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| 9 August 2018 | Reply


By Shane Pinnegar

According to a recent press release, “SEVSONS are a band who have been paving their own way to notoriety within Sydney’s alt-rock circles.  With blistering live shows alongside some of the country’s best including Closure in Moscow, Circles and Caligula’s Horse, the four piece have elevated from buzz act to a formidable band with a lengthy career already in motion. Preparing to be back on east coast stages as support to Dead Letter Circus, SEVSONS have worked up a storm of a new single with ‘EVOLUTION’.”


1. Tell us a little about your latest release. Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material that only diehard fans might pick up on?

Our latest single ‘Evolution’ is a bit of a deviation from what we usually create, but I think it’s testament to our creed; we give ourselves the freedom to create what we think is good music. We don’t want to box ourselves into any genre, hence the alt-rock/prog-rock moniker. Those fans who read a little further into the lyrics, and who might know us personally, will likely be able to pick of hints of a subliminal message. It’s in there, but I doubt many will pick up on it! 


2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realised you wanted to be a musician?

I don’t think I could point to anything that got me into music per se, but I can tell you that for as long as I can remember I’ve always envisioned myself as a front man in a band, singing and performing in front of huge crowds, you know, kind of like a day dream I had from probably the age of 4 onwards. I don’t know where that sense of purpose or direction came from, but it’s practically always been a part of who I am; even at times when I wasn’t proactively chasing that dream. Music just seems right, you know? 


3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

I’ve always been heavily influenced by bands with phenomenal vocalists and those whose front men could really capture the audience with their distinct personality. 

David Bowie is clearly numero uno when it comes to capturing an audience with their personality; Queen, because of the vocal strength and prowess of Freddie Mercury, (not sure there will be another vocalist like Freddie)

Both Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus have been big influences on all of Sevsons and PANIC! At the Disco have always been a big influence on me, their first album shaped my teenage years. 


4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

I think it’d be absolutely brilliant to get in Brendon Urie to work on a Sevsons track! I have absolutely no idea what the outcome would be but I think whatever song came out of it would be very rich. It’s always good to expand your creative horizons, right?  


5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Legitimate conversation that often occurs: 

Person: ‘Hey man what’s your band sound like?’ 

Me, struggling to describe it: ‘Well, it’s heavy, but not all the tracks are heavy. And like, it’s clean vocals with some really tight bass lines. The drumming is pretty complex too. Umm….yeah you’re probably best to just listen to it man’ 


6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Everything. Honestly, you get to write and create music, spend time with your band mates who are practically brothers and perform your creative works to (hopefully) a receptive audience. It beats any other day job hands down. 


7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

When we hang out and it’s not to write music, we get absolutely whacky. All of us. We cause major carnage; whether it’s dirty dancing topless at Frankie’s, having 3 man raves on top of electrical boxes on the side of the street; getting day drunk and verbally abusing Chris for driving too slow or having lounge room rave parties, when we let loose, we let loose. 


8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

I think I’d enjoy public speaking in some sort of form; or maybe having a podcast show like Joe Rogan. Some role where I can connect and communicate with people. 


9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep, or you would like to be able to “do over”?

I think there are a lot of shows where we wish we brought our own sound guy. So I guess if we had our time again, we’d probably spend the extra dosh on our own sound guy, however, we’d probably be in some serious debt to fund that one…. 


10. If you were made ruler of the world, what would your first orders be?

That my position as ruler be dissolved, that no power ever be allowed again to centralise in one authority and that the non-aggression principle be strictly adhered to by all. Give the people their freedom.


11. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I’d be a part of the recording sessions for ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust’ by David Bowie. I’d just be an impartial observer though. That album to me is quintessential Bowie and it’s really just this otherworldly piece of art, a complete musical anomaly. 


12. What, for you, is the meaning of life??

To create art and meaningfully connect with those around me. Life is a shared tragedy and we could all benefit from acknowledging that fact and working as individuals and as a greater collective towards living meaningful lives.  


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