Comparisons between Ramage Inc. and a certain element of Strapping Young Lad/Devin Townsend may seem somewhat unavoidable to some, but vocalist and main motivator behind the band, Bryan Ramage, doesn’t see it that way. To him, describing their sound requires no mention of ‘Hevvy Devvy’?
BR: I get this a lot, mostly from interviews. Every gig we play I get people telling me we sound like this band or that band, most of which I have never heard of. Occasionally I get the Devin reference, but to say it is unavoidable would be incorrect. “We are melodic metal, with a touch of EPIC” – pretty much how I would describe us in short.
Epic is certainly a fitting word. They are an incredibly sonic band, but how do they make sure that carries over on stage?
BR: I love layers, and layers of vocals. On our albums I have so much going on with ambiance, and vocal stuff, that to do it all live would require over 100 of me, so we play to a backing track that has all our backing vox, and orchestral samples on it. This means we can retain our whole sound in a live environment, until the day that we can afford to play with a real choir and orchestra.
Being a band made up of sound professionals, dealing with this huge sound, one could imagine them getting into debate or disagreement about how things should be produced.
BR: Not really. I’ve always maintained creative control over the music, and sound. That does not mean that I don’t take into consideration any criticism from my band mates. I rely heavily on their opinion when it comes to final tweaks, and some arrangements musically. We work well together.
His own production company, Ramage Productions, have also been running a series of videos, showcasing underground artists. What have been the motivation and results of this project?
BR: This started as a project to showcase great, new talent, simply because I can. I do this for free. It is fun. I invite bands I like to come and jam in my studio, chat about themselves, then it gets aired on YouTube. Most of these bands don’t have much content online to help promote themselves with, and I like to think that what I do helps them in some way. It’s also a good challenge for me as a producer.
As for what we can expect from them, as they return to Hordes for our tenth year..?
BR: We have a 30 minute slot, and we are planing on representing our last three albums in that time. Ramage Inc are always working on the next step, how to play to more audiences, how to go where we haven’t gone yet, and writing new material. We enjoy what we do, we have done it for so long, and hope to continue whilst the flames are burning.