It’s not everyday you saddle up next to music that subconsciously revolutionizes what you thought you knew about harmonious storytelling. A couple years ago, by freak chance, an album titled Slip Into Something More Comfortable by Asteria fell onto my electronic lap via “Music you might also like” or “If you like this you might like this” type of deals. Rolling my eyes at the pure distain I was sure to experience via dreary vocals laid on top synthetic electronic drum loops, my index finger started to embrace gravity and fall onto the mouse button clicking Next. Thankfully I vetoed my appendage because the first 30 seconds of the first track, “Drink Life To The Lees”, altered my definite perception of what I like in music.
Hailing from Crown Point, IN, Asteria has been at it awhile since there debut studio release of Slip Into Something More Comfortable. Comprised of quite possibly the most under-rated musicians I have ever heard in my life, Asteria effortlessly combines pop-punk, emo, metal and just about every other head bobbing musical category you can imagine into regimented musical perfection. In addition to Terrence Kline’s previous answers, Guitarist and backup vocalist Ryan Gullett as well as drummer Seth Henderson lent their answers to the interview,
Purevolume.com voted Asteria the best unsigned band in 2010. Having followed Asteria since 2007, how and why are you unsigned?
SH – We as a band are not signed because we collectively felt that being signed to a label was not getting us to where we wanted to be. We weren’t getting on any tours, or being helped with merch orders, or recording. So we feel like the best move for us was to just do it ourselves and see what can happen, and so far, it’s been great.
RG – We are unsigned mainly because we feel we can do it ourselves. We are not comletely against the idea of signing, it’s just that we have had bad past experiences with labels and we haven’t found the right fit.
With three albums in four years, is Asteria still making new music or taking a proverbial break from the studio?
SH – We have taken a small break so everyone can get settled into there jobs and make some money for rent, but we have constantly been writing and are started to lay down some new demos for a new record right now.
RG – We are always making music. We are not currently in the studio, but we never stop writing.
When Asteria was formed, were there aspirations of world wide fame and European tours or was it a humble beginning with a “one fan at a time” mentality?
SH – It was a”one fan at a time” mentality all along, but always with a dream of a huge tour and major stardom :):)
RG – I mean in the big tours are always in the back of every musician’s mind. They’re lying if they say that it’s not a thought, but we have always made sure to take nothing/no one for granted. Everyone deserves the time of day and no one is too good for anybody, so I guess we kind of have a little bit of both in our blood.
Can groups/bands still survive nowadays without a major label?
SH – Bands can survive without a label, but you can’t seem to make much actually income. All the money you make just seems to pay off debt you already owe for recording, merchandise, and touring…
RG – Absolutely. It’s tough, but possible. If you find good management and booking, everything else will fall into place.
Best city you’ve played in and why.
SH – Poughkeepsie NY because we have so many great relationship with bands and friends out there. It’s also where we recorded our first record.
RG – Crown point! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE traveling and seeing places and I can give you a list of my favorite cities to visit, but NOTHING beats playing a home town show with fans that have been there for us for years. The energy is just unparalleled.
What can we expect from Asteria in the near future?
SH – A new album very soon. Next summer at the latest.
RG – Music. I can’t make any guarantees on the amount of touring that will happen, but you can expect music. Real life is a bitch and right now life is very real. A couple of us own our own businesses, one of us is engaged, we all have bills to pay, so touring is really hard to do unless we can survive off of it. Like I said earlier, we are always writing and there’s nothing to do with that material except record it and put it out. Hopefully we can get some good tours out of our material and get back in the swing of things.
The most recent album from Asteria – Momentum – is in stores now.