Within Rust, a progressive rock band from Delta, British Columbia is releasing their EP, “Born” on April 21st, and I have been given the great pleasure of doing a pre-release review / interview.
The band consists of Nolen Scott, Lewis Scott, Taj Wheeler and Matt Gage. The band was formed in 2011, after the death of one of many typical high school bands. The rest, so they say, is history.
The opening song on their EP is also their first single, Watch me. At first listen, I immidietaly called it “Metal”, but upon a few more times listening, it is rock, but certainly has a bit of metal tied in there, when I stated this, I was told that it was quite the compliment.
For those who like heavier rock and / or metal, you will especially love the second song, Algorithms, which for me moves away from rock and makes its way to the metal side of things. And I must say, even though I’m not typically a “metal” fan, I did enjoy the song, as well as the whole EP.
The final song, Alive with Ease was probably my favorite from the EP. The lyrics in this song are well written, and the band does an amazing job, Nolen on vocals shows a bit softer side to his voice and it really rounds out the EP.
I had a chance to ask Nolen a few questions, so here goes:
We know how the band was formed and when, but how did you guys meet?
NS: I met Taj, our bassist, on a multi-school trip to China, I’ve known Matt, the guitarist, for a really long time. We go back to one of the first School of Rock camps at R and R Music (now Long and Mcquade Delta) and I went to school with Lewis our drummer in this tiny school called Delview.
What other artists/ bands influence your music?
NS: We’re influenced by way too many artists, so I’ll try to sum this up quickly. Band wide influences vary from Rush, Periphery, John Mayer, Deftones, Radiohead, Animals as Leaders, Billy Talent, Tesseract, Filter, and Coldplay to Frank Ocean, Odd Future, The Gorillaz and Queen. We all have our favourite artists from like the 50’s as well, Jazz, Blues, ect. along with the amazing locals we call friends that continuously give us inspiration and new ideas.
What’s your favorite song to play live?
NS: Without a doubt my favourite song to play live is Alive With Ease. Its not super hard on my voice, it carries lots of emotion and there’s lots of room for my microkorg synthesizer, and I kind of love my microkorg lol The final piece of that song with all the double kick, the driving bass, and squealing synth is the closest we’ve ever been to that perfect live moment I’m always chasing.
If you could tour with any band, who would you choose?
NS: If I could tour with any band… It would be Radiohead cause I wanna get the Thom Yorke cold shoulder and it would be kind of hilarious for a band that gets compared to the Post-Hardcore genre more than anything to open for them instead of an Indie Synth Pop band. It would kind of be a throwback to their roots in ‘Grungy’ Alt Rock. Either them or Periphery cause Periphery is really changing the landscape of heavier and not so much heavier music. We’re just a baby right now though so I think I’d like to start with SEEING these two bands play, since I haven’t got the opportunity yet.
How important is social media in the music industry?
NS: Social Media is probably the most important thing out there right now. Social proof has become such a huge thing that people will sell views, likes, song plays, you name it. We’re not as good at the social media thing as we should be honestly but we’re young and learning so we’re not as bad as we could be.
And, of course I stayed true to my typical interview style and included a few non-background related questions:
What is the first album you remember buying?
NS: First album I really remember having is Rush: Chronicles, but I got that for Christmas. First one I remember buying? It was probably Backstreet Boys on tape or one of those YTV compilation tapes. I was 5?
If you could only use one word to sum up your band, what word would you choose?
What would you like to say to your fans?
NS: Thanks for paying attention to our developmental stresses put into song, and I promise you will love this short record.
Be sure to check out Within Rust on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/withinrust?fref=ts
Look out for their upcoming release, you won’t regret it.
-Jenna Melanson- Canadian Beats