Press To Meco’s gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist likes to mix busi­ness and plea­sure where SikTh are con­cerned.

Prog - - Intro -

“I started re­ally get­ting into rock mu­sic when I was about 11 or 12, and that’s when I first picked up a gui­tar. At school, there were a few kids with older brothers who were into tech metal but un­til then, I had no idea that mu­sic could be so com­pli­cated and sound so good. I would have been about 13 when I first heard SikTh and a cou­ple of years later, the lo­cal band I was in ended up sup­port­ing them. They made this noise that I’d never heard be­fore and that was when I re­ally got into them. Within a few months they be­come my favourite band.

Dan [Weller] is one of two gui­tarists who’s had an im­pact on the way I play, in par­tic­u­lar the way he uses chords. From a tech­ni­cal per­spec­tive, Sum­mer Rain and As The Earth Spins Round are just un­real, but Peep Show, from their first al­bum The Trees Are Dead…, has in­flu­enced me the most. I re­ally wanted to de­velop that kind of sound into my gui­tar play­ing.

I know a lot of peo­ple hold SikTh re­spon­si­ble for djent, but I feel djent is a lot more syn­co­pated and rhyth­mic, whereas SikTh are more about melody. In my opin­ion, they’re one of the most im­por­tant bands in pro­gres­sive metal from the last 15 years. They left such a stamp on the scene and they were rel­a­tively ahead of their time. [When they re­formed] they came back big­ger than ever, it was al­most that every­one else caught up.

I got in touch with Dan when Press To Meco first got started and he’s been re­ally sup­port­ive of this band. We recorded in the stu­dio with Dan when SikTh an­nounced their re­union and I was so ex­cited. Af­ter we’d wrapped up for the day, he’d be prac­tis­ing SikTh riffs in the same room and the teenage gui­tarist in me was fan­boy­ing pretty hard over it!

We sup­ported SikTh in 2017 and straight af­ter, we were the main sup­port for Ar­cane Roots. They were such a good band and [Me­lan­cho­lia Hymns] is un­real, it’s so good. They and Black Peaks are push­ing the prog-tinged al­ter­na­tive rock scene and I think it’s im­pos­si­ble not to re­spect them for how far they’re bring­ing the genre.” NRS

Here’s To The Fa­tigue is out now via Mar­shall. For the lat­est tour dates, see

“They’re one of the most im­por­tant bands in prog metal from the last 15 years.”


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