Peralis – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
We are a metal band from the great Emerald Isle of Ireland. On record and at live shows anything and everything is to be expected as we like to chase that innovative Irish dragon.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
We comprise of members from three successful Irish Heavy Rock/Metal bands ‘Kerouac’, ‘Marabou’ and ‘Syllian Rayle’. In 2019 we burst onto the scene with years of high intensity live shows and critically acclaimed releases already under their belts. We spent the last few months writing songs and shaping a sound that will keep fans of Keroauc, Marabou and Syllian Rayle very, very happy but the new expansion in sound scape will open the doors to new further reaching audiences.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Peralis have so many huge musical inspirations but to mention a few we’d have to say Deftones, Mastodon, Fear Factory, Insomnium, Richie Kotzen, Gojira. Ramones, Green Day, Alice in Chains, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins and Amon Amarth. Non musical heroes would be our very supportive partners and parents who have always had our backs when it comes to music.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Collectively our dreams and goals are to continue playing our music for our fans, families and friends who have given us such amazing support.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Musically we write and arrange as a band. Lyrically Ren and AJ our vocalists write about many topics such as personal struggles, strife witnessed in others, the search for contentment, determination of self and also venting about a**holes.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
We promote through Facebook on our Peralis page. We’ve recently started our Instagram (peralismusic) and Twitter pages. Peralis updates and news is available at BMJ Records UK via the Righteous Paradise website. Also our YouTube channel is ‘Ren Marabou’ so please go check us out there too.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
The idea of downloading music from a musician’s point of view can be seen as a plus and a minus. On one hand it is a great way for bands to get noticed and listed to but on the other record sales have dropped significantly and we rely on touring as a main income stream. Companies and platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Amazon music etc are great for up and coming artists. Our new Double A-Side Single ‘Primal Self’ – ‘Contort, Thrive, Survive’ is now available on all these major platforms aswell as others including YouTube, Deezer and Google Music.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
I’d have to say ‘You can’t save me’ by Richie Kotzen, the song is driven by emotion. lyrically the raw expression of pain, honesty, acceptance, and the battle for inner strength is pure inspiration for me (Ren).
‘Basket Case’ from Green Day as it’s the song that got me into Punk (AJ).
Anything from Alice in Chains or Smashing Pumpkins cos they’re untouchable
Every Tool song ever written, because the bass lines on them all are unreal (Kalebh)
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Drama, evil doers, people who don’t like animals, onions, bad drivers and mysteriously disappearing socks and guitar picks.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Personally we all have individual proud musical moments. Myself (Ren vocalist and Lead guitarist) I have a few moments, one of which is playing Taubertal Festival in Germany the year the Legendary Iggy Pop headlined. It was such an honour. Another proud moment myself and Kalebh (bassist) had was in our previous band Marabou when we earned a support slot on tour with Cavalera Conspiracy. Our Drummer Moe had the honour of playing on stage with Green Day so that would be one of his. For AJ (vocal and guitar) it would be Peralis signing to BMJ Records UK in 2019 but you could also add that to the rest of the bands proudest moments too.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
We recently just finished work on our music videos for our current single releases (check’m out on the Ren Marabou YouTube channel and our Facebook page). Next we plan to hit the studio again around April to finish work on the rest of the song for our new EP. Which is set for release before summer 2020 hits.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
We have some really exciting shows in the coming few months. Next up will be in Dublin on the 16th of March in Fibber Magees. It will be the retirement night of a legendary sound engineer called JC who should also be on our musical influence list. The night will be in honour of the main man and will see some of Irelands best heavy bands sharing the stage.