MAKE WAY FOR MAN: Repairing Damage

Make Way For Man

Australian progressive metalcore sextet Make Way For Man put out their debut EP Evolve and Repair back in March. The EP is a strong introductory release for a band that definitely has a lot to display. In an interview for Prog Sphere, the band talks about the debut EP, but also about their future.

Define the mission of Make Way For Man.

To play progressive heavy music in a digestible way so the average listener can enjoy.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut EP “Evolve and Repair” and the themes it captures.

The EP was a mix of new material and material never recorded from a previous band that Adam and Drew were playing in. The initial riff ideas were conceived by Drew and then drum ideas added by Jordan. We then arranged the songs to flow nicely for vocals to be laid over the top. The theme of the EP is Mans impact on the earth in both positive and negative ways.

What is the message you are trying to give with “Evolve and Repair”?

The main message is that every man, woman and child has it within themselves to make positive change and repair the damage we’ve done as a species.

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Pro Tools is the main recording software we use. We use midi drums initially to get a feel for the songs. All guitars and bass we do pre production and then demo the vocals. Once we are all happy with the song we will go into a studio to track everything properly.

Make Way For Man - Evolve & Repair

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

On some songs yes on other no. Some songs such as The End is Up To Me came about quite fast and had no set direction, it was just constructed as to what felt right for the song. Other songs we had a set direction and knew we wanted a ‘breakdown’ here or a ‘solo’ here.

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

We had the benefit of recording all guitars and bass at a home studio so we could take the time to get everything as we wanted. We always wanted to get a really organic drum sound, not too over processed or electronic sounding so we used a local studio that is renown for quality recordings. All vocals were done at a friend’s studio so we could experiment and get everything done without having a time limit.

How long “Evolve and Repair” was in the making?

It was a year in the making. We had released one single to start things off and it did quite well so we knew we needed to start writing an EP asap. We ended up cutting back some songs we felts weren’t right for the ep so we may end up using them on the full length album.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

There’s 6 people with very different influences in this band but we can agree on some common influences which would be Preiphery, Meshuggah, Veil of Maya, animals as leaders. There’s also pop influences, rock, death metal, it’s pretty broad we like to dabble in as many genres as possible to keep things interesting.

What is your view on technology in music?

We are all about technology in music, our whole live set up depends on it! From a recording aspect using Axe fx and digital guitar signals means we can re amp to any sound we chose in the time it takes to play the song through, which is pretty amazing when you think about it. Any technology that will help us streamline our recording process and live performance is something we will always be looking out for.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

We have had some positive messages from people saying that our music has helped them in some way such as getting them through a rough patch of their lives or helping them take on a problem or challenge so I think whether we realise it or not our music has had an individual purpose for whoever is listening an interpreting it. Music keeps us sane so that would be the main purpose we do it!

What are your plans for the future?

Tour, tour, tour. We have wanted to come to Europe and the UK for some time now but as of yet have not made it so that’s our main objective. We will also be releasing 2 new singles early next year along with a full length album.

Grab a copy of Evolve and Repair from Bandcamp. Like Make Way For Man on Facebook.

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