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False Coda on Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation

Progstravaganza Questionnaire: False Coda

False Coda were formed back in 2009 by the brothers Vasilis Milios (guitar) and Andrew Milios (drums). After several lineup changes, in 2011 Nikos Pogkas (ex- Shiverspine) and Lefteris Kapetanios (keyboards) joined in. A few months later Manos Xanthakis (ex-Agnosia, ex-Jericho, ex-Blazon (UK), ex-Celestial Ode) became the bands lead singer. Since then False Coda have been active performing live gigs all around athens and in November 2013 finished the recording of their debut album “Closer to the Edge”.Nowadays they signed with ” Steel Gallery Records” and prepare for their first official work to be released. They can be labeled as a progressive metal band with many influences from different genres such as heavy metal, prog rock, fusion, classical music etc).

The band has recently appearead on our Progstravaganza XIX: Convergence compilation and they answered the Progstravaganza Questionnaire.

How did you come to do what you do?

Only the passion for making music.

What is your first musical memory?

One of my fathers mix tape containing J. s Bach nutcracker suite and a compilation from the beatles. Epic stuff!

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

At the early years we were trying to mimic what other bands were doing. Bands we loved and admired (Dream Theater, Rush, Symphony X etc).I believe it was an effort to deconstruct and understand what was so special and unique about their music.

Nowadays Inspiration comes not only from other genres (jazz,fusion,classical etc) but other forms of art and science (film, poetry, philosophy, literature).

What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?

Well the title of the song (Respect) is pretty self explanatory i guess. Basically it’sabout keeping your head high,standin up for yourself and not letting anyone tell you what you should think, say or how you should live your life. When you are a kind, respectfull person you should definitely demand some respect from the other side as well. That being said It is also a social issue that is a very common thing here in our country (Greece) about the way artists, especially musicians are treated. Tryin to make a living through music is already an almost impossible thing, society doesnt respect all the hard work one needs to do what he loves most. As a result we are mostly viewed as “entertainers” rather than artists.


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Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?

I have some patterns I like to use for some of my own compositions. I prefer to first write lyrics and then lay down the melodies and riffs. This can be a bit time consuming and frustrating at times, but I feel it’s adding a lot to the originality of the songs.

What is your method of songwriting?

As mentioned above lyrics come first. So that sets the theme and tone of the track. For instance we just finished a new one and it’s based on the film of Akira Kurosawa ” Throne of blood”. Immediately the music became a blend of prog /Japanese /folk elements with lots of Cacophony like arpeggios thrown in the mix.

Some other songs are ideas and random riffs that come up either when practicing, or when we are jamming all together during the rehearsals. Pretty straight forward stuff I guess.

How do you see your music evolving?

I believe that through experience we find that fine balance between “complicated” and “simple”. I guess for me that is the ultimate goal. Playing musical challenging stuff but making it simple and accessible for all at the same time.

What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?

First of all learn the tools of the trade. Get acquainted with the rules, techniques so later you can shape them at your own hearts desire. But most important never give up.

What are you looking forward to?

For the time being promoting the album, performing but most of all focusing on the new material.

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS_L01g1hLpdRMa-8N5LxSw

https://www.facebook.com/FalseCoda

Bands, send your music submissions for the Progstravaganza compilation series to info@prog-sphere.com

False Coda on Progstravaganza progressive rock & metal compilation

False Coda

False Coda were formed back in 2009 by the brothers Vasilis Milios (guitar) and Andrew Milios (drums). After several lineup changes, in 2011 Nikos Pogkas (ex- Shiverspine) and Lefteris Kapetanios (keyboards) joined in. A few months later Manos Xanthakis (ex-Agnosia, ex-Jericho, ex-Blazon (UK), ex-Celestial Ode) became the bands lead singer. Since then False Coda have been active performing live gigs all around athens and in November 2013 finished the recording of their debut album “Closer to the Edge”.Nowadays they signed with ” Steel Gallery Records” and prepare for their first official work to be released. They can be labeled as a progressive metal band with many influences from different genres such as heavy metal, prog rock, fusion, classical music etc)

Lineup

Manos Xanthakis : Vocals

Vasilis Milios : Guitars

Andreas Milios : Drums

Lefteris Kapetanios : Keyboards

Nikos Pogkas : Bass

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS_L01g1hLpdRMa-8N5LxSw

https://www.facebook.com/FalseCoda