Affiance had put together a crowd funding campaign to help write, record, and release their EP "Gaia". Thus, it then lead them to go out on the road currently, playing shows, doing what they do best, to get their name and word of their new EP out to everyone and everywhere possible! Drummer Patrick Galante, discusses some insight into the band, touring, the EP release, and so much more!
1. Can I get a backstory on the band/ band biography?
Patrick: Affiance, formed with Brett and Dennis in Cleveland Ohio, has been a group since 2007, but it wasn’t until 2009 that things really started to get serious. With the joining of Dominic in 2008 and then myself (Patrick) in 2009, Affiance had found it’s core 4 line-up and wrote our first LP “No Secret Revealed". There have been many musicians to come and go from Affiance but the 4 of us have done every tour and performed on all 3 full lengths as well as the upcoming EP.
2. How did you guys come up with your band name?
Patrick: The name “Affiance” was first brought to the table by an original member who’s not with us anymore. It’s a very powerful word and makes for a perfect band name. The word itself means "to betroth in faith and confidence”. It’s where the word “fiancé” comes from. We like to say that our word is our bond and the name Affiance represents that perfectly.
3. Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene? Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into?
Patrick: The Cleveland scene is solid. One of the best in the nation. Thought there seems to be a divide between various genres, you can find quality metal, punk, hardcore, rock, indie, and rap. Mushroomed, Chimaira, Ringworm, MGK, Black Keys, are all from the area. As far as up and coming bands, Check out Wide Eyes out of Akron. Their guitarist Danny Cullman engineered and helped produce our new EP. They are instrumental, but they are so talented. Bands that play with us like Along Came a Spider, Fallen Captive, Sentients, Motives, they all have something going of them and have potential to do cool things!
4. How would you describe your style?
Patrick: Our style definitely has changed for the better throughout the history of the band. Starting as more of a post-hardcore band with ‘80s metal influence we’ve grown to be our own breed, mixing old school metal with modern and progressive metal, all with a very large amount of clean singing, which really separates us from the rest. As we get more modern and heavier musically, Dennis definitely changes up his style of vocals, but it always comes back to his insanely powerful and dynamic voice which makes us who we are.
5. What's the story behind the song and video for "Gaia”?
Patrick: The main motif for the song “Gaia” would have to be the line “How can we live if she dies?” The “she" being Mother Earth. We wanted to show intense images of the destruction that we are capable of and that she herself is capable of to really bring the message home.
6. Let's talk a little about your newest EP, "Gaia", what are the listeners in store for with this release?
Patrick: Listeners are in store for that signature Affiance sound with Dennis’ voice leading the way. This EP does bring a lot of heavier parts with it too, as well as a softer, more “pretty” song. We think that old fans and new fans are going to love it. The response to the 2 songs we’ve put out so far has been awesome!
7. What's your take on the EP "Gaia" as a whole?
Patrick: It’s definitely an example of how we are growing as musicians and writers. The dynamics of this record make for an intense listen from start to finish. These are some of the best songs we’ve written and we’re excited to keep on this path for our next full length.
8. What song do you enjoy playing the most?
Patrick: From “Gaia”? Definitely the opening track “Reboot”. It’s bouncy, it’s heavy, it’s catchy. The perfect jam.
9. What have you done to prepare yourselves for the tour?
Patrick: Well, the tour that we just got off with Ice Nine Kills was definitely a good way to prepare ourselves for the upcoming EP release headliner we’re about to do. We needed o get back into the swing of things after taking some time off from touring, but we’re back and better than ever.
10. What can fans expect to hear? More new songs or old songs?
Patrick: It’s nice being able to play a long headlining set because we can play most of the new EP and also throw in all of the old favorites from our past 3 records. There’s going to be a good balance, but we’re super exceed for everyone to hear all the new ones.
11. Once the tour is over, what do you have planned afterwards?
Patrick: We’re planning on starting the writing process for the next full length and hopefully getting our butts overseas again. It’s been too long since we’ve shared our metal with Europe and are really itching to get back over there.
12. How easy is it to keep the motivation going on a daily basis for Affiance?
Patrick: Affiance is our baby. It’s our love. It’s our career. When you’re apart of something that you love so much and that you want to make successful more than anything, motivation comes easy. We’re fully prepared to make this year awesome for us, just like we will next year, and for the years to come.