Pheroze: Former Scar Culture Singer Leads Us to ‘The Path Towards December’ (FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD)
Pheroze, former singer of Scar Culture, is releasing his EP Ennui on April 23 and you can get a taste right here, right now. While his former band was thrashy and super metallic, his more recent work is more accessible rock. Think Soundgarden.
Noisecreep has partnered with the singer, born in London to Zoroastrian parents, to premiere this new song “The Path Towards December” and we think you’ll find the larger-than-life vocals to be pretty striking!
Pheroze offered a little insight into the smartly-constructed song, which is catchier than mono, revealing, “The main riff that opens ‘The Path Towards December’ came about as a happy accident; as soon as I played it, I knew I had to build a song around it. It’s funny, the vocals are usually the hookier parts of most songs I write, but on ‘The Path Towards December,’ the guitars and bass are really the catchy parts where the vocals and drums work together to drive the song forward.”
He also shared that the lyrics were influenced by Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series. Notice we said influenced by, which doesn’t mean about! It’s actually about how the graphic novel played a part in his life. “The song isn’t about Sandman, but more a response to the emotional parallels that the graphic novel seemed to have to my own life when I reread it recently,” Pheroze, who also claims to be equally influenced by Bollywood and Black Sabbath, said. “‘Path’ is an aggressive song, but not in a meatheaded way. The in-your-face vibe is more about trying to be strong headed about doing the right thing despite a multitude of naysayers around you. It’s a stubborn song for stubborn people.”
Listen to ‘The Paths Towards December’
Pheroze also shared some details about Ennui, which was drafted in his desire to mesh modern rock genres and offer a fresh sonic perspective. “Ennui is a journey into making my tendency to meld rock genres meet with a bigger resonant sound than in the past,” he said. “There are so many monster riffs and dynamic vocal parts in these songs that I wanted to make sure that the production really worked to enhance these elements instead of just being a means to deliver the song. I focused on getting to the essence of each of these songs, throwing out unnecessary parts, and capturing the depth and breadth of emotion in the performances on record. Frankly, after the grueling overtly picky process that went into my last album, Crows Into Swine, the streamlined way I approached writing and producing Ennui was like pure much needed therapy.”
Pheroze will be playing a free record release show at the Bowery Electric in NYC on April 23. So if you’re local and like what you heard, go see him!