The leprechauns are calling and they demand you check out Peralis, today’s Irish Band of the Day…
We hail from the Emerald Isle of Ireland.
How did you meet?
Ren (vocals/lead guitar) and Moe (drums) met through Face Meter Records who they we’re both signed to in different bands Kerouac and Syllian Rayle at the time. Ren and Kalebh (bass) were both members of Wexford based band Marabou. AJ (vocals/guitar) is Ren’s stepson and they’ve been writing songs together for some time.
How long have you been playing as a band?
It’s a been quick yet very busy year since we formed back in January 2019. Been all systems go since lift off.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
The story behind the band name is a simple one yet not one you’d usually expect to hear from a metal band. I was on tour in Spain with a previous band of mine called Kerouac. I was in a little coffee shop and on comes this song with a lovely Spanish guitar intro, I asked the guy at the till ‘who is that playing? ‘Jose Luis Perales’, ‘A very famous Spanish singer’ he said. The name Perales always stuck in my mind so years later when we were brainstorming names for the band Perales was on the list, I discovered then that an alternative spelling was Peralis and the rest is history. (Ren)
What are your influences?
Musical influences would have to be Mastodon, Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth, Toska, Deftones, Green Day, Ramones, Alice in Chains, Richie Kotzen, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin, Sepultura, Incubus, Elvis, Primordial, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Fear Factory to name but a few! Non-musical influences would have to be our awesome parents, super supportive partners and friends, Muhammad Ali, Carlos Valderrama, Kurt Russell, Hayao Miyazaki, Jack Kerouac, Mahatma Gandhi and former Irish boxing champion Bernard Dunne.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We pull influence from all rock and metal genres. Our sound is heavy yet dynamic and melodic. We love a good riff and a heavy groove. A unique point to our sound is probably the contrasting dual vocals of Ren and AJ.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Lyricists Ren and AJ write about many topics such as personal struggles, strife witnessed in others, the search for contentment, determination of self, people lost and also venting about a**holes.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We have all gigged extensively throughout Europe in our Previous bands Kerouac, Marabou and Syllian Rayle. We have a few under our belts as Peralis but we have a very busy schedule in the year ahead kicking off in Dublin on the 16th of March, Donegal and Derry in April and Iron Mountain Festival on the 1st May. We bring lots of energy to our live shows, to us the crowd are a very important part of the show. A room full of people feeding off the same intense, aggressive, raw and emotional yet fun energy is like nothing else. Check us out on Facebook. Instagram and Twitter for all upcoming shows.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Ending up out on the floor moshing with the crowd is the norm at one of our show, but as regards to our wildest thing we have ever done at a live show we might have to skip that in fear of embarrassment for one of our band members, lets just say it might happen again at a future show, so get out and see us live. No spoilers here!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Marshall amps, Fender Strats, Ibanez Superstrats, ESP and PRS guitars. Yamaha/Warwick Basses, Tama Starclassic kit, Yamaha studio custom snare and Sabian cymbals, all the good stuff.
What are your plans for 2020?
We have just released our new double A-side single “Primal Self” / “Contort, Thrive, Survive” on Friday the 31st of January. Available on all major platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Amazon music, Google Play, Deezer and Apple Music etc. We’ll also be releasing a video for both tracks which you can check out on the Ren Marabou YouTube channel.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
So many great bands to choose from. A band we would love to support are a great Irish band from Dublin the outstanding Primordial. A band to open that show would have to be Irish Thrashers Crossfire. That would be some show!