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 Bristol, In 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 Dying, Ben 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!
‘SOLACE’, THE DEBUT EP FROM IN FEAR THEY FOLLOW, IS AVAILABLE NOW.
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