EMQ’s with A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION (A.P.E.)
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Toronto based Dark Alternative Rock band A Primitive Evolution! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist/Synths man Brett Carruthers for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Brett Carruthers and I play guitar and sing in the band A Primitive Evolution. We started this group a while back and finally realized our sound with our new album “Becoming.” It takes everything we’ve all been influenced by and ever wanted to create and wraps it all up in an auralgasm for you.
How did you come up with your band name?
I think it came to Stu in a moment of clarity. He saw the letters A.P.E. he saw an ape become a man. It was A Primitive Evolution you see.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from Canada. The Metal/Rock is alright here. There’s definitely an active engagement in Metal in the big cities and people come out to big shows so that’s good, but it feels like there’s something missing in some ways to me often. Can’t quite put my finger on it… The giant distances between cities make it really hard to tour, so maybe that contributes. Easier to go to the States or Europe really!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Our latest release is the album “Becoming.” We’ve released a bunch of videos for this album which are up on our YouTube channel which you should probably head on over to and check out.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, Orgy, Smashing Pumpkins, Faith No More, Alice In Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Ministry, Aldous Huxley, Philip K Dick, Guillermo del Toro, Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, Stephen King, HR Geiger, Alex Grey, my family and friends.
What first got you into music?
I feel like as soon as I was born I was into music. I just feel it. Everywhere I go. It’s inside me.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Probably Chelsea Wolfe, Youth Code, 3Teeth.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Always thought that Rock Am Ring was the pinnacle of festivals! The people, the stages, the bands you’re playing with. Just magical!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Well, I didn’t receive it but a female fan once gave Stephany a bunny vibrator… Hehe, that was odd, and fun and sweet all at the same time.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Engage with us, we enjoy it. Sharing helps more than you could ever imagine as well for bands in this stage and this market. We love you.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
There’s too many to choose from at this point.
But ya know… I wouldn’t bring anyone back. It all happens for a reason.
Unrealistic me would bring back anyone who was murdered, so John Lennon or Dimebag.
Their careers were cut short. That’s a tragedy.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Well I love playing music, that’s what drives this whole thing. I love creating and writing songs, making new sounds in production.
If I hate anything it’s streaming services and how they’re literally just fucking us all in the ass with how little their royalty rates are compared to how much money the companies are making off that music. It’s ridiculous.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Hahaha, what I just said essentially. It would be nice if we could make a fair, profit sharing business where people take care of the artists again.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Siamese Dream” by Smashing Pumpkins
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Really whatever you like best is best. To me Downloads work great if they’re high quality. If I really love a band I’ll buy the Vinyl or CD to have the artwork and the packaging to check out.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We’ve done a lot of great shows in Toronto with friend’s bands. Playing with The Birthday Massacre is always a pleasure here. We also often play a party called Krampus Ball put on by our friends in Squid Lid. It’s probably my favourite show to be a part of.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably off in the desert somewhere in search of other worlds.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Me, you, him, her and them!
What’s next for the band?
Tour!! We’re heading out next week with Pig and Cyanotic so that’s super exciting. Then more videos are on the fall horizon as well as getting back into the studio this winter to start work on the next album!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I have no idea hahaha; I’ve never had this creation.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for doing this. It’s a wonderful time to be creating.
Hopefully we can all work to making this fucked up planet a beautiful place to live again.
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