PRESENT YOURSELVES OUR READERS...
My name is Eric Syre. I am the bassist and vocalist of the band Thesyre.
WHO ARE THESYRE AS BAND MEMBERS?
The line-up of the band is:
Eric Syre: Bass/Vocals
WHEN DID YOU HAVE FOUNDED THE BAND?
Thesyre began in 1995 as a solo project. We became a trio in 2001 and we’re a four-piece since the recording of our latest album ‘Exist!’, in 2006.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE VERY FIRST BEGINNING OF BAND...
Thesyre began as a way for me to express ideas which were unfit for the other bands I was involved into at the time. I recorded a lot of demos and contributed to some tribute albums before gathering a line-up to record our debut, self-titled album in 2003.
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS RECORDING-EFFORTS?
‘Thesyre’, our debut, was released in 2003 through Ascent Records. We released a split CD with the portigese band Corpus Christii in 2004 through Sadolust Records. Our second full-length album, ‘Duality’ came out in 2005 on the Selbstmord Services label. We also recorded a split 7” with the band Akitsa (again for Sadolust Records) and we finally released out third full=length, ‘Exist!’ with Osmose Productions.
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR FOLLOWING?
Through the years we managed to build a growing horde of supporters. I do not like to call people “fans”, I prefer to see them as enthusiasts who enjoy our band for reasons rooted beyond the usual fandom people involve themselves into.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS IN YOUR HISTORY?
The first noticeable event in Thesyre’s history was our participation to the Burzum tribute album titled ‘Visions: A Tribute To Burzum’. We got a lot of positive feedback from this compilation and managed to build strong links with other bands and labels. Signing a deal with the legendary Osmose Productions might also be among the most important facts of our history so far. Everything which helps the band to reach its audience more effectively is an important fact for me.
ANY INTRODUCTIVE WORDS TO "EXIST!"?
‘Exist!’ is a different album. It’s different from our past albums but also from what’s being sold to the masses as being ‘Extreme Metal’ these days. I like to think that this albums stands on its own both musically and lyrically. It’s a really positive-themed album with an uplifting lyrical content; something we rarely see in the fields of extreme music.
THE SOUND IS QUITE UNUSUAL AND VERY EXPERIMENTAL, RIGHT?
Unusual, I wouldn’t say so. We’re getting closer to our own sonic identity with each album we release and I can firmly see this last album as a bigger step towards my initial ‘vision’ of what we should sound like. We experimented a bit more with this album, including some loops in the riffs and incorporation acoustic and ambient passages. We also broke the usual format of a ‘regular’ album by making it one long, 32:44 piece of music.
MAYBE ARE YOU INFLUENCED BY VOIVOD?
Voivod played an important role in my own musical education and also in the formation of Thesyre. They are of course the beast band our province of Québec ever offered to the world and we’re really proud of them. The links you can do with Voivod and our music are obvious but I do not see it as some plagiarism on our part. We also dedicated the album to the memory of the late Denis ‘Piggy’ D’Amour, who’s been one of the greatest innovators in Heavy Metal.
WHAT'S ABOUT THE PRODUCTION OF ALBUM?
We recorded, mixed and mastered the album with the assistance of Francis Perron, a long time friend and an engineer we always worked with since the beginning of Thesyre. Everything was done in different sessions as we cannot gather all together at the same time in the studio, yet everything was done over the course of maybe 10 days in all. I am really satisfied with the production on this album and we’ll surely keep working with Francis on the next album.
ANY PARTICULAR CONCEPT CONCERNING THE ALBUM?
‘Exist!’ is an album about existence. It questions the reason of our presence on earth and offers to the listener the conclusions I came up with. The music follows the human life cycle with quieter and more tumultuous passages.
WHAT'S THE MOOD OF IT?
I guess it is up to the listeners to discover it. I find it really uplifting, even if it’s also a bit severe.
THE MOST SALIENT ASPECTS OF YOUR NEW ALBUM?
The drumming of Zvord, the leads of Alx, the lyrical content and the overall ‘epic’ nature of the whole album are to me the most salient aspects of this album. I am glad we dared to go that far with this album as it was not an obvious task to begin with.
WHAT'S ABOUT THE FEEDBACK?
So far I am a bit surprised to see how well the album was received. It’s not an easy album to go through due to its very compositional nature. I expected a lot of reviewers to hate it, honestly. We received some good pushing from Osmose and hopefully the album’s sales will match the effort invested into it.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SOUND?
Our sounds pays a tribute to the bands who influenced us but we also want to make it our own and move forward with it. I think that the lyrics are the most communicative aspect, being most of the time an imperative to take action.
No touring plans so far. We cannot tour for various technical reasons and, honestly, we’re not that much concerned with it anyway. We’re a studio band for the moment and we’re glad with the situation. I do not see myself as an entertainer and for this very reason, with all the obligations it implies, I am not looking forward to tour. We might play some isolated dates or join a short string of concerts but running bankrupt by playing crusty holes all around the world is not my cup of tea.
YOUR LIFE'S PHILOSOPHY?
Looking forward with both your feet rooted in the past, your heart in the present and your head in the future.
THE FUTURE OF THE BAND?
We have a split 7” with the band Audiopain supposed to come out soon. We also started working on new material for our fourth full-length album which might be recorded in 2008. There are also a few more projects on the table which still requires more confirmation before becoming ‘news-worthy’.
ANY LAST REMARKS?
Thanks for the interview. Visit www.thesyre.com for samples and updates on the band.