Philadelphia djent/prog metal outfit A Minor Error have just put out a debut EP Suds for Spuds. The 4-track release is available from Bandcamp. In the interview below, the band talks the EP.
What made you go for the name A Minor Error?
At one point our band name was “Dr. Kerosene” but after our first singer and drummer left the group for personal reasons, our sound changed radically when Mykal joined. He brought in the screaming element which we’d never had before, and we all began to listen to more djent (Periphery, Animals as Leaders) and began to bring those elements into our music. It seemed natural that we should change the name, and started to discuss a new one. Mykal’s email had A Minor Error in the title and I kept seeing it night after night and started to think that was really cool. That was how we came up with A Minor Error!
How do you usually describe your music?
As progressive metal with the influence of modern djent bands. Like of like Dream Theater meets Periphery.
What is your writing process like?
We’ve actually been mixing that up a lot lately! Traditionally Rob wrote most of the riffs first, and then bounced them off everyone else in the group. During that process usually the ideas would radically change and take on a sound that reflected everyones influences with the vocals fitting around the instrumentation. With our newest song “Sellin’ Drugs for Dr. Kerosene” we’ve taken the completely opposite approach, Mykal wrote all of the lyrics and melodies first, and we established the overall feel for each section on drums second. Then wrote chord progressions, and keyboard parts next. Then finally wrote the guitars to match and reflect what we had come up with. The great part about music is that each time you change your approach, the end product changes!
Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?
Traditionally bands like Dream Theater was our original inspiration but thats changed over time. Pete fell in love with Periphery’s sound and thats changed our direction in the same way Mykal adding the screaming element changed things. At this point, anything can inspire us! From listing to Billy Joel to Earth Wind and Fire to all of the great new progressive metal music out there!
What is your favourite piece on the Suds for Spuds EP?
Rob’s favorite piece is ‘Boxwine Annie’. Its the most progressive tune on the EP and a chance where we really get to stretch our legs, the middle and end of the tune has all of my favorite parts. Some nice songwriting, and tasteful playing that builds with dueling guitar solos, and finally all the way out to the main theme.
What makes Suds for Spuds different?
Our EP has something for everyone who loves metal. “Onward! To Infamy!” has a lot of those djent elements, but “Blood Money” has a focus on melody. “Hypochondria” has a classical element, and “Boxwine Annie” is very progressive with the beginning and ending being almost straight ahead rock.
What should music lovers expect from Suds for Spuds?
Some technicality and chops on the instruments while being aware of the melody and needs of the song. We work hard on having a technical element but strive to never loose sight of the melody and where its place is. Chops and songs writing essentially!
What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?
Rob’s favorite part of progressive music as a genre in general is the voyage and journey that style takes you on. Its like going on a long road trip and you get to see and experience many new places, some of which you had no idea existed. Thats what Rob would like the listeners to experience, a journey with many different emotions and places to experience and visit.
Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?
Love being on the road! Its when our band is at our best, our chemistry together is amazing, and we have such a great time all jammed in the car driving to the next gig!
Pick your three favourite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.
Thats almost impossible! Ok if I have to I’m gonna cheat…
Dream Theater – Live Scenes from New York (all three discs!)
The Doors – Morrison Hotel
Dave Matthews Band – Under the Table and Dreaming