Mark caught up with Apherium back stage in Yeovil
to talk about how the band came together, their
musical influences, plans for the future and much
formed back in 2012, can you tell us a bit about
how the band came together and came up with the
Yeah, we were all on the
same college course at Yeovil College and originally
formed a band to improve our music form, that's
how Me, Callum and A.J met while Ross, who we
were friends with was in another band and joined
when we lost our guitarist.
As for the Name, we wanted
something atmospheric and represented the sound.
We let it evolve through different words, starting
with a theory and ending with Apherium. I mean
why not, it doesn't mean anything, if you Google
it you'll get some kind of World of War craft,
would you say your main musical influences are?
We all have different tastes
in music which we just collaborate together, personally
my favourite bands that I learned to play guitar
to and draw influences from are Young Guns and
It does all vary, I know
for Callum its bands like InMe and Enter Shikari
as well as 80's bands. For me, U2 have had a major
influence in my life since I was about 5 years
old, they affect as well my stage persona. Like,
before every gig, I watch a U2 DVD.
We don't tend have musical
influences when it comes to writing, that's all
from the heart and personal experiences and tend
to just let it flow with input from all of us.
of all the Venues you've played so far, which
one if you're favourite and Why?
I think O2 Islington
for me because when we played Bristol we unfortunately
didn't have our good friend A.J here, so Islington
is the biggest venue we've played collectively
as a whole band and an experience we won’t
All agreed that the Venue's are only as
good as its audiences.
For instance, tonight
we played a small music hall but the crowd loved
it and so did we. We'd rather play a small venue
where everybody had a good time, than a large
venue where people just hang around the Bar.
you are headlining Loud And Alive in Yeovil which
happens to be in aid of cancer research how did
this show come about and how do you feel to be
playing a show for such an important cause?
It came about, really
as two things as one. We wanted to do a Charity
gig around Christmas time but struggled to find
a venue, when The Liberal Club approached us with
this event, tonight, for Cancer Research, so we
combined ideas of what we both wanted to do and
it's been a good night!
released your debut album ‘The Cycle’
back in May 2012 how did this go down with your
Oh, it's difficult to say
really, that albums quite old now for us, we had
a good reception for it but we've come a long
way since its release. Some of the songs were
actually written a year or two before the album’s
At the time it went down
really well, I think the best gig I’ve ever
played was the Album release day, the connection
we had with the crowd and general atmosphere there.
released your single ‘Shadows’ back
in April with word of a new EP on the horizon,
when can we expect the EP to be released?
Difficult to say really.
We're not rushing with it, we want to release
it when it feels right, I know it sounds weird
but we want to release something that we feel
is our best work.
We were originally hoping
to have it out by now, but there’s more
we want to do to make it the best it can be. We're
hoping for early spring.
When it happens, you'll
artwork for all your releases is pretty impressive;
who came’s up with the designs and final
That'll be Larry. We all
sort of chip in with ideas and designs but ultimately
Larry's the one who puts it all together and brings
it to life.
We wanted something definitive,
something that people would recognise, so we've
got this 'A', instead of the word Apherium, something
we can put on the Drums, on Amps and even T-Shirts
so all you'll need is that 'A' and people will
do you find the local alternative music scene
I believe the fuel is
there, someone just needs to light the spark.
There’s lots of
bands just not many Venues to support them now
that The Orange Box etc has closed down there's
no definitive music Venue.
The 94 Club are very supportive
of us and other bands to come and play.
A lot of people now just
want to see a more well known band rather than
a local band.
Allot of people as well
don't think about going to see a band as much
as they think about just going out and getting
drunk, but if a band is playing then hopefully
they go away with a new band to look up.
currently don't have any Music Videos, is this
something that will change in the future?
So far though we just
have loads of 12 second clips of us messing about
but it’s definitely something we're interested
in and want to do.
you could play a show with any band in the world
who would it be and why?
There are so many! I'll
name two though if I can, Young Guns and Killswitch
I'd love to play a show
I don't know, for me I think
maybe Biffy Clyro.
For me I think InMe,
because they're the band that made me want to
last random question that we ask every band, if
you could be an animal out of a zebra or Giraffe
which one would you be and why?
This is the hardest question
of them all!
I'd be a giraffe because
they go at each other with their necks, and they're
on pretty solid ground against lions etc, unlike
That's definitely the
weirdest question we've been asked.
After a fairly long debate, all band members
would rather be a giraffe. :)
for your time is there a message for your fans
Keep rocking Amegos!
Thank you, and thank you
for making Loud and Alive 1 a huge success!
Interview by Mark Lang