With a new EP out today, it made sense to feature Hyvmine in our Band of the Day slot. Find out a little more about them, then check out a track below.
Well myself (Al) and Chris Joseph were born in Chicago, raised in Scranton, PA. Alon Mei-Tal is from Israel and raised in Cleveland. We are all now based out of Los Angeles.
How did you meet?
We all met in Los Angeles. Before letting our management I had already auditioned Alon for my solo guitar project and me made the cut with flying colors. When I met the Seek and Strike Label they loved the music but was really curious about how it would sound with vocals. So we gave it a try, rounded up the troops, and Hyvmine was born.
How long have you been playing as a band?
I’d say since the middle of 2017 we formed the band and started rehearsing the songs and by January 2018, Earthquake was released.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Hyvmine represents a collective mindset is all. The name Hivemind was taken by another band so I got a little creative with the spelling is all.
What are your influences?
Mainly nu-metal and progressive metal band’s and guitarists. I love what’s going on in the world of Djent as well, all that rhythmic and percussive feel is super appealing to us. Bands like Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Korn, Dream Theater, and Kings X come to mind. Any kind of metal with a groove and lots of attitude really does it for us!
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Well, the impression we’ve been getting from our new fans is that our band has that subtle balance of all things prog, shred, and melodic. We can do what instrumental bands can do, we can write and sing hooks, and we can throw down heavy with our music. Thats what makes Hyvmine fun for us and all our fans!
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Can’t really think of any thematic ties in our lyrics but I will say my favorite lyric on “Earthquake” is “You steppes in shit and that’s to bad” from the song Cliffhanger. I just found it super amusing as I was writing it and now I love singing it live.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
At the moment we’ve played over a few dozen shows together as a band. Our music really speaks during our live shows. We have tons of energy and we leave it all on the stage while we’re out there. To wrap it all up, it’s a powerful experience for us and our fans.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Well our drummer at the moment uses Tama drums. Guitars use Laney and Engl amps and Ibanez. And for bass we use ESP and Darkglass on our current tour.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Check out our new EP titled Fight Or Flight streaming and available everywhere on July 13th. Can’t wait!
What are your plans for 2018?
Our plans are to finish out this tour and start working on our next full length record for 2019.