We have already wrote about a debut EP by Australian metalcore act Make Way For Man. The band’s guitarist Drew Shepherd spoke for Rocking Charts about their work. Read more below.
What made you go for the name Make Way For Man?
It was the brainchild of our drummer Jordan. Make Way For Man is a reference to man’s effect on the earth in both positive and negative ways, it also sounds very prog and we all liked that! [laughs]
How do you usually describe your music?
Progressive, heavy, polyrhythmic, techy without going over the top. Basically music that keeps you guessing and keeps you entertained from start to finish.
What is your writing process like?
We start with initial ideas brought in by Drew and then everyone else adds their parts to that. Drums are added, guitar overdubs and samples and the vocals lastly. We will then sit down and arrange as a band and refine the song until everyone is happy!
Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?
My personal inspiration as lead guitarist comes from a lot of different bands and artists from different genres. Anyone that is pushing some boundaries musically tends to inspire me. Our overall inspiration comes from our desire to get out and tour and make new fans.
What is your favourite piece on the “Evolve & Repair” EP?
The End is Up To Me. This song was a late inclusion and wasn’t even going to be on the EP as we were pretty much already recording the other songs as it was being finished. It captures all of the best parts of what we are trying to achieve in this band. Pop elements, Djent, Melodic choruses, heavy breakdowns and odd grooves and timings.
What makes “Evolve & Repair” different?
I think the fact we are all coming from different musical backgrounds meant that this EP was always going to be outside of a particular genre and different. We all have different approaches to writing and there’s everything from pop to death metal influences coming into play.
What should music lovers expect from “Evolve & Repair”?
A diverse set of 6 songs ranging from djent, pop, deathcore, metalcore and prog with polyrhythms and odd timings all held together with a common sound and feel.
What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?
If they feel any emotion at all then our job is done! As soon as you’re feeling any emotion from our songs whether it be anger or happiness it means we have managed to keep your attention long enough to feel something, which is all we ask for.
Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?
I’d say tour, the studio is all business and not much relax time, when we are in there you’re focused on recording everything the best you possibly can and you’re under time constraints to get things done. Touring is where we can enjoy the fruits of our labour!
Pick your three favourite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.
Sikth – Bland Street Bloom
Periphery – Periphery III select difficulty
Anup Sastry – Ghost