Hierosonic interview W/ Guitar player Jarred Cannon
On Friday 9/30 Hierosonic played “Brews Brothers West” in recently flood ravaged Luzerne County PA. They opened their set with “Slave Machine” followed by “Tongues” and their new single “The Media Taught You That”. After eight more songs the band said good night and unplugged their guitars. The house lights and music came on but the crowd didn’t want them to leave. They started to chant encore, and Hierosonic graciously plugged back in and played another song.
Hierosonic will be on tour with “Seven Day Sonnett”, and “Sugar Red Drive”. Initial dates have been announced for “THE FALLEN HEROES / RISING ROCK TOUR”
10/07 Great Lakes, IL @ Great Lakes Naval Station
10/08 Appleton, WI @ JJ Maloney’s
10/09 Joliet, IL @ Mojo’s
10/14 Fargo, ND @ Nestor Tavern
10/15 Waterloo, IA @ The Wheelhouse
10/20 Springfield, MA @ The Iron Horse
10/21 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
10/27 Kinsport, TN @ Conley’s Overlook
10/30 Biloxi, MS @ Thunders Tavern
I interviewed guitarist Jarred Cannon before the bands set. Check out the interview below:
RN: How did you guys come up with the name Hierosonic?
Jarred Cannon: It’s sort of a compound word that means sacred sound. It’s a word that’s exclusive to the band. It’s not a word that you will see anywhere else.
RN: Let’s talk about your music. Your lyrics and song titles are deep, but your music is upbeat. After checking out your CD I can’t help but feel you can easily attach your lyrics and song titles to the films Ben (Stewart) has made. (Kymatica & Esoteric Agenda).
Jarred Cannon: The message is something that we all stand behind. Ben writes all the lyrics, he is the voice of the band. He is the guy that takes the way we feel inside and outside of the band and voices it. And it’s funny you mention the difference between the music and the message. I don’t think we planned it that way. If you listen to any of our old stuff, it was kind of progressive. It was kind of out there.
When we did the record, we recorded the whole thing once before we went into the studio. So when we got into the studio January of this year we knew how all the parts should fit together and we just went in and did it. We were very surprised with the attitude of the songs. At first we kept asking ourselves “Is this too upbeat, is this too poppy, is it too fun?” But if you think about it, some of the strongest messages out there have been a result of pop art. So for us it was kind of ironic to speak up with message based songs and have it come out the way it did. And we liked that feel. It is relatable and there definitely is a dynamic between the message and the music. That is why I am absolutely in love with this record. It’s very rare that you set out to do one thing and something completely different happens and you are ok with it.
RN: Where did the idea for “The Media Taught You That” come from?
Jarred Cannon: “The Media Taught You That” even though it’s blatant you can take it a lot of different ways. There has been a lot of finger pointing lately between social groups, political parties, activist groups and other movements. And people love to point the finger at someone else for their problems. There is a definite correlation between the media and the song but beyond that the album as a whole is about self accountability and self responsibility. The media itself is responsible for pushing things and sometimes they have agendas that are beyond information.
RN: And what about the video? When will that be released?
Jarred Cannon: It’s finished. But we are still working on the date for it to be seen.
RN: I wanted your thoughts about your upcoming tour with Seven Day Sonnett and Sugar Red Drive. “THE FALLEN HEROES / RISING ROCK TOUR”
Jarred Cannon: I’m really excited. Seven Day Sonnett and Sugar Red Drive are both great bands. I think more importantly I am excited to go on the road with two other bands and have that comradery. We have toured independently and opened for some nationals on the road but we have never toured as a package, and we are hitting some areas we have never played before. So we are really excited about it.
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