BURY THE TRAITOR

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BURY THE TRAITOR (from l-r): James Cordall (drums), Scott Day (lead guitar), Oli Loewenbach (vocals), Martyn Sheridan (rhythm guitar/backing vocals), Martyn Emmett (bass)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Having burst onto the scene last year with their debut EP, ‘Anchored’, Derby five-piece Bury The Traitor have impressed many with an intense sound that spans the sub-genres of metal.

The band have been hard at work boosting their profile ever since, having toured extensively across the UK, as well as honing their heavy, powerful compositions.

With a new single, as well as a follow-up to ‘Anchored’ in the pipeline, I sat down with them before they played at the recent Alt Fest in their home city, and they had much to say.

How did the band form?

SCOTT DAY (lead guitar): I’ve been in the band for…I’ve lost count of how many years. We lost members through some of them going off to uni and whatnot, so the band started way back, under a different name.

OLI LOEWENBACH (vocals): Scott’s the longest standing member, he’s been in the band since the very beginning. The reason I joined was because Scott’s my best mate, and when he told me his band were looking for a vocalist, I decided to jump onto the bandwagon, as it were.

A month after I joined, we rebranded to Bury The Traitor, to mark a new chapter of the band.

How did the name Bury The Traitor come about?

SCOTT: It came about through a weird discussion after we had a practice. We were all sat in a circle, we were in the process of rebranding anyway, so we threw a few names around.

MARTYN EMMETT (bass): We were trying to come up with two words that we could have a “the” in between.

SCOTT: We then had a band vote, where we all wrote our favourite names down, and the majority of the votes were for Bury The Traitor. That’s pretty much how the name came about.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

SCOTT: Chaos, absolute chaos.

OLI: Basically, Scott will play a riff, and if the rest of us like it, then it will get put down. We basically track everything, so we’ll listen back, and find ways in which to work further at it all.

It’s not just the one person doing everything, everyone will get in on it.

SCOTT: It all falls into place a lot easier than it used to. Back then, we used to all sit in a room, and it felt like flogging a dead horse. We all used to end up going: “This is going nowhere“.

Now, everything flows much better, and it all comes together pretty quickly. Our songs are probably a lot better as well.

What influences the band lyrically?

SCOTT: This is another thing that we all work on together. Me and Shezz (Martyn Sheridan) will throw some lyrics in, so will Oli, so will Jamas, our drummer, otherwise known as James.

For me, at the moment, most of the lyrics for our new songs are politically driven, about the current state of the world and how things are, especially with the forthcoming single.

OLI: It’s everything that’s affecting the world, what you see on the news. Depression seems to be a massive thing at the moment.

SCOTT: There is a lot of negative shit coming from the media currently.

OLI: Our lyrics are something that people can relate to, that’s the main thing.

SCOTT: What everyone sees on the television, there’s no point in trying to shy away from it, because it’s in your life, you may as well deal with it head on.

Last year, you released your debut EP, ‘Anchored’, to mainly positive reviews. Did any of you expect the reaction that it got?

SCOTT: Yes and no. I mean, obviously, when you’re in a practice space, all you’re doing is playing your own songs and just practicing, whereas when you’re in the studio, and everything’s getting put down and tightened up, all being done professionally, it’s like…

OLI: With the whole ‘Anchored’ procedure, for me, I’d only been in the band for about a month, and we literally had scraps of songs, so we decided to try and form something around it.

We had a looming deadline, so we all thought: “Let’s try and make this the best that it can“, and that’s what we did.

Honestly, none of us really expected the reception the EP got, but we’ve had so much feedback on it, good and bad, and we have learnt a lot as well. We’ve taken all of that information to make a bigger, fuller sound, something we’re totally stoked about.

I think the new single is going to be good, because we’ve been kind of sticking to the same setlist since ‘Anchored’ came out.

SCOTT: We’ve actually thrown in a few songs since, but like Oli’s just said, our setlist has revolved around the EP, and we’ve all been thinking recently: “It’s time to get some new shit onto the table“.

The band have gigged extensively across the UK over the last twelve months. How has that been as an experience?

SCOTT: I love touring, for me, it’s just a constant alcohol fest!

OLI: Bands may put up something like: “Yeah, touring’s amazing“, but for me, honestly, that’s what it genuinely is. The atmosphere, playing on stage in front of people, is just electric, but even if there is not a lot of people watching you, you still need to give your heart out.

The one thing we all like is certain people being able to control their alcohol.

SCOTT: You’re not mentioning any names, but I presume you’re on about me.

OLI: Yeah. On our last tour, it was pretty much 24/7.

MARTYN: He can still pull it off though, and play fairly well.

OLI: It’s not really a tour for us, it’s more of a holiday. We’ve got a close friend of ours, who drives our van, so six lads travelling across the country in a Ford Transit, it’s amazing. Honestly, it’s the most fun we’ve ever had. Touring’s expensive, but it’s totally worth it. You pretty much all become a family.

MARTYN: It’s a completely different world, you don’t really think about anything else. It can be rather depressing when you have to go back to your normal life.

SCOTT: We’ve been on a few UK tours, which have lasted three to four days, but they’ve just been great. The most fun part, honestly, is the driving to and from places, like pulling up somewhere to camp for a night.

OLI: Being in a van after a show, whatever you do, don’t do van karaoke, especially if you’re a vocalist. It will blow your vocals, that was something I learned the hard way.

SCOTT: They’re all learning curves. Don’t go out every night and get smashed, you have to pace yourself.

OLI: Yeah, we learnt that on the first tour.

What are your plans for the near future?

OLI: In October, we’re not planning to play any gigs. The reason for this is that we’re going to be focusing on our next EP. We’re all going to spend a week in the studio recording with Ben Gaines, who is a great producer, and we’ll just be solidly working on everything with him.

We’ve also just recorded a new single, and filmed a video for it, our first ever, actually, which hopefully will be getting released later this year.

A massive shout out to Sean from Loki Films for doing that. When we were filming, it just pissed it down all day, but Sean was an amazing guy to work with. I would recommend him to any band.

SCOTT: Yeah, we’ve seen the footage, and it looks great. We’ve just done a shameless self-plug there. As Oli’s said, the single will be out later this year, and the EP should be released early next year. Look out for them, they’re going to be good.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

SCOTT: Our long-term aim is to probably…it varies from member to member, but for me personally, it would be to play Download and all that shit, a massive UK festival, a tour abroad. A European tour would be fucking fantastic!

OLI: An unrealistic thing, for me, would be to be able to quit my job and focus on doing this full-time.

SCOTT: Yeah, that would be the end goal, to make a career out of it.

OLI: It would be a dream come true, but at the end of the day, it’s the little things that make it all count.

SCOTT: The end aim isn’t to get rich, famous and have the band name up in lights, it’s actually to have a great time, just hanging out with your brothers. If we could make a living out of what we’re doing, that would be great.

THE SECOND EP FROM BURY THE TRAITOR WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY 2018.

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

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: burythetraitor.co.uk

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/BuryTheTraitorUK

TWITTER: twitter.com/BuryTheTraitor

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/bttofficial

 

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RAISED BY OWLS

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RAISED BY OWLS (from l-r): Lee Deane (drums), Alex LeGrice (guitar/backing vocals), Sam Fowler (vocals), Tobias Cope (bass), Mark Bainbridge (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Hailing from the dales of Derbyshire, Raised By Owls are no ordinary metal outfit.

The quintet have a sound that pushes the boundaries of the genre, a real mix of grindcore, death metal and extreme metal.

This is accompanied by their unique brand of surreal humour, with eccentric lyrical content and song titles focusing on British themes, such as ‘You’ve Been Mary Buried’, ‘Chucklevision is Just Drug Slang’, and ‘Ainsley Harriott Advises You To Give Your Meat A Good Ol’ Rub’.

Before playing at the Derby Alt Fest recently, I chatted with them, and a dull interview it certainly was not.

How did the band form?

SAM FOWLER (vocals): We formed in Alex’s bedroom. Me and him were making love, I was screaming quite a lot, and I said to him: “We might as well do this live in front of an audience“.

To be honest, me and Lee were with Alex in his bedroom, listening to the bands we liked, and we realised that we wanted to play that kind of music. It started off as a joke, we never intended for it to be public consumption, but here we are.

LEE DEANE (drums): Unfortunately.

SAM: And everyone still hates it!

From where did the name Raised By Owls originate?

SAM: I don’t know.

(All laugh)

ALEX LEGRICE (guitar/backing vocals): Next question!

SAM: Honestly, literally none of us can remember.

LEE: It was a joke, just like us!

SAM: Yeah, I think it was just something silly, like…

LEE: It was literally you going: “Has there ever been a band called Raised By Owls?“, and us all thinking: “That might be a good name for the band“, and it just ended up sticking.

SAM: Normally, a band playing our genre would be called Raised By Wolves. Actually, at a few of the gigs we’ve played, some people have come up to us and asked: “Are you from Raised By Wolves?“. I think we wanted an animal that isn’t very metal.

ALEX: Owls are seriously metal!

(All laugh)

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

LEE: Your approach, Sam, is to get horrendously drunk.

SAM: To be fair, we don’t really have a process. If it sounds good, then we use it, if it isn’t very good, we still use it.

(All laugh)

LEE: It’s just a whole mix of stuff.

SAM: Yeah, it’s a mess.

LEE: We haven’t gone: “We’ll do strictly grindcore or strictly death metal“, if a riff is alright, we’ll just chuck it in.

SAM: Yeah, it’s just whatever goes.

What are the band’s musical influences?

LEE: Satan.

SAM: Yeah, Satan. Satan and his jazz band.

ALEX (laughs): The Electric Light Orchestra!

SAM: Carcass are a massive influence, The Black Dahlia Murder, for me personally, lyrically, not lyrically, actually, the frontman doesn’t sing about Ainsley Harriott.

ALEX: Not that we know of.

SAM: Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, Every Time I Die, for me, as well. What about you guys?

ALEX: Elton John.

TOBIAS COPE (bass): Elton John.

ALEX: Celine Dion, as well.

SAM: Elton John and the John!

(All laugh)

ALEX: Yeah, good old Elton.

SAM: Westlife, especially the ‘Greatest Hits’ album. Not forgetting Shania Twain.

You’re known for your eccentric song titles and lyrics. Did you deliberately set out to do that, or did that come about by accident?

SAM: No, not really. We thought: “We want to do silly songs, not serious death metal“, but with our theme of Britain, we started off writing a few songs, which were all about British celebrities, we all decided to run with that, and we went from there.

The band have already amassed quite a following, with many of your videos going viral on social media. You also released an EP, ‘The Great British Grind Off’, which was well-received. Did any of you expect the reaction that all of this has had?

SAM: I’ll let someone else answer.

LEE: I didn’t expect any of the positive reaction, only disappointment. (All laugh) I was expecting people to go: “WHAT’S THIS?“, stuff like that, so it was a surprise that our music got such a good reaction. It was a very nice surprise, definitely.

SAM: I’m surprised not more people hate it, that we haven’t had as much grief about it online as we thought.

LEE: When the EP came out, we all went: “Wait until all the negative feedback comes through“, but to our surprise, I think there was only a select few that were negative comments.

What I found impressive about those were that they weren’t very memorable, because most of the time, the insults do tend to stick to you.

ALEX: There was one which read: “Delete this!

(All laugh)

SAM: We’re waiting for all the lawsuits.

LEE: Yeah.

SAM: We’re bound to get sued at some point. I’m hoping so, it will be hilarious!

You played the New Blood stage at Bloodstock this summer. How was that as an experience?

SAM: Overwhelming.

LEE: Five out of ten! (All laugh) Yeah, it was really, really good.

SAM: It was an incredible experience.

ALEX: One of our career highlights so far, possibly.

SAM: Definitely. We’d love to play there again, hint, hint.

LEE: Please!

SAM: Please let us play again!

What has the band got lined up for the near future?

SAM: Just gigging. There will be more shows, some daft videos, and then we’ll be thinking about our second EP.

LEE: We’ve also designed some terrible T-shirts, as well.

SAM: Toby hasn’t spoken much. He can talk to you about them. Come on, Toby.

TOBIAS: So, I’ve been introduced to this software, and I’ve just gone to town on it. (All laugh) I’ve made fifteen T-shirt designs, and they will be on sale soon.

(All laugh)

SAM: At a retailer near you!

TOBIAS: Not one that you can find, though.

ALEX: Thankfully!

SAM: You will be able to get them on the black market.

What is your long-term aim?

SAM: To not get sued!

(All laugh)

LEE: To not lose money! Actually, our aim is to get sued.

SAM: Our aim is to annoy someone so much with our music that they will kill all of us in a murderous rampage. That’s our aim.

ALEX: There’s no long-term plans.

SAM: We’re just going to run along with it, and enjoy ourselves while it lasts.

LEE: You never know, it could die a death next week.

ALEX: It died a death last week! And the week before!

Raised By Owls EP Cover

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ‘THE GREAT BRITISH GRIND OFF’, THE DEBUT EP FROM RAISED BY OWLS, FOR FREE ON THEIR BANDCAMP PAGE raisedbyowls.bandcamp.com

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

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/RaisedByOwls

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/raisedbyowls

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

 

BRISTOL PUNK TRIO OVER TO YOU REVEAL NEW SINGLE AND ANNOUNCE SECOND EP

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High-flying Over To You are all set to close up 2017 with their new video single, ‘Storm Chasing’, taken from their forthcoming EP, ‘S.O.S’. The energetic trio have a clear focus and a hearty affection for gritty punk.

Pulling inspiration from the likes of early Green Day, Sum 41 and The Story So Far, the Bristolians cunningly weave infectious melodies and harmonies with gripping hooks and hard-hitting punk to stunning effect.

Formed in 2014 in a student house, the band wasted no time in cutting their teeth on the scene by playing a host of local shows.

After a cluster of highly successful regional performances, the three-piece continued their ascent with the release of their killer debut EP, ‘Ideal Lives’, which began their hectic, widespread touring career.

Along the way, the DIY punks impressed the right promoters who snatched the opportunity to get the lads on the same bills as Muskets, River Becomes Ocean and The Bottom Line.

With a growing reputation for delivering an explosive live performance, the hard-working punk rockers have greatly expanded their fan base and appetite to be heard.

‘Storm Chasing’, the outfit’s new single, is a burly slice of engulfing melodic punk served with a killer hook that will devour you whole.

With the forthcoming release of the trio’s second EP, ‘S.O.S’, and several UK dates already confirmed, as well as a northern UK tour in the works, the closing months of 2017 are sure to set the Bristol boys up for an exciting 2018 you really don’t want to miss.

‘S.O.S’, OVER TO YOU’S SECOND EP, WILL BE RELEASED SOON.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND ON THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: overtoyou.bigcartel.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/overtoyouband

TWITTER: twitter.com/overtoyouband

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/overtoyouband

 

 

THIS.IS.HATE

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Playing an aggressive fusion of hardcore and beatdown, Derby outfit This.Is.Hate have been rapidly growing in stature since forming almost two years ago.

They have already amassed a devoted local following, first with their well-received debut EP ‘Karma’, then with live sets that are a perfect reflection of the band’s sound.

I caught up with their frontman Liam Barlow, just as they were setting up for the Derby Alt Fest, where Liam was also one of the organisers.

How did the band get together initially?

We actually got together here at The Hairy Dog. Me and the other two founder members, Jason the bassist, and Jay the guitarist, were drunk on a night out and we all decided that we wanted to go back on stage. That was two years ago this December.

Initially, we were just a covers band playing a one-off gig, but from there, things just escalated. We brought in a drummer and another guitarist, and here we are now.

From where did the name This.Is.Hate originate?

We were thinking something that truly represented what we wanted to do, something serious. We realised there was a lot of hatred in our music, and This.Is.Hate sort of popped up from nowhere. That’s the story behind it.

How would you describe your sound?

Heavy as fuck! (laughs) With our first EP, we just wanted to get something out there, something that we had been working on, and what we wanted to do was get the hardcore and beatdown through our sound, but this new sound that we’re doing is groovier, we’ve added a lot more style to our music, now that we’ve established ourselves.

What are the band’s main musical influences?

There’s about three or four bands that mainly influence us. They are Malevolence, Desolated, Hatebreed and Broken Teeth. Those four have really influenced our style of music, but we also take a lot of vibes from Grove Street Families.

To progress forward, there are bands in our genre that we really want to play with and take influence from. That’s the direction we’ve always taken.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

We start by getting some riffs down, putting the drums to them, and then I put my vocals down. We really just play through loads of different stuff, mainly the different musical styles that we want to do, with some of them, we will go: “That’s good. Let’s mould that with something else that we’ve been writing“, and then we will progress until we’ve got a complete song.

‘Demons’, one of the tracks off our first EP, was written in 45 minutes. Jimmy the guitarist started playing this riff that we thought was really cool, Ryan put the drums to it, and three-quarters of an hour later, we had this song. It’s less than two minutes long, but it was awesome, and we still play it quite often.

What inspires the band lyrically?

There’s a lot of different things we write about, whether it’s something to do with our personal lives, we put a lot of stuff in about my own life, and a lot of the hatred tends to come from the lyrics.

Normally, I’m a really nice guy, but a lot of my aggression comes out when I’m on stage, which I really love. I also love pouring my soul into writing the lyrics and getting them down.

Actually, some of our songs are about certain individuals that have come and gone from my life, but for the most part, it’s straight-up, pure aggression.

You have another EP coming out soon, the follow-up to your debut ‘Karma’. How has the recording process been?

We haven’t actually started yet. We’ve got the full EP ready, and we will start recording in November. We’ll be releasing a new single, with a video to go along with that, around the end of that month, and then with the new EP, we’re hoping to get that out around the start of next year.

What can the band’s fan base expect from it?

It’s going to be heavier and groovier.

You’re playing at the Derby Alt Fest later today. How is the experience of playing live?

Oh, we love it. The thing is, we’ve all come from different musical backgrounds, so we all poured something in when we first started. On stage, we just go from five friends jamming in a room to a family really enjoying watching the energy from the crowd. That drives us to get even better, and we just bounce off each other, having a good laugh as well.

The best thing we have is the audience participation. If they’re all going mad, it just becomes one big circle which makes us all happy.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

We want to go on another tour, preferably at the start of next year. We’ve got some things in the pipeline.

We recently signed to Deadshot Live Events. Our tour manager basically put a lot of our stuff together, and you can expect to hear something about that from us shortly.

We’re also hoping, for next summer, to get ourselves across to Europe, and then get our first fully-produced album out over the next eighteen months or so.

THIS.IS.HATE’S SECOND EP WILL BE RELEASED AROUND THE BEGINNING OF 2018.

IN THE MEANTIME, GET MORE INFO ON THE BAND THROUGH THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: thisishate.bigcartel.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/thisishateuk

TWITTER: twitter.com/ThisIsHateUK

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HUNGARIAN PUNK ROCKERS THE HELLFREAKS UNVEIL A NEW VIDEO

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A new tradition seems to have come alive around The Hellfreaks. After ‘Burn The Horizon’, the Hungarian punk rock four-piece have unveiled a new video, ‘I’m Away’, taken from last year’s critically acclaimed third album ‘Astoria’.

This latest offering was made by Mihaszna Film, and filmed in various countries. An interesting fact about the video is that it was financed partly based on the support on their fans, through a campaign on indiegogo.

The band expressed their gratitude by providing their supporters with such merch and relics as frontman Shakey Sue’s corsette, which she wore for ‘Boogieman’, a video that has so far had almost five million views.

Besides venues in their native country, the team also went to Croatia to shoot some of the scenes. ‘I’m Away’ is about a feeling of trying to find your own way in life, which sometimes means leaving your previous life behind.

The track’s lyrics were based on Shakey Sue’s personal experiences, before settling in Budapest, she grew up in Vienna, and also lived in Berlin for several years.

The quartet do not think it is their duty to tell you what the right thing to do is to feel at home in the world, they are just trying to urge you through the visuals and lyrics to make you think twice before making a big decision.

MORE INFO ON THE HELLFREAKS CAN BE FOUND THROUGH VISITING THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.thehellfreaks.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/thehellfreaks

TWITTER: twitter.com/thehellfreaks

 

 

BlitZ

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BlitZ (from l-r): Kevin Simpson (guitar), Mat Davis (drums), Stuart Corden (vocals/bass)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

From Nottingham, three-piece BlitZ play melodic, powerful riff-fuelled anthems, driven by a mutual love of classic rock and metal.

Having released a self-produced EP, ‘Welcome To The Rock Show’, to good reviews last year, the band are currently hard at work putting the finishing touches to their debut album, which will be out next month.

The trio told me more about this, and other things, when I chatted with them recently.

How did the band form?

KEVIN SIMPSON (guitar): I knew Stuart quite well, and we had been writing songs before we formed BlitZ.

MAT DAVIS (drums): I work with Stuart, and he was telling me that Kev and himself had written some songs and he asked me did if I wanted to have a jam with them. It was as simple as that, really.

STUART CORDEN (vocals/bass): So we arranged a jam, and to be honest, the chemistry was there straight away.

From where did the name BlitZ originate?

STUART: Well, when we were toying with a name, we wanted something that was simple and to the point, like our favourite bands Queen, Kiss etc…

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

STUART: We like to keep it simple with an intro, verse, and chorus.

KEVIN: We get the hooks in, with big choruses, so the audience gets it straight away.

MAT: Kev might send an idea musically to Stuart. Stuart is an amazing lyricist and comes up with great vocal melodies. With myself, I like to arrange more.

What influences the band lyrically?

STUART: Lyrically, our influences range from Queen to Guns N’ Roses, so anything that sets the mood for the song, otherwise, we’d be here forever trying to nail down our influences, trust me.

You’re currently working on your debut full-length album, to be released in November. How has the recording process been so far?

KEVIN: I have been recording bands for over ten years, so technology moves on. It’s amazing now that you can mix on a laptop and get amazing results.

MAT: This time, we recorded in the same room to try and get a live vibe to the songs, which we managed to do eight of in three days.

And how will it be different from what you have brought out up to now?

STUART: Hopefully, this recording will have more of a live feel to it.

KEVIN: We have been together longer now, so we are more locked into the music, we know what each other is thinking.

How is the experience of playing live and touring?

STUART: We can honestly say we’ve had some awesome reactions to our live shows, you can’t beat a crowd singing your songs back at you. We’re all about a good vibe, when you come to see one of our shows, you can forget about whatever B.S that might be happening in your life/world and party with us.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

KEVIN: To continue doing what we do, which is writing, recording and playing live.

STUART: To carry on for as long as we are enjoying it.

THE DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM FROM BlitZ WILL BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH.

FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND BY VISITING THESE SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/blitzrockbanduk

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

SOUNDCLOUD: soundcloud.com/blitzuk

REVERBNATION: www.reverbnation.com/blitzrockband

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASSMATIKS

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MASSMATIKS (from l-r): Josh Stagg (drums), Martin Linch (bass), George Peploe (vocals), Joe Turner (guitar)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

MassMatiks are an indie/alternative four-piece from London.

Since forming in 2012, the band, who pride themselves on creating a strong sound that is, in their own words, “in-your-face“, have had their music played on BBC Radio 1, toured with Don Broco, and have also been impressing crowds across the UK with their electric live presence.

Now, having recently completed a headline tour, they have released a new single, ‘One Foot In This Club’, which the quartet say takes them in a new direction.

The following is what they had to say on this and more:

How did the band get together initially?

We met in college, quickly became mates, started hanging out writing songs, and soon after, we all moved in together. To get people to come down to our gigs, we used to throw some massive house parties after the shows, so it was a mad house to live in.

How did the name MassMatiks come about?

We have never really seen ourselves sticking to a specific genre, so we wanted a name that couldn’t connect us to anything else. Therefore, we literally made up a word, we liked the way it looked and sounded, and it just felt right.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

We try to find a subject that is worth singing about! It’s the hardest part for us, but when we find what we want to say, the song comes about quickly.

It’s always difficult, to be honest, when we’re writing, because everyone has a different opinion and we will get really angry with each other at times, but we’re a very vocal group that need to be heard, so we tend not to worry what others think.

What influences the band lyrically?

Everyday life. There are so many wrong things we do as humans that we love to point out. We then look at ourselves and realise that we’re no better. We want people to listen to our songs and really relate to them, not just understand, but really think about themselves and their own experiences.

You have a new single out, ‘One Foot In This Club’. What can your fan base expect from it?

It’s loud, in your face, and kicks off at shows! The powerful riff will make you jump, the chorus will make you shout, and the lyrics will make you think. Actually, it is one of our favourite songs, as it literally sums all of us up.

Will the single lead to an EP or album at all?

Before the end of the year, we have another single coming out, that connects with ‘One Foot In This Club’. Now we have learnt how to self-produce, we can start releasing songs a lot quicker, which will soon lead to an EP or album.

The band recently completed a headline UK tour, and you also supported Don Broco on their UK tour last year. How were they both as experiences?

We learnt so much from Don Broco, and we will be forever thankful to them. It was our first ever large tour and also our first time playing to a large crowd. They took us under their wing and and showed us the ropes. It is a time we will never forget and has only made us more hungry to achieve our goals.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

We will always aim for the top. Headlining festivals, selling out large venues, go on world tours, everything that is part of being in a band. We have enjoyed the journey so far, and we refuse to put a cap on our ambition.

‘ONE FOOT IN THIS CLUB’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM MASSMATIKS, IS OUT NOW. FURTHER DETAILS ARE BELOW:

MassMatiks Single Cover

MORE INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND BY VISITING THESE SITES:

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: massmatiks.net

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/massmatiks

TWITTER: twitter.com/massmatiks

BANDCAMP: massmatiks.bandcamp.com

SOUNDCLOUD: soundcloud.com/massmatiks

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/user/MassMatiks