‘The Eighth Note’ is 8 quick Questions with Wellington Musicians.
A chance for us to catch up with people & see what they’re up to, or introduce you to a new musician/band and their music.
Today’s guest is Tim from Kapiti metal band Intergracia.
Who are you? Tell us a bit about your music:
Intergracia is a Wellington / Kapiti Based Melodic Heavy Metal band that was formed in 2008 currently consisting of the following line up.
Tim Mekalick: Vocals & Guitar
Andrew McGregor: Guitar
Jarred Hooper: Bass & Vocals
Michael Erwin: Drums
Over the years our music has taken on many different sounds and influences, going through Progressive Metal, Folk Metal & even tiny elements of Black and Thrash along the way. But the one thing that has remained a constant musically for us is our Heavy Yet Melodic nature of the Tunes especially in the use of our Riffs, Solos & Guitar Harmonies which I’d say personally is the biggest influence of them all.
What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or albums on the way?
We have actually just released a 5 track Monster of an album by the name of RISE OF THE INCUBUS which is now available on CD & Bandcamp.
It has taken a lot of time and hard work but we are incredibly proud of the final result.
What were the 3 most influential albums to you growing up?
To be honest I think each member would give you a completely different answer on this one but for me the three most influential albums growing up would have to be:
Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous
Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast
Wintersun – Wintersun
Which other Wellington musician (s) would you most like to work with?
We have had the absolute pleasure of working with some amazing Musicians in our time but even in saying that I could just about be here all day with the list of people and bands we have yet to work with but would absolutely Love to.
One band that springs to mind immediately is an up and coming act by the name of Dark Divinity, containing some VERY talented players and Awesome dudes.
Have also got huge respect for the following three singers and would love to have them on for guest vocals sometime.
Hamish Murry – Fallen Order
Edmund Hintz – Red Dawn
Louis Baker – Solo Stuff
Like I said though, the list goes on and we haven’t even left wellington yet haha.
What’s your favourite Wellington venue to play in?
By far the easiest question I’ve had to answer so far, Our Home away from Home, None Other than the almighty VALHALLA. Run by one of the most Amazing Bar owners, Gig Organisers & People we have ever had the Honour of working with Mr Ben Valknut Mulchin.
In your song writing or composing (or the band’s song writing) how do the compositions and songs take shape?
The composition of a typical Intergracia song will usually start with one or two of us mucking around with a few riffs on the guitar. Once we find the riff that sticks we keep building on it & tearing it down & building on it again along with Bass and Drums until eventually the musical part of it is complete. Once we’re happy with that, the song theme followed by the lyrics will begin its magic (Again with a lot of editing in the process).
Where/when is your next gig?
Without revealing too many details (JUST Yet) we will be in Auckland on Saturday March 17th & Wellington on Friday March 23rd.