Interview with Infinitee. (Band Interview)
This week we speak to Tres Thomas from Infinitee. Tres Thomas is also a guitarist of Tales Of The Tomb. He formed INFINITEE in 2016. It quickly became its own iconoclastic beast, forging its own musical path. Debut album “The Possibilities Are Endless” is only the starting point, INFINITEE has the potential to become huge. Tres explains “the band has somehow evolved its way into the band it is today.”
Let’s start with this: What’s the history of Infinitee?
It started a year or two ago when I decided to start writing the album. I was always uncertain what kind of band I wanted to play in, but I definitely knew I wanted to play in a metal band. So that’s why the backbone of Infinitee is metal, but there are different sub-genres also put in the music. For now, there’s only one member for recording and writing purposes, but I will later get live members for shows.
What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)?
I’d it’s both trained and amateur depending on for exactly what in music. When it comes to writing, or theory or anything from the guitar aspect, it is more on the trained side. I’ve been playing the guitar for 11 years and I studied music briefly at MacEwan. But also outside of school, I continued studying music myself. For recording, it’s more amateur so I only record demos for reference for live members or myself. On occasion, I’ll post demos online.
So what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)
I definitely wanted most of the songs to be different in their own right, but have one common theme. I wanted them all sound as metal as possible, but break out in very odd or uncommon ways. To have songs that build up and feel like they’re about to go into a breakdown, but go into a funk riff instead. A lot of progressive metal bands such as Modern Day Babylon, Animals As Leaders, The Algorithm, etc., inspired the sound a great deal, but I also listen to bands that aren’t metal like My Chemical Romance and Dance Gavin Dance, so they definitely have their place in the sound too. It’s just not as apparent.
How did you go about making it?
After a couple of years of writing and making demos, I decided it was time to go to a studio and make the album a real thing. I started a fundraiser to start the album just with friends, family and other bands in my area, and some of them heard demos, most didn’t hear a single note before pitching in the fundraiser. The people that helped the starting funds for the album are in the credits on the physical album. After getting the money necessary to star, it was 2 days/16 hours of recording with Brett Reid at Resonate Studios. After recording was finished, I needed it to get the guitars revamped, and the album mixed and mastered, so I contacted Tomáš Raclavský of Modern Day Babylon. I always loved his mixes and guitar tones from his album, and he engineered it all, so it was the obvious choice. He has a super top-notch studio in Czech called Babylon Studios where he mixes everything. I got the album art by Mark Cooper. I always loved the work he did with Rings Of Saturn, so once again it was an obvious choice.
Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?
I learned a lot. I had no idea how much work goes into making a record besides the obvious part of sitting in a studio and laying down tracks such as distribution, printing, marketing etc. It all sounds trivial but it really takes a lot. But I also learned how rewarding it is at the end.
What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?
At the moment, the only notable gear that I used on the record are my Strandberg Boden 8 string. It’s absolutely my favourite guitar. For live purposes, my ENGL Powerball is essential to my tone as well as my Airis Savage Drive.
Anything you’re keen to use on your next album?
Definitely, my Strandberg because it was amazing to use in the studio for the long 8 hour sessions.
Any future plans for your solo work, or do you have other projects on the horizon?
I have one more album for Infinitee that is fully ready to record and working on a third. I play in a death metal band Tales Of The Tomb which is working on recording our second album soon.
Any plans for upcoming live shows?
At this time, not yet.
Let’s have a few general questions now.
What do you see as a musicians role in society?
Musicians are definitely meant to entertain, to bring people together and to make art that will leave an impression on the world.
How’s the scene different in your country to what we’re familiar with? -Anything unique to your country?
One thing that is unique to Edmonton’s metal scene is this 100:1 ratio of guitar players to drummers. Maybe other cities/ countries also suffer from this as well, but I’d like to hope that it’s not as problematic anywhere else.
Where do you stand on music videos? -Do you see their value in today’s world?
Music videos will always be important. They were more important in the 80’s because YouTube or even the internet didn’t exist, so you could only learn about new bands on TV. The internet has just expedited that process and made it more accessible. I think in modern metal, however, we get less ‘music videos’ and more ‘play through’ videos. Both are pretty much synonymous these days. At the end of the day, it’s a video of people miming their parts over the studio recording.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
People buying records. I wish that would happen more. Whether it’s digital or physical! I get the whole idea of convenience from streaming, but it totally devalues what musicians are trying to put out in the first place. Music. It’s ironic because the one thing that was supposed to push musicians forward has been, in most cases, a hindrance. But the flip side is that it has made musicians more active in pursuing music as a career and forced musicians to make money outside of selling music.
Any advice for new bands?
Practice, patience and persevere. Nothing comes fast or easy, especially in music so keep pushing because when you give up, the only thing that will be certain is failure. Also, play lots of shows and play anytime you get a chance. Even if a show feels like a ‘waste of time’, go play it anyway because it’ll make you practice things that you normally don’t, such as having a timely sound check and ensuring your load-in/load –out or set up/ tear down times are rather quick. Taking too long on any of these are a sure fire way to make sure no one wants to play with your band. Also bring your own cabinets (as often as you can).
Let’s have some generic questions.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Wars because I sleep through Star Trek.
Sci-Fi or Fantasy?
Neither because I don’t watch movies and I’ll certainly sleep through the whole thing.
Still a no from me, but for the exact opposite reason that I will never sleep again.
Books or Comics?
I don’t partake in either.
Trump or Putin?
I’m not educated in politics to know which is better because I always see governments as the same side of the coin for corruption and everything polarizing in today’s society. However, I don’t trust people enough to govern themselves.
Anything you’d like to tell our readers?
My first release is coming out April 20th, so if you’re not too engulfed in the activities that usually happen on that particular day, make sure to remember to buy your copy on Itunes or Bandcamp.
Any last words for our readers?
Thank you for reading and hope to see you all on the road one day!