Pragmatic is a local Indianapolis area band that has a very tight rock sound that will blow you away. I was recently able to interview Lee Lillie one of the newest members of the band.
Josh Dempler (JD): What genres would you guys classify yourselves under?
Lee Lillie (LL): That’s a hard one. We would say hard rock but we like to dabble in different flavors of that. We write in several ways be it any one member has an idea that we expand on or writing on the fly, but we believe everyone should have a voice and encourage each other to bring in their own ideas to help build on the music we write. The different styles and influences can potentially make a pop riff or metal riff evolve into a Pragmatic riff. And even when we decide to play a little heavier, we always try to have a positive or heartfelt message throughout. In a world full of doubt, the fans deserve something real. We believe this is the reason a large audience tends to find something they like or relate to in our music.
JD: Are there any bands/artists that you would say have greatly influenced your sound?
LL: Well I would say a few that have influenced all of us are Alice In Chains, A Perfect Circle, Karnivool and Sevendust to name a few, but we all listen to different types of music that have influenced our songs into the deeply layered and diverse compositions that you hear. This will be more evident in the upcoming new release, Perception.
JD: How long have you guys been together as a group?
LL: Almost three years now. All are the original members except for the bassist Lee Lillie. He is fairly new to the Pragmatic family.
JD: Is there a favorite venue you guys like to play?
LL: All the venues have their own character and certain things we love about them. We have a big stage presence so (we) really enjoy the opportunities to play larger venues. The Vogue has a great stage, as does 8 Seconds Saloon. Another great venue is the Rock House.
JD: Are you guys sponsored by anyone?
LL: Seven Kings Custom Printed Guitar Picks, but we are always looking for more sponsors. Being an independent band is a costly endeavor.
JD: Is there another band that you enjoy playing with?
LL: We love playing with a lot of bands. A couple favorites of course are Phoenix On the Fault Line and Kramus, Kramus will actually be in both our CD release parties. There aren’t a lot of bands we’ve played with that we haven’t enjoyed jamming with, but if we go too far naming names we’ll forget someone and then be kicking ourselves for forgetting.
JD: If you could tour with any bands out there who would that be?
LL: We are itching to go on tour with a national act like Sevendust, and we are actively expanding our horizons outside of the Indianapolis area. If we could get a good tour going with a local band or two we’d be all down for that. Again, a lot of great bands in Indy we’d be more than happy to tour with, but for now Pragmatic is working on regional expansion.
JD: Is there any upcoming shows or album releases you would like to mention?
LL: Yes, exciting things in the near future. We are releasing our new EP “Perception” on Friday, August 17th. This CD release show will be held at The Vogue in Indianapolis.
We will be sharing the stage with Kramus (who is also releasing their new CD that evening), Threat Level and Fleshsuit. The following weekend, Saturday August 25, we will have a second CD release show at Piere’s in Fort Wayne. We will be sharing the stage with Kramus yet again, as well as No One Zero and Breakdown Kings.
We have redesigned everything and have a whole new line of merchandise that includes men’s T’s, women’s tank tops, stickers, and beverage kuzzies that will be available on our website as well as at shows.
For anyone who can’t make these release shows, we will have these CDs for sale for $5 plus shipping on our website, as well as the typical music outlets — iTunes, Amazon, etc. We are also doing a pre-sale special offer. For $9 we will ship you the CD, two weeks before release, signed by every member of the band.