Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a great Friday! Today for you on the band of the day interview we have a Canadian Metal Quartet in the form of Evereal! Let’s chat to them and find out more about them!
If you could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
We are Alicja Moniatowicz-Vocals, Stephen Roberts-Guitars/Keys, Gord Esau-Bass and Nelson Bennett-Drums
How did you all meet?
Through music. Steve Met Gord when they played in a Rush tribute together and Nelson auditioned for Evereal but happened to also be working with Alicja. Steve started an Evanescence tribute with Nelson and Gord and Alicja joined… So when Evereal found itself needing a new vocalist Alicja was an obvious choice.
Alicja: The music scene is sort of small when you think about it, everyone pretty well knows each other or of each other lol. It’s a small world for sure!
How long have you been playing?
All combined around 100 years but honestly that varies for each of us. Steve started guitar as age 8 and never looked back but that was back in the stone ages. The same for Nelson and Gord. Alicja on the other hand has been singing since an early age too.
What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
What are your musical influences?
We each bring different influences. Alicja brings pop influences, Nelson brings meat and potato Bonzo drumming influences, Gord brings Steve Harris,Geddy Influences and Steve brings Prog, Metal, Classical and rock influences.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
What is weird in general about modern shows is people talking…. People talk incessantly and fiddle on their phones during shows. They spend more time trying to videotape it than sitting back and taking it all in. It’s very strange from the old days when the crowd was engaged and had your full attention.
Alicja: I remember just playing one song as a sort of opener for a friends band and the sound guy just turning the sound off midway through the song because it was time to start the show. I was like “That wasn’t very nice lol”. To me that is weird behaviour.
Nelson: Back when I was 18 in one of my first bands I saw our bass player just suddenly disappear. He had just stepped too far out and fell right off the stage. And it was a pretty high stage too.
Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?
Steve: Ikea….Kidding, I would love to attend a live show at the Queen Elizabeth Theater…Or better yet play a show there.
Nelson: I have been dying to visit Europe – Rome especially. So if I ever get there maybe I’ll get to see a concert in an ancient Roman or Greek amphitheatre. That would be so cool.
Alicja: I really want to go dancing and see a live concert!
What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
Steve: I own an entire audiophile collection of Big band music. A complete set consisting of 50 individually boxed red audiophile vinyl categorized by artist, genre and year.
Alicja: Oh boy…except for now of course? Girliscious. It’s true. Don’t come for me.
What have you been listening to in the last few weeks?
Steve: Mostly the new tunes we are working on. I tend to critically listen to them during the writing process to get ideas and production ideas.
Nelson: I have been listening to Rush lately because I kind of missed a whole decade of their music. I was a rabid fan when I was young but kind of stopped buying their records after Power Windows.. So I am trying to catch up on some of the stuff I missed.
Alicja: Portishead and Backstreet Boys, go figure.
Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
Steve: Yes! We are working on new material including a cover tune.
Alicja: Make sure you come and say hello and follow us on our socials to stay in the know of all the latest and greatest!