INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent, Inscriptions are a metalcore five-piece, comprising of vocalist Steve Clowes, guitarists Kane Redfern and Josh Eardley, bassist Andy Johnson and drummer Tyler Dutton-Green.
In the four years since the band formed, they have gone from strength to strength on their local music scene, impressing many with a heavy, robust sound, taken from a wide range of influences.
The quintet took some time out from preparing for their recent headliner in Hanley to speak to me, and here is what they had to say:
How did the band form?
STEVE CLOWES (vocals): It was from a previous band called Lifelines.
KANE REDFERN (guitar): Two previous bands, actually.
STEVE: We formed in 2013, so it’s been about four years now.
From where did the name Inscriptions originate?
STEVE: It was a literally random word. There is no meaning behind it whatsoever. It’s just a name that rolls off the tongue, and is also easy to remember.
How would you describe your sound?
STEVE: It’s an infusion of metalcore and djent. There’s definitely a hardcore vibe in there as well.
KANE: It’s kind of difficult to pinpoint it exactly.
JOSH EARDLEY (guitar): As long as it sounds good.
STEVE: It’s quite a different sound, isn’t it?
KANE: Yeah, definitely.
What are the band’s main musical influences?
STEVE: There are loads.
KANE: I’m into bands such as Killswitch Engage, Northlane, While She Sleeps…
STEVE: We like Architects as well.
JOSH: Bring Me The Horizon, they’re another one we like.
STEVE: Personally, I’m into deathcore, Whitechapel and all that. I also like spoken word stuff, the more abstract rock bands out there, and vocalists that really utilise their voices, from melodic vocals to screaming.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
STEVE: Mainly, the drums and one of the guitars form the basis, and then we plan out the rhythm section. We now record straight into a computer as well, recording and writing at the same time, so we can monitor everything, it’s a lot easier.
What serves as inspiration for the band’s lyrics?
STEVE: It depends obviously on the song we’re writing at the same time. Our last EP, ‘Grief’, was a concept EP which dealt with a guy who has lost his missus, and him battling through the five stages of grief.
Coming from Stoke-on-Trent, what is your opinion of the city’s music scene currently?
KANE: I guess it depends on the music you listen to.
STEVE: There is a really strong indie and alt-rock scene. The metal scene itself isn’t what it was a few years back, if I’m being entirely honest, but at the same time, the venues like The Sugarmill and The Underground are moving things forward, so it is heading in the right direction, and hopefully, bands like us can do our part to draw more crowds in.
You’re headlining The Sugarmill this evening. How is the experience of playing live for you all?
STEVE: We love it.
KANE: Yeah, it’s kind of standard procedure for us now. When we first started, I used to get really nervous, but I think it’s a case of the more gigs you do, the more comfortable you feel when you’re on stage.
One thing I will say about it, though, is that it’s red hot! It won’t be as bad tonight, because we will have two fans on stage keeping us cool.
STEVE: I think the smoke machines will take away from that, though!
What’s planned for the near future?
STEVE: At the moment, we’re likely to be recording a new EP. We’ve got a couple of songs already written, so hopefully, the sound is going to be different to what we have been doing, more clearer, more melodic, more technical, less like your typical metal, because we want to try and get away from that a little bit.
When are you thinking of getting the EP out by?
STEVE: We haven’t set a date yet. I would love, personally, to have it out by Christmas…
KANE: I think it’s just a case of when it’s done, really.
STEVE: When we’ve been putting together EPs in the past, we’ve set a date to have them released by, it was good in that it enabled you to really concentrate, but with the new EP, we’re going to try a different approach, just to see if it makes the end product any better.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
KANE: Just to play as many shows as we can, I guess.
STEVE: If it gets to the point where we have released a few EPs and albums, and to be able to watch a video and say “I did that!“, I would be very happy. For me, that’s a very basic level.
If we can get to a point where we can live off playing our music, that would be even better, but for now, if we’ve got something that we did that we’re happy with, I can’t moan at that.
‘GRIEF’, THE LATEST EP FROM INSCRIPTIONS, IS AVAILABLE TO STREAM AND DOWNLOAD FROM iTunes, SPOTIFY & GOOGLE MUSIC.
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