ so what’s this all about?
PELUGION – Andy Sweeney (Bass/Vocals): We’ll start with my nickname. I was given the nickname ‘Sasquatch’ and he (Brandon Balou – Drums) always did this weird face which kind of looked like a vulture! (laughs)
PELUGION – Brandon: Yeah, I’ve been known to pull really seedy faces (lots of laughter)
PELUGION – Andy: And he (John Pittaway – Guitars) just loves goats, and that’s it! (More laughter)
EVER METAL: This is not going well! (Loads of laughter)
PELUGION – Brandon: It basically all came about because Andy was big and hairy and looked like a Sasquatch and it’s just escalated from there!
EVER METAL: So this is your first ever acoustic set .You’re playing somewhere as iconic as this venue and at a large event put together by Simon Yarwood. Why did you choose to do that and how nervous are you to be doing an acoustic set somewhere like this?
PELUGION: Well we were pretty nervous before but now we’ve got here and seen the turnout, I mean there are a lot of people! We are pretty confident it’s going to sound okay, but it’s just different because we are used to the ‘big sound’ and now we are going to be stripped back. It’s going to be strange but hopefully people will like it so go easy on us!
EVER METAL: So is it something you thought about for a while or did you just, off the bat, say we’ll do an acoustic set for this particular gig?
PELUGION: It was offered to us, so we weren’t going to turn something like this down and it was a challenge so we thought we might as well go for it and see what happens! We’ve got one or two surprise covers in the set and some of our own stuff as well so it will hopefully keep people happy and entertained!
EVER METAL: Up to now you’ve released an EP and a single, so is there an album in the works?
PELUGION: Yeah, we’re writing and recording at the moment and have been for the last few months so we should have a release towards the end of this year so keep your eyes peeled! We’ve got four songs recorded for it so far and we aren’t recording all in one go, it’s song by song. We don’t have a title yet, we are going to wait till it’s all done, listen to it and then come up with something!
EVER METAL: So how did the partnership with FATangel Management come about?
PELUGION: We were part of a competition at The Arches in Coventry. Through playing that we gained quite a decent fan-base, that’s how it sort of started for us in Coventry and off the back of that Chris and Angel attended all of the shows and they basically approached us and said “we like what you’re doing and we’d like to help out”. We were only like 17-18 years old at the time and we had never properly played to large audiences and through competing in this competition it gave us the chance to play to more people and from that gained a bit of a following and that’s where Chris and Angel first saw us!
EVER METAL: We’ve mentioned it’s pretty amazing to come somewhere like this and play so after your set who are you going to be interested in watching?
PELUGION: We’ve been listening to a lot of Hærken so will definitely be watching them, Resin and Lawnmower Deth as well and we’ve got a lot of mingling to do!
EVER METAL: We always try and come up with a silly question because what we don’t want is to ask questions you keep getting asked all the time, so if you were a Monty Python film what would the title of that film be?
There was a long pause!
PELUGION: We always come out with random shit so this SHOULD be really easy! (Lots of laughter)
After another pause a light bulb seemed to go off and we got this reply which we really liked!
PELUGION: ‘Monty Python And The Shortest Long Lasting Moment’
EVER METAL: You’re on stage at 5.45pm and we’re going to be coming over and are looking forward to watching you. Is there anything else you want to talk about before we finish?
PELUGION: Yeah, we’ve got Pentre Fest coming up in June (Pentre Fest is at the Mcleans Pentre, Queensferry, Deeside CH5 2DA and is on between 23rd-25th June. Pelugion are playing a full electric set on Saturday 24th June), we’ll probably be a lot better there (lots of laughs)
Mainly we just want everyone to bear with us because we will have new material by the end of the year so keep an eye out and keep listening. We played a new song for the first time last week at Scruffy Murphy’s and the plan is to introduce new songs into the set over the next few months and see what the response to them is like!
With that, ‘The Goat’, ‘The Vulture’ and ‘The Quatch’ were on their way to mingle! These guys are so young, about 21 years old (I’m old enough to, at least, be their Dad) and I can see the wide eyed enthusiasm in them that I had at their age. They’ve done really well for themselves though, their acoustic set was excellent and they got a great response from a good sized crowd. In other words, and to answer my thought in the introduction to this piece, it was a very gutsy thing of them to do and they pulled it off! Their EP “Serpent’s Mistress” is a great listen and I’m very much looking forward to getting the album when it’s completed!
As you can tell from the interview they aren’t a band of many words and revealing answers, they let the music do the talking and when the music is good why shouldn’t they do that? I’d really love to know what those two Greek words are though!
I’d like to thank them for taking the time to chat with Ever Metal and also thank Angel for setting up the interview!
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