PERCEPTION Talk Debut EP “Collapse”

Perception

Back in July, the Oxford, UK based tech groove metallers, Perception, released their debut EP titled Collapse. The six-track EP brings a release that is full of crushing riffs, excellent singing and atmosphere overall. Prog Sphere talked with the band about Collapse, and their future plans.

Define the mission of Perception.

We want to write and play music that we all enjoy. We hope that other people will enjoy listening to it.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your recently released EP Collapse and the themes it captures.

About 60% of the EP was written on a computer while Paddy was a little drunk. The remainder was collaboration between Paddy and now ex-members of the band. The themes revolve around a collection of negative thoughts on the current state of affairs and about the way people treat each other.

What is the message you are trying to give with Collapse?

With Collapse we wanted to show that we were ready to take things to the next level. We wanted it to sound better than our previous tracks, so we went with Dan Kerr from Avenue studios to mix and master the EP; and we’re very pleased with the result.

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

For the most part, tracks were written down using a piece of open source notation software called TuxGuitar. Later on in the process demos were recorded and stored as DAW projects; we sieved through the tracks and the best were selected to feature on Collapse.

Perception - Collapse

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Collapse provides a seamless listening experience, with interludes clearly dividing the songs yet at the same time tying the whole release together. Some of this wasn’t really a primary goal through the writing process, but with the help of Avenue Studios, the EP quickly became well planned out dynamically.

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

Once the songs were finalised, we began recording the guitar and bass DI’s to re-amped. Drum parts were recorded as midi via an electric kit and then re-sampled. The vocals for the EP proved a challenge for recording. All of the lyrical content was written by our previous vocalist, and Ben’s vocal style differs considerably, so many hours were spent re-working a portion of the lyrics to allow a more natural feeling and sounding vocal performance on the EP.

How long Collapse was in the making?

The single “Castles” was written in early 2013, so it’s been quite a while since we started writing this. Complications with members led to the construction of the EP being drawn out far longer than we ever intended. The final track to be finished was “Ideologies”; completed 2 years later. It’s out now, so we hope you can appreciate how much we’ve wanted this to be finished!

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

Collapse has been influenced by a wide range of different artists and different styles. From bands such as Architects and Monuments; for most this would seem as fairly obvious influences after just one listen of Collapse. On the flip side, pop acts such as Ellie Goulding, for example, have helped shape the sound of this EP, especially for the more dynamic areas.

Perception

What is your view on technology in music?

Technology in music is something which I think is a lot more controversial than it should be. It’s great when it’s used appropriately. I mean, it’s served us well being able to use technology to our advantage in live performances ever since our second guitar player quit. However, I do see bands thinking it’s a kind of silver bullet for their performances, when they haven’t quite mastered the art of playing with one another, which can be a combination of cringey and straight up bad. Y’know, these days you can fake a good recording, but you can’t fake a good performance (unless you mime that shit).

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

For us personally it’s a positive outlet; it’s good for us in lots of ways. It’s a way to meet people and to go to places we’ve never been and would never normally go. For others, we want them to be able to relate to it, and to engage with us. We want to know other people and what our music means to them.

What are your plans for the future?

More music is on the way. Keep an eye out, it’s far better than Collapse. Promise.

Perception’s Collapse is available from Bandcamp. Follow the band on Facebook.

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