Interview: progressive metalcore act CØNTINGENT on new singles TREPIDATIONS and CYCLES, upcoming EP ASCEND and meaningful concepts.
“We hold our music very dear to our hearts because we see it as a representation of ourselves and the people we love. We wanted to create music that make people feel something.”
SICK AND SOUND presents an interview we had with CØNTINGENT a new progressive metalcore outfit hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana knocking around since 2018. Our editor-in-chief Alex is catching up with Jake Spurgin (guitars) and Jeremy Burkart (bass and vocals) after the release of their brand new single CYCLES out on June 8th, 2019 and following up debut single Trepidations out in January. The band is set to release their new EP ASCEND, so we took the occasion to introduce the band, discuss their soundscape and sound, lyrical inspirations and plans. We explored in detail their new singles Trepidations, Cycles and sneak peeked into the band’s forthcoming record and its meaningful concepts.
- Hello guys and welcome. How did you get into music in the first place? Let’s introduce your lineup and how CØNTINGENT have been put together.
Hi! First off let us start with how thankful we are for the opportunity! We are truly grateful for all the support Sick and Sound has shown us! So the current lineup of CØNTINGENT is Jake Spurgin on Guitars and Jeremy Burkart on Bass and Vocals. On Ascend we had the great pleasure of working with some amazing friends who filled in the roles of drummer and vocals. We want to publicly thank Ray Butler(Drums) and Jared Daws(Vocals)! We will be working with Ray in the near future for live shows, but we also glad to say we will be announcing a new full-time vocalist very soon! Jeremy got started playing bass when he received his first bass at 8 years old. Previous to that he played a little bit of guitar that his older brother had taught him but he never felt quite a passion for music until he played bass. As he got older, he naturally progressed further and further into music because his family absolutely surrounded him with it! Jake picked up guitar around 9 years ago, with his dad being his teacher and biggest inspiration. His mom always encouraged him to accomplish anything and everything he put his heart to. Ever since then, he’s continued playing with the support of his closest friends and family members! CØNTINGENT came together on April 1st, 2018. The two founding members (Jeremy and Jake) had played in a previous band together and had been friends for years. After releasing the initial drummer and frontman, we quickly needed to find guys to help us record Ascend. Luckily Jared and Ray gladly lent us their talents for the EP!
- How did you come up with the name of your band?
Jeremy came up with the name when leaving his previous band. When he decided to start CØNTINGENT a few people who were close to him told him maybe he should start working on something outside of music before he would need to rely on a backup plan. Knowing music is all he wants to do it seemed fitting that the name for his new band would also mean “occurring or existing only if (certain circumstances) are the case”.
- Let’s touch base with your soundscape: progressive metalcore. How would you describe your sound and what are your assets to create something outstanding?
For us, we tend to have trouble describing our sound, because we like to try and cover many different sounds from song to song. As far as our writing process goes, we’ll possibly start with a song concept, and build the instrumental and lyrics from the vibes that go along with that concept.
- What are your influences in terms of bands and genres?
Many different artists and genres inspire our writing process! We absolutely love the progressive metal bands from the late 2000’s and early 2010’s such as Veil of Maya, Volumes, Reflections, Born of Osiris, and Structures.
- CYCLES is your brand new single released on June 8th and following up your debut single Trepidations released on January 31st. What was different for this song as opposed to your previous single? Let’s discuss more details about this blistering track.
We were very nervous releasing Trepidations. From the very beginning of working on Trepidations with our producer, Jonathan Dolese of Konkrete Studios, we knew we loved the song but we had no idea how people would take it. When we released it, we got a lot of support and a lot of messages saying how meaningful our song was for them. So when releasing Cycles, we had a lot more confidence. We got very lucky to film our video with Ben Brice of Kount Media, and that made us feel all the more ready to release! Now we just can’t wait to get more music out to you guys!
Watch CØNTINGENT – CYCLES (Official Video):
- CØNTINGENT are currently gearing up to release their debut EP ASCEND which seems to be revolving around a meaningful theme: mental health disorder and awareness. So let’s take about its lyrical inspiration and the concepts discussed across its tracks.
Yes, each song is about a different mental illness! So to keep from ruining the surprises we have on the record, I’m only going to go into detail for the two released tracks. Trepidations is of course about anxiety. Not only is it lyrically about anxiety, but on every song on Ascend, we did our best to capture the overall emotion of the illness instrumentally. So, we wrote guitar and bass parts with the intention to genuinely bring the feeling of anxiety. Then Jeremy sat down and just tried to verbally explain what he goes through in bouts of anxiety. He will find himself constantly questioning things, worrying what other people think of him, and why he feels that way. It all comes to the climax of his thoughts when he finally realizes it’s all in his head.
Cycles is about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Again when writing the song we chose to go from a nice heavy verse into a pretty chorus. The lyrics discuss the trials and tribulations of constantly cycling through your worst memories. The rest of Ascend covers Bipolar disorder, Obsessive Compulsion Disorder, Depression, and finally the acceptance and overcoming of them all.
- What does music mean to you and what vision and message you wish to get across to your audience using music as a vehicle?
We hold our music very dear to our hearts because we see it as a representation of ourselves and the people we love. Music has always incited emotions for us. A good song always made us feel something. So that’s our goal. We wanted to create music that make people feel something. Our intention with Ascend is to spread awareness of these complicated illnesses and make people realize that they’re not alone in their struggles.
- As fans of music, what is the most surprising thing you have seen a band do or what’s the most memorable concert you have been to?
The most memorable concert that we have ever been to was Warped Tour 2018 in Houston, Texas. It was shortly after CØNTINGENT started and we went as a group to experience our last chance at Warped. Alongside seeing some of our favorite bands, we also got to have a lot of fun and meet some awesome people! During the beginning of the festival, it had started raining so hard that they actually had to evacuate everyone and postpone set times. So on top of listening to awesome music with awesome people, we got to get completely covered in mud and just really have some fun!
- What else do CØNTINGENT have in store and what’s the most amazing goal you would like to achieve in a few years’ time? Maybe sharing the stage with some of your favorite bands and more.
Of course we have some big dreams! In a few years time, we would definitely like to be able to tour throughout the entire US and grow enough of a following to think about heading to Europe! There are definitely some big bands we dream of sharing the stage with, but for now we have some awesome bands from around the southeast region of the US that we would really love to work with such as ROGUE, Crypt, Swampstank, and Weeping Hour! Of course there are more but these few are who we would like to work with in the near future! We also have our debut EP, Ascend, that will be coming out very soon! We look forward to releasing more meaningful music, meeting and growing our fan base, and playing live!
Thank you for your time CØNTINGENT and all the best luck with the promotion of your new materials. We can’t wait for your EP to be dropped and fully supporting you into EU and US!
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