Hailing from Arras in France, Pegasus is a metalcore band which has lured keen attention with the recent release of their striking debut EP, Fairytale. Following a pair of well-received singles over the previous two years, the new proposition from the quintet of vocalist Thomas, guitarists Damien and Florent, bassist Raphaël, and drummer Sylvain, suggests Pegasus has the potential to make a firm mark beyond their local metal scene. Wanting to know more and with thanks to the band, we look at the beginnings of Pegasus, their new EP, and plenty more…
Hi guys and thanks for taking time out to talk with us.
Can you first introduce the band and give us some background to how it all started and what brought you all together?
We are Pegasus from Northern France, and we play loud music! We can define it as metalcore with little djent or progressive metal parts.
Originally formed by the drummer and the singer, there have been some changes in the line-up of the band and some of us met before being in the band, some of us met by joining the band.
Have you all been involved in other bands before? If so how has previous experiences impacted on what you are doing now, in maybe inspiring a change of style or direction?
Some of us have been involved in different bands which had good levels, but still this is not the first band for any of us.
Indeed there are impacts on what we do because the advantage of every first time is to show you how not to do things. Thanks to our former bands, we are more sure of what we want and what goals we need to reach, and how to reach them.
What inspired the band name?
Continents is band which inspired me a lot these last years. Their song Pegasus, Pegasus is a call for freedom, to free yourself from your chains and live without drowning. It makes you understand that when really you want something you have to go for it. It’s the perfect representation of Pegasus, and a state of mind which fits us.
Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted your sound to offer?
It’s always more enjoyable to play the music you love with people than playing it alone in your room. And playing it with people you find agreeable to be with is even better. We had a pretty accurate idea of the kind of music we wanted to play and our way to compose makes everyone in the band love all of what we do. We did not try to make something in particular; it just came out like this.
Do the same things still drive the band when it was fresh-faced or have they evolved over time?
Our minds, motivations and ways to compose and play have not changed. We see things in the same way, but bigger. We first met to play music we love with people we love, and we still do.
Since your early days, how would you say your sound has evolved?
With the arrival of new people the band stabilized itself and our style has become more complex, more complete. The band is more solid, more mature and we can feel it in our music. We tried to leave out easy or rehash parts and let our role model bands inspire us more
Do you have more of an organic movement in your sound or do you deliberately go out to try new things?
We can say both. As we said, with new people even with the same state of mind, our music has changed. And to please everyone, we had to try new things. Seeing the result, we all agree that these changes happened for the best.
Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted not only on the band’s music but your personal approach and ideas to creating and playing music?
We listen to a lot of bands of many different styles so we sure have a wide range of inspirations. It has impacted us by opening our minds, showing us plenty of ways to compose music. We are no more limited to the genre we listened to first when we were young. And even in our style, a lot of bands play the same genre with very different methods. There are no limits when you want to do music!
Is there a regular process to the songwriting of the band?
Our guitarists first compose the song. Then we all add our personal touch. We change some parts if it doesn’t suit everyone and we add some little details to make it more brutal, catchy or atmospheric.
The biggest part is done by the guitarists, but we all work on it. Of course we are inspired by bands we like a lot, but we are careful not to copy them.
Where do you, more often than not, draw the inspirations to the lyrical side of your songs?
Events of the past and future inspire us a lot. Our society is fucked up; many things are faked or hidden on different levels. That’s what we want to say through my lyrics. In our EP, the point is to show the strengths and weaknesses of people through a Fairy Tale metaphor
Give us some background to that release.
It’s our first release and we have been working on it for a long time. We had to deal with changes in the line-up and it delayed the creative process a lot.
But it’s finally here, and we are proud of the result. The work was really worth it. We released it via White Tower and now we want to play it a lot, in every place we can!
And the themes and premise behind it and its songs?
We tried to denounce how some things in our society are hidden or kept secret from the masses, how only the good sides of things are shown. The Fairy Tale in our songs is the part made for the masses. A story made to be beautiful without mentioning the hard truth.
Tell us about the recording of the EP and the studio process.
It’s difficult to answer this question. We recorded the guitars, the bass and additional parts at home. Our guitarists have really good material and know how to use it very well!
With this way of working, we always make the songs evolve until our sound engineer (Harry from Efficient Records) gets it for mixing and mastering. But we recorded the drums parts in the first place (at the Boss Hog Studio) as we did not want a digital drum song and preferred it natural. So the biggest parts of each song were done before the beginning of any recordings, and minor changes were still made during the recordings.
What about the live side to the band?
We work hard to give the best of us and of our music! We always end up exhausted after a show; we put a lot of energy in it. We have recently worked countless hours on light programming. But the effort was worth it!
This is the side we enjoy the most. That’s the best way for us to show our songs to the people. Seeing the public enjoying the moment while we play is always something really thrilling!
It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield.
How have you found life as an emerging band in France? Are there the opportunities to make a mark if the drive is there for new bands?
Make the music the way you feel. You can always do perfect music, but if you do it just because you know it will work without feeling it there is something missing a people can easily feel it. But doing good music and feeling it is always good!
And you need to not be afraid to contact people/organization that can help you promote your work. If you expect opportunities to come on their own, they won’t. We have the chance to work with White Tower for promotion and digital distribution, and Ventures Group for the booking.
How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date? Do you see it as something destined to become a negative from a positive as the band grows and hopefully gets increasing success or is it more that bands struggling with it are lacking the knowledge and desire to keep it working to their advantage?
The internet offers the opportunity to share your music really easily. The negative side is that everyone can do it too, and you are lost in a sea of new bands/artists. By having an easy way to be visible, you have fewer chances to be noticed. It forces bands to find new ways to promote their work, and it can be really positive.
We can see a lot of amazing stuff today. Knowing how to use tools on the internet is very important today. Doing this today without the internet seems impossible.
Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add or reveal for the readers?
Thank for listening to us!
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The RingMaster Review 19/03/2016