Absinthe From Society (Interview)
Today we speak to Absinthe From Society.
Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?
Ian Harper (Lead Vocals, Guitar, and Keyboard) Alexis Graham (Bass guitar and Backing Vocals)
Alliye Kim (Original drummer) recorded and released Projection Infection together (2012).
Adam Roberts ( Drummer June 2015 – present) and Ian Harper where introduced together through an acquaintance that they both knew from the liquor store din their neighbourhood and they clicked right away. Adam had been in a previous Blue Collar Rock and Roll band named Rogue and was looking for another project that was heavier and edgier in sound. We have done a total of 18 shows in little over a year.
So what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)
Inspiration for this EP comes from life experiences (good/bad) , the world and society that we live in and the consequences of life’s actions. It was written and finished in a year. The sound is mostly written by Ian (Saint Absinthe) Harper on guitar or piano first which is mostly comprised of minor chords followed with sustainable melodies.
Adam and Alexis write the rhythmic portions of AFS together, switching instruments with one other, having fun and are inspired by numerous styles of music (Heavy Metal, Prog Metal, Rock and Roll, Classic Rock, and Punk Rock).
How did you go about making it?
We did not have much for funds but luckily Adam knew a guy from the previous recordings with other bands and so he was able to cut us a wicked deal and so “The Angels Ignored Us” was recorded in a local Edmonton small studio, for a fraction of the price it would normally cost. AFS recorded the music in December and then there was editing what was recorded as well as working with the producer, Q Mike, and then it was later Mastered by Glen Allan, all within the month of January.
Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?
We have definitely learned a lot about each other as musicians as well as individuals. We are all friends in this band. (most musicians have an ego it’s just a matter of how big!), and we all get along like a family. Everyone is open to trying anything new in this band, the skies the limit. We do however stick to what does work and that Ian writes the songs, Adam writes drums and followed by Lexi on bass guitar.
What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?
Gibson guitars. B.C. Rich guitars. Marshall Head and Cab. Mesa Boogie Stiletto Ace 2×12 Combo
Yorkville bass cab. LTD bass. Tama Starclassic. Yamaha PA.
Anything you’re keen to use on your next album?
The Theremin! We would be open to adding another guitar player so that Ian can play more keyboards.
Any future plans for your solo work, or do you have other projects on the horizon?
We are currently working on a full-length album. Ian is working with various artists at any given time. Adam has been in various projects in the past but for the last year has focused his attention solely on AFS. Lexi hasn’t had the urge to join any other projects because she is also going to school.
Let’s have a few general questions now. What do you see as a musicians role in society?
Musicians have always had an important role in society. They can resonate with how listeners feel and say what others cannot find words for. Musicians should understand that they are role models for younger musicians, who will follow in their footsteps. Music is a business and should be respected and treated as such, no matter what genre it is. It’s about showing up, doing a good gig and being rewarded for the hard work that you have done. Musicians are constantly inspiring people in the world.
How’s the scene different in your country to what we’re familiar with?
The scene is definitely different to what we where used to going up, being that we are all from different places in Canada.
Ian is from Thunder Bay, ON, Adam is from Kingston, ON, and Lexi is from Penticton, B.C. We all met in Edmonton where there is a good variety of musicians but it’s mostly Blues, Blues Rock, Metal driven area. Lucky for us. We all grew up in different ways but we are all from the same generation (’85/’86). Canada is an amazing country to live in because it is really a multicultural place, so you can get a glimpse of many different genres of music.
Anything unique to your country?
We can buy milk in bags, as well as cartons and plastic jugs. We tend to balance outdoor living with city life and are pretty accepting of everyone. We aren’t quick to judge anyone unless they get all judgy. We handles winters like a boss! (And you all ride mooseseses to work, yes? We ride elephants to work here in South Africa. -Ed)
Hockey is life for a lot of us in Canada but not all. Ian and Lexi can’t skate.
Where do you stand on music videos?
Absolutely! We plan on doing one this up coming summer for the song A Man Possessed. They tell a story, adding on to what the song and the words already do.
Do you see their value in today’s world?
If you look at he bands like “The Wild” and how much they have benefited from music videos it’s an easy no brainier. They will still be making music videos 50 years form now or maybe even longer.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Adam: I truly believe that it’s flooded with mediocre talent.
Any advice for new bands?
Practice everyday for at least 30 minutes, if not longer. Practice with people that are at the same level as you or better. Be as professional as possible because you never know who you will meet at a show. Networking and playing in other projects is a good thing. Bring your best to each show, and leave it all on the stage. Engage the audience as much as you can because it should always be a show!
Let’s have some generic questions. Star Wars or Star Trek?
Ian: Star Trek!
Adam: Star Wars!
Lexi: Oh God!
Bring on the Sci-Fi Horror because absolutely nothing scares us, or at least not the rhythm section.
Books or Comics?
Comics! Walking Dead all the way! Keep calm and kill Zombies. Ian likes Cracked.com
Anything you’d like to tell our readers?
Thanks for reading, check us out on Facebook and Twitter and we hope to see you at a show.
Any last words for our readers?
Buy the EP and support up-and-coming bands!