INVISIONS

InVisions band photo

INVISIONS (from l-r): Alex Scott (guitar), Josh Hardy (drums), Ben Ville (vocals), Lucas Gabb (guitar)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Formed from the ashes of defunct bands in their home city of York, InVisions are a quartet driven by an ambition to create an adrenaline-fuelled, heavy-hitting yet anthemic metalcore sound.

Since releasing their debut album, ‘Never Nothing’, last year, the outfit’s stock has kept on rising, winning plaudits from much of the rock music press, and performances at prestigious festivals such as Download and Tech Fest.

Two of the four-piece, guitarist Lucas Gabb and drummer Josh Hardy, spoke to me about all this, and more, prior to their headline set at the Derby Alt Fest recently.

How did the band get together?

LUCAS GABB: Basically, Ben, our singer, hit me up, saying that he wanted to start something new after our old bands had split up.

We talked about it, what we wanted to sound like, I then spoke about it with Alex, who I had known for years, as we had played in a band together before, he decided to join, and then, we realised we needed a drummer, and Josh was recommended to us by Simon and Joe, producers on our local music scene.

JOSH HARDY: The only reason Simon and Joe actually knew about me was through a previous project I had done with them, and they had liked what I had done, so they told the others, “Josh is the one you want in your band“.

LUCAS: I was glad, as well, because we had messaged loads of people about becoming the band’s drummer, and all we had had were replies telling us that they weren’t that interested.

JOSH: We met up for a beer, didn’t we?

LUCAS: Yeah, we just talked business, and I kept persuading him to join the band.

JOSH: I remember it took a few beers, didn’t it?

LUCAS (laughs): Yeah, and that was actually the first time I had ever met him.

How did the name InVisions come about?

LUCAS: It’s a horrible process trying to come up with band names, and no-one really wants to do it.

We were just firing out possible band names one day, and the title of a Trivium song suddenly came into my head, ‘Ignition’, and when I was a kid, I kept hearing it as ‘In Vision’, so I just came out with “How about InVisions?“, and the other guys went, “Yeah, that sounds cool“, and that’s pretty much how the name came about.

What are the band’s main musical influences?

JOSH: That’s a difficult one, to be honest, as everyone in the band has different musical tastes, to be fair.

LUCAS: Yeah, we do enjoy listening to loads of metal, but Josh, you come from more of a hardcore background, didn’t you?

JOSH: Yeah.

LUCAS: Whereas me and Alex are more into your old school thrash metal and stuff, and Ben’s into bands like Parkway Drive. We kind of combine that all, but we also listen to a fuckload of hip-hop, as that’s all we will listen to when we’re on the bus heading back from a gig.

JOSH: Yeah, with blue lights on, and getting pissed as fuck!

LUCAS: There’s loads of different things that we’re influenced by, but for me, when I was a kid, it was bands like Trivium and Metallica.

JOSH: The first band that actually made me want to play drums, but I’m not saying they’ve carried any influence into our band, was Slipknot.

LUCAS: Slipknot are the ones.

JOSH: Absolutely.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

LUCAS: Lock ourselves in a room, and hope everything turns out alright!

(Lucas and Josh laugh)

LUCAS: It depends, like I will sit at a computer, trying to come up with ideas, and when I do, they will be almost fully-formed songs that I will send to the guys, and from there, we will change things around and stuff.

Overall, it depends on what we’re thinking, sometimes, we’ll be listening to a song and then go, “That sounds really cool!“, and we’ll try and get a bit of that into our music, but a lot of the time, I will basically just sit there with a click track, choose the tempo, and just jam that out for a while until something good comes, or I will write some riffs and take it from there.

Our songwriting process has to be natural, because it just won’t work if you’re trying to force something through that won’t fit.

JOSH: Yeah.

In August last year, the band brought out their debut album, entitled ‘Never Nothing’, which was very well-received. Was that something any of you were expecting at all?

LUCAS: No, not at all. The thing is that we knew it had been produced well, as we had spent a lot of time writing the songs and stuff, but generally, we didn’t really know, as there’s still a lot of shit out there that people find offensive, especially in regards to metal, for example, if you listen to one of the recent singles by Post Malone, some of the lyrics to that go, “I’m going to put my bitch’s pussy in a body bag“, and that is a number one hit song being played on Radio 1, but if a metal band have any lyrics that are even remotely offensive, then everyone goes nuts.

Anyway, we were very surprised by the reaction the album got, as we were a band who had just come out of nowhere. We didn’t want to jump straight in with an EP, because we wanted to do everything right, but yeah, it’s really exciting stuff.

JOSH: Yeah, like Lucas has just said, we didn’t set out to get the response the album got, as we had been in different projects before that hadn’t worked out, so we decided if we were going to do things properly, then so be it.

LUCAS: At the end of the day, especially with your first release, you have to work your ass off, and we’ve believed in doing that from day one.

And you’re currently working on a second album, aren’t you?

LUCAS: Yeah, we are. Actually, we’ve finished doing it.

When will that be coming out?

LUCAS: I can’t tell you at the moment.

What can be expected of the album?

LUCAS: Basically, if you take our first album, send it to the moon, inject it with loads of experience, knowledge, and steroids, the results will just be 10% of the follow-up.

Everything’s just been turned up to ten, it’s more consistent, and there are literally no filler songs, so keep your eyes out for it!

And you’re currently working on a second album, aren’t you?

LUCAS: Yeah, we are. Actually, we’ve finished doing it.

When will that be coming out?

LUCAS: I can’t tell you at the moment.

What can be expected of the album?

LUCAS: Basically, if you take our first album, send it to the moon, inject it with loads of experience, knowledge, and steroids, the results will just be 10% of the follow-up.

Everything’s just been turned up to ten, it’s more consistent, and there are literally no filler songs, so keep your eyes out for it!

This summer, the band played Download and Tech Fest. How were they as experiences?

JOSH: Unbelievable.

LUCAS: How can you describe Download as an experience? If you told me as a kid that I would be playing Download one day, I wouldn’t have believed you.

Actually, we got the phone call confirming us on the bill on April 1, so obviously, we initially thought it was just a joke.

Download, it was just a blur, with plenty of cans of Carlsberg.

JOSH: It was just crazy, man. It was something that we always dreamed of doing, but never thought we would actually get to do. It was just the craziest show we’ve ever played.

LUCAS: And we’d love to do it again one day. I would also love to play Tech Fest again, as it just had a really chilled out vibe.

And how is the overall experience of playing live, for you all?

LUCAS: Terrible!

(Lucas and Josh laugh)

LUCAS: No, it’s the best buzz you can ever get, just one big adrenaline rush. It’s one of those things that you live for when you’re in a band. It’s also good fun, hanging out with your best mates, playing kick-ass songs, and drinking a lllllllot of beer!

(Lucas and Josh laugh)

And finally, album aside, what are your plans for the near future?

LUCAS: More tours, we’ve got a lot of stuff in the works other than the album, and we’ve got some really interesting stuff coming through, and that’s super exciting for all of us. We’ve had a sick year, and we just want to keep that momentum going.

InVisions Single Cover

‘PARASITE’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM INVISIONS, ALONG WITH THEIR DEBUT ALBUM, ‘NEVER NOTHING’, IS AVAILABLE NOW.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

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