INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
From London, Confessions Of A Traitor are a five-piece who specialise in a metalcore/hardcore sound containing melodic elements, coupled with emotive lyrical content that is an exploration of the lighter side of human existence.
Following the release of two EPs, both to an overwhelmingly positive response, the band have just brought out their debut album – entitled ‘Guided‘ – and to speak to me about this, and much more, was the quintet’s frontman Stephen MacConville.
How did the band initially form?
We found each other on a website called Join My Band, and initially, I formed the band with Jack and Tony. We began to just play lots of shows wherever we could, and whenever we were offered a show, and our motto then, and now, is if we aim to give it our all, whether we’re playing in front of three or 3,000 people.
After we had begun to establish ourselves, Seb came on board when we needed to find a new permanent drummer, and a year later, Jacob joined us after our old guitarist Dom decided to step down.
How did the name Confessions Of A Traitor come about?
The name comes from the idea of redemption, that any actions of yours that have had a negative impact on another can be made right by admitting it and facing up to your mistakes, and this has been an ethos of ours, to always find the positivity out of any negative situation.
What are the band’s main musical influences?
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
We all write our own parts, but it’s a team effort. We generally start with the guitar parts, then we will move on to the bass and drums. A lot of the music we write we will perform live before the recording is done, just to see how it will land, after that, we make a few tweaks, and then head to the studio.
What inspires the band lyrically?
I write very honestly and positively about subjects that have affected myself and the people around me, as there is a lot of negativity in our scene, with a focus on the “sad boi” writing style. I want to talk about similar subjects, but we preach the message of belief, self-love, and how we can overcome adversity by connecting with people.
We champion the phrase “Aggressive Music For Positive People“, the fact that you can achieve anything you can set your mind to.
Having brought out two positively-received EPs – 2014’s ‘Seasons’, and 2016’s ‘Illuminate’ – you have just released ‘Guided’, your debut album. How has the recording process been for that?
It’s taken a long time, as we got caught up in touring the two EPs, which has taken us all over Europe and Russia, which is crazy to think.
The album was the most rewarding and intensive thing we have done, but spending a month in the studio recording it made us hate all the songs, so we decided to take a few weeks before listening to them again, and we are so happy with how it has come out, and we’re even more excited to see how it lands with people.
And how will the album differ stylistically to the EPs?
We have tried a lot of different sounds and styles in the songs, adding spoken word and more clean sections. We have written some of the heaviest songs we have ever written, and also some of the lightest.
We have built on the EPs, and feel that the album is a true progression of what we released previously.
The band have performed at venues and festivals across much of the UK, including Camden Rocks and Hop Fest, and have supported the likes of Crazy Town, Hacktivist, and Our Hollow, Our Home. How were they all as experiences?
We have had some truly amazing experiences. Camden Rocks was definitely one of the craziest, as it was held all over Camden, and the buzz over that weekend was just mad.
We are lucky in the UK to have such great, talented musicians like Our Hollow, Our Home and Hacktivist, and it’s an honour to have played with them, and also to call them friends.
We have found most success playing abroad with bands such as Architects, Caliban, and Upon A Burning Body, and we have played festivals in Romania and Ukraine with the likes of Bullet For My Valentine and In Flames, and it’s mind-blowing to think we have been able to share stages with bands we have been listening to since we were kids.
And how is it playing live overall?
It’s why we write music, and it’s also why we are in a band. Our live shows are highly-energetic, and it’s always great to see people’s faces when we play.
And lastly, album aside, what are your plans for the near future?
Tour, tour, tour!
‘GUIDED’ – THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM CONFESSIONS OF A TRAITOR – IS AVAILABLE NOW THROUGH SLIPTRICK RECORDS, AND FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND HERE: