Listen To the Self Titled EP
Guitarist/vocalist Tyrell Beal and drummer Travis Chrysler met in Nanaimo, BC in 2012. Having left school shortly after starting, Beal spent his time writing and hoping to find someone to start a project with for a few years while Chrysler performed in thrash bands and finished up his diploma in jazz drumming. As fate would have it, the two ended up relocating to Victoria BC only a few months apart from each other, both with the desire to pursue music in a new city.
After each ended up with endeavors that didn’t work out, the two decided to start working together. It wasn’t long before they realized they were on the same page musically and decided to get a house together so they could focus on the music in more depth.
Soon after, old friend and bassist Zach Cameron joined the duo and things clicked even more. About a year into writing songs with the three members, Sonderous finally found their final member, Dylan Lammie, a young rock/blues phenom that Beal had met while working at a music store. With their solid 4 member lineup, the group began the recording of their EP in summer 2016. The rest as they say, is history.
With the release of their self titled EP, Sonderous brings a new feel to some classic genres. Lush with addicting progressions and guitar work, an edgy but soulful vocal approach, and a persistent, hard hitting energy, the record boasts the aesthetic of Progressive Metal anthems. Although the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds them all together much like a concept album would. Most importantly, the album never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
The first single, “Picture Perfect”, is an instant melodic metal classic. Complete with a sonic wall of sound that builds, loads of musical hooks, and a chorus that shows strength, the song seems to breathe as it plays on.
“It is easy to think the song is just about vanity, but to say so would be to overlook the specifics.. The song is about holding on to a ‘picture perfect’ image of one’s self and so missing out on who they are and what makes them happy. One’s true happiness may end up looking different then the image they may have seen in their head beforehand.” explains vocalist Tyrell Beal of the band’s single.
Although the single does speak volumes for the EP, to get a real understanding for where Sonderous is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety.
“The record tackles ideas surrounding relationships, be it between two people, romantic or not, between one and one’s self, between one and all other life etc. The idea of self image merely scratches the surface of these concepts. That being said, we are excited to start to hear how others interpret the songs. The sound is definitely becoming something different as we move beyond the EP but for now you’ll have to come to a live show to tell what we mean by that.” says the band of their EP and songwriting approach.
Playing shows regularly around Vancouver Island, the band is certainly not new to spreading the music through live performance.
The “Sonderous EP is now available for streaming and downloads on most major digital outlets and the band already has shows booked through out Victoria in support of their release.
To learn and hear more of Sonderous, please visit: https://sonderous.bandcamp.com/
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