What are your influences?

All six of us are influenced by different bands ranging from prog and classic rock, to jazz and blues to extreme metal. There are a lot of common threads, of course, such as Dream Theater, Opeth, Iron Maiden and more.

What does progressive music mean to you?

It provides an opportunity to explore a unique sound or storyline that can be enjoyed over and over again. Unlike popular music you hear today, progressive songs have the potential to offer something new with each listen.

What band(s) introduced you to prog?

It’s hard to pin-point an exact band. There are so many classic bands with progressive elements that we all grew up listening to, like Rainbow, Megadeth and Pink Floyd.

Most favourite instrument in your possession?

Every band member values their own instrument above everyone else’s, but somehow half the band always gravitates towards the drum kit when our drummer steps out of the room during rehearsals.

Most favourite song in your catalogue? (If you have a link – plz link)

Is it cheating if we pick the Dawn to Dusk trilogy off our debut album All That Remains? Technically three songs, they are meant to be listened to in sequence and make up our most progressive effort to date.  Check out at the 35:40 mark of our album.

What is your favourite venue in the city to play at?

Being a six-piece, it’s a challenge to find a venue with a large enough stage. So far our favourite was the El Mocambo, which we were lucky enough to play before it was sold and shut down for renovations. We are all really excited for our upcoming show at Lee’s Palace on August 20. It might just become our new favourite venue!

What is your most memorable concert experience? (your own concert or one you attended)

It’s safe to say that all of us still remember our first show with the band, especially the original members.

How do you see the future of your music career?

We are currently working on our second full-length album, which will feature our new singer Manny. It’s a lot more mature than our debut, and the new songs have been very well received live. Some of us also play in other bands and are always writing new music and playing shows. We do it because we love to write and perform music and will keep doing it for as long as possible and as much as possible.

What kind of themes do you like to explore in your lyrics?

With three main songwriters, we tend to have three pretty unique lyrical themes that range from the apocalypse to corruption to freeing your mind. Now with Manny on board, you can expect to get another lyrical perspective, but that will have to wait until the next album. It should be a lot of fun!

What do you do right before going onstage?

We found ourselves sitting at the same table and having a beer, chatting with some of the other artists and enjoying whatever band is on stage. There’s usually a quick trip to the bar right before we go on to make sure there’s a cold beverage on hand during the performance.

Did you ever suffer from stage fright?

Of course, some of us more than we want to admit. Everyone gets it at times, but when you see that the crowd is really into your songs, you get a boost of confidence and the fear disappears.

How often do you rehearse?

We try to rehearse for three hours every weekend, but sometimes everyone’s schedules are so out of sync that we have to skip a week or two. Being the nerds that we are, we fill out a weekly availability spreadsheet to see whether we can make it work.

What do you think of the Toronto prog scene? What could we do to make it better?

The scene has really grown in recent years, which is amazing. Social media has really helped bring prog fans together. We are discovering new local artists and making new friends. Now we even have our own festival!

If more people listened to prog, how would it change the world in 10 years?

Fractions would play a much bigger role in the elementary school curriculum.


Driftglass was interviewed by Nico Mira, Organizer 5/4 FEST 2016, Day 2