Aliases is a band not many people have heard of, but will soon be impossible to forget. They are experimental progressive metal and push the genre to the very edge. If you love SikTh, then you’ll love this band, as they cover many different genres and tempos within a single song and also feature ex-SikTh guitarist Pin. On the verge of releasing their debut album Safer Than Reality on August 15th, I hit them up for an interview for people to know where Pin has been and that this band is definitely worth checking out. Go to their Facebook page Here.
MEB: So for the people who don’t know about you guys already, tell them a little bit about Aliases and how you guys all came together. What are some other bands the members were in before Aliases?
Aliases: Aliases is a melting pot for some like-minded, musically challenged & crazy individuals. Hopefully you know a bit about us to save us reiterating a life story! However for those who dwell under rocks and in caves…. Guitarist Pin came from former tech metal band SikTh as you may or may not know. He’s the distinctive bald fella with a tiny beard.
Aliases came about when he and guitarist Leah Woodward (who is indeed of the “female” variety) decided long distance projects were moving too slowly and wanted to hit some stages! A local band was then created with the addition of Darren Pugh and Joe Heaton from Manchester metal band Veils.
The challenge was then to find a vocalist! However after what was a relatively short search, Jay Berast approached us. After blowing us away with some rough demos, he ended up a full time member. Unfortunately the ‘local band’ then became international again with Jay living in Paris! Though despite the distance, we seem to have hit the nail on the head in terms of members and productivity!
Pin, what made you continue to make groundbreaking progressive metal instead of going along with any other genre?
I write what comes to my mind naturally. Our writing process is a very organic one with ideas pitched in from everyone equally. We have no set formula, we don’t write to fit into a genre, we don’t write to be technical. We literally write what we would like to hear.
Leah, what guitars and gear do you use in studio and live?
I use Blackmachine Guitars and Parker Guitars live. On recording however you will always be hearing a Blackmachine. The tone and play-ability is just incredible and not one to be substituted.
I use an ENGL Invader 150 and an ENGL V60 Cabinet live. On recording, we have a nice balance between the Diezel Herbert and the ENGL Invader through a Diezel cab. The guitars are re-amped and for us personally, you can’t beat the tone from these!
Jay, who are your main musical influences in your singing ability?
I started singing after listening to a lot of Incubus, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden stuff, doing covers of them with my friends. There were no singing abilities except my mom screaming and asking to turn down the volume. I always enjoyed listening to singers like Brandon Boyd, Corey Taylor, Devin Townsend, Maynard from Tool or more recently Ian Kenny from Karnivool because it is not only about technical abilities but a real energetic performance in the studio and live-wise. I am trying to follow my own way of creating music and singing but I must admit that these guys are a target to achieve.
Darren and Joe, you guys sound very experienced in your playing ability. What other music projects were you in before Aliases?
Prior to Aliases we both played in Manchester metal band Veils. The music was in no way similar to what we’re writing and performing now and Aliases just continues to push our boundaries even further than what we thought was possible.
When is your next release going to be out under Basick Records?
Safer Than Reality is out on Basick Records on August 15th. Pre-orders will be available from Basick soon. Until then, you can pick up a track for free here http://www.basickrecords.com/free_aliases_track
We would certainly love to hit the US!! If they want us? As far as tours are concerned, there are a lot of great things in the pipeline and we will be announcing those soon! It’s definitely the best part for us and we can’t wait to be back out there causing some chaos!
What finally decided it was time to head to the studio and make this long awaited debut?
Everything in this band has moved quickly. Although it may seem like people have been waiting for a while, we have only been a band since April 2010! Since then we have released our first demo, played Euroblast Festival, signed with Basick Records, recorded our debut CD and played our first tour. I don’t think there was ever a decision to go into the studio, it was inevitable and we wanted to put our music out as quickly as possible to get out on the road.
What is the meaning behind the name Aliases?
Band names are hard to choose and we went through a lot of ideas before sticking with this one. We like the idea of multiple identities and that it reflects our musical style, our music is not mono-directional and we are not afraid to mix it up in terms of style and feeling.
What is the message you’re trying to send out with your music?
There isn’t a serious message of any kind. We have no sensible, political, religious or views of any value to pass on. We play what we enjoy and simply hope that you enjoy it as much as we do!
As a band we put as much as we can into everything we do, from the music video to recording to our live show. We like to go a bit crazy and get things moving. Hopefully we can send out some of our energy along with the music and have some fun times!
What advice can you give to people who want to start their own band?
We’re not the best people to come to as far as advice is concerned! There are a lot of factors that need to be right to make a band work. It’s all about working with the right bunch of people and putting the right amount of time and effort into creating a quality product. Not only the music, but merchandise, artwork, press packs, live show, the list is endless!
Any shoutouts you guys want to give?
Nothing spectacular, just a massive thank you to everyone who has helped us out in any way so far, from as much as a comment on our profile to a bed on tour. You guys have been amazing.
As for individual shout outs, Rick Powell, Benjamin Cappalletti, Seldon Hunt, Faadzil Osman and all the guys at Basick Records and Hold Tight! PR.
We couldn’t give shout outs without saying how much we miss our good friends in Cyclamen and Chimp Spanner and we hope to tour with you guys again real soon!
Any last words for your fans?
Chicken Winging, Un Oiseaux dans le cul, Strongbow shoes, safety.