The Beckoning is an extreme progressive / gothic metal band from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada that fuses the aggression of extreme metal with the majestic ambience of gothic music and the eccentricity and odd song structures of progressive rock / metal. Founded by Meghann and Roy Turple and joined together with guitarist / bassist Eldon Loewen, the trio combine their influences together in a songwriting formula that is both unorthodox and organic.
Roy Turple answered Progstravaganza Questionnaire.
How did you come to do what you do?
I grew up in a house that had a lot of music playing all the time. Everything from Country Western to Metal and even the very early years of Hip-Hop when everyone still called it Rap
From the time I was very young I learned to appreciate music in it’s various forms although I can’t say I was too into Country. I was a massive lover of music but I didn’t actually start doing anything about it until my late teens when I started doing vocals. Once I got into it I wanted to experiment with as many styles of vocals as I could. Everything from Reggae to Extreme Metal and Old School Metal,and some Gothic stuff;A weird combination,I know lol! I then got into various bands and projects that ranged from almost Funk based Prog Metal(like Faith No More) to Black Metal and a little Grindcore. Through all the years of being a vocalist in these various bands and projects it seemed we were always having issues with drummers. So one day I decided to buy a drum kit and started teaching myself, mainly for composition purposes.
Even when we started The Beckoning we actually brought another drummer on board because I didn’t consider myself to really be a drummer. Unfortunately things didn’t work out with that drummer. We had time booked in a studio and no drummer. So with only six days before entering the studio I made the decision to do the drums myself. I have been the drummer ever since and it’s kind of reinvigorated me as a musician.
What is your first musical memory?
Elvis is my first musical memory. His music was always playing in the house when I was kid. But I would have to say that it was Kiss that made the first big impact on me and it was HUGE. I was only 4 years old and I was running around the house pretending I was Paul Stanley.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Various things. The Bible, everyday stress, darkness, a sunset, you name it.
What message does the song on our Progstravaganza compilation carry?
It’s from the Bible and where it talks about how there will come a day when Christ will return and God will separate the righteous from the wicked;the repentant from the unrepentant.
Do you tend to follow any pre-defined patterns when composing a piece?
Not so much anymore. We kind of start and with a blank canvas and see where the song leads.
What is your method of songwriting?
We take different approaches to different songs but most of the new stuff generates from some composition ideas I have with the drums. I have a structural idea for the time signatures and changes with maybe a few basic ideas for vocals and dynamics. Eldon and Meghann then put the flesh and skin on the bones so to speak.
How do you see your music evolving?
We started as more of a Gothic type band with tinges of metal. Our sound was very simple and was capitalizing on the whole “pop gone heavy/dark” type vibe of most traditional Gothic music. The only big difference being that we used growls as the main vocals where as most using clean singing. As much as we appreciate that side of thing,our approach to it was a little too simple to keep us motivated. We realized that as much as we liked the hooks we also want to write music that is a little more interesting and fun to play. We now bring a much broader score of influences into our music from early Prog and Metal, as well as faster and more aggressive influences from Melodic Death Metal and Black Metal. I guess I would say it like this – In the beginning we were Gothic with Metal Influences, now we’re Metal with Gothic influences and A LOT of inspiration from the song-craft and eccentricities of Prog bands like Rush, Pink Floyd and early Genesis.
What advice would you give to other musicians, trying to make inspired music and get it out in the world?
I must say I feel inadequate giving any kind of advice on this matter because we’re still so unknown. I guess I would just say to make the kind of music you enjoy and make the most of every opportunity that presents itself. Every now and then something cool comes along.
What are you looking forward to?
On a temporal level we’re all looking forward to getting this album finished. But as much as music is a blessing there are other things are more important. Family, health etc…
We are all believers in Christ so we have confidence that our future is secure in him despite the difficulties of this life. Heaven will be the ultimate joy. That’s what we are looking forward to the most
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