What Happened to your Band? got the chance to interview the rock band Sages before their upcoming album ‘Sleepwalker‘ comes out.
Hello guys. Thanks for taking time to answer our questions! Could you introduce yourselves and tell us about how the band first formed? Thanks for having us! I’m Dino, this is Ryan, Logan, Matt, and House. Well, basically, I had a bunch of songs that I wrote and recorded a few years back, just for fun. When the band I was in at the time started to fizzle out, I got the idea of hitting these guys up and asking if they were down to just experiment a little bit and bring these older songs I had to life. Shortly thereafter Sages was officially a thing.
How did you come up with the name ‘Sages’? It was when I was studying spiritual psychology and shamanism.. I learned that we are all sages, we are all shamans, we just have to be willing to access and nurture that part of ourselves that can expand our understanding of reality and our ability to navigate through this human experience with grace and understanding, instead of imbalance and judgement. I thought calling the band Sages would be a good and constant reminder to remember who and what we all truly are.
You guys recently released a new single ‘With You’ taken off your upcoming record. Can you tell us more about it? Sure. It’s about getting older and seeing things from new perspectives. Particularly the current state of the world. “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction” says the Law of Polarity. So while it may appear all these “negative” things are happening, at the same time, all these “positive” things of equal force are happening. It’s just up to us which side we want to focus on and manifest in our reality. In ‘With You’ I wanted to focus on the good stuff.
What’s the story behind your album ‘Sleepwalker’? Well, the general theme and concept of the album is mostly existential and based on our perceptions of reality as we’ve been taught to see it. The title “Sleepwalker” is referring to the fact that, because of those perceptions, a lot of us are sleepwalking; unaware of what we’re all truly capable of.
Who were your main influences for this new album? Definitely Deftones. Definitely a little Metallica as far as some of the arrangements go. But yeah, I’d say Deftones played a big a part, as well as bands like Sevendust, 30 Seconds To Mars, Periphery, maybe some Saosin.
What do you hope your fans will take from these new songs? I just want people to feel something. When I listen to music, I want to be moved. Either make me dance or make me cry, but make me feel something, haha. I hope people feel something from these songs.
Out of all the experiences you had as a band, has there been a particular one that has stood out to you? The first one that comes to mind was when Frank Hannon from Tesla invited us to his home studio to record a song with him. I was like, wait, what?! I remember trying to learn the intro to ‘Love Song’ by Tesla on the guitar back when I was a kid. I was a huge fan so It was pretty surreal to be sitting in Frank’s studio 15 years later… I was like woah, life is a trip. “Frank, can you show me how to play the intro to ‘Love Song’?”.
Your album will be out soon. Any plans to hit the road to promote it? Absolutely. We’ll be out and about this summer.