Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The band formed in 2011 when three friends in St. Thomas University’s music program had been showing each other riffs in guitar pro and decided to get together to jam them. Over a couple of years as we started to write new music together, we added members and shifted roles until we found the current lineup. Everyone in the band was friends or acquaintances already - we knew each other from school and from the other bands we were in around town, so everyone was already comfortable with each other, and everyone had experience already. This made it a pretty smooth ride from our formation into recording and playing live.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
It’s pretty easy to just say “progressive metal” because it’s kind of a blanket term that covers so many styles and sub-genres, but it doesn’t really tell you too much about what can set a band apart or what makes them special. We love progressive metal bands like Periphery and Between The Buried And Me, but obviously those bands are still quite different from each other. If we had to be more specific we’d say that we’re a heavy metal band that really likes unconventional song-structures and the infusion of other styles of music, especially jazz and rock.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Well, the easy answer is of course that if they don’t it’ll be harder for us to keep making more of them haha! But we think we’ve put enough variety on the album that it’ll please the ears of at least a few people, and we think that people who love the same bands as us will hear the influences and hopefully enjoy our own rendition of what the five of us love about metal music.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We’ve released two EPs and a handful of singles, all of which we think were received well but on a very small scale, as is to be expected with small bands. Our older material has helped us make a name for ourselves locally and develop a small but devoted core fanbase. Lots of metal sites and blogs were gracious enough to support us for free and help carry us to where we are, and for that we are eternally grateful.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Yes! We love playing live! But the scene in Atlantic Canada is very dry, and it’s tough to fill a venue if you aren’t a big big name. We were very lucky to join Protest the Hero and Intervals in 2014, which were of course the biggest shows we’ve ever played. Mostly though, we do the bar/club scene as often as we can in the major cities on the east coast. We’re looking to book a couple of short tours to support the album, but for it to be effective we’d really need to get into other parts of the country.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We like to think that what sets us apart is our compositional method and our infusion of other styles into our music. We try very hard to make each song sound like Tactus, but for each song to be very unique and different from the others. We also feel like we have a responsibility to bring attention to the east coast, because it generally goes unnoticed in the national metal scene, and yet there are so many incredible bands who we know and who we play with regularly who really deserve to be heard.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Once the album is released, our focus will be getting out and playing it live as much as possible. We are also well into writing a follow-up, which will likely be shorter and take a lot less time than Bending Light did.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can hit up our website: www.tactusband.com , and download pretty much all of our old music for free on our bandcamp: tactusband.bandcamp.com. The new album will be available October 7th!