RISING METAL QUARTET FEAR ME DECEMBER TO RELEASE NEW EP THIS SEPTEMBER

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Fear Me December are an accomplished Anglo-Argentinean quartet who were originally formed in 2012 by vocalist and bassist Victoria Cabanellas and guitarist Valentin Macagno.

After receiving strong support for their debut EP, ‘Who Cares’, the band decided to relocate to England in 2014, and soon after, they delivered their debut album, ‘Between Violence and Silence’.

The record widened the heavy rock outfit’s reach and fan base, however, the band were struggling with personnel, but after a lengthy search, the band recruited Tony Small on drums and Stuart Woolley on rhythm guitar.

With a heavier sound and fresh impetus, the alternative rock crew began to reshape and craft an original set and pen tunes for their forthcoming new EP, ‘Crystallized’.

The four-piece were recently snapped up by Reaction Management (Altered Sky), and they have also just completed work on what is set to be their finest release to date, which arrives this September, and boasts four blistering slabs of melodic metal and alluring modern rock.

From the pounding burly edge of ‘Fight Me’, to the tuneful sensibilities of ‘Not Wired The Same’, the EP showcases the band’s songwriting heart and steel in equal measure.

‘This Is Not OK’ further highlights the quartet’s deft ability to create a true anthem, and the EP’s title track signs off the release in fantastic style with its urgent rhythmic passages and captivating hook.

With a string of UK shows also planned for September, and further festival appearances, Fear Me December are set for great heights.

Fear Me December EP Cover

‘CRYSTALLIZED’, THE UPCOMING EP FROM FEAR ME DECEMBER, WILL BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 7, AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PRE-ORDER IT FROM THE BAND’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.fearmedecember.net FROM JULY 7.

FURTHER INFO ON FEAR ME DECEMBER CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/fmdband

TWITTER: twitter.com/FearMeDec

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/fearmedecemberuk

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

 

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SILVER WILSON

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SILVER WILSON (from l-r): Elliot Labbate (bass/backing vocals), Gabe Holland (keyboards), Brandon Hill (lead vocals/guitar), Tom Girling (drums/backing vocals)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

PHOTO by BEN HALE

With a guitar-led indie-pop sound that incorporates the use of detailed, feel-good riffs, catchy melodies, and new technology, Leeds/Nottingham four-piece Silver Wilson have built up a loyal following since they formed three years ago.

The band have played festivals including Dot To Dot, YNot and Tramlines, and have been championed by BBC Introducing.

Having brought out a well-received single, ‘Let You Go’, in March, the quartet are preparing to release another track, ‘Close Enough’, next month.

I chatted with the guys prior to their recent set supporting Ashfields in Nottingham, and the following is what they had to say to me:

How did the band get together?

TOM GIRLING (vocals/guitar): Basically, I knew Brandon from school, he knew Elliot from a previous band they were in, and when that ended, we decided that we wanted to go in a different direction.

Once we had established themselves, we met Gabe at uni in Leeds, and we moved on from there. It’s been a bit of a long process, but this is where we’ve ended up.

How did the name Silver Wilson come about?

BRANDON HILL (lead vocals/guitar): It was a pretty boring process trying to come up with names, we had a few lined up, and there were all pretty good, at one stage, we were seriously considering the name Coach.

ELLIOT LABBATE (bass/backing vocals): We were trying to come up with a name that was easy to say and remember, and also if you put it into Google, it would be at the top of the results.

BRANDON: The band me and Elliot had been in before was called The Gorgeous Janes, but saying that out loud was a nightmare.

TOM: We wanted a name that looked good and sounded good when it was said.

BRANDON: Silver Wilson happened to be one of the names written down. We then looked at it, then said it out loud, and that was an “Eureka!” moment.

TOM: At least it’s better than Coach.

What are the band’s main musical influences?

BRANDON: We all have different individual influences, but I guess, as a band, when we started out, we were like, “Let’s be like The 1975“, but eventually, our sound evolved into its own little bubble.

TOM: I think as the music industry seems to evolve really quickly, with so much new stuff coming out, obviously with R n’ B, garage, grime, so we try to listen to a bit of everything, really.

ELLIOT: We’ve all got very different influences from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, for example, Gabe likes a bit of jazz, me and Brandon are more into indie-pop and the bands who we grew up listening to, so I guess that’s kind of evolved into the sound we now have.

TOM: Now, to be fair, we’ve been together for a little while, so we’ve had time to mould our sound and image. If we write something, but we feel that it doesn’t fit into our set, we put it to one side, because we now know what we want to achieve musically.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

BRANDON: We used to do a lot of writing together, but these days, we’re mostly production-based, so I’ll come up with something, show it to the rest of the band, and then they’ll go, “Let’s change this bit here, let’s change that bit here“, so I’ll take it back, and change it around, then towards the end of the songwriting process, I will edit the parts to make it sound more concise, resulting in the finished product.

What inspires the band lyrically?

BRANDON: Lyrically? I’m not really inspired by my day-to-day life and my own situations, I kind of just write what I deem to be the best fit for the soundscape, and also, I like to keep the lyrics open, so the listener can make their own interpretation on them.

For example, ‘Let You Go’, our latest single, has a few different meanings to it, and that’s what I try to achieve.

ELLIOT: People kind of like interpret our songs differently, which is always interesting.

TOM: It’s very balanced. When you’re a solo singer-songwriter, you do tend to write about your own life and experiences, but as a band, what Elliot and Brandon have just said, I think, would be the best way to describe our lyrics.

BRANDON: We try and keep it as un-individual as we can, really.

TOM: It’s one of them, isn’t it? If you write something and it works, you can do whatever you like with it.

You just mentioned ‘Let You Go’. How was the recording process for that?

BRANDON: It was good fun, you know. ‘Let You Go’ was a song we played originally around a year ago, back when we started, and the final track ended up sounding so much different to how it was then. The only thing that was the same was the chorus and pre-chorus.

I made a demo for a random song, so I could play around with ideas. I added a whole new backing track for this song, and then I sang “Let you go” over the top of it, and when I heard it back, it seemed to be a perfect fit, so it was really easy, I think we all did it within a few weeks.

TOM: Mainly because of the level we are at, we can’t just walk into a studio and spend two or three months producing something.

BRANDON: We mainly use laptops, anyway. That’s the way we’ve been working up to now.

And how has the reaction been to the single so far?

BRANDON: Good. It’s been really well-received, and people seem to have really liked the videos that came with it, as well, and at gigs, much of the audience have been singing along to it, which was cool.

You’re supporting Ashfields in Nottingham this evening. How is the experience, for the band, of performing live?

TOM: Really good, yeah. It’s what we live for, as we all really enjoy playing to people and sharing our music with them.

ELLIOT: Rehearsing is like the training pitch, and playing live is like the actual match, you know what I mean? It’s where you really enjoy yourself, despite there being pressure and all that, but at the end of the day, that’s what you do it for.

TOM: Part of the journey of writing a song is discovering how it will come across when played live in front of a crowd, because then, you can get a real glimpse of how people are reacting to it.

The band have also played festivals such as Dot To Dot, YNot and Tramlines. How were they as experiences for you all?

TOM: They were all great. We were fortunate enough at Tramlines and YNot to play some great stages.

When we played YNot in 2016, it was raining heavily about 10 minutes before we started our set, and when we got on stage in the tent we were playing in, the crowd was massive. It was just one of those little things.

It was the same with Tramlines, we were playing in a really small venue, with a sizable crowd watching, and the vibes were just amazing.

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

TOM: We will be bringing a new single out soon, around mid-July, and after that is released, we’ll be playing a gig up in Leeds, also maybe a few festivals towards the end of this year.

ELLIOT: To keep doing what we’ve been doing, making as much noise as we possibly can, and we’ll see what happens from there.

Silver Wilson Single Cover

‘CLOSE ENOUGH’, THE NEXT SINGLE FROM SILVER WILSON, WILL BE RELEASED ON JULY 13.

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

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/silverwilsonuk

TWITTER: twitter.com/silverwilsonuk

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/silverwilsonuk

SOUNDCLOUD: soundcloud.com/silver-wilsonuk

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

 

THE NIX

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THE NIX (from l-r): Hayden Anwar (guitar/vocals), Andy Shaw (bass), Tom Bulger (guitar), Nathan Shepherd (vocals/guitar), Josh Walker (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

In the last couple of years, Manchester quintet The Nix have truly made a mark on the city’s currently thriving indie-rock scene, having impressed many with a sound that includes three-part guitar melodies, strong rhythm sections, and an hypnotic vocal delivery, which has earned the band favourable comparisons with fellow Mancunian outfits Blossoms and Cabbage.

Now, having brought out a debut EP earlier this year, and recently unveiled a single, entitled ‘Expectation/Reality’, the five-piece have their sights firmly set on achieving success further afield.

They spoke to me about this, and more, when I caught them with up prior to their recent set supporting Ashfields in Nottingham.

How did the band form?

NATHAN SHEPHERD (vocals/guitar): We formed around six years ago.

ANDY SHAW (bass): Me, Josh and Hayden all went to primary school together, so did Tom and Nathan, and we all sort of linked up when we were in high school.

I became friends with Nathan, got him in the band, we all wrote a song together, and it all went from there, basically.

From where did the name The Nix originate?

ANDY: We got the name from one of the chapters of a Karl Lagerfeld fashion book.

NATHAN: The chapter was actually called ‘Nix’, so we decided to add a ‘The’ to it, which made it sound even cooler.

ANDY: Pretentious as that sounds.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

ANDY: Well, there’s three of us in the band who mainly write the songs – myself, Tom and Hayden. We all write songs individually, then they get taken to the rest of the band, who all chip in to some degree.

What inspires the band lyrically?

NATHAN: Hayden, what do you write about?

HAYDEN ANWAR (guitar/vocals): I don’t really have a particular subject that I write about, if anything, I write about my life, and what I’m feeling at that time.

We don’t really have a set subject, really, because there are three of us who write the songs, and we all write different lyrics about different things from different angles.

In January, you brought out your debut EP, ‘Space Between’. How was the recording process for that?

ANDY: Very, very messy.

NATHAN: We thought that it would be a good idea to record the EP ourselves, because at the time, we were low on money, so we got our manager Ollie’s MacBook – he didn’t have it back for about three months – and we recorded using that and a three-amp.

We thought it would be a good idea, because at the time, there was little else that we could do.

ANDY: It was a learning curve, definitely.

TOM BULGER (guitar): It was like an 180 degree line going straight up.

(All laugh)

And how has the response been to the EP up to now?

NATHAN: Not much, to be honest.

ANDY: The real reason we released it was because we needed to get out some tunes.

JOSH WALKER (drums): I think the recent single we released, ‘Expectation/Reality’, has had a much better response.

ANDY: Yeah, the sound to that was much better, and the recording process was smoother.

The band are supporting Ashfields in Nottingham this evening. How is the experience, for you all, of performing live?

NATHAN: I fucking love it.

TOM: I think when you’re in a band, the main buzz you get from that is when you’re playing live on stage.

ANDY: Yeah, playing live gives you a much better feeling than sitting around in a studio all day.

What are your plans for the near future?

JOSH: It’s top secret!

NATHAN: There’s nothing much we can say about the future at the moment, but do keep an eye out for any announcements.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

JOSH: To play on Top of the Pops!

(All laugh)

NATHAN: We just want to keep developing as a band.

ANDY: We aim to really push ourselves and to keep improving on the last thing that we do. The moment we’re no longer enjoying ourselves, being creative with our music, then we’re getting out of it.

NATHAN: We’d like to make a big impact, and to achieve that by being different.

The Nix Single Cover

‘EXPECTATION/REALITY’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM THE NIX, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, AND DEEZER.

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

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/TheNixband

TWITTER: twitter.com/TheNixBand

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/thenixband

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

HIDE YOUR EYES

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HIDE YOUR EYES (from l-r): Asa Jordan (lead guitar), Dom Edwards (rhythm guitar/vocals), Steve Goode (vocals), Lew Armiger (former rhythm guitar/vocals), Ryan Jordan (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

PHOTO by DARKEST RUM PHOTOGRAPHY

Hide Your Eyes, an outfit from Hereford who play an alternative sound that they themselves describe as “nu-rock“, burst onto the scene last year with the release of their debut album, ’40 Miles Of Static’, which got an overwhelmingly positive response, with its engaging, relatable lyrical content, infectious choruses, and passionate, dynamic dual vocals.

Off the back of this success, the band supported American rap-rock legends Crazy Town in Cardiff, and performed alongside the likes of Mallory Knox and Grumble Bee at this year’s Pop-Punk Pile-Up festival in North Yorkshire.

Despite the recent departure of rhythm guitarist/vocalist Lew Armiger, the collective are moving forward, having just unveiled a new single, entitled ‘One More’, and their frontman, Steve Goode, spoke to me about that, as well as what has been a productive last 12 months.

How did the band get together?

Dom, Lew and I have been friends for years. One evening, me and Dom were having a few beers and playing with a few song ideas, and then we landed on something that we really liked. It was actually a weird electronic-style, metal-ish track, quite different to what Hide Your Eyes actually became.

We asked Lew to provide some additional vocals and guitar to it, and he really brought the thing to life, but the problem now was that the electronic elements, mainly the drums, just sounded kind of out of place.

A few weeks later, we met Ryan at the pub, he added his element to it, and it sounded brilliant. Shortly afterwards, we all got together for a proper jam, and the rest is history, really. That night, we wrote three or four songs, and by the morning, we decided to keep it going.

From where did the name Hide Your Eyes originate?

Dom’s inability to keep his eyes open when he smiles or laughs! We were hanging out, writing down potential band names, when we overheard my cousin telling Dom to “hide his eyes“, so Facebook’s auto-tag thing would recognise him in pictures.

A dumb joke, mainly, but it stuck.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

Our approach to songwriting is a real collaborative process. Often, someone will come up with a riff or a concept, send it across, and then everybody will add their own elements to it before we meet up in the practice room to gel everything together, tweaking bits and pieces, and writing lyrics.

What inspires the band lyrically?

We tend to play with our own vulnerability with lyrics. Our songs discuss mistakes we’ve made and vices we’ve struggled with. The moods of our songs can really vary, but lyrically, it always comes down to what we’re dealing with emotionally at that time.

Last year, you brought out your debut album, ’40 Miles Of Static’, then a first EP, ‘Rockfield’. How were the reactions to them?

We had a really positive reaction from our hometown, and as we gigged further afield, a great response all round. We launched the album to a brilliant crowd, and we’ve been having great success with it since.

With the ‘Rockfield’ EP, we were really fortunate enough to experience a couple of weekends at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales, where we recorded a live acoustic set of songs from the album, and a new single called ‘Alive’, which, again, got a brilliant response from our friends and fans.

The band have just released a new single, entitled ‘One More’. For those who have yet to listen to it, what can be expected from the track?

Sonically, it’s quite laid-back and easy to listen to, but lyrically, it carries quite serious themes like depression, addiction, and heartbreak.

Last October, you supported Crazy Town in Cardiff, and in April, you played at the Pop-Punk Pile-Up festival in North Yorkshire. How were they as experiences?

The Crazy Town show was amazing! It was easily one of the best gigs that we’ve played, and we were really overwhelmed by how many people from Hereford drove down to Cardiff to support us. Hanging out with Crazy Town was a brilliant experience too, they’re great guys with a great sense of humour.

Pop-Punk Pile-Up was also up there in top-level experiences! It was really cool to share a poster and stage with bands as brilliant as Grumble Bee, Mallory Knox, Coast To Coast, Catch Fire – too many to name really.

It was such a sick line-up, and the audience were really engaged and loving every band. The whole weekend was just brilliant, and we were really chuffed to have been a part of it.

And how is it overall, for the band, playing live?

Playing live is indescribable; we live for it! We love meeting new people, making lots of noise, and playing the songs we love. Nothing beats playing live.

Now that the new track has come out, what are your plans?

‘One More’ was the final single release from ‘Last Orders’, an EP we’ll be dropping soon, so in the immediate future, we plan to release that, and then get back on the road, spreading ourselves out a little more north and a little more south than we have done so far.

The EP release will also coincide with a few grassroots festivals that we’ll be playing in Herefordshire, so we’ve got a really loud and busy summer ahead of us.

And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?

Long-term, we just want to keep doing what we’re doing, but on the largest scale possible! We want to play the music we love to as many people as we can, and make some friends and some memories along the way.

Hide Your Eyes Single Cover

‘ONE MORE’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM HIDE YOUR EYES, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, AMAZON MUSIC, AND DEEZER.

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

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: hideyoureyes.co.uk

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/HideYourEyesUK

TWITTER: twitter.com/HYEBand

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/hyeband

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

WOLVES DON’T SLEEP SET TO RELEASE NEW TRACK AND LYRIC VIDEO THIS AUGUST

Wolves Don't Sleep Single Cover

Wolves Don’t Sleep offer a different edge to the metalcore genre. With stout tones and immense drumming, framed by potent lyrics and commanding vocals, the Nottingham heavyweights hurl out their new single, ‘Hope Won’t Set You Free’, on Friday 3rd August.

Uncompromising and unstoppable, Wolves Don’t Sleep first hit the scene in 2015, however, a revolving door of personnel hindered the band’s trajectory, but now, with a settled and solid line-up, the ferocious outfit are set to take their formidable sound to the masses.

They have just completed work on their new single, ‘Hope Won’t Set You Free’, with Steven Jones (Bleed From Within, From Sorrow to Serenity), and the end result is simply huge.

Burly riffs and pounding beats, the new track marks a shift in direction for the band, and one that will be explored further on their next record.

Already widely regarded for delivering explosive and emotional live shows, Wolves Don’t Sleep are planning a further live attack on the UK for the rest of the year, with touring very much on the agenda. The wolves are certainly knocking at your door.

‘HOPE WON’T SET YOU FREE’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM WOLVES DON’T SLEEP, WILL BE AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY. BANDCAMP, SOUNDCLOUD, AND DEEZER FROM AUGUST 3.

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

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WolvesDontSleep

TWITTER: twitter.com/wolvesdontsleep

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/wolvesdontsleepuk

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

RESTIVE NATION

Restive Nation EP Cover

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Comprising of guitarist Chris Cahill, bassist Ciaran “Timmy” Lynch, and drummer Kevin Liffey, Restive Nation are a band that pride themselves on delivering a distinct electronic rock sound that is intense, atmospheric, and inspired by an eclectic range of musical genres.

In just over a week, the Dublin trio will be unveiling a debut EP, entitled ‘WE ATROPHY’, which, in the absence of the band having a full-time vocalist, will feature guest singers on each of the five narrative-driven tracks, including Dave Lee of Raum Kingdom and Siobhan Kavanagh of Lotus Eater.

I spoke to Timmy recently about what else can be expected from the upcoming release, as well as the collective’s origins, lyrical inspirations, and much more.

How did the band get together?

We got together in 2014. Me and Chris were working together in a local music studio/school, and shared a love for Nine Inch Nails. After seeing them live in Belfast the previous year, we were inspired to start making music in their style.

We got in touch with Eric (a guitarist from my home town), whose band, Franko Franko, had recently split up, we arranged a jam, and Eric showed up with Kev, who was also in Franko Franko.

It started as a very casual project, but it soon gained legs, and we realised that we could create something really cool.

We spent about two years writing, searching for a vocalist, and defining our sound. Fast-forward to now, Eric is no longer in the band, and we are a three-piece with Chris taking up guitar duties on top of production and sound design.

We still haven’t found a permanent singer, but we work with guest vocalists to fill the void when necessary.

From where did the name Restive Nation originate?

Naming a band is the hardest thing. It took us two years of jamming to finally come up with a name!

In February 2016, we had a general election in Ireland to elect a new government, and at that time, a lot of people were very unhappy with the way the country was being run, so we had an election, a chance to change things, and for some strange reason the Irish people voted the same clowns back into office, and the results were perplexing.

Nothing changed, everything remained the same, and this made us start thinking about band names. One of the first ideas was Sedated Nation, but this eventually evolved into Restive Nation.

What are the band’s main musical influences?

Between the three of us, we listen to a huge range of bands/artists, but when it comes down to it, there’s really only a handful of bands that the three of us actually agree on loving, and these would be the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Meshuggah, Deftones etc.

A big part of this band has been embracing the future, not only in our sound design and song craft, but also with the very nature of the band, giving the listener a unique experience that they haven’t been met with before.

In Ireland especially, it seems some artists are regurgitating their influences rather than respecting them in their craft. Although we have dominant influences in our music, we try not to abuse it. It’s all about utilising what we’ve learned from the past, and using it to propel ourselves into the future.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

We are constantly striving to push the boundaries of songwriting. Every idea that is brought to the table is attempted. It doesn’t matter what genre it appears to be, we want to embrace it all. Nothing is dismissed because it might be “too heavy” or “too light” or “too this, too that“, everything is worth a try.

Once we have a basic idea for a song, we will get together and create a demo, which we will then work it out together and shape it into a decent structure. Everything is written instrumental, but if we feel that a track might benefit from vocals, we will think up some people on the Dublin music scene who might fit.

We then send the demo to the potential vocalist, if they’re inspired, we’ll have them in to our home studio to add a vocal, then, if we’re all happy with the outcome, we’ll start to play it live and take it to the recording studio for a possible future release.

It’s an extremely interesting and unpredictable way of songwriting.

Shortly, the band will be bringing out a debut EP, entitled ‘WE ATROPHY’. How has the recording process been for that?

It has been excellent, extremely positive. We absolutely LOVE being in the recording studio, and we record everything we write, so at the moment, we have a nice stockpile of unreleased tracks.

This collection, ‘WE ATROPHY’, was recorded at various stages between September 2016 and March this year. They are all songs that would have been in our early setlists, so there’s a certain flow to the EP that we are eager for people to hear.

It features an array of different guest vocalists, and having different people come in and out of the studio is a lot of a fun, because they’re such a diverse bunch of characters, and they all bring a certain something to the studio’s atmosphere.

When the songs are nearing completion, there was an overwhelming feeling of pride and accomplishment in knowing that we’d created something unique.

And what can be expected of the upcoming release?

‘WE ATROPHY’ is a trip. It’s meant as a narrative as opposed to five individual tracks and explores the theme of the human psyche’s effect on everything around it.

Each track seamlessly runs into the next, so there’s no interruption and no silence, and it is a complete showcase of every aspect of our style to date: it’s got instrumentals, it’s got different vocalists, it’s heavy, tense, moody, dramatic, light, cinematic; we like to think there’s something there for everything – it’s an extremely interesting trip.

On the day that the EP comes out, you will be playing a launch show in your home city of Dublin. How is the experience, for the band, of playing live?

We love playing live and try to play as often as we can. Working with so many different vocalists can have some limitations, but on the other hand, it keeps things very fresh, because it means we rarely play the same setlist twice, as our setlists are always decided based on the availability of our guest vocalists.

This EP launch is going to be pretty special, because we will have most of the vocalists we have worked with in attendance, and for this rare occasion, we have decided to play an extended set of 18 tracks in total; it’s a challenge, but rehearsals are going amazingly well, and we can’t wait to play such an eclectic mix of tracks!

What are the band’s plans after ‘WE ATROPHY’ is released?

We hope that the release will broaden our fan base and open up a few more doors for us.

We haven’t done much outside of Dublin, and we are eager to get out and play live in as many different places as possible. Preferably, we’d love to venture overseas to see what kind of reaction we would get, and to see how this would differ to Dublin.

Ireland is very small, and there’s only so far a band like us can go, and we really hope to experience the bigger picture.

And finally, what is your long-term aim?

The long-term aim would be to make a living off of this band. We don’t want fame or to be “megastars“, we just want to earn enough money that would allow us to live and create, and not have to worry about how to play the bills.

Unfortunately these days, it’s not so easy to make money from music, in fact, it seems to becoming increasingly difficult, so we’re trying to think of ways to make it work.

We think our music would work extremely well as background music on TV and film, so we’re starting to look into this, and trying to make some connections, this might just be answer to making a living.

‘WE ATROPHY’, THE SELF-RELEASED DEBUT EP FROM RESTIVE NATION, WILL BE RELEASED ON JUNE 29. YOU CAN PRE-ORDER IT NOW FROM THEIR BANDCAMP PAGE: restivenation.bandcamp.com/releases

TO MARK THIS, THE BAND WILL BE PLAYING A RELEASE SHOW THAT EVENING IN DUBLIN, FURTHER DETAILS OF WHICH CAN BE FOUND BELOW:

Restive Nation gig poster

FURTHER INFO ON RESTIVE NATION CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING DETAILS:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/restivenation

TWITTER: twitter.com/RestiveNation

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

BLACK WATER CHEMISTRY

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BLACK WATER CHEMISTRY (from l-r): Dan May (drums), Murphy “Murph” Lee (rhythm guitar/vocals), Matt Saunders (lead vocals), Gareth “Gizz” Stacey (bass/vocals), Chris Saunders (lead guitar/vocals)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

From South Wales, Black Water Chemistry are a five-piece that specialise in an energetic yet aggressive style of metalcore that utilises both retro and modern techniques.

Since forming in 2014, the band have been working very hard, and succeeding, at perfecting this, which has enabled them to make a real impact on the British underground metal scene, with many favourably comparing the quintet to such outfits as Soundgarden, Mastodon, and Parkway Drive.

However, the Newport collective are not content with just this, as they now aim to make bigger waves with the release this August of a follow-up to their well-received 2016 debut EP, ‘A Thousand Tides’.

Having just brought out the title track to that, which has already had a positive response, the band recently told me what else their rapidly-growing fan base can expect from the upcoming offering, and more.

How did the band form?

We’ve known each other for a while, some members longer than others, we’ve also got brothers in the band, Matt and Chris. The organic bit was between Matt and Chris having an idea to change musical conversations into real music, we auditioned “Gizz“, who we’ve known forever, Dan was added, then “Murph“, who was previously in rock outfit GoX. And now here we are!

From where did the name Black Water Chemistry originate?

Black water is waste, chemistry is the analysis of compounds, it’s about missing the bigger picture of what something is by always focusing on the micro rather than the macro.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

It’s all about feel and context, usually Chris has a riff or an idea, which we then run with lyrically, we see where that ends up, then the guys add their own flavour to it, something may start as a riff, but may end up as a piece of music that doesn’t contain the same riff anymore.

Before finalising everything, we will usually talk about theme and structure, and look at where we’re going with something, then we will let it sit for a while before we revisit it to see if we can improve upon it, we always ask “Are we pushing ourselves enough?” about pretty much everything we do, but the process is very organic and natural.

What inspires the band lyrically?

Personal experiences, we try to not be vicarious in our lyrical approach, trying to imagine someone’s experience is kind of intrinsically impossible, so it’s always going to be our take on things for the sake of honesty.

Any struggle, rising above clichés, and the need to progress are things we admire in any society or person, so these are the themes that reoccur, that and the cyclic nature of all things.

We like the fact that things have a beginning and an end, or at least a transformation.

Recently, you brought out a new single, ‘Return To Ashes’. How has the reaction been to that so far?

It’s early days yet, but we think it’s made a few people sit up and take notice of where we are headed, we’re not the type of band that will sit on the same formula forever, things have to progress and move on, you look at a band like Pearl Jam and every single album has been a progression on the last, that’s the kind of artistic integrity we aspire to, we move on naturally in our sound, so people will notice this record isn’t as clean, has a harder edge, and a different message, and ‘Return To Ashes’ kind of embodies that change. So far, so good, we’d say.

The track was taken from an upcoming EP of the same name that the band will be releasing this August. How has the recording process been?

Incredibly natural, as we just sort of ended up writing the album and then recorded it over the period of about nine months on and off. The themes came together, the music came together, and it was a very collaborative effort all around.

We layered things up, but didn’t want a too overproduced sound, as a lot of bands in our genre use samples extensively and we kind of wanted to move away from that a bit, we’re not saying it’s analogue or anything, it’s just not over-embellished, Chris, our guitarist, produced it and poured a good two months into that including the mixing, Phil Smith from One Louder helped with the process and mastering, he produced our last record, and he has a really good ear.

Jo Sheehy, our friend and drummer from Salt Bath and formerly of Venom Prison, was hanging around the studio, and came up with this huge reverb that we ended up using. It was a good process, very natural, compared to our last EP.

And how will it differ from your 2016 debut, ‘A Thousand Tides’?
Massively, it’s more where we want to be, it’s the right dynamic, we’re very proud of ‘A Thousand Tides’, but we think that it was kind of a stepping stone for us, we set out sort of saying, “How can we reimagine our sound and better that record“, and we think we’ve done that, whereas our debut EP was more like a concept album, ‘Return To Ashes’ has a theme too, but each song has its own message now too.

We can’t listen back to our music after checking out the final mixes, as we just find it very masturbatory, so we’ll let everyone else make the final judgment.

How is the experience, for the band, of playing live?

It’s our pinnacle, we think, as we just love playing live, the buzz never goes away, and we’re blessed now with good crowds of good people who want to listen to what we are doing.

Our stage performances are almost cathartic, we give everything, it’s a very cleansing and tiring experience, but it’s 100% worth it, as when we stand in front of a few hundred people, and they are really enjoying the show and the sound, it can’t be beaten.

And finally, what else do you have lined up over the next couple of months?

We’re in The EVI with the guys from the Rock and Roll Circus radio show, which will be awesome, then we head to Bristol to the Fleece, then Manchester to the Grand Central, so that’s the next few months sorted show-wise.

We, of course, have the EP release, then a video coming out for the lead single off the EP, and then it will be a winter tour, which will be announced over the next few months, so it’s going to be fairly busy for us up until December, when we will retreat back into the studio again for a few months with no set agenda other than making some music.

As they say, watch this space!

Black Water Chemistry EP Cover

‘RETURN TO ASHES’, THE SOPHOMORE EP FROM BLACK WATER CHEMISTRY, WILL BE RELEASED ON AUGUST 31.

FURTHER INFO ON THIS, AND THE BAND, CAN BE FOUND HERE.