Editor’s Note: Today, Los Angeles heavy rock outfit AEGES released their single entitled “Colors.” This single is the follow-up to their early 2020 album release “DROMMEN.” AEGES is composed of Kemble Walters on vocals/guitars, Tony Baumeister on bass/vocals, Trevor Howard on guitars/vocals and Dylan Howard on drums. AEGES is composed of former members of Pelican, The Rise and -16- and they’ve shared the stage with Tool, Chevelle, Local H and Coheed & Cambria. In this mental health conversation with Madness To Creation, Kemble Walters of AEGES discusses a crazy road story, the single “Colors” and coping with the Covid-19 pandemic. Fans can find AEGES on Facebook and Instagram.
Madness To Creation: Take us into the single “Colors”, what was the most challenging and rewarding aspect in creating this song?
Kemble Walters: COLORS was a song that had been sitting in my head and in parts on my hard drive for a while. I wanted to get more into darker, proggy type rhythms similar to Mastodon. We had just released our latest album Drømmen when the pandemic hit so promoting it the way we know how (touring) hit a stand still so the focus quickly moved into finishing new material. It’s funny cause the song is easily our shortest song yet but definitely far from our most radio friendly. The first chorus doesn’t hit til after verse 2, and the final (and second) chorus ends almost 1.5mins before the songs over flowing from riff to a major pop groove to more riffs. On paper it was something that shouldn’t work but it does, I think that’s why we like it so much.
Madness To Creation: As a band, what have you taken for granted the most since Covid happened?
Kemble Walters: I don’t want to speak for the rest of the guys, but one thing I took for granted was really soaking up time with my band mates and friends. When you’re forced away from things you realize how much they really mean to you and are apart of your health & happiness. Zoom and Houseparty are decent placeholders but I’m ready to get back out there and hug all my homies again.
Madness To Creation: What have you learned to appreciate as an individual since the Covid pandemic?
Kemble Walters: I appreciate time a lot more now. How valuable it is and how easily it can be taken away. Be happy, do more, and smile.
Madness To Creation: Tell us about a time where you had to rise to the occasion when it was the most difficult for you.
Kemble Walters: That’s a pretty intense question. There was one show in the northeast that comes to mind… we were on tour with CHEVELLE and this was our last show before driving to Rocklahoma that night. The whole tour had been so amazing so we were determined to end it with a bang. My gear is always breaking on me because I don’t treat it well and I’m always switching things out so reliability is questionable. We just started our set and it was slaying and then bam, my guitar goes. I do the typical “let’s try to kick everything and shake my cable to get it to work that looks cool to the audience and they don’t realize what I’m doing” thing but it didn’t work. I throw my guitar down and become solo vocal guy (which is not me) and I’m running around checking my gear, shredding Vox, and trying to entertain as much as possible… still can’t figure out the problem. I scream for the opening band to see if I can borrow a head, they look at me dumbfounded 🤷♂️. I thought the show was just gonna be “this” until Chevelle’s tech runs over and switched out my cables and gets me up and running for the last few songs. The crowd loved it. We sold SO MUCH merch that night and the fans all said “watching you struggle but carry on the set had us all rooting for you, we were on the edge of our seats”. It was uncomfortable, challenging, and something that I’m stoked happened. Gotta love the experience.
Madness To Creation: As a musician, give me one thing you’re a natural at and give me one thing you want to improve on as a musician.
Kemble Walters: I wouldn’t say I’m a natural at anything, it’s all taken me years and years of practice and determination. Now I can pick things up pretty quick, but that’s only because young me would sweat and curse my own name trying to play paradiddles and minor scales until it finally clicked. I feel my weakest instrument is my voice, which I’m always trying to push harder and further with every record/release so that’s definitely something I’d like to improve on.
Madness To Creation: What’s next for Aeges?
Kemble Walters: We’ve got a whole albums worth of material that will be making it’s way to the public in one way or another (single releases, eps, full album) as well as some in studio streams. We would love to hit the road but it seems like such a fragile thing, especially for a band our size, to commit to in 2021. So yeah, we’re hitting the music harder this year so we can hit the road even harder next year.
And there you have it! Check out AEGES on Facebook and Instagram for latest news and happenings!