EMQ’s with AETHERIAL
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Death Metal band, Aetherial. Huge thanks to bassist Cas 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?
Hi there, I’m Cas – I play bass and write the lyrics in Aetherial. The band was started by my partner, Shep Sheppard and myself in 2013 after a desire to create heavier music. We released our debut record in 2015, “The Still Waters of Oblivion” and are about to release our follow up “Nameless Horrors”, October 23.
How did you come up with your band name?
We like the concept of an aetherial space, a place beyond the world, a celestial space that can never be attained. It’s a cool contrast to the music and visuals that are dark and tormented. We also liked the original Latin spelling with the AE.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Melbourne, Australia. The scene here is quite niche and clicky for local metal bands and despite being named the “Live Music Capital of Australia”, it can be difficult to get a good gig.
Unfortunately, some of the venues that we used to play at have closed down in recent years too but it is still the centre for international shows/ touring acts and festivals.
It’s anyone’s guess what shows will look like here in the future, but I think moving forward the logistics of live performance will change and move to perhaps more underground shows/house parties/rural and virtual shows? It’s certainly a challenging time but I believe that there will a renewed hunger for live music again and the desire to get out and experience it again after this is over.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We are about to independently release our second album, “Nameless Horrors” on October 23. This will be available from all online music stores as well as our website, where we will have CD’s for sale too. It’s a significantly darker turn from the debut, both in music and lyrical content. It focuses on heavy riffs, death vocals and intense drums, whilst still maintaining polished songwriting.
The two of us recorded it ourselves in our home studio, it was mixed in Canada by Asher Ally and mastered here in Melbourne by Ermin Hamidovic from Systematic Productions. We were particular on who we got to mix and master the album and these guys are doing a lot of great work in the style we like.
We have just released the first single from the album ‘It’s Only Blood’ with a self-produced video! There will also be a new video out on the 23rd to coincide with the album.
‘It’s Only Blood (Official Music Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Ourselves I guess, the biggest influences for our music have been our life experiences and how they have made us feel and react. I think the most genuine music can only be written from a desire to express something that has personally moved you enough to write about it. Nature, mortality, observations in the world, questions about our place in it and what awaits us beyond life are all inspiring to us too.
What first got you into music?
I have always loved music; going to gigs and concerts, making sick mix tapes and collecting CD’s but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I actually started playing and writing it myself. So, a bit of a late comer, I guess! One year after going to a Big Day Out Festival and seeing a few women performers up on stage I just thought “I could totally do that” so I randomly went out the next week and bought a bass. Had some lessons and the rest is history! I think the progression to heavy music was inevitable really, the sheer power and passion conveyed in the music is really too inspiring not to be a part of! Plus, I’m a sucker for a fat ass riff.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Marilyn Manson I think, on some crazy industrial super heavy goth shit. Would be interesting to say the least!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Eistnaflug in Iceland! Firstly, anything in Iceland would be amazing, It’s a place we’ve always wanted to experience. Secondly, it’s a brutal festival that attracts some big names but still manages to retain its character.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
One time some guy sent us some hand drawn portraits that he had done of us – they weren’t really that far off the portrait Napoleon Dynamite drew for Tricia in the movie!! Luckily, the shading on my upper lip wasn’t as bad.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thanks for supporting us! We hope that our music moves you and inspires you.
Keep searching for and supporting those awesome underground bands they’re the future of the genre, the ones taking risks, evolving the sound and doing it all themselves. Show them some love!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Probably my favourite thing is simply creating and witnessing people enjoy the music that we have created. I hate the politics and barriers associated with being an independent artist trying to progress your career.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
For industry to base assumptions on the quality of the music not on who you know or how many likes you’ve bought on social media. Also to allow more emerging acts through – the voice of a generation is not the same voice it was 30 years ago.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Argh so many!! But a toss-up between Swallow The Sun – “New Moon”. I love all of it, every song and I never get sick of it! Its beautifully dark and well written and Heaven Shall Burn – “Veto”, I just love all of it especially the cover of Blind Guardians ‘Valhalla’.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I think all of them have their good points. I love vinyl with its unique sound and that slight crackle when you play them, the fact that you are actually taking time and effort to play to the music too, it’s like a ritual. Not to mention the larger scale cover art is awesome. Tapes remind me of growing up and spending hours recording and creating the ultimate mix – often to the detriment of the quality!! I still dig CD’s – you can get the booklet out, the whole thing is still covered in art and it gives you a sense of the overall band and vibe they’re trying to achieve. I think for pure sound quality though a high quality download will give the listener the ‘truest’ and most accurate sound – even if it is a bit impersonal.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
2018 at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne supporting Cattle Decapitation for the opening night of their Australian Tour. Full house, awesome night.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would be a writer! I restore mid-century furniture so would probably have a lil shop too!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Erik Satie, Tilda Swinton, David Bowie, Vincent Van Gogh, Julian Assange.
What’s next for the band?
“Nameless Horrors” is out next month, so we’ll be busy with that for a while. We are aiming to start getting into field recording over the next few months too – in particular natural sounds to incorporate into our next record. Which we might add are really keen to get started on!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
People are welcome to visit our website to catch up on news, watch videos and buy music
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Bahaha a biscuit for sure!! You can run it through the courts all you want to prove its a cake – but if it’s sold in the biscuit aisle and you can eat it in one bite with a coffee, it’s a biscuit!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for having us Rick! And make sure to stop by our pages to say hey!
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