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IN FEAR THEY FOLLOW

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IN FEAR THEY FOLLOW (from l-r): Ben Threlfall (guitar), Sam Kellaway (drums), Jake Searle (vocals), Ryan Simmons (guitar), Sam Elswood (bass)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

From BristolIn Fear They Follow are an emerging five-piece armed with a fierce, destructive sound that takes in elements of metal, metalcore, deathcore, and nu-metal, as well as lyrical content that is relatable to their rapidly-expanding fan base.

Having supported the likes of InVisions and Bury The Traitor, the collective now look set to make a seismic impact on the contemporary British metal scene with their recently-released debut EP, ‘Solace‘, and the quintet were happy to speak to me about how they plan to do this, along with a host of other band-related topics.

How did the band initially form?

In Fear They Follow was initially formed after the local bands we were part of came to an end. We had all been playing shows together for a few years, and figured where one door closes, another opens, so we took the strongest elements of each of our previous projects and combined them into the tracks we have now.

As formation stories go, it’s not the most interesting, but sometimes that’s just how it happens!

How did the name In Fear They Follow come about?

In Fear They Follow was the name we landed on which we felt resonated best with our sound, as it was not too deathcore-sounding, nor too metalcore-sounding, but still dark enough to give you an insight into our sound before turning up to a show.

The name is based around the theme of standing on your own feet and straying form the norm (not following out of fear). 

What are the band’s main musical influences?

Each member comes from a different corner of metal influences, each with their own opinions and interests. Vocalist Jake is influenced by bands like Parkway Drive, Motionless in White, and Thy Art Is Murder, guitarist Ryan comes from a background of August Burns Red, Killswitch Engage, and As I Lay DyingBen is heavily influenced by Architects, Loathe, and Sleep Token, bassist Sam is interested in Rise Against, Before I Turn and Shields, and drummer Sam K enjoys Periphery, Animals As Leaders, and Monuments, and it’s this combination of interests that creates our sound, as we don’t think – as a collective – we could agree on a single band as a driving force behind our EP.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

We take a structured approach towards writing new material, meeting up at least once a week to get new ideas down, starting with either guitar or drums depending on how we want the section to feel, and we will keep doing this for months on end until we have an album’s worth of material.

We then revisit all of our demos, refining them to get the flow of each song just right, and to ensure each song has its purpose on the record. This is a pretty long process, in comparison to other bands moving in together for a week or two and writing the entire album then, but we feel our way gives each song enough time to be debated and changed until it’s just right.

The band recently brought out ‘Solace’, their debut EP. How was the recording process for that?

The recording process went smoothly! That was the second time we have had our work mixed by G1, and as usual, George knocked it out of the park!

Severe changes were made after recording, due to a member parting ways with us, the main one being ‘Erebus‘, which was recorded as a more metalcore-sounding track under the name ‘Inglorious‘.

This song stood out as the weakest on the record and had to be saved, not wasted, and after a few more days in the studio, we turned it into one of the strongest songs on the EP!

To any bands reading, we could not recommend George Level of Mixed By G1 enough!

The EP’s themes are linked to negative events that have occurred in all of your lives. How did it feel for the band conveying those experiences into the songs?

Quite a relief, actually. Instead of the EP carrying a negative energy, we treat it as a way to release any build-ups of anger or hatred that we have.

Any artist will tell you that their work – even if it may seem depressing – is an incredible release, and this EP is no different, as it has helped each and every member through a harder time in their life.

We did try to keep each topic either more metaphorical or just generally vague so the average listener can still relate and those that the songs are written about would never be able to tell.

And for those who haven’t managed to listen to the EP yet, what can they expect from it?

This EP has a mix of everything throughout! From classic metalcore riffs to more modern “dent” sounding sections, from clean, calm synth breaks, to explosive breakdowns accompanied by vocals driven at full throttle.

Songs like ‘Solace‘, ‘Midas‘ and ‘Arke‘ all feature some of the heaviest sections we have ever written, whereas ‘Erebus‘ is light in comparison, following more of a traditional metalcore feel.

The band have supported the likes of InVisions and Shields, and also embarked on a UK tour with Bury The Traitor in February. How were they as experiences for you all?

Playing the shows with InVisions and Shields was great, both nights had great turnouts, and were loads of fun, but our tour with Bury The Traitor has to take the cake, though, as they’re a great bunch of guys, and many good times were had over the four days, and it was also an honour to play with them again for Napoleon‘s farewell tour.

It was an amazing experience for us, so much so that we can’t wait to get back out on the road!

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

Performing live is special to each of us. Being able to stand on stage and perform is a privilege we will never take for granted, be it in front of 10 or 10,000 people, and every show we play, we bring something new, so our stage performance is constantly evolving and improving.

And lastly, what are your plans now that the EP has come out?

Writing is already well underway for our next release, and we hope to be back with G1 later this year! We’re pushing ourselves as hard as we possibly can to keep the momentum up, and plan for any obstacles that may impede us.

We also have another three tours planned over the next couple of months, one with INDEPTHS next month, one with Jonestown in August, and one more that is yet to be announced!

We’re going to carry on pushing ourselves as far afield as we can this year, as we’re only just getting started, and there’s so much more yet to come!

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‘SOLACE’, THE DEBUT EP FROM IN FEAR THEY FOLLOW, IS AVAILABLE NOW.

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MORE NEW ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR CAMDEN ROCKS 2019

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Camden Rocks Festival is proud to announce a further 60 bands for the 2019 edition, including The Pigeon Detectives, scheduled to perform on the Saturday.

Hailing from Yorkshire, the all-English quartet has established itself amongst the country’s best indie bands. From their platinum-selling debut album, ‘Wait For Me’, to the deeper and more reflective fifth record ‘Broken Glances’, The Pigeon Detectives have the catalogue, and the experience, to deliver a show that will be remembered.

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Also announced are English reggae-influenced punk rockers The Ruts DC, who will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut album ‘The Crack’; metalcore four-piece Glamour Of The Kill, singer-songwriter Sean McGowan, anthemic pop-rock Londoners Luna Bay; acoustic duo Undead Raisins (comprising of Andy & Colin from Hundred Reasons); and more.

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Alongside these artists, there are also fifty of the finest emerging acts in the today’s rock landscape including fresh back from SXSW, exciting new Glasgow punk rockers The Dunts, the new band from Guy McKnight (singer from Matchbox B-Line Disaster), The DSM IV, as well as Novacub – a new project from some of the members of Bloc Party, alternative metal outfit Skarlett Riot, promising punk four-piece Catch Fire, multi-talented indie newcomers Hello Operator, and many more.

The new additions to the Camden Rocks Festival 2019 join an already impressive list of talent from rock, indie, alternative, folk, and punk music, and its myriad of hybrids – a diverse list headed up by the likes of Frank Turner, Deaf Havana, Ash, The Wonder Stuff, Rat Boy, New Model Army, Wheatus, Carl Barat, Ginger Wildheart, The Professionals, Angelic Upstarts, Milk Teeth, Pretty Vicious, Raging Speedhorn, Random Hand, Discharge, Eliza and The Bear, The Virginmarys, Area 11, Sonic Boom Six, The Last Internationale, Our Hollow, Our Home, Spunge, Bang Bang Romeo, Lotus Eater, REWS, Annabel AllumBig Boy Bloater and The Limits, Loathe, Strange Bones, and many, many more.

Not only does Camden Rocks Festival showcase the very best emerging talent alongside much loved established acts, it also feeds off the thriving music scene that makes Camden such a special place; one that continues to draw generation after generation of misfits, rebels, music lovers, and music makers.

Anything goes in Camden, and on the weekend of Camden Rocks, this is amplified to ten.

Taking place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June 2019, and now in its eighth year, the festival gives music fans the opportunity to see over 400 bands play across 20 venues all within a stone’s throw of each other in Camden Town, London.

For tickets and more information, go to www.camdenrocksfestival.co.uk

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BACKROADS

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Just over a year ago, Bristol collective Backroads brought out their debut EP, ‘Faith Left Me, You Did Too’, which comprised of a lyrically-charged melodic metalcore sound, was very well-received, and even topped the iTunes metal charts.

The band followed this up by performing captivating headline sets and support slots for the likes of Dream StateHaggard Cat, and Bertraying The Martyrs, and looked set to work on some new music until drummer Jack Ford decided to leave last December in order to pursue a solo career.

Prior to this, I spoke to the then four-piece, and this is what they had to say:

How did the band get together?

The band started with Alex, Eddie and Jack all meeting in college and working together to write some songs. Kyle – who had been a close friend of Eddie’s for a few years – later came into the band when an opening for a second guitarist came about.

How did the name Backroads come about?

The name Backroads actually comes from the song of the same title by Lonely The Brave, after we had struggled, for what felt like an eternity, for band names.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting? 

All of our songs will usually stem from ideas by Kyle and Alex, which are then demoed up at home and sent across to each other. We then send the tracks to Jack, so he can put his drums on them, and then from there, we work on our vocals. It’s a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

What inspires the band lyrically?

We’re inspired by all sorts of subjects, but we always make sure that they are things we care about, as our lyrics are something we pride ourselves on, and we wouldn’t want to write about something that we don’t feel passionately about.

Some of our songs talk about love and relationships (‘A House For Casey’, ‘The Death Of Love’), to mental health (‘I Am Lost’), to more political subjects like ‘Book Burner’, which is about the misuse of power from people in a higher position, whether that be political, religious, or anything in between. 

Last year, you brought out your debut EP, ‘Faith Left Me, You Did Too’. How was the recording process for that?

The recording process was great for us. We worked with Tobias Faulkner from Hollow Home Studios, and we spent a lot of time with him down in Somerset. It was a really comfortable experience for us all. 

And the release topped the iTunes metal charts. You all must have felt good about that.

KYLE HERBERT (guitar): It was crazy. I remember being at work at around 2am, and checking the charts just out of interest to see if we’d even scrape the barrel and just seeing our position. I called Eddie and Alex straight away, regardless of if they were sleeping, and was just screaming down the phone at them in excitement. 

The band sold out their first headline show, in their home city of Bristol. How was that as an experience? 

Selling out shows is something we never imagined we’d do, so hearing people sing back to us and watching them enjoy themselves to our music is incredible. 

And how was it supporting the likes of Dream State, Haggard Cat, and most recently, Bertraying The Martyrs?

Phenomenal, because again, we never thought we’d be playing stages with bands like that. They’re extremely talented bands, and definitely make us want to keep pushing forward with our goals. 

And finally, what are your plans for 2019?

Currently, we have a few unannounced tours in the works, as well as talks for Europe at the end of the year, and we would really like to hit up some small festivals if we can too.

We’re in the process of writing right now, so that’s all very exciting too, and these new songs are where we’ve really found our feet as writers, so we can’t wait to show everyone.

‘FAITH LEFT ME, YOU DID TOO’, THE DEBUT EP FROM BACKROADS, IS AVAILABLE NOW, AND FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:

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CLIMATE OF FEAR

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INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Having been described as “the UK’s angriest new metal band“, Climate Of Fear bring to the table a sound that combines the best elements of death metal, hardcore, and beatdown, along with lyrical content that reflects their anti-establishment views.

Since forming in 2017, the five-piece have toured relentlessly, performing at venues and festivals across the UK and continental Europe, and with a well-received debut EP already under their belts, the collective recently unveiled their first album, entitled ‘The Onset Of Eternal Darkness’, which I spoke to frontman Paul Williams about just prior to its release.

How did the band form? 

We all came together after knowing each other from previous bands, and it just went from there. Some songs that were on ‘Holy Terror’ (the band’s debut EP, released last year) had already been pre-recorded, and once I put my vocals down, the band was formed.

How did the name Climate Of Fear come about? 

We wanted a name to capture a number of the subjects we write about, and I feel this does this.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting? 

When it comes to songwriting, it is one of those bands where everyone gets involved, as the initial idea will stem from someone, and then from there, everyone will put in their ideas.

What inspires the band lyrically? 

There is – and has been – a lot of negativity, and a conflict of different ethics used to control and manipulate us, historically, and right up to the present day, whether that has been through the use of religion or capitalism, and it’s these type of subjects that inspire us.

Last year, you released your debut EP, ‘Holy Terror’. How was the reaction to that? 

For us, we just put down a bunch of metal songs down that we all enjoyed, and we didn’t set any expectation as such, but the EP sold really well, and to see people coming to shows and shouting back the words was really cool, and hopefully, a lot of those fans will enjoy the album when it comes out.

Shortly, the band will be bringing out their first album, ‘The Onset Of Eternal Darkness’. How has the recording process been for that? 

It has been crazy. After we came back from the Merauder tour last September, all of our time went into finishing the songs and getting them recorded.

We did have a few that were close to finished whilst we were on the tour, and it didn’t help that some of us were also playing in Merauder as well, but you’ve got to do whatever you can to make a tour work, but we are really happy with it, and we cannot wait for it to be released.

And how will the upcoming release differ to ‘Holy Terror’? 

A combination of new members joining and bringing in their influences, as well as a natural maturity from us, as already, we have brought in a lot of different influences on this record, in comparison to ‘Holy Terror’, and I feel we have definitely forged our sound a lot more. Also, as a record, it’s a lot heavier.

In just over a year, you have toured across the UK and continental Europe, supported the likes of Merauder and Malevolence, and have also performed at such festivals as Leper Fest in Belgium. How is the overall experience, for the band, of playing live and touring? 

The last year has just been crazy, from releasing the first song, to all the touring, and then writing and recording the record, but although it’s been fast-paced, it’s how we all enjoy being in a band, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

We have all played in bands previous to Climate Of Fear, and that has helped with playing live, as you aren’t making some of the mistakes you did when you were in a new band, learning the ropes, so to speak.

And finally, what are the band’s plans following the album’s unveiling? 

We will be touring and playing shows in as many places as we can, and we already have a UK run announced for March, with more to follow soon, and then, we will start writing album number two.

Climate Of Fear Album Cover

‘THE ONSET OF ETERNAL DARKNESS’, THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM CLIMATE OF FEAR, IS AVAILABLE NOW, VIA DEMONS RUN AMOK, AND FURTHER INFO ON THE BAND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THEIR FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES.

 

 

DEATH BLOOMS

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DEATH BLOOMS (from l-r): Dan Partridge (drums), Paul Barrow (vocals), “Giz” Gibbs (bass), Ad Lucas (guitar)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
PHOTO by ETHAN O’DOWD

From Liverpool, Death Blooms are an up-and-coming four-piece who specialise in a boundary-pushing metal sounds that is explosive, sinister, and takes from a diverse range of musical influences.

Having brought out a new single, ‘Crosses’, ahead of their second EP release this April, I spoke to the band when they stopped by recently in Stoke-on-Trent, as part of a UK headline tour with SHVPES, and the following is what they had to say:

How did the band first get together?

PAUL BARROW (vocals): So we had been in all sorts of different bands, and it was when mine and Ad’s old band finished that we decided to start something new, which we did, and we just carried on from there.

How did the name Death Blooms come about?

PAUL: At the beginning, we had a bunch of different names that we were considering, and Death Blooms just happened to be the best one. Also, it was the name that best fitted our sound.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

PAUL: We just put in as much as we can, from a wide range of influences, for example, nu-metal, metalcore, pop-punk, which reflect our diverse musical tastes, so yeah, we just throw everything in, and see what happens.

What inspires the band lyrically?

PAUL: So far, we’ve tended to write lyrics that have a personal meaning to all of us, for example, metal health issues, but basically, we just put down whatever’s going through our heads at the time, and I think that creates a general vibe where we can release our emotions.

AD LUCAS (guitar): All of the confusion in our heads, we just get a piece of paper, and write it out.

You recently brought out a new single, ‘Crosses’. How has the reaction been to that so far?

PAUL: It’s been amazing, and people seem to really dig it. It’s been weird, though, as the song has been in our live set for a while now, pretty much since we started, but yeah, the reaction so far has just been ace.

“GIZ” GIBBS (bass): And when we’ve been playing it live recently, everyone has been singing along to it, which is fucking awesome.

And the track was taken from the band’s second EP, ‘You Are Filth’, which will be coming out this April. How has the recording process for that been?

PAUL: The process just started, everything came together, and then it was over.

(The band all laugh)

PAUL: Nah! It was actually really cool. We recorded the EP over a few sessions with Dave Radahd-Jones at his home studio.

AD: He’s the same producer who helped us with our first EP.

PAUL: Yeah, he’s ace, because he seems to just get our sound, and what we want to do with it. In comparison to when we did the first EP, where me and Ad got together, sat down somewhere, wrote a few songs, and then sent them over to Dave, this time, we spent two sessions writing the tracks with him.

It was a dead comfortable atmosphere throughout, really, and I noticed that Dave’s studio had some really nice carpets.

(The band all laugh)

PAUL: Also, the coffee was nice.

AD: Yeah, coffee-fuelled metal!

(The band all laugh)

How will the upcoming release differ stylistically to the debut?

PAUL: I don’t know, really, as I think that it’s just a continuation of what we did with the first EP, only with a more coarse sound.

AD: I feel that it has more groove and melody.

PAUL: Yeah, it’s almost like it’s heavier and punkier at the same time.

AD: Yeah, I think we’ve added a bunch of songs that have more hooks to them, definitely.

Last year, you played at Download, supported King 810, and opened for Korn frontman Jonathan Davis in Manchester, which must have been quite an experience for the band.

PAUL: It was wild, and actually, it was Dan’s first show with us, wasn’t it, mate?

DAN PARTRIDGE (drums): Yes, it was.

PAUL: So you went straight in at the deep end.

DAN: Yeah, it was pretty fucking crazy, man, because we all grew up listening to Korn.

“GIZ”: It was a hell of an inititation.

(The band all laugh)

DAN: Yeah, definitely.

PAUL: When Dan joined, we just said to him, “By the way, your first show with us is going to be opening for Jonathan Davis“, but it was ace, man, and the Korn fans in the crowd got us, so it was good, like.

And how is it, overall, performing live on stage?

“GIZ”: Fun, real fun.

PAUL: It’s real fun.

AD: And we pray that it will never become a chore for us.

PAUL: We do what we do, and we fucking love doing it, especially when it all pays off, unless we’re feeling sick, but even then, we will still give everything to it.

AD: And now that we’ve just done our sound check, we can’t wait to get back out there.

And finally, what are the band’s plans following the release of ‘You Are Filth’?

PAUL: Shortly, we’re going to be announcing something that we can’t go into too much detail about at the moment, and then for the rest of this year, we’re just going to sort out what we are going to do.

AD: Stuff will definitely be happening.

PAUL: We’ll also be bringing out a few more singles from the EP, and a few videos as well, so yeah, a lot of content, and loads more live shows too.

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‘YOU ARE FILTH’, THE SECOND EP FROM DEATH BLOOMS, WILL BE RELEASED ON APRIL 26.

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BLACKLIST 9

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BLACKLIST 9 (from l-r): Josh May (bass), Kyle Silva (lead/rhythm guitar), Lonnie Silva (drums), Graham Fletcher (vocals)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

In 2013, experienced Southern Californian drummer Lonnie Silva decided to get together with his guitarist son Kyle, and form a groove metal outfit.

Eventually being joined by vocalist Graham Fletcher and bassist Ray Burke, and christening themselves Blacklist 9, the four-piece have not looked back, amassing a devoted following with a sound packed full of raw power and energy, coupled with lyrics that tackle a host of social issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, and government greed.

With a debut album coming out this March, Kyle spoke to me about what can be expected of that, the experience of playing iconic Los Angeles venue Whiskey A Go Go, and much more.

How did the name Blacklist 9 come about?

Lonnie, our drummer (and my father), was sitting on the couch one day and saw a commercial for the show The Blacklist, and he thought it was a cool name, but he knew there had to be something at the end of it, so he started counting, and when he got to nine, it flowed, and he knew that was it.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

For me personally, most of the time, for a riff or song to really stick, it has to be more than a riff, as for the music we write (being heavy metal), it has to have a certain feel of aggression, groove and energy, for example, our song ‘Madness’ has a really cool groove that people like, the riff has this insane asylum feel, it sounds like it could be on the soundtrack of a Rob Zombie movie, and also with the energy that Graham brings with his vocals, it all comes together nicely.

In March, the band will be bringing out their debut album, Mentally Ill, Legally Sane. How has the recording process been for that?

It’s gone very smoothly, and when we listened back to it in the studio, we started hearing all these little things you could improve upon, which was awesome, because that can bring the song to a whole new level.

And you have been putting the album together with Jeff Collier and Frank Gryner, who have produced and mastered for the likes of Rob Zombie and A Perfect Circle. How was working with them as an experience?

Working with Jeff Collier as our producer is always a blast, as he brings in good vibes, and is very knowledgeable.

Working with Frank was awesome too, and knowing that he worked with A Perfect Circle and Rob Zombie, on albums that I grew up listening to, it really was quite an experience.

Also, what can be expected from the upcoming release?

Every song on this album is different from each other, but it doesn’t lose its power or raw energy.

In 2017, the band supported John 5, former Marilyn Manson and current Rob Zombie guitarist, at infamous Los Angeles music venue Whiskey A Go Go. How did that come about?

From what I can remember, that was a last-minute thing. We had worked with the Whiskey A Go Go before, so the promoter contacted us, said he needed one more band, and asked us if we would like to open up for John 5. How could we say no?

And that must have been quite an experience for you all.

Oh yes, it was, and both Rob Zombie and Slash made special guest appearances, which was really cool. We also got to see John 5’s sound check while we loaded in our equipment and wow, that guy can play.

How is it, overall, playing live?

For me personally, I love it, as there is nothing like it in the world, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a parking lot, a club, a house show, or five or 1,000 people at your show or 1,000, I just love every minute of it.

Will the band be doing anything to promote the album, for example, a tour or a release show?

Yes, we are planning a tour as we speak, and we will be announcing that on all of our social media pages.

And finally, what are your plans following the unveiling of Mentally Ill, Legally Sane?

Tour, play shows, and try to get the word out there!

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‘MENTALLY ILL, LEGALLY SANE’, THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM BLACKLIST 9, WILL BE RELEASED ON MARCH 22, VIA ECLIPSE RECORDS.

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ASTRONOID

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ASTRONOID (from l-r): Casey Aylward (guitar), Dan Schwartz (bass), Brett Boland (vocals/guitar), Matt St. Jean (drums)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

From the American city of Boston, Astronoid are a rapidly-rising four-piece specialising in a thrash metal sound that is both dreamy and dynamic.

The band’s debut album, 2016’s ‘Air’, was an instant hit with critics and fans, and resulted in live sets supporting the likes of TesseracT, Ghost, and Zeal & Ardor.

With a hectic couple of months ahead, what with the upcoming release of their eagerly-anticipated self-titled second offering, and embarking on a US tour with Between The Buried And Me, and TesseracT once again, the quartet’s frontman, Brett Boland, spoke to me about what can be expected from all of that, as well as the whirlwind journey that him and his bandmates have been on these past few years.

How did the band form?

Astronoid formed in 2012 when Dan and I were asked to do a project for school. He
needed to record a band, and I had a song or two that I thought we could do. We recorded the songs, and they came out really great.

We then threw them online under the Astronoid moniker and just sort of forgot about them, but a little while later, they started to pick up some steam online, and we decided to keep making some music, and here we are now.

How did the name Astronoid come about?

While recording our debut EP, ‘November’, Dan and I were both playing Mass Effect 3. I don’t really remember exactly what we were talking about, but I screwed up saying either “astronaut” or “asteroid”, and Astronoid came out. We laughed, we then named a song after it, and then we named our band after it.

What are the band’s main musical influences?

Our influences have changed over the years. The most prominent influences have
been Mew, M83, Devin Townsend, Coheed and Cambria, and everything else we
listen to, but what makes the band special to me is that we can pull from our entire
catalogue of the music that we love.

What would you say was your approach to songwriting?

The general approach is that I will start a song and see it to the end. Sometimes, I will start with a drum beat from my V-drums, or a guitar melody, and chase the idea from there.

I’ll then send a complete demo (drums, bass, guitar, vocals) to the band, we will pick it apart, and then see how it can be improved upon.

What inspires the band lyrically?

I would say the primary inspiration to my lyrics are my observations and experiences in life, as that’s what just comes naturally to me.

The music determines the mood or what the song is about, and that’s why I never start with lyrics, as I need to have the lyrics be an extension of what the music is saying.

After bringing out two EPs, in 2016, the band unveiled their debut album, ‘Air’,
which was an instant hit, both with fans and critics, and has so far had over three million Spotify streams. Honestly, was the response, and the volume of it, expected from any of you at all?

Before putting out ‘Air’, I had a really good feeling about it, as I felt it would resonate
with people in a new way. I’m so proud of what we have accomplished with that
album, and I feel so fortunate for all the support which we have gained over the past
few years.

And the success of the album enabled you to tour North America with the likes of TesseracT, Periphery, Ghost, and Zeal & Ardor. How were they as experiences?

It really is incredible getting to play with bands that you look up to. TesseracT was
one of the bands that I looked to when we were thinking of totally dropping the
screaming from the music.

I also remember hearing all the music nerds in college talk about Periphery before they put out their first full-length, I went to Ghost’s first US show, and Zeal & Ardor put their record out around the same time as ‘Air’, and I remember listening to it on Bandcamp for the first time.

All these bands have special memories attached, and it was incredible to be able to perform alongside them. They are all incredible people, and incredibly-talented musicians, and the memories we have from these tours will always be cherished.

Also, how is it overall, for the band, performing live?

We love to perform live. This is the first band I have toured in as a lead vocalist and it has been a learning experience.

You find things that work for you, and what doesn’t, and the more the band plays together, the more we feel like a unit, as when we play live, it isn’t about the individual, it’s about performing these pieces with emotional intensity as a group.

The music then takes on a life of its own, and we serve the songs for our fans.

Next month, you will be bringing out your self-titled second album. How has the
recording process been for that?

The recording process for ‘Astronoid’ was way easier than ‘Air’. We had a bit of a
time crunch at the end, but it all worked out.

We recorded the drums at Futura Productions in Roslindale, Massachusetts, and we did the rest of the recording at our home studios, with both Dan and I mixing the record, and Magnus Lindberg, of Cult Of Luna, mastering it.

We came into recording this album at an advantage, because everything had already been demoed fully, and when it was time to record, we just played the parts for real, being able to point back to the demos for reference.

And how will the upcoming release differ to ‘Air’?

The way that I’ve been seeing it is that ‘Air’ was more of a surface level of myself,
and the new album is more of an introspective. I feel very confident in this release, very similar to how I felt when we finished ‘Air’, as every decision made on this album was with the music being the main priority.

The band hail from Boston. How is the contemporary music scene in the city, in
your opinion?

I feel like we have always been the outlier in our area. There are a lot of great bands
in our area that have had a huge impact on our development as musicians.

Our old band used to play a lot around Boston and Lowell, and that helped make us become who we are now as musicians. Our surroundings absolutely had an effect on us, as we wouldn’t have become who we are if we had started in a different area.

You’ve so far played every one of your live sets in North America. Is there any plans to come over to Europe any time soon?

Right now, we have no confirmed plans about coming over, but we are working hard
to make it happen. I’d love to bring the band to Europe, as we have had a lot of support from overseas, and it would be incredible to finally play there.

Aside from that, and the album, what else does the band have planned for 2019?

Right now, our priority is to get out there and support our new record, going to play
as much as possible, and to have as much fun as possible. I’m not sure what 2019
holds for us, but I’m excited to see what it brings.

And finally, you’ve already achieved much over the last couple of years. What
would you, as a band, like to accomplish over the next few years?

I’d just like to see this album reach as many people as possible. We are just going
with our gut and play music that we love to play, and hopefully, other people can find something in our music as well.

astronoid album cover

THE SELF-TITLED SECOND ALBUM FROM ASTRONOID WILL BE RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 1, VIA BLOOD MUSIC.

THE BAND WILL ALSO BE SUPPORTING BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME AND TESSERACT ON THEIR US TOUR BEGINNING NEXT MONTH, FURTHER DETAILS OF WHICH CAN BE FOUND BELOW:

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