Early Seasons: Sonic Redemption from Paris

earlyseasons2Early Seasons present their own spiraling brand of melodic metalcore that has gained them a grand following all over the world.  Based out of Paris, France, the band signed to Artery Recordings, and recently unleashed their debut full length for the label.  Entitled Redemption, a good deal of passion and conviction is exuded within the songs, reeling the listener in with wildly memorable lyrics and sweeping choruses.  We recently interviewed charismatic front man Marty Degenne to find out more about their dynamic new album, adventures while touring in Russia, their cover of a Linkin Park song, and other seasonal topics of interest.  Read on…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Early Seasons, and how long the band has been together.
Hello, I’m Marty, I sing in Early Seasons and the band is approximately 3 years old.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are from Paris, and the local scene here is more like hardcore and metal, and we recommend you bands such as The Great Divide, and our best buddies in Rise Of The Northstar!

How did you wind up signing with Artery Recordings?
Well we worked so hard for this first record and it’s just a huge honor to get signed by Artery Recordings and to be in a roster with bands like Slaves, Attila, Chelsea Grin, Alesana and many huge more! We couldn’t be more proud.

Is there any story or concept behind the title Redemption?
Yes, kind of, cause our first EP was based on the “end of the world” and we wanted to create like a “new beginning” for the record with a song full of hope and redemption. It’s hard to explain I hope I’m clear enough ahah.

redemption2Select two songs from Redemption and what inspired the lyrics.
My opinion, it would be Face Down, it talks about politics and how dictators ruins lives ,and getting mad with money, I’m totally angry with it and I wanted to try to say something about that cause it seems like nothin’ can stop them..
And second choice would be My Mind cause it talks about accepting our mistakes and not being slaves but masters of our lives. Always going forward. Means a lot to me.

Who did the artwork for Redemption and how much input did you have on it?
It’s a friend who did the photo shoot of the model for the cover. I directed personally the cover I really wanted to have a “cursed girl” turning into a beautiful women like, kinda redemption. Like doing bad things and become a better person at the end.

earlyseasons3What could one expect from a live Early Seasons?
A lot of energy and jumping, ahah. We really give everything we got for every shows cuz we think that there will always be news faces that will discover us at the shows. I remember once we played in Spain at the beginning of the band there were like 10 people but we played like we were on the main stage of the Download Festival ahah. We ended up the show totally tired and without shirts ahah was really fun.

What was the experience like touring in Russia and how did that come about?
This is unforgettable. Just amazing we obviously never went there and we traveled all the countries and Europe in a simple van, hundreds of hours of road in the blizzard and mountain that was just amazing. I have no words to describe it, and the shows were just incredible! We were headline at every show and sometimes 200 people showed up and went totally crazy with stage diving and circle pits. The shows with the less persons were about 70 people – it was always like 100-150 and we ended the tour with a sold out insane show!! A lot of memories. And if I remember well the promoter of the tour who was also the tour manager came up to us asking for this tour so we were like so happy! It was an amazing adventure.

Has Early Seasons ever played here in the States or plan to do so in future days?
We can’t wait to hit America! Artery will take care of us for that we totally trust them, they trust in us and we just can’t wait to prove them right 🙂

Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at an Early Seasons show?
Man ahah so many, Russia was insane, like a fan gave me his personal knife at the end of a show!
We stopped by a shop on the road and there were guys with guns but they weren’t cops ahah mother Russia!
We also have a lot of stories but it has to be told around a fire and popcorns ahah

If Early Seasons could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
For the story I have to say that we did a cover of Linkin Park’sPapercut” and the bassist “Phoenix” liked it and shared it on his twitter saying to check us out and that it was amazing! Well, it’s my favorite band since I’m 9 years old so how can I say that this was one of the most beautiful days of my life and if I could choose the band we open for it would be Linkin Park! One day it’ll happen ahah. And more at our step it would most likely be I See Stars, Attila, or Memphis May Fire.

What’s up next for Early Seasons?
So much good news incoming for the Redemption promo, like tours, festivals and maybe a new video clip! 🙂

Any final words of wisdom?
Yes; vive le vin, le rock, et merci a tous nos fans! It means (long live to wine, rock and thanks to all of our fans!  Thanks for this interview really sorry for the delay! Big kisses from Paris!! Aurevoir!

Early Seasons is:
Marty Degenne – vocals
Julien Tabareau – guitar / vocals
Loïc Ghanem – guitar
Kévin Cazuguel – bass
Térence Langlois – drums

(Interview by Ken Morton)

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