How would you classify your music?
Morgan Adames (lead guitarist/vocalist) : I’d say that we are a blend of Progressive Rock, Alternative Rock, with some Rap, Post Punk, and Post Grunge.
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Deftones, Rage Against the Machine, A Perfect Circle, Tool, Rise Against, Silver Chair, The Fall of Troy.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
I want to give our listeners a doorway into their own souls. I want to open conversations and ideas. I want to dig deep, and find something great within.
Can you tell us a bit about your last album? How does it differ from the other albums?
Our debut album strives to ask the tough questions about life. The truth is often beautiful, but it is painful nonetheless. I want to bring progressive riffs and merge them with a lyrical uppercut to the soul. If I don’t make my listeners ponder their place in this world, then I have failed.
What do you love and hate about the Music Business?
The music business is like a double edged sword, except that there’s no handle to hold onto it. It’s all blade, and it hurts. Specifically, I dislike the constant misinformation out there. It’s very difficult to get straight answers. Half-truths seem to be the norm. I think there is a large gap between the perception of being a successful musician, and what is required to actually become one. I dislike how time consuming and costly this process can be.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
My favorite concert ….. hmmm……I’ll have to get back to you on that one. As far as playing live goes . . . The best moment on stage is the point of total comfort. The point that only comes when you are in total sync with your band, and everything is clear. Those moments where you stop worrying about hitting those perfect notes, and you get to connect with everyone in the room. The feeling of being in control. You feel free. You feel like you’re at the top of your game. – Or not. Sometimes you are honestly insecure on an outside subject matter, but because you feel tight with your group and you have a connection with your audience, you can open up and have a real moment together. You can share your wounds and heal from them together. And if you are lucky, perhaps help heal someone else at the same time, or prepare them better for upcoming struggles.
Do you have a latest video to talk about?
Our latest music video is titled, “Undone”. Musically, it’s a merge of alternative rock and rock-rap. Lyrically, it’s a close look into what makes our society tick, and what holds us back. I really try to spell out the main issues that we all go through. If I can help make us aware of some things, perhaps I can be part of real solutions in our lifetime.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years?
I started this project as a somewhat different person. I had the drive and the guts, but I didn’t have the direction. I was very eager to excel, but I had to learn many lessons the hard way. I meant well, but I was naive. It took me years of taking bad advice before I realized that giving everyone the benefit of the doubt was not a perfect strategy. If I really wanted to make an impact on what I cared about, then I had to find ways to actually get the job done. The road taken became a very different path than I had imagined. The walk became a desperate run, and the miles soon became worlds away. I also had to treat this as my one and only shot at letting everyone see me for who I really was, and not some half empty shell I had been showing. Take your soul, like an old wooden box in your hand. Pry open the hinges and look deep inside. The glow is bright and sometimes hurts like a sun to stare at directly. Stare long and hard and see a glimpse of your truth. Then set it aside, and go back to the box. Take a chisel and carve and scrap all of the gunk from the inside of the box. Peel away every nasty buried part of it and look at it directly. If it doesn’t hurt, it’s often not the whole truth. Take a deep breath of it, and lose yourself in it. Then make your promise to not let that gunk be needlessly passed to the next generation.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
You know, at first I’d say something like John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain, or Chad Kroeger (that was a joke), but I think I’ll have to think on that one. That’s such an opportunity, and I want to be sure to have time to make it count.
So tell us what’s next?
More music videos, expanding our reach of live shows, getting onto more radio stations, and of course, new material to share with our fans. More info found at www.harbingeruprising.com