thank you for doing this again. For those who don’t know a thing, can you
please introduce yourself?
Peter DeRaven Lead vocals and song writer for the
Rhode Island based band VAGORA.
and foremost, How is Lust of Lilly
Chapter 3 coming along? What sort of things should we, the fans, expect?
It's a fitting end. I have said in other interviews that the 3 parts of this series of EPs were to
sort of cope with loss. Anger, retaliation and moving forward. This final
disk is a forward step. Its heavy it features all members writing. 4 of us have
lead vocals on this EP which is a sign of this being a band, a unit, all parts
functioning as one.
about the upcoming Live in Studio
Acoustic album you guys are doing. How does an idea like this and the Live in Studio idea come about? How
important is it for you to have the fans involved?
Well after the live in the
studio CD we did we have been getting asked for a part 2 which we did a similar
idea of letting the fans pick the songs. The fans input is great because with
well over 70 songs its nice to know which songs people are digging and may
effect our live future sets. We wanted to do an acoustic version of our debut
album Agoraphobic for the 5th anniversary but couldn't get some of the previous
members involved on the same page. The acoustic idea stuck we just decided to
let it be the fans choice of songs.
Yes. Jesse our guitarist had his work cut out for him on a
few tracks. I know "Time In Reverse" was a cool choice.
who listens to Vagora wouldn’t call you a straight up a Horror Rock band like
most others as you MAY have a song like “Ginger’s Gone” on the album but, a
more personal set of songs right after. However, you are such a part of the
genre and loved by fans of it. Why do you think that is?
It's a simple answer I
think. We have always respected the horror scene and the fans. It's were we got
our start . We never wanted to be in a genre but would never turn away from a
scene that enjoyed what we do. The fans of the Horror scene aren't all one style
loving idiots. They enjoy all sorts of music. We write real music. It strikes a
chord with the horror fans and other fans. Respecting where we got our start is
why I think the fans have stuck it out with us even through our sounds change.
You are the
main singer in Vagora. However, you have always surrounded yourself with others
who can carry a tune. With that said, what is your favorite Vagora song that
you don’t sing? The one you love to rest your pipes to?
Very true I'll be the
first one to say I'm not the most talented singer in VAGORA. Jesse Nameless has
really shown what an excellent vocalist he is. "Gallow On The Door" is just
amazing. I'll always be a Kylie Discord fan. The song "My last Impression" and her
backing vocals on 'it's not you that its happening to' are just haunting and
beautiful at the same time. Robby Bloodshed, Jesse Nameless and Jonny
Whitehurse all have a lead vocal track with this new EP and I think its some of
the best stuff I've heard from all of them.
said, with Vagora you have an extended list of songs from so many releases. Is
there one song that you think should always be in the set list no matter what?
You know that's the hardest part of being in the band for this long. We try to
mix our set up as much as possible with older and new stuff. I'd say "Agoraphobic"
and "Some/ Most" are staples at this point. "Rolling Skulls" and "Emeralds" too.
to albums, shirts and everything in between, you guys always have tons of merch
for the fans to choose from. Where do you come up with all of these ideas?
watch what works and what doesn't. What products sell for other bands. The DVDs
are cool as we have access to video equipment due to our bassist being a video
student. So that makes a nice product. Shirts and art designs are mostly myself
, Jesse , and Robby. Robby has worked for us with art and layout stuff even
before he was in the band. Honestly for me I just get the ideas in my head from wherever they come from. I don't question it. I'll get a mental picture and
run with it.
two of them, how is the book of lyrics and the potential documentary coming
along? What stumbling blocks do you face putting a project like these together?
The book is still being worked on it's something I'm really taking my time to make
right. I have permission to make it a complete book so I think once I have some
more down time I will send that to the editor . The documentary is on hold at
the moment a lot of film has been shot. We have ran into a snag with a few
former members participation. That would be the biggest issue. I only want to
do this if all influential members were involved. Hopefully we can get back in
to talks or use what we have for some other project.
a couple of years ago that Vagora was parting ways and you started up DeRaven.
Not long after that band started, you revived Vagora. What went into that
Good question. When we decided to put the band to bed a few things
had happened at once which made that decision. TB wanted to go which was fine we
could have just kept going which was ultimately what we did. Kylie leaving was
hard on myself and Jesse I think as we didn't get a lot of notice and really had no ill will she just
decided to go to college 12 hours away. It was a sad/happy thing. Marc our
drummer and I had made a decision that we would try to keep the band going but
it was just me and him. I really wasn't sure if a new line up would still be
"VAGORA" sound wise. So I opted to audition people with the idea of
learn the songs and if it dosen't sound like the band we call it something else.
Jesse came back into the fold to teach the new guys the songs. He felt like it
was time to stick it out and we brought in our former bassist Jonny. All of a
sudden it was clear this was still VAGORA.
any songs from DeRaven that have or haven’t seen the light of day or have had a
Vagora makeover yet?
No songs were ever written for DeRaven as a band. We did a
few shows just to work out the kinks but it really was just a way to test out
the new line up. I will use the name for a solo release eventually though.
musician, you have played with some amazing musicians as well as toured or
played with some great bands. In this 2 part question; first, is there anyone
that you have played with in the past that you would like to work with either
in Vagora or, in another project? As well, is there anyone living or dead, that
you would like to work with that you haven’t?
Kylie Discord I always felt we
had more to do writing and performance wise. I'd like to work wth Goolsby I'm
hoping that will happen.
artist, what inspires you (movies, music, comics, books, etc.)? What got you
You know a little of everything inspires me. I started writing songs
very young. I always felt it was a gift. A lot of what I write about is stuff
that is in my head. Not sure if its things remembered from a past life of God
or what again I don't question it I just do what I can with what i was given.
past, I’ve asked people their current assessment of the scene. Instead of that,
are there any new artists or bands in the Horror Rock/Punk genre that you think
people should know? Someone who is exciting you with the music they make?
just grabbed up The new 52 Ways CD, awesome band from Georgia. Also The band
Blood Shift from Ohio. We got a great
band called Damnation out of Mass thats
a killer Horror band definatly check them out.
any new releases that you are looking forward to (movies, music, etc.)?
Defiantly the new Argyle Goolsby CD.
Movies these days are all Princess based as I have 3 daughters so I'm usually
waiting to get whatever they want to see.
once again for taking the time to do this! Is there any parting words you have
for the readers?
Don't forget who made you. This purple blood leaves stains. K.R.Y.