Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
Steve: I kinda play everything….Guitar, keys, orchestration. I write drums, bass and
whatever needs to be done.
Nelson: I’m the drummer. I contribute to some of the lyric writing but Alicja writes most of
Alicja: Hey there I’m Alicja and I do the singing around here, little acoustic guitar as well!
Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
Steve: I met Gord when I joined a Rush tribute band called “Moving Pictures”. We had a
great time and that was one killer band. So when I was looking for a bass player Gord and
I already had a strong musical history together. I met nelson when he auditioned for the
drumming job but had other commitments which meant we went with another drummer on
the first album. When we were ready to retool for a new release Nelson became available
and jumped on board.
Nelson: I actually joined Steve and Gord when Evereal was kind of on pause and they
were putting together an Evanescence tribute band called Foreverescence. We needed a
singer and I had been in a band with Alicja. When Steve asked if she might consider
singing for us I knew she would because when she was in high school she had actually
done an Evanescence tribute. She’s a huge Amy Lee fan. She wasn’t in Foreverescence
for long before Steve realized that Alicja would also be a good fit for Evereal because he
needed a singer who could also write lyrics and Alicja is actually a very good songwriter
herself. It was just a perfect fit.
Alicja: Yes needles to say I was obsessed with Evanescence in high school and I believed
I actually “was” her hahaha! When I was asked to partake in the tribute I did not even have
to think about it, it was soooo much fun.
What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
Steve: While I like what we do i would love to branch out a bit and add more heavy
electronica. I think that mixed with strings and piano would be an interesting sound.
Nelson: I just go with whatever Steve wants to do. He’s very much influenced by
progressive rock which I really enjoy playing. I know whatever he decides to do it’s going
to be challenging and interesting.
Alicja:I love that idea Stephen, let’s do it!
What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
Steve: I enjoy the process of making something complete and polished from nothing or
from a rough idea… I like to call it “polishing the Turd”. It great to send an idea off the
Alicja and receive her ideas and see where those ideas take the music.
Nelson: He’s not kidding. Steve likes to polish and rewrite. When he gives me a rough
song to start learning I often end up having to learn many versions because he is
constantly reworking songs. The core melody and structure is still there but he will add or substract a lot of embellishments. I sometimes think he should be a producer because he
puts in a ton of work on the production side of things.
Alicja: Working together is a lot of fun, Stephen and I have a lot of funny moments when
we are working on vocals and we can be so insync sometimes and we both hear the same
harmony or something. I like hearing the idea in my head come to life.
What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
Steve: I tend to gravitate towards more social and current news events. I also tend to write
alot in minor keys which tend to sound more mystic and darker.
Alicja: I tend to write from a darker, more moody place. I like using imagery, metaphors, rhyming…and
sometimes I do not know what the lyrics truly mean until I go through something and then I listen back and
I go “Ooooohhh, yes that’s what that means”.
Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on
Steve: So many….Where to start? some of the artists I really love don’t reflect what I write.
Bands such as Yes, King Crimson, Saga are all huge influences bit don’t reflect directly in
my sound.as far a guitar players I would say, Lifeson, Rhoads, Howe, Holdsworth, Vai they
all floor me and I love their styles.
Alicja: For me Amy Lee from Evanescence is a heavy influence as well as Christina
Aguilera in my early days.
Nelson: My early influences were Rush, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Ronnie
James Dio. More recently, Nightwish has been an influence since I played in a band
before this one that did a lot of Nightwish. I also really like Mike Portnoy’s various projects,
like Sons of Apollo and Winery Dogs.
Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
Steve: All the regular spots.
What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
Steve: The people. It really is about the fans. They are the singular reason you get
onstage. The energy they bring and give to you makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Meeting people and hearing their stories is strangely satisfying too.
Alicja: Yes it is the people and their energy for me as well. There is nothing like it, it’s
What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
Steve: On the last release there are some socially conscious messages related to
addiction, abuse and mental health that are all relevant. while they may not scream
socially aware in your face, if you read the lyrics a little deeper the messages are there.
Alicja: I hope the music inspires people in some way and maybe they find it helpful or healing or just plain
fun to rock out to.
Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans
for the band?
Steve: Continue to write and release music. Live shows and see where this journey takes
us. It’s really difficult with the current situation to tell what might happen in the near future
but we would like to be part of it.
Alicja: Yes we have been working on new music and we are trying to have a larger collaboration
with the entire band as well in our writing process.