Aspyre’s music plays on the edges of digital and analogue sound, with a unique primal groove. Heavily influenced by the likes of Plini, Animals as Leaders, Karnivool and Tesseract, they bring the structures and rhythms of progressive metal into the sonic world of electronica. Atmospheric pads combine dark riffs with melodic synth lines and soaring guitar solos, creating intensely visual instrumental music.
Zachary Meagher and Mateus Brandão ignited the fires of Aspyre one memorable afternoon in 2011. Initially a side project, dabbled with when no-one else turned up for band practice! Fascinated by the possibility of recreating the energy of rock and metal in a computer, they consumed the sounds of the emerging mainstream dubstep scene, shamelessly attempting to recreate the sounds of Skrillex and Feed Me. The lack of appropriate software and recording equipment (not to mention the initial lack of technical know-how to use either) led the two boys to learn, experiment and begin a journey of musical discovery.
Reaching the limits of their first influences, Zac and Mateus began to draw inspiration further and further from electronic artists. Both played cello throughout their time in High School and were immersed in a wide range of styles in their music classes- World, jazz, traditional, hip hop, orchestral, punk and choral infused these years, as well as a continued passion and appreciation for rock and metal.
But it was after school that the duo really began to get a sense of their musical home. Whilst following their noses into the world of progressive rock and metal, their feeding habits returned them to their electronic roots, now taking cues from Massive Attack, Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (composers of the Stranger Things soundtrack) as well as the beats of Kendrick Lamar, and an appreciation for cinema soundtracks, especially those of Hans Zimmer.
Now signed to Underfoot Records with an album set to release in 2018, the two continue to drive Aspyre with the same enthusiasm and commitment to exploration as when they were fourteen. They are currently producing music videos for their upcoming album—looking to bring their unique musical aesthetic to life on the screen, as well as creating a live set that does justice to the energy and rich atmosphere of their music.
Zac Meagher is in his last year of a Sound Design degree. He is an avid guitarist, with an interest in video editing and photography, and an ever-growing passion for motorcycles.
Mateus Brandão has a degree in Creative Writing, a day job, servicing printers and is writing a novel in his spare time. He trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and plays pen-and-paper RPGs.