INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
With an intense, eclectic blend of metal and electronic-influenced music, backed up by synthesisers and turntables, and live performances abundant in high energy, East Midlands five-piece Infirm Of Purpose have already amassed much acclaim and a devout following across the UK.
This Friday, the band will be bringing out a highly-anticipated new single, ‘Assumptions’, and to tell me more about it, their recent set supporting Our Hollow, Our Home in Nottingham, as well as what they have planned for the rest of 2018, were the quintet’s guitarist/vocalist/synth player, Nathan Hill, and guitarist, Matt Ashley.
How did the band form?
NATHAN HILL (guitar/synth/vocals): We’ve been around as a band for a few years now. Matt and I were in an old band together before Infirm of Purpose, and went to school together so we’ve known each other for years.
I met Josh a couple of years back while we used to live in Derby, and we got talking about our bands at the time. I said I wanted to start a deathcore band, and he said that he was up for some electro-deathcore, which is what we were originally meant to be.
MATT ASHLEY (guitar): I joined after getting a message off Nathan one day, asking me to come and play guitar in his new project, as our old band was dying on its arse.
From where did the name Infirm Of Purpose originate?
MATT: It’s from a Shakespeare play. Josh chose the name.
NATHAN: The name comes from Macbeth. For some reason, Josh thought it would be make for a good deathcore name.
What are the band’s main musical influences?
MATT: Basically Enter Shikari and Attila. Our original aim was to be a crossover of the two.
NATHAN: We have loads now, though, Every track is different. We have a new one heavily influenced by Scarlxrd.
MATT: Our next track is definitely a crossover of Enter Shikari and Attila, though. (laughs)
What would you say was your songwriting approach?
NATHAN: We just fuck about on our instruments, and then see what happens.
MATT: Basically, we’ll play something on our guitars, just get it recorded straight away, and then send it to the rest of the band. It will be the same with Josh when he’s playing around with synths.
We collate all ideas and put them all together. Most tracks are written mostly by one person, with little things added on by the rest, but it changes with each song.
What inspires the band lyrically?
NATHAN: (laughs) To be fair, our last single was about ex-girlfriends, and lyrically, our next one, ‘Assumptions’, despite the name, definitely did NOT come from an ex-girlfriend. Otherwise, we just write how we feel, there’s no specific inspiration.
Speaking of the new single, coming out this Friday, how has the recording process been for that?
NATHAN: I don’t even remember, because we recorded it ages ago.
MATT: Relatively simple, I guess, but yeah, instrumentals have been recorded for over two years now, and vocals for over a year.
NATHAN: We recorded the video for ‘Assumptions’ very recently with Jay Hillyer (guitarist for Leicestershire electronic/metal outfit Cabin Boy Jumps Ship). It’s come out brilliantly, and Jay has been amazing to work with. I would 100% recommend him.
And what can be expected from the upcoming single release?
NATHAN: We’re getting our 2009 on. We’ve crossed Enter Shikari with Attila.
MATT: There’s a couple of nice breakdowns chucked in there too.
The band have already become known for their intense, highly energetic live performances. How is it, for you all, playing on stage?
MATT: Nauseating. I keep having to flick my hair back. (laughs)
NATHAN: Imagine an annoying fly to the right of you getting in your way, because that’s what it’s like standing next to Josh.
Otherwise, standing on a stage and seeing people sing your lyrics back to you is one of the best feelings in the world, whether it’s 40 or 400 people we’re playing to.
And recently, you supported Our Hollow, Our Home and InVisions in Nottingham. How was that as an experience?
NATHAN: Honestly, it was one of the most fun shows I’ve ever played, I can only think of one other show we’ve done that could be on par.
MATT: We had a few technical difficulties throughout the set with our backing tracks and that, but otherwise, it was the most fun show that I’ve ever played.
NATHAN: I’ve followed Our Hollow, Our Home for a few years now, and them and InVisions are two of my favourite bands, so it was really cool to share the stage with them both.
What are the band’s plans once ‘Assumptions’ has come out?
NATHAN: We’re going to be playing a couple of one-off shows in London, Sheffield and Nottingham, then this September, going into early October, we’ll be going on tour with a band who are signed to Stay Sick Recordings, and then also in October, we’ll be going on another UK tour with a band from Eastern Europe.
Next year, we’ll be releasing our second EP, and so far, we only have one tour planned to promote that, over in Europe.
What is your long-term aim?
MATT: To have fun and get pissed.
NATHAN: That’s it, apart from Josh, he’s the designated driver.
‘ASSUMPTIONS’, THE NEW SINGLE FROM INFIRM OF PURPOSE, WILL BE RELEASED THIS FRIDAY.
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