Former ERRA Guitarist Releases Debut Album From New Project
“Heart” from The Artificials is out now
Alan Rigdon is no stranger to the scene, as he was a founding member of the powerhouse metalcore band, ERRA. After seeing success with the band, he decided to shift gears and focus on his personal life. Ready to make music again, Alan teamed up with his wife Sarah to bring life back to The Artificials, which Alan had started years prior to ERRA.
“Heart” is The Artificials debut album and is a special project for Alan as he explained, “Heart was written over a two year period when we thought all hope was lost. Plenty of sleepless nights were spent trying to make sure not one part of this album was dull. It’s been a blessing and a pleasure to work with my wife, Sarah, on this record. I honestly think it saved our marriage a few times. If you can’t hear it, you’ll definitely be able to feel it.”
The Artificials aren’t your typical metalcore band as Sarah’s haunting vocals fit perfectly with Alan’s screams. The band works hard to differenciate themselves from others as Alan explains, “We wanted to do something that’s never been done before with the metal genre. There are plenty of female fronted bands in metal, but we wanted to bring our own twist to it.”
Most importantly, the band wanted to share the following statement with their fans, “The love and support we’ve received so far has been very welcoming. We are excited to get back on the ol’ guitar sticks and make some more music for everyone. Without God, there is no heart, and without heart, there wouldn’t be tHE/\RTificials”
“Heart” is available now on all major digital platforms as well as physical copies along with merch at Merchbucket and MerchNow.
With a unique use of polyrhythms and odd time signatures, The Artificials will take you on somewhat of a mathematical journey of controlled chaos. Every song has a purpose and a certain feel, while keeping it simple with a catchy chorus to keep people singing. The dynamics of the clean guitar sections will take you from a sparkling angelic coma to a crushing chaotic rhythm and rip you back into reality.
The Artificials originally consisted of Guitarist Alan Rigdon and his friend Aaron Surratt way back as teenagers posting demos on Myspace. Although the recordings were rough, it got the musicians noticed. Rigdon decided to put the band on hold when he joined ERRA. After recording with ERRA and going out on numerous national tours, Rigdon felt it was time to get back to his own thing. He went on to marry Vocalist Sarah Rigdon and started up The Artificals again.
Finding the perfect additions to the line-up proved to be easier said than done. Rigdon found Travis Wilburn (guitar) on social media and because he had a similar writing style, he proved to be a perfect fit. Brent Stanley, a proficient multi instrumentalist was a hometown friend of Rigdon’s and was brought in on bass. Finding a drummer was the most difficult spot to fill but luckily Rigdon’s childhood friend, Shelton Summersgill was between projects and joined on drums.
The Artificials released a 4 track EP in 2014 (Produced/Engineered by A. Rigdon of Sturdy Sounds Recordings, Mastered by Griffin Kolinski [RIP] at Hourglass Studios). It was these recordings and the past relationship Rigdon had with Tragic Hero Records President Tommy LaCombe while with ERRA that led to the band partnering up with the label for their first full length album, “Heart” (Mixed/produced/mastered by A. Rigdon of Sturdy Sound Recordings). Rigdon explains, “I have history with Tragic as I used to play guitar for ERRA. Tommy and I kept in touch because I felt like he really cared about our music and provided us with such a personable business relationship.”
“Heart” will be out March 2017. The band looks forward to hitting the road on their first tour together.