Published on December 24th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


AURAS Guitarist Josh Ligaya On The 2019 Album “Binary Garden,” His Creative Process & More

Quick to develop both critical acclaim and an international fanbase, 2016 brought the debut album from the band AURAS. Titled Heliospectrum, AURAS’ full-length studio effort was the product of years the quartet — comprised of Josh Ligaya (Guitar/Vocals), Aaron Hallman (Guitar), Nathan Bulla (Drums) and Eric Almeida — spent in basements, clubs, and rehearsals around its native Canada. New Noise gave it a four-star review and Canada’s Exclaim! also heaped on the praise, while Metal Injection’s Nick Abela included the album on his year-end list of the “Top 15 Albums of 2016.”

Its 2019 followup Binary Garden was recorded by Ottawa native Dean Hadjichristou (Parkway Drive, Protest The Hero, The Kindred) and mixed by Jordan Valeriote (Silverstein, Counterparts, Structures). Nick Sampson (Of Mice & Men, We Came As Romans, Born Of Osiris) aided in pre-production. “Momenta” and “The Demoness” were the album’s first two singles, and touring was done this year alongside Night Verses, Red Handed Denial and Counterparts in support of Binary Garden.

Back in July I had the pleasure of speaking with guitarist Josh Ligaya by phone about Binary Garden and plenty more. While the plan was to feature the interview with Ligaya on a 2019 episode of the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast via, a number of obstacles got in the way. Arguably much better late than never, I am pleased to premiere this phone interview — as embedded below for your listening pleasure — exclusively via The Hype Magazine.

More on Josh Ligaya and AURAS can be found online by visiting the official Bandcamp ( and/or Facebook ( pages.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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