Five & Five: Aegaeon
Our EMURGMetal maven Carey had a chat with Jerry Grannan, composer, guitarist, and co-producer for the band Aegeaon, an up and coming DIY working class metal band from Evansville, Indiana that formed in 2008. Carey had a lot to ask Grannan whose band just released their latest EP Being over the summer and was just named EMURGMetal band of the month for September.
EMURG: 1. How did you come up with the band name?
JG: Nick and I were into mythology in high school. We searched through stories and came upon “Aegaeon”, a fifty headed beast who guards the Titans in Tartarus. That seemed pretty fucking metal at the time.
EMURG: 2. What artists/bands/songs/albums influenced you?
JG: In all honesty, there aren’t any conscious direct influences that spill into our creative process. We all have favorite bands, we all have personal influences, but when you write you want to start with a truly original idea. That being said, Hans Zimmer played a role in the orchestral elements that now play a big role in our sound.
EMURG: 3. What are you listening to right now?
JG: The sound of silence. Not Simon and Garfunkel, I’m taking a break. Actually I’m going to listen to The Sound Of Silence right now.
EMURG: 4. What’s your favorite show/performance been as a band?
JG: Performing at The Whiskey in Hollywood, CA this summer was insane. Also, the Jamboree Music Festival in Toledo, OH this April in front of our biggest crowd ever.
EMURG: 5. If I want people to remember one song from our band, it would be”¦
JG: Our biggest “hits” have been “Demise”, “Reshaping The Multiverse” and “Dimensions Of Reality.”
EMURG: 1. One of your band’s blog posts several months ago mentioned that you left your drummer and became a four piece. What is the drummer situation like now?
JG: We have a couple touring drummers now, no permanent member. Anthony Barone is one of them, he’s a Berklee student and tours/records with us in the summer. He’s very talented.
EMURG: 2. While I was reviewing Being, I could only find the lyrics for “Demise” and “Human”, so I couldn’t make an accurate assessment on the topic of this album. I did post my own rather incomplete interpretation of the lyrical content, suggesting that the speaker of the lyrics is a transhuman contemplating the past, present, and future of itself/humanity. How close or how far off is my interpretation? Just what is Being about?
JG: Your interpretation was interesting. I don’t really know that this EP told a definitive story. It’s moreso about the idea that the listener can take some inspiration to live his/her life in a decent way from the lyrical content. It was a more cerebral, different for each listener, philosophically poking around kind of approach. That wasn’t a very good answer, I’ve always struggled to explain myself after I’ve already explained it. Listen to the material, let it speak to you.
EMURG: 3. I admit that when I first heard of Aegaeon, I thought you were on a big-time (for metal) label with a decent financial backing. However, you guys remain unsigned. Is that going to be one of the things you want people to remember about you, or have you guys simply have not found a good deal?
JG: We haven’t received the right offer. To us, It isn’t about who is the biggest or who can put us on the “best” tours with the “best” bands. We are a family, we want to remain that way. I want a small label that works very hard for the band because they know and love who we are and what we do. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like labels typically see it that way…They want your $$$$$$$$!
EMURG: 4. Why did you decide to release an EP a year after your debut full-length? Do you guys like to keep busy and keep fans satiated, or perhaps the music you really want to play benefits from a shorter duration?
JG: I can only speak for myself here. I am evolving as a composer, and I feel that Aegaeon needs to reflect that. I’m 21 years old, and I’ve only been writing this stuff for a couple years. Give us some time, the tunes are ever-improving.
EMURG: 5. I know bands don’t like being assigned a specific genre, but I still want to touch upon deathcore. Your music is definitely a bit more progressive than most deathcore releases, and I wonder if you would consider calling yourselves progressive deathcore. Is that the case, or do you think the progressive modifier has been abused a lot lately and that this is simply what good deathcore sounds like?
JG: The genre name-calling game is completely absurd in extreme music in my opinion. Call us a heavy band. If you hate us, hate us. If you like us, like us. I don’t care if we’re Scandinavian neo-classical twist-pop progressive djent crabcore, or whatever the hell. Just listen to taste.