Progressive metal from Italy – MYR!
Hi! Tell me about MYR. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
In geological and astronomical sciences, MYR indicates a period of 1 million years. Music is the art of time and time is the “place” where music lives: the band, active since 2003, has chosen this moniker in 2009, year in which decides to stop playing live and enter writing his first official album, “Days of Convergence”, with the aim to tell the complexity of the times in which we live through a powerful, dark and faceted musical language.
“Habits” album was released on November 4th. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We’re very proud of how the album sounds. Despite it is normal to think “uhm, I could have sung this phrase differently” after releasing an album, I’m sure that what you put in the album is the true evidence of who you really are in that particular moment. And you must accept it, with no regrets!
Tell me more about “Habits”? Album ideas etc…
“Habits” is a reflection on the human condition in the western area of our world. The way in which this reflection is expressed is a dark cynicism. This is not a concept album, but – through different themes and stories – all the songs talk about the same concept: our shortcomings / deficiencies / absences. The scenario in which the stories are told is always a great metropolis that slowly destroys the individuality and the freedom of thought: the urban and post-modern atmosphere of “Days of Convergence” (MYR first album) remains one of the pillars of MYR’s music. That’s why the cover portrays a cityscape on which stands a humanoid shape, sort of individual avatar (It’s also the same character that appears in “Addiction” video). The individuality merges with the contingency and is deeply affected by it. “Habits” are consuetude, habitude. Our habits take possession of us and force us into a routine in which we begin to forget our dreams, our plans. Cynically, the distortions that we are perpetrating every day become the “habits” of the Western way of life. Violence, deceit, abandonment, non-respect. Our deficiencies have become our habits. Because we don’t have the force to change them and we prefer to live with them uncritically.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Personal life, medias, movies, literature … everything could give us the right inspiration.
In particular, we often talk about what we fear. And this fears are fascinating.
We choose certain topics to better understand the world we live in, a world full of things we’re unable to comprehend without the will to look beyond our “comfort zone”.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define MYR’s sound?
“Post progressive metal” could be a good way to define us. But defining genres it’s not our task: we have to records music and play.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We never stop writing and we’ve got about 2 hours of new music to work with.
We’re near the completion of the songs’ selection for our third album… and, maybe, also for the fourth one… but it’s too early to talk about it!!
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Iron Maiden, Metallica, Death, Tool, Korn, Mastodon, King Crimson, Rammstein, Pink Floyd… too many artists to name them all! They all are like masters for us. And our goal is simple: we start from their teaching to create something new, original.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Honestly, it is something of which we have never spoken.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Sign with a label able to adequately promote our music.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Cinema, literature, documentaries, comics, japanese culture, traveling…
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
How’s the metal scene in Italy right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
From politcs to music, nothing is easy in Italy now.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thank you for this interview!! Horns up!