Massive Scar Era: post hardcore from the Middle East

Massive Scar Era is an Egyptian post hardcore band with Middle Eastern influences: by metalcore to hardcore punk with adding of pop tastes flavoured by classical, jazz and orchestral violin

Hi. Can you please introduce the Massive Scar Era project to our readers?

We are Massive Scar Era, We are Egyptians. We play post hardcore with Middle Eastern influences introducing violins orchestration in our sound.

How do you compose and where did you get inspiration for your music?

Usually I (Cherine) write the songs on my guitar and send them over to Nancy who works on the arrangement. After getting an idea on how the harmony will sound, we work together on the production.

Which artists have influenced your style & sound, if any?

I’m very much influences by metalcore, hardcore, punk and pop. Nancy is influences by classical, jazz, and traditional Egyptian music.

You are back from a really bad experience, cause you’ve been turned away at the U.S. border while you were going to the SXSW. Tell our readers something about this bad experience.

We were denied to enter USA, We still don’t know what was the reason behind this but I truly believe the new USA new government doesn’t want Middle Easterns to come in the US even for short visits.

After this bad experience, you changed your plans and you booked few shows in Canada. Did you have enought support by the music community?

Yes there was a support from the community. Not all Canadians know the visa process for the US as they have always entered without any problems. As an Egyptian, I have to go through visa processing which was a little bit confusing for Canadians to understand. It was debatable for them whether or not I had the right visa but the US Embassy in Cairo confirmed that I had it right.

What do you think about the North American metal scene today?

We are totally new to the North American scene. We have been playing for the last 10 years in the Middle East and Europe.
I think we can’t talk about North American scene as a whole. We only played in Canada and USA so I can talk about them; they are totally different from each other.
Canada depends more on the government’s funding in the arts production while USA has an actual consumer driven market.

I know you are planning a European tour. Tell us something about it!

We have been always fans for playing in Europe. We have been always welcome by the audience, however in the last year I have been failing to book us venues for some reason!
I feel that maybe the venues now wants to deal with booking agents only. The metal scene is saturated and they are narrowing down their choices by selecting the bands that has entities working on their marketing.

What about your next shows?

We have a mini tour in USA. We are playing SXSW and we are STOCKED about it.

What’s the coolest live act in Vancouver?

Check out EXPAIN… they ROCK!!

What’s the best live music show you’ve seen recently?

Epica were playing a couple of months ago!! Their show was super!!

Tell us something about your best and your worst memory on the road.
It’s always nice meeting new people on the road! We were playing Prague in 2012 and the promoter wouldn’t let us leave until she filled our van with food and drinks 😊 she knew how it is to be on the road with little money.
While we were on tour in Europe, we were going for France to Germany to catch our plane and we ran out of gas on the road.
It was 4 AM in the middle of the mountains, the road was very dark! We were terrified.
Our phones didn’t have a signal but we were very lucky that our car stopped right next to a public phone on the highway. It looked broken! But when I picked up the phone, a lady was on the other line asking me if I need help 😊
We asked for a truck to pick us up and we got it after 20 min.

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