Published on December 24th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
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 PureGrainAudio.com, 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.