Aeonic Impulse from Los Angeles are a part of our recent Progotronics compilation with the song called “Existing Within the REM,” taken from their last year’s debut album ‘A Night for the Troubled‘ (which we reviewed here). As a part of the Progotronics feature, rhythm guitarist Ryan Rappaport spoke for Prog Sphere about the band’s mission, the album, and future.
Define the mission of Aeonic Impulse.
We really just want to create music using inspiration from as many different sources as possible. It’s always exciting to see where we can draw influence from next!
Tell me about the creative process that informed your album A Night for the Troubled and the themes it captures.
I wrote the lyrics for “Regretful Insomnia” about the time we started. It became the second song that we ever wrote, the first one, funny enough, was one that is going to end up on the second album as it didn’t fit the theme of ANFTT. Anyway we wrote “Awaken Away” after “Regretful Insomnia” and decided to bridge those two songs together because of a similar theme. Next we wrote “Staring At Static” as that bridge and later decided to keep writing until we had our 6 part concept album.
What is the message you are trying to give with A Night for the Troubled?
Our music generally is about what it means to be human. ANFTT represents some of our nights without sleep, our dreams, and how we reflect on them.
How did you document the music while it was being formulated?
While we were coming up with the songs we would just record whatever progress we made on our phones during practices.
Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?
At first we wrote the songs to be stand alone but with the themes of them all being so close together we tried to come up with ways to make them flow into one another.
Describe the approach to recording the album.
For 5 out of the 6 songs we wrote lyrics first then the music. The only exception to this was with “View of the Sunrise” which was written musically around Charlie Chaplin’s speech in “The Great Dictator.” Jordan‘s lyrics were added in after in this case.
How long A Night for the Troubled was in the making?
It’s been 5 years since we started as a band so about that long. [laughs] With writing, recording, and raising the funds needed to release an album it’s been quite a trek. Of course the next release will take a lot less time to get out there!
Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?
There are wayyyyyyyyyy too many to list. [laughs] Our main influences are Steven Wilson, Pink Floyd, Coheed and Cambria, Tool, AFI, Dream Theater, The Dear Hunter, Devin Townsend, Opeth and many others! We have a much larger list on our “About” section on Facebook for anyone interested in checking it out.
What is your view on technology in music?
Depends on the application. Technological advancements are always happening and there are some things that can make a musician’s life so much easier. At the end of the day it’s about practicing and refining your instrument. It’s always cool to see what comes out next though!
Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?
For us it’s just about writing music that we love to play. If someone is able to get something out of what we are playing then we are happy to have been able to make that connection with them.
What are your plans for the future?
Tour and release more music! Who knows what else the future has in store?
Aeonic Impulse line-up:
Ryan Rappaport (Rhythm Guitars)
Jordan Salfity (Lead Guitars/Backup Vocals)
Gasper Gray (Lead Vocals)
Fernando “Fernie” Guerrero (Drums/Percussion)
Jess Bogener (Bass)
Cover photo by Over the Avenue Productions