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A Dirty Dozen with BRETT CARRUTHERS from A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION – September 2019

| 9 September 2019 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Out of the primordial soupcomes A Primitive Evolution (A.P.E.). Given the gift of sentience, they are here to create a constantly evolving soundtrack to our world with their dark, alternative rock music. With its current release of full length recording Becoming the bands next mutation is underway. Recorded at their self-built Desolation Studios in Toronto, ON the album features collaborations with Writer / Producer Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) and Audio Engineer Kenny Luong (Metric). In partnership with Metropolis Records, the band and label unleashed Becoming together, worldwide on October 5th. 2018. Known to be raw and visceral, with soul and beauty: A Primitive Evolution is best consumed at extremely loud volumes!” We get Brett Carruthers to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Becoming is an album we spent a lot of time so there’s definitely some nuggets in there. For me this album really sums up every album I’ve ever really loved in my life. There are a lot of influences that hopefully people will pick up on and enjoy our version and combination of them. It’s fun to hear what people interpret and what bands we remind them of. I feel like we’re giving it away if we offer it up here though. We could start with an easy one that you’d find in the title track… the voice that you hear and what it’s saying “they want my blood” “Freaks! all of you, I’m a man, the last man.” Name that movie?

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

It’s a little foggy now. It’s been a long time. Perhaps I always knew I wanted to be a musician. I never put a lot of thought into. There’s always been this driving force inside me to create and pursue music. Sometimes I wonder who is really driving me? Am I asleep at the wheel here? Haha, maybe being controlled by the creation itself. I do remember very clearly listening to Corey Heart’s “Never Surrender” as a very young child, perhaps that was the moment. It made me want to sing, it made my brain tingle and my soul move.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Well I think the most influential state for musicians is probably early childhood mixed with your teens. I grew up in a family listening to pretty amazing music like Led Zeppelin, Guns n’ Roses, Black Sabbath and AC/DC so I feel like I always had rock and metal tendencies. I’ll never forget though hearing The Downward Spiral or In Utero for the first time and having my mind completely blown. Later I’d discover Siamese Dream and fall in love with guitar solos and tone! Then Tool and earlier Marilyn Manson would feed my lyrical inspiration for years to come.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Ha I think I just listed most of them. But to focus in on it I’ll choose the artist that inspired me most. Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, and Marilyn Manson.

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

I’d love to collaborate with someone like Trent Reznor, I feel like not only is he a great artist but he also produced a lot of great stuff. In that vein “Flood” or someone like Butch Vig would be really amazing to work with too. Their all the guys that created the sonic pallet that I grew up loving and try to model my productions after now that I produce and engineer.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

There was a YouTube comment that once said “It’s like Tool and Marilyn Manson had a baby.” That’s probably the greatest honor I could receive.  Hrmmmm worst comparison… cringe worthy… I don’t think I’ve ever been that put off… but maybe when people say we remind them of “Placebo” I never really got it… I don’t’ see the connection personally.

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

Sense of direction. You’re creating so it’s gratifying. I always feel like if I have nothing else, I’ll always have my music.

8. 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?

Haha well I’d say Stephany is our cook, Stu gets the drinks and I’d be the acoustic guitar singalong guy.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

I had the opportunity to meet Them Crooked Vultures when they did their tour. It was a surreal experience to meet John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl and Josh Homme all at once. I think I composed myself pretty well though, but it was definitely a moment where my teenage self would have lost his shit.

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

I’d love to study in astrophysics or something zoological perhaps. I’m fascinated by the stars and the discoveries the universe holds. On the flip side, I love exploring and studying insects and evolution here on Earth. Seems that something that involves researching the unknown would be enjoyable.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I once met Marilyn Manson backstage and instead of having an enjoyable interaction I argued with him about the contact info of his Post Human Records website… hahaha. It was awkward. That time could have been better spent for sure.

12. 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 think it would be The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails. I love that album so much. Its sound is experimental. There are so many amazing songs and tones put together on that. It would be so interesting to have been around to see the process and also everything that went into that album. The state of mind of the people involved. Was it grueling, was it fun? Watching the songs grow and develop would be a treat. That album came to me at the perfect time in my life, When I first heard it I was probably 14 years old. I feel like the lyrics really connected to me and I could identify with them for some reason. I’m not sure if I fully understood why I was so drawn to them back then, but they stood the test of time. I still really love that album and think it still sounds amazing.





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