Interview with Rhys Weeks (Sevsons)

Gday! Lauren from Silver Tiger Media here, thank you so much for taking the time out to have a chat

Hey Lauren, Rhys here, vocalist from Sevsons thank you for taking the time to speak to us!

So you guys head out to support Haken at the end of the month what was that like finding out you would be sharing the stage with them in Sydney?

I think it was an extremely proud and exciting moment for us, being given the opportunity to support such a hugely successful and talented band, they’re one of the biggest names in the progressive genre. We’ve been working very hard in order to get ourselves in this position and we’re very confident that we will rise to the occasion and can show that we have what it takes to play such huge shows.

Any hints on the type of songs the fans can expect to hear at the show?

This show serves as the release of our new single ‘Myopia’ so of course we’ll be playing that! We’ll also be playing some favourites from our debut album ‘Ad Infinitum’ which we released in February, so I’m sure we’ll be able to get the crowd moving a bit in anticipation for Ivanyi and Haken!

Any pre show rituals you guys have before a show?

I haven’t noticed anything specific from the other guys, personally I like to take just a few moments to get my head in the right place before going on stage. I guess a pre-show ritual in a sense is our song choice for when we come onto the stage – we’re currently walking on to Wu-Tang Clan. It’s fun, I think progressive music scene can get a little stuck in viewing itself a specific way; it’s fun to break those pre conceived notions.

How do you feel the fans have responded to the single Myopia since its release?  

The response to ‘Myopia’ has been overwhelmingly positive, we’ve been receiving a lot of messages from people that we didn’t even know were fans! We’re very happy with the response and to us it indicates we’re headed in the right direction with the new songs we’re working on!

Can you explain to us what work goes into bringing us a single like Myopia?

A lot of our songs are the product of jamming and coming across a specific riff, and we then work from there. Our guitarist Christian is great at fleshing songs out and when he and our bassist H get together they always manage to really bring a song to life. It’s a lot of trial and error and sitting down to refine the sound, and it always helps working with a talented producer like Stevie Knight and having the song mixed by someone as talented as Clint Vincent of DLC. In my opinion, that was a winning combo production/mix wise.

Is there a particular track you really enjoyed playing for people live?

Myopia’ is definitely our favourite at the moment, it just has such a huge driving force to it.

What do you feel is one of the biggest achievements for the band so far?

Supporting Haken is definitely the biggest achievement so far in terms of focusing solely on band milestones. However, from a more general view point, I think our greatest achievement has been staying confident in our sound, growing and gradually playing bigger shows. At the end of 2016, we supported Caligula’s Horse at a sold out Newtown Social Club; at the end of 2017 we’re supporting Haken at the Factory Theatre. I think that growth in itself is a big achievement.

How would you describe Sevsons to people?

I guess if I had to cut it down to a few words, it’d be ‘groove, riff-based rock with big soaring choruses’. That’s a hard one really, I believe we’re fashioning our own unique sound, I’d much prefer to show them our songs rather than describe our sound!

Who would you say your influences are?

In no particular order: Dead Letter Circus, Karnivool, TesseracT, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson, Mastodon, David Bowie, Circa Survive, Caligula’s Horse…etc etc

Do you have anything in the works for next year you can share with us?

In November 2017 we’ll be heading into the studio to record a new EP which we’ll be looking to release early next year. We can’t share any other details at the moment, but we will be making a massive announcement very soon about a show we’ll be playing next year, so keep your eyes peeled!