Socionic and With Our Arms To The Sun: Pirate Brothers to Reunite at The Whisky on October 15th

7008014Socionic and With Our Arms To The Sun: Pirate Brothers to Reunite at The Whisky on October 15th

After spending time on the road traveling the country aboard The Orenda Rises Tour, the pirate brothers of Socionic and With Our Arms To The Sun return to Los Angeles for an engagement at the world famous Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.

With both collectives presenting their own imaginative take on the progressive metal genre, Socionic and With Our Arms To The Sun are destined to enrapture music aficionados looking for a gripping auditory adventure.

Highwire Daze Online recently caught up with both bands to inquire about their dynamic compositions, life on The Orenda Rises Tour, what to expect from their show at the Whisky on October 15th, and other epic topics of intrigue.  The line of questioning of the pirate brothers of metal shall now commence…

Socionic

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Socionic and how long the band has been together.
I’m Michael, and I’m the singer of the band. The idea of Socionic has been around for some time, but this lineup has been together for almost three years.

Where is Socionic based out of and what is the current music scene like there?
We are based in Los Angeles. The music scene in Los Angeles is quite large, as one would imagine for such a big entertainment city, but within our scene of progressive rock and metal, it’s fairly small. As a result, the bands in our immediate scene are all pretty close and support each other, which is great. Our friends in Kolm, MAL, Lucid Fly, and With Our Arms to The Sun all have new albums in the works, so we are looking forward to playing more shows together and supporting the scene.

socionic-band-lineup-large-400x252What are you looking forward to the most about your upcoming show at the Whisky?
We are really looking forward to just playing there to start! The Whisky A-GoGo is a legendary venue and it’s an honor to get the opportunity to headline a show there. The people over there are incredible and have been extremely supportive of us in preparation for the show. Calling back to your question about the scene, it really extends beyond just the bands to the venues and bookers who create the nights, and we’ve been lucky to connect with some incredible people here in Hollywood, especially at Viper and The Whisky.

We are also looking forward to re-uniting with our tour mates, With Our Arms to The Sun for this show. Being on the road with them was such an incredible experience. We learned a great deal from them and are excited to get together and play another show in our home town. It’ll be fun catching up in the green room before coming out and performing.

What is the name of your current or upcoming album or EP and is there any story or concept behind the name?
The name of our current LP, released last winter, is “Dividing Horizon”. The title is a metaphor similar to that of coming to a fork in the road, but within the deeper context of projecting one’s intentions and future from within. We are all capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit, and outside influences and historical decisions and experiences weigh heavily on our perception and vision. “Dividing Horizon” portraits the concept of an overall approach to life and which path we choose to take, from the beginning and along the way as we continue to face decisions and influences, whether negative or positive. It reflects the energy that we choose to embrace, light or dark, and how we steer our own destiny based on what our environment presents. It represents a dichotomy of existence and choice, analogized by light and dark, over and under, right and wrong, perception and reality, and hope and despair, among others.

Select two songs you’ll be performing at The Whisky and what inspired the lyrics.
Fearfall” is a song that we will be playing that is very pertinent to the political times in which we live and the influence and deception that we are currently experiencing. So much of what is being discussed within the political landscape currently, especially within the US presidential election, is backed and energized by fear. There don’t seem to be many discussions about progression and evolution as much as reactions and responses to issues rooted in fear. Everything from terrorism, the economy, social inequalities and even the base, school yard ignorance of political mudslinging is all so negative and fear based. And we all allow ourselves to be sucked up into the tribal, binary, “you’re wrong, I’m right” type of mentality, that we lose perspective on what is really going on and our power to control ourselves and the world around us. The song isn’t directly political as pertains to this election or any particular incident or group, but more so that concept of how fear eats away at our rational and turns our greater potential ineffective and stagnant. To quote the song, “We all have a voice, the power and the right, to bring about a change, stand as one and fight, to topple down the walls, built by fear and lies, this world it needs the bold to rise.”

Another song that we’ll be playing is called “Ascending Horizon” and that song is the conceptual opposite of “Fearfall” in that it is a more internally reflective song. I tend to look at our songs and creative expression as falling into two categories, “expressive and observational” which describes the world around us and how we fit into it, and “reflective and internal” which is more about the journey to awareness and finding ones true Self. “Fearfall” is the expressive, and “Ascending Horizon” is the internally reflective. That song is the closest to embodying the meaning of the album title, “Dividing Horizon”. In a way, it represents a snapshot, or a short story within that greater epic of life’s journey and choice that is outlined by the concept of “Dividing Horizon”. It takes you on a journey of doubt and realization, and ultimately leads to a re-establishment of hope and hunger for growth and the unknown path ahead.

14519890_10153985644957759_8306078294847150506_nHow did the Orenda Rises Tour go and what were some of the highlights?
The Orenda Rises Tour was incredible! There were so many great experiences and lessons learned. As I mentioned before, we are extremely grateful to With Our Arms to The Sun for bringing us out on the road and for teaching us so much along the way. We became very close with them as we toured across the country, and they are truly and inspiration in their approach and attitude to music and the industry.

The experience of traveling from city to city, meeting and connecting with people who enjoy your art as you perform to them every night is one of the most fulfilling things I’ve done in my life. It’s humbling to meet new people who resonate with your art and message and feel their energy from the crowd and from talking after the show. It is so incredibly inspiring. It makes me want to do it more and more.

It is also pretty incredible to get to see and experience so many different cultures within our large country. Every city has it’s own social culture and food, and it was great to be able to experience both in so many places as we were out on the road. There were definitely many memories forged on this journey that will be around for some time.

Any strange or scary happenings while on the road for the Orenda Rises Tour?
Nothing to crazy or out of the ordinary. We almost lost our gear out of the trailer a few times while driving, which gave us a scare, but everything ended up alright. The With Our Arms to The Sun guys had their hotel room ceiling collapse in the middle of the night, which was pretty scary, but it was only in the bathroom and luckily no one was in there at the time.

We did take some kind of wrong turn somewhere in Wyoming, which lead us down this country dirt road out in the middle of nowhere with fields on both sides and no light or signs anywhere. There was a solitary car out right in front of us, and he seemed to be slowing down gradually. We kept thinking it might be some kind of sting where someone would come up behind and block us in then steal our stuff, lol. Luckily nothing happened and we found the highway again after awhile. I was more worried about that creature from Jeeper’s Creepers ripping through the roof and eating our heads, but that didn’t happen either.

If you could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
For me, a couple bands that I would love to open for, off the top of my head are, Nine Inch Nails and Tool. I’m a huge fan of Trent Reznor and his approach to music, art and the industry, and I love their live show, which is also an inspiration. Tool does that as well, they bring the visual element and experience to their show which greatly expands the senses as you take in their art. Both of those bands have a depth to their message as well, so I’d love to hang out and chat backstage about that and a great deal of other things.

If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Our music would be a green tea donut. You might not quite get it at first, but once you take a good bite, you’ll love the taste of it, and being herbal and healthier than other donuts, it will stimulate your mind, body and soul.

What’s up next for Socionic?
We have our show at The Whisky A-GoGo next week, which will be incredible, then we are again joining our pirate brothers in With Our Arms to The Sun in their hometown of Phoenix for a show on October 28th, which will be a great time as well. Our LA friends, MAL will also be joining us at that show, so it will be a whole night of great music.

Having learned so much and connected with so many great people on the road, we are eager to do that again as well and are going to start planning for some regional shows and tours for next year. We’re also slowly working on a music video which may be out by the end of this year or early next, and we are writing more music as well, so there is plenty of good stuff going on.

Any final words of wisdom?
We just want to say thank you to everyone who supports us, our musical family keeps growing and we are so humbled and grateful for that! We hope to be able to get out to meet more people on the road next year as well as create much more art, so stay in touch on social media and in the scene and let’s all continue to grow together. Thank you so much for having us!

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10985961_717871428343047_7370205832991640357_nWith Our Arms To The Sun

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in With Our Arms To The Sun and how long the band has been together.
I’m Josh, I sing and play guitar in the group. We have been playing together in this band for about 4 years but collectively we’ve known each other and collaborated on multiple bands for 20 years.

Where is With Our Arms To The Sun based out of and what is the current music scene like there?
We are from the middle of nowhere in the desert of Arizona. We have never been a part of a music scene that seems like “weekend warrior” stuff so I have no idea. We just tour and play anywhere we can get booked.

What are you looking forward to the most about your upcoming show at the Whisky?
Nothing specifically its just another gig, but it will be great to reunite with the guys in Socionic and hangout they are pirate brothers of ours.

What is the name of your current or upcoming album or EP and is there any story or concept behind the name?
The new record is called “Orenda” and it was produced by Buzz Osbourne of The Melvin’s. The meaning of Orenda has to do with the divine energy within all people.

Select two songs you’ll be performing at The Whisky and what inspired the lyrics.
New song 1 and New song 2. The lyrics were inspired by aliens eating pudding in the 14th dimension.

How did the Orenda Rises Tour go and what were some of the highlights?
The tour went great. The highlight is always being able to travel and meet new people for a living. Being away from routines, and familiar geography tends to open the perception and feed wanderlust.

Any strange or scary happenings while on the road for the Orenda Rises Tour?
Strangest thing on this tour had to be in the middle of the night when the guy on the hotel above us fell asleep in the bathtub with it on and it caved our roof in flooding it with a waterfall of bath water and man funk.

If you could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
We already played with Tool so I guess Pink Floyd. Why? Because Pink Floyd.

If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Come on.

What’s up next for With Our Arms To The Sun?
New album should be released soon and we hope to be back on the road supporting bigger bands, and playing festivals in 2017!

Any final words of wisdom?
Never ever trust a man who doesn’t meet your gaze during a long embrace.

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