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THE RAH’S

The Rah's band photo

THE RAH’S (from l-r): Andy McLeod (bass), Neale Gray (drums), Jack McLeod (lead vocals/guitar), Lee Brown (keyboards/percussion/guitar/vocals), Jordan McIntyre (lead guitar/vocals)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Calling themselves “your finest indie rock n’ roll five-piece“, The Rah’s have gained a loyal following, as well as much positive feedback, in recent years with a sound that accurately reflects their closeness, talents, and passion for what they deem to be “real music“.

Having recently released a new single, ‘Survival’, and currently recording some new material, which will be coming out soon, the Scottish quintet chatted to me about such things as their origins, songwriting approach, lyrical inspirations, and much more.

How did the band form?

Four of us went to school together and played for the same football team. Lee joined the band at a later date.

How did the name The Rah’s come about?

We were drunk and woke up with our name on our Facebook page having changed to The Rah’s. There was no turning back from that.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

Usually, we write the songs in our practice room, which we then take to the studio, where it always develops in the best way, with our man, James Darkin.

What inspires the band lyrically?

Anything we can all relate to really, from current affairs to past experiences.

Recently, the band brought out a new single, ‘Survival’. How was the recording process for that?

It was quite different from our past experiences, as we went into the studio with one song and came out with another. After a spur-of-the-moment riff from Jordan, we basically changed the song’s direction, and we were all very happy with the outcome.

And how have you all found the reaction to the track so far?

The reaction has been great. It’s been played on radio stations around the globe, our favourite so far being KROQ in Los Angeles.

The band have toured all over Scotland, as well as playing some venues in England, gaining a loyal following. How is it, for you all, performing live?

It’s one of the main aims of being in a band, to play our music to new people, the van journeys, rough sleeping, good nights out, rock n’ roll if you wanna call it that.

And you’ve also supported the likes of The Fratellis and Twisted Wheel. How were they as experiences?

They were great gigs, and there will be more like them to come in the near future.

Now that ‘Survival’ has come out, what are the band’s plans for the near future?

Our plan is to release a follow-up single, news regarding this will be coming very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

And finally, what is your long-term aim?

The top.

The Rah's Single Cover

‘SURVIVAL’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM THE RAH’S, IS OUT NOW.

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

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: therahs.co.uk

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/therahsmusic

TWITTER: twitter.com/therahsmusic

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/therahsmusic

SOUNDCLOUD: soundcloud.com/therahsmusic

YOUTUBE: youtube.com/user/therahsmusic

 

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FEAR ME DECEMBER

Fear Me December band photo

FEAR ME DECEMBER (from l-r): Tony Small (drums), Victoria Cabanellas (vocals/bass), Stuart Woolley (rhythm guitar), Valentin Macagno (lead guitar)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Back in 2012, two Argentinian musicians, Victoria Cabanellas and Valentin Macagno, decided to form a heavy rock outfit called Fear Me December.

After releasing a debut EP to an overwhelmingly positive response, the duo relocated to Manchester.

Having initially struggled to attract personnel to bolster their ranks, Victoria and Valentin eventually brought in two talented local musicians, Stuart Woolley and Tony Small, and since then, there has been no stopping the quartet.

Now, having just completed work on what will be their sophomore EP, entitled ‘Crystallized’ and coming out this September, Victoria spoke to me about what can be expected from that, as well as a journey that has taken them from north-east Argentina to north-west England.

How did the band form initially?

We knew each other from another musical project we were part of. That project didn’t work, got dismantled, but we were really good friends and had great chemistry as musicians, so we decided to keep playing together and that’s when Fear Me December was born.

From where did the name Fear Me December originate?

It was Valentin who came up with the name. We spent three solid days trying to find a name that we would all like but couldn’t find any, so one day Valentin was listening to ‘Apocalypso’, a song by Danish band Mew, where at the end of the chorus it sings,  “Black waves come, so fear me, December“, and he thought it was a cool idea.

Funnily enough, a lot of the big things and changes in the band have all happened during December.

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

Musically, every song is born out of a jam, whether it’s a full band jam, or Stuart or Valentin on their own. We always try to write for the song, and we always prioritise the structure and the song as a whole. That’s why most of them don’t have a solo, even though sometimes a solo may be needed.

We are extremely lucky that we found each other, as there are no egos within the band.

What inspires the band lyrically?

Our own experiences. Every lyric we write comes from somewhere, either it’s something that has happened to us or to a loved one. Music is our catalyst, our personal shrink, and that’s why it’s always full of emotions.

After bringing out a well-received debut EP, ‘Who Cares’, yourself and Valentin decided to relocate from your native Argentina to Manchester. What were the reasons behind that decision?

You could say it was a business decision, and it was a good one, as the music scene in Argentina is quite different from the scene in the UK, especially for our genre of music.

Having played there since we were little kids, right from the start, we knew that relocating to the UK was our best option, and that was the aim from our very first rehearsal.

Looking back, we can say we made the right choice, because we love it here, and we’ve met some amazing people and bands.

Was it difficult at first adjusting to a new country and a new music scene?

Really difficult. The way of life and the music scene here is almost the complete opposite, so we had to adapt to a whole new culture, a new way of doing everything, even the accent, as we learnt English through watching American TV!

However, we spent a lot of time talking with people who were kind enough to explain us how things worked, also, we made a lot of mistakes, but we have learnt from them.

We were really lucky to find such nice people, and we still feel like that!

You’ve just completed work on ‘Crystallized’, which is coming out this September and will be the band’s second EP. How has the recording process been for that?

Really good. We worked with Matt Elliss at Axis Studios again, so it was super relaxed, but also very demanding too, as we pushed ourselves a lot harder, but the chemistry as a band and as friends is undeniable, so that made everything easier.

For some of us, it was actually the first time recording in a studio, so that was quite exciting as well!

And how different will the upcoming release be to ‘Who Cares?’ and first album ‘Between Violence And Silence’?

Well, if you compare ‘Between Violence And Silence’ to ‘Who Cares?’, you can see the band’s progress, as we found our sound with the debut album. The quality and production improved, as well as our songwriting.

With ‘Crystallized’, not only have we kept pushing in developing our sound and the production, but we have also added different influences, as Tony and Stuart brought all of their influences and magic into the band when they joined.

We all listen to different bands, but we also share some common ground, so the songs get richer in sounds and styles. We are all aware of what Fear Me December is, but we love pushing barriers, and you will be able to hear that with songs like ‘Crystallized’, ‘City Lights’, and ‘This Is Not Okay’, all of which are completely different, but a result of us working together as Fear Me December.

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

We love playing live, as it’s the thing we enjoy the most, therefore, we give it our all!

It’s really energetic, as for some magical reason, we’ve had chemistry since our very first show, and it has only improved since then. Our fans are awesome and they show it at every gig we do, so that makes thing easier for us as well.

The EP aside, what have you got lined up over the next couple of months?

We’ve got a few new videos coming up! We also have a proper tour lined up of which we cannot give any details just yet, but we do have some shows coming up where you can hear some of our upcoming material:

July 22 – RS Bar, Sheffield (Tramlines); August 11 – The Bobbin, Lancaster; August 17 – Cotswold Inn, Cheltenham; August 25 – Sanctuary, Burnley; Sep 1 – The Northern, Bradford (Lizard Fest).

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

To conquer the whole world and save every dog and cat we can!

Seriously though, we want to keep on growing. Our current line-up is still quite fresh, so there’s plenty of room to keep growing more and more as a band, and write better songs. This is a new chapter for us, and it’s really exciting.

Also this year, we started working with Reaction Management, and so far, it has been amazing, so for us, the future looks extremely promising.

Fear Me December EP Cover

‘CRYSTALLIZED’, THE SECOND EP FROM FEAR ME DECEMBER WILL BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 7.

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

 

THE YOUNG & RESTLESS

The Young & Restless band photo

THE YOUNG & RESTLESS (back, from l-r): Adam Hogg (drums), Rob Hardy (guitar/vocals), Will Newell (bass) (front): Ali Morrison (vocals/guitar)

INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

From Northampton, The Young & Restless are a four-piece that deal with subjects such as heartbreak and growing up through a combination of emo and pop-punk delivered at breakneck speed that will leave you feeling a whole range of emotions.

Having released two well-received EPs, the band recently brought out a single, entitled ‘Family Values’, and talking to me about this, as well as just some of the things they have done over the past couple of years, was the quartet’s frontman Ali Morrison.

How did the band form?

Officially, we became a band back in the summer of 2013, but it all began at the beginning of that year, when myself and my brother Sam (former lead vocalist) went down to our local pub one night to meet up with some old friends.

Sam and I used to perform together as an acoustical duo playing a bunch of covers and play the odd support for our eldest brother’s cover band, Buck Naked.

At the pub, we met an old school friend, Josh Palmer (former drummer). He had actually been recommended to us, so as we already knew that he was a drummer, we got talking, then arranged to get together and play a few covers from some of our favourite bands.

We then started meeting up every week on a regular basis, until one day, we started jamming out spontaneous riffs and beats, and decided to make a go of it!

The band stayed as a three-piece for a little while, performing our first two shows with that line-up, until we decided to get in a bass player, and that’s when we met Rob Solesbury (former bassist).

Eventually, we decided that we wanted to expand on our sound, and that’s when we met Rob Hardy.

How did the name The Young & Restless come about?

After a practice session one evening, we had a chat about what we should call our band, and Sam suggested The Young & Restless. We loved it, and decided to have that as our name, so that was that!

What are the band’s main musical influences?

From a young age up until now, each of us have been influenced by a lot of bands from a variety of genres, but if we were to mention a good handful of them and give people a better idea as to what we sound like, we would say Blink-182, New Found Glory, State Champs, The Story So Far, Yellowcard, The Wonder Years, Don Broco, Lower Than Atlantis…

What would you say was your songwriting approach?

Usually at practice every week, one of us would have already come up with a riff that we’ve been messing around with in our spare time, then each of us would follow it up and try out different things, if it works, then great, if it doesn’t work, we’ll simply try something else!

What we do is get the core musical structure done, then we will write lyrics according to the vibe of the song, it may be about certain situations that have taken place in our lives, but we aim to make it so that it’s something that other people can relate to.

What inspires the band lyrically?

Heartbreak, growing up, hanging out with friends, family issues, basically everything that makes your modern day pop-punk band!

You recently brought out a new single, entitled ‘Family Values’. How was the recording process for that?

We recorded ‘Family Values’ with Ed Sokolowski at EAS Studios in Milton Keynes, who also recorded both our first EP, ‘Leave Us To Our Own Devices’, and our second EP, ‘Horizon’.

Ed is an absolute pleasure to work with, and a total genius at what he does, not only is he really good, but when he gets stuck in, it’s almost as if he becomes another member of the band, and by bringing so many good ideas to the table, he truly helps make the songs what they are.

The recording process itself was actually rather easy, we demoed the song in a day to help give Ed an better idea of how it went, and to build on it with new ideas, one of them being the complete change-up in the melody and rhythm of the lyrics.

It was pretty mental and all over the place to begin with, so with Ed’s help, he tidied everything up, then the actual recording process took place over three days, and we couldn’t imagine doing it any other way now!

And for those who have yet to listen to the track, what can they expect from it?

Expect full-throttle right from beginning to end, fast-paced beats, a whirlwind of emotions, and big, bold guitar riffs seasoned with twinkly little melodies!

The band have played live with the likes of Reckless Intentions and Carousel Kings, headlined such venues as The Black Heart in Camden, and performed at the Pop-Punk Pile-Up festival in North Yorkshire in April. How were they all as experiences?

It was an honour to hit the road with Reckless Intentions back in February, they’re a lovely bunch of lads, and great musicians, supporting Carousel Kings and playing at The Asylum in Birmingham was an amazing opportunity, we’ve always wanted to play that venue too, so thank you to Ryan Cornall!

The Black Heart in Camden was actually the first venue we ever played in London, we had such an awesome time there, and really appreciated the opportunity to be part of Music From The Heart festival, thanks to Lloyd Parkinson and Phil Walker for putting us forward!

Pop-Punk Pile-Up was an absolute blast, Adam Ruane is a wonderful promoter, and credit must go to Jay Burgin, Courtney Jocelyn, Steph Knight, and everyone else involved for making the festival what it was, as it was clear throughout that they had really pulled out the stops!

And how is it overall, for you all, playing live?

When you see us live, expect a lot of movement and energy, as we tend to get a little carried away! We get a real buzz off the energy of a good crowd, and we also like to get everyone involved.

We especially love playing in places that we’ve never been to before, and later this year, we’ll be aiming to hit up new venues!

Now that the single has been released, what are the band’s plans for the near future?

We’re going to carry on touring, we may release a new single towards the end of this year, or get started on recording a long EP or mini-album, as we’re always writing new material.

Next year, we’d love to tour Europe, and it would be amazing as well if we could get to tour America, it would be also be great if we managed to get a support slot on a week or fortnight-long tour with a big band!

And finally, what is your long-term aim?

We’d love to do this for a living, we want to continue making music that people can enjoy, and overall, to simply have a good time!

The Young & Restless Single Cover

‘FAMILY VALUES’, THE LATEST SINGLE FROM THE YOUNG & RESTLESS, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD, OR PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, AND BANDCAMP.

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

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/theyoungandrestlessuk

TWITTER: twitter.com/TYandRestlessUK

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/theyoungandrestlessuk

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com

 

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

Fear Me December band photo

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

 

 

THE NIX

The Nix band photo

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

Hide Your Eyes band photo

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

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

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