Interview with 51 Peg
If something tells us please about your last album?
Brian- A\Void is our first album in 14 years. The band ended around 2007-2008 for various reasons. Without rehashing all the time in between, we reconnected with Jeff after a reunion show in 2016 and decided to write some new material. We generated lots of ideas that we really liked and since it had been so long we indulged ourselves and said screw it, lets put 16 tracks on there. It’s kind of counter-intuitive in this age of short attention spans, but it was just felt right to put a big sprawling epic album out. We all love NIN’s The Fragile and The Cure’s Disintegration and the more prog rock elements of those bands and I guess this is our version of that.
Is there a central song which indicates the basic ideas of the album?
Brian- I think there is a lot of variety on this album, so it’s hard to pick one song, but the title track A\Void kind of strongly hints at the more prog rock approach we incorporated into our sound for this record.
Does the choice of the lyrical backgrounds run off with you still in complete stylistic freedom?
Jeff- I try and let the mood and feeling of the music govern where the lyrics and subject matter go. Typically, they tend to wind up going quite hand in hand.
Brian- We generally only work with ideas that everyone is excited about, so there was not much extra material that we eliminated. If something isn’t happening right away it might resurface later on but really any song we decided to finish made the album.
Tim- While writing songs for the album, there were only a handful of ideas that were started and never finished. After we released a 3-song EP, we kept writing ideas without a plan to stop until we had enough songs for a full album… and more!
Jeff- I see every different piece and the sound of it as an opportunity to expand the scope of the subjects covered.
What puts out your typical sound and how he has changed about the years away?
Brian- I do think we have a “sound” but it’s not overly thought out and is more a natural extension of the members of the band. Those who have followed us know that we added a different synth player, Tim, so his influence certainly changed things, and I did a lot more writing as well. Prior to this album everyone in the band had a defined role and I think now because of technology and experience we all contribute in different ways than just what our primary instruments are.
Tim- Over the years we’ve all gained access to home studios and have been able to record our own ideas and collaborate without everyone being in the same room.
Jeff- I feel like my contribution to things is unavoidably, tempered by age and experience. My decision to accept and embrace these factors has made my job a lot easier and more fulfilling.
How do you fancy the form of future publications?
Brian- I would not expect we’ll do another 16 track album again anytime soon. I think we’ll probably focus on singles/ ep’s but who knows. We haven’t really discussed exactly what we are gonna do next.
Jeff- is like to create some heavier, more aggressive material.
Does the last CD be given in the original version of the admissions, or have you gone once more about that to smooth passages with which critics could speak later of a „squalid sound“ or „not perfect song“?
Tim- Listening to some of the original demos we created, most of the songs sound very much like the ideas we tracked early on. I think our decades of experience has given us the ability to focus on creating solid ideas from the start and having an idea of how we want them to end up.
Jeff- I feel like our lack of concern for “standard” or traditional song structure on this last project, ironically, produced some of our most mass digestible material to date.
Were you confronted at any time with such a thing?
Tim- This album was set out to be written, recorded, and released on our own so we had no input or pressures outside of the band. However, we are our own worst critics and some songs have gone through radical edits before all of use were entirely happy with them.
How did you come on the cover and the title of the last album?
Brian- The title comes from something that was said in a podcast i was listening to about how people are disconnected despite all our access to each other via the internet and how we avoid in person interaction in favor of social media. The cover art we struggled with for awhile and we were stumped for many months. In the middle of that, I went to Japan for vacation and noticed these weird triangular concrete blocks on all the beaches. They just had a mysterious look about them, like they were placed there by aliens. It turns out they are called tetrapods and are there to slow down the erosion of the beaches. I snapped some pics on my phone thinking that maybe they could be used in some way and luckily the rest of the guys liked the idea or we might still be debating the cover art! Carlo worked on cleaning up and editing the photos and Tim did the layout/design of the cover art that you see now.
Carlo- For the most part we’re just regular people with day jobs and bills and problems that anybody else has. Music is our way to cope and have some sort of release from our everyday lives and hope our fans can feel the same way when they hear our music.
Jeff- I see our fans as my tribe. The continuing loyalty of our most dedicated followers never ceases to surprise me. I can honestly say that I think of them with every move we make, artistically. With that, I think they may also be surprised at how different we actually are from
What concerns you at the moment mostly and the heart makes you difficult?
Carlo- The music business has changed so much since we started. Some is good and some makes things difficult to get heard. In some ways it’s great that it’s easier to get your music out there but it’s hard be heard and remain relevant in the social media driven world. There is so much noise out there and the attention spans are short.
With whom would like you to take to the road once or take up a CD?
Carlo- NIN and Failure make the dream list but really we would just love to get out in front of people, play music and turn people who’ve never heard of us into bonafide fans.
What is to be expected as next from You?
Brian- We’ll continue to play live as much as possible and probably start writing again. It won’t be 14 years until the next release!
Carlo- Definately more music, we’d love to keep the creative train rolling and try to top the last album.
Can you describe to yourselves in 3 words?
Carlo- Machine Learning Humans
Jeff- Mirrors of circumstance
I thank for the interview and wish You all the best for the future!
written by Claudia Tomaszewski
Industrial rockers 51 Peg are excited to announce the release of their first album in 14 years, called „A\VOID“, today 10/23/18. After garnering a following in the Mid-Atlantic region in the mid-2000’s and sharing the stage with acts such as 30 Seconds to Mars, Orgy, and The Birthday Massacre, the band is back with a 16-track offering that builds on their unique blend of the alt rock, goth, prog, and industrial genres.
51 Peg formed in 1998, with the release of their first album „Strange Appointments“ coming in 2000 which drew comparisons to a varied group of artists like Peter Murphy, Depeche Mode, and Orgy. The follow-up album „Esc \ Ctrl“ featured a more focused and polished sound, and pushed the band forward in popularity. The group went on an indefinite hiatus in 2007 but was offered a reunion show in 2016 which proved to be successful. Building on that momentum and with the combined experience gathered over the years in other projects, the band decided to write their most ambitious material yet. Listen to the latest evolution of the band’s sound at 51peg.com.
Over the course of many years, forces both internal and external can come together to erode a band. The necessities of daily life slowly take precedence over creativity and it becomes easy to settle into a routine. Hollowed out gradually, there comes a point of realization that some things may have been forgotten: the excitement you get from writing a great song is just as important as any creature comfort and that playing a show to a live audience is more exhilarating than the endless cycle of binge watched dramas on television. But once time slips by, it is close to impossible to gain back what has been lost, and the story often ends here.
Fortunately, for 51 Peg, the stars aligned and an opportunity presented itself in the form of an unexpected offer to do a reunion show in 2016. With their singer Jeff Sargent relocated to Arizona and the rest of the band (now including keyboardist Tim Phillips in place of Jaime Nish) remaining in the Baltimore, MD area, they put together a set of their previous material from Strange Appointments (2000) and Esc\Ctrl (2004) and pulled off a successful come back show. This was an eye opener not only in the fact that people still wanted to hear 51 Peg, but that it was also possible to function even with Jeff located 2,000 miles away.
The creative fires now stoked, and with 14 additional years of experience and technology at their disposal since their last release, the band decided to begin working towards a new album. Not knowing what this new configuration of the band would sound like but with grandiose albums such as Nine Inch Nails’ “The Fragile”, The Cure’s “Disintegration”, and Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” in mind the ideas quickly flowed. The result is a musically diverse 16 track album that is inspired by what came before and provides a glimpse of what is yet to come.
With newest member Tim providing a new edge from his synthesized perspective, guitar player Carlo Pizarro taking a prominent step forward in the bands overall sound, and drummer Brian Fasani anchoring everything while now also contributing his own synth ideas for the first time on a recording, the groundwork was laid for Jeff to provide the emotional content that 51 Peg is known for. Lyrics of loss, change, heartache, and self reflection provide an “homage to an imperfect past” and take the listener on a journey of catharsis. A bid for connection between themselves and the audience, A\VOID is a true collaboration of the band across time and space.
A\VOID Track List:
1. A Void 03:46
2. No Ctrl 04:50
3. Another Nothing 03:38
4. Coded in Time 04:36
5. Acceptance 04:31
6. Prying Eyes 04:04
7. Super Spy 05:19
8. Night Things 05:25
9. Parachute and Savior 06:09
10. Cat Scan 03:25
11. Now and What Used to Be 04:19
12. Death March 03:34
13. Zero Zero 04:47
14. Walk Through Me 04:40
15. The Light That Lit Your Way 05:28
16. The Void 02:56
After garnering a following in the Mid-Atlantic region in the mid-2000’s and sharing the stage with acts such as 30 Seconds to Mars, Orgy, and The Birthday Massacre, the band is back with a 16-track offering that builds on their unique blend of the alt rock, goth, prog, and industrial genres.
„A\Void bearing all the hallmarks of the band’s previous work – striking melodies, complex progressions, and top-notch musicianship… but now, much more finely tuned, honed, sharpened into an eloquently produced industrial/rock package. With such a strong showing after 14 years, 51 Peg has certainly made the 14-year-long wait worth our while.“ – ReGen