For melodic metal group the Aegean, the sum is greater than its parts.
Formed from several local bands, the Nanticoke-based group pieced itself together in 2016 upon discovery of vocalist Corey Lombardo. With the missing link in place, members knew it was time to get their music out to the public.
“That feeling of relief when we finally found Corey after about two years of trying to find a vocalist that fit in with what we were trying to do — it was like a weight was lifted,” guitarist David Kline said.
After some ups and downs, the Aegean seems to have found its groove. Kline went On the Record to discuss the band’s progression over the years, and how musicians from Northeast Pennsylvania and surrounding regions affect the way he views music.
Q: Where did your band name come from?
A: Pretty much out of nowhere. I was really into Greek mythology as a kid, so I’m assuming it probably stemmed from that.
Q: How did you each get involved in music?
A: We’ve all been playing music in some facet since we’ve been in high school. It’s just something that happened then, and snowballed from there.
Q: What do you remember about the first time you performed in public together?
A: The lack of a crowd for our set. Discouraging as it was, it was still good to finally play our first show out after a couple years of writing and practicing.
Q: What is the process like for writing your music?
A: I generally write most of the guitar parts with the aid of Kenny (Huber, the group guitarist), arrange the structure of the song, make a rough recording, email the files to the rest of the band so they can start working out their respective parts, put it all together at practice and then fine tune it from there.
Q: How have you changed as musicians over the years?
A: Much more disciplined. I learned a while back from a close friend and amazing musician in his own right that, in most cases, less is sometimes more.
Q: How has the NEPA music scene changed over the years?
A: Lots of different things have happened. Most notably for me is the closing of a lot of venues over the last 10 years, which really put a damper on things. But this area still has a ton of insanely talented bands and musicians, and as long as that’s the case, then the scene will keep trucking.
Q: Who has influenced you over the years?
A: For me, personally, I’d have to say Ryan Klubeck, the other guitarist and main songwriter of the first serous band I was in. It was similar in sound to the type of metal that the Aegean is playing, and that’s because my style of writing is very heavily influenced by that band and Ryan himself.
Q: What is the biggest challenge you have faced as a musician?
A: Finding a solid drummer and vocalist in a sea of guitar players.
Q: What are your future goals for the band?
A: Nothing other than to write music we enjoy playing, and having as much fun as we can with it.
— charlotte l. jacobson