The eclectic duo of Ray Suhy (ex-East of the Wall, Six Feet Under) and Steve Honoshowsky (Daughter Vision, No Use For Humans) craft hallucinogenic prog rock with their Gematria project. The band’s unique writing method involves the use of its namesake, gematria, which is a Qabbalistic numerological system that relates words to numbers, as well as the works of Aleister Crowley for rhythmic and melodic ideas. This very ambitious and esoteric approach to writing is reflecting in the band’s bizarre sound, as one can imagine.
To showcase the virtuosity in action, we at Svbterranean bring you the exclusive premiere of a guitar playthrough video for their acid jazz single, “Quadrivium”, which appears on the duo’s self-titled EP released earlier this year via Nefarious Industries. If you happen to be a guitarist, prepare to feel inadequate. Check it out below.
As an added bonus, the band agreed to dissect their EP track-by-track. Check out what they had to say below.
Compositionally, the themes in this piece were generated from the rhythms of 4, 5, 6 and 7. After exploring the correlation of these numbers, the practitioner is encouraged to apply their findings to the numbers 266, 426 and 71. Proceed with caution- look behind the veil, but do not tear it. The one who is thrice great can open infinite doors.
The recurring melody throughout this piece was born in the subconscious, in the place where four pathways meet. Dreamt and recorded upon awakening- A method composers and songwriters have been exercising for centuries. Do we share access to the art and mathematics of sound in the unified field?
We have now arrived at the halfway point of our EP where everything and nothing “ignites”. The track itself was conceived from a meditation of our evening star known as Venus. Practitioners are advised to consider the number 15 when traversing mode, melody and rhythm to the numbers 538, 666 and 111.
How many are we, who fall as rain? We are sisters of the 7. Michael DelGrasso’s guitar solo at 1 minute 58 1/2 seconds was recorded to a barely audible basic rhythm track. No headphones were used.
Written and recorded first but placed last on the EP, this marks the “new beginning” of the collaboration. It’s number is 21. Here, Gematria was initially executed to build an arrangement before any notes were played or decided on.