EMQ’s with HYPERIA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with, soon to be, Vancouver, Canada based Melodic Thrash Metal band Hyperia. Huge thanks to guitarist Colin Ryley 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?
I’m Colin, I play lead guitar and write most of the music. Hyperia started in October 2018 with Marlee (Vocals) and myself. We had gotten back from our 1 Year honeymoon around the world eager to start a new band with some songs I had written on a travel acoustic guitar while on our trip. We found Dave (Rhythm Guitar), Scott (Bass), and Jordan (Drums) and hit the ground running, playing our first show in December and releasing our first EP “FISH CREEK FRENZY” in February 2019. We then signed with Sliptrick Records who released our debut full-length “INSANITORIUM” in January 2020.
How did you come up with your band name?
We all came up with a bunch of potential band names, we all wanted something that was catchy, easy to remember and descriptive of our sound. I’ve always been a fan of bands that have unique and “made up” sounding names. That way it’s less likely the name has been taken also.
We eventually settled on HYPERIA, which is kinda a combination of the words Hyper and Hysteria which suits our music well.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Calgary, Canada. The metal scene here is amazing. So many talented and diverse bands and everyone seems to get along with each other. The turn out to local shows is always quite high and everyone is super supportive of one another.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest album was our debut “INSANITORIUM” which was released via Sliptrick Records on January 17, 2020. It’s 10 tracks of Thrashy, Melodic-Death, Power Metal that has non-stop energy throughout the album.
We also released a music video for our single “ASYLUM” which you can check out on YouTube that was directed by the wonderful Seth Williams of Flip City Films.
Asylum (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Each of us in the band have a wide range of influences, but for me it would have to be almost any metal that comes out of Scandinavian countries, particularly Finland. We also collectively take inspiration from bands like Anthrax, Metallica, Havok, Municipal Waste and many more.
What first got you into music?
I was lucky enough to grow up in a very musical home. Both my parents are musicians and actually met each other in a band. I learned piano a little bit when I was younger and then found my Mom’s old electric guitar when I was 11 where I started learning songs from bands like Iron Maiden, Sum 41, Anti-Flag, Guns n’ Roses etc.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
For me probably a band like Havok or Municipal Waste.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I would have to say Wacken Open Air. I think that’s a goal of any metal band. It’s the biggest metal stage in the world and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I can’t think of anything off the top of my head.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thanks so much for all your continued support! We had plans of a 3-month tour throughout UK, Europe and Canada for this past summer but unfortunately Covid killed that all. We hope to plan something even bigger and better in the near future!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Randy Rhoads. He had such a unique playing style and a huge influence on so many guitarists, including myself. He also helped create one of the most badass looking guitars in my opinion.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The best thing for me is playing live shows and seeing people go crazy. It’s a super cool feeling that something you created is being appreciated by so many people. I wouldn’t say I hate anything but there’s definitely hard work involved in practicing lots, writing and recording.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I think the distribution of money could be more evenly distributed. It seems like so many bands put in hard work and don’t always necessarily get compensated fairly.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Children Of Bodom – “Hatebreeder”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
If it’s recorded using Analog, definitely Vinyl, but I think anything recorded Digitally sounds better on CD.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Opening for Soulfly and Toxic Holocaust last March. It was a huge honour and privilege for us to play with those guys.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Doing sound and scoring for Film/TV or Video Games. Also mixing and producing albums for bands.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
1. Tuomas Holopainen
2. Alexi Laiho
3. Paul Rudd
5. Jerry Garcia
What’s next for the band?
We are all just about to move to Vancouver, Canada where we will be starting to record our next album in the Fall. We already have 10 songs instrumentally written along with 1 cover that we are stoked to start tracking for.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We are also on almost every streaming platform (Spotify, Apple, Google Music etc.)
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They’re biscuit sized cakes.
Thanks again to everyone for the support, we hope to come play a show near you sometime soon!
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