STATE OF EMBER (from l-r): Mike Landreth (bass), Chris Tamburro (vocals/guitar), Chelsea McCammon (drums)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Worcestershire trio State Of Ember, inspired by metal, punk, and progressive rock, blend together monstrous guitar riffs and ascending melodies to create a captivating hard rock sound.
Armed with this, the band have been growing in confidence, as well as amassing a devoted fan base, since forming two years ago, and both of those are sure to expand even further when they bring out their sophomore EP, ‘Broken Horizons’, in the new year.
The three-piece recently spoke to me about what can be expected from the eagerly-anticipated offering, having one of their singles featuring on an upcoming video game release, and much more.
How did the band form?
In the previous band we were in (Khaos Theory), our original vocalist left a few years into it, and then we struggled to find another suitable front-person, so we parted ways with that project.
A couple of months later, we met up and talked about starting another band – this time with Chris giving singing a go for the first time. The first song we wrote together was actually ‘Made Up my Mind’, which is the third track on the new EP.
How did the name State Of Ember come about?
We wanted something to represent the end to our previous musical project, and show where we are now – hence the ashes or “ember” from the fire.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
The majority of the time, we jam ideas out at the practice studio, but sometimes, one of us has a riff idea at home beforehand, and brings it to the others. There’s not one particular method we use to approach songwriting.
What inspires the band lyrically?
It could be said that everyday decisions and events in life help to inspire the lyrics. One of Chris’ favourite bands out there are Shinedown, so their vocalist, Brent Smith, is a big inspiration for him also.
In September last year, you brought out a debut EP, entitled ‘Clouded Views’. How was the reaction to that?
We had some pretty good success from that. This included being played several times on BBC Introducing and scoring some awesome gigs – including with Go Primitive and American rockers Saving Abel.
One of the band’s tracks, ‘Denial’, will be featured on an upcoming video game, entitled ‘Wreckfest’. How did that come about?
There was an online competition ran by Bugbear, who are the developers for the game (and were for the FlatOut series previously). Out of 275 song entries, we made it into the top five rock tracks that would then be added onto the soundtrack.
It has helped push the track streams to over 5,000 on Spotify – and that’s even before the game gets released onto consoles (November 20th).
In the new year, you will be unveiling a second EP, entitled ‘Broken Horizons’. How has the recording process been for that?
We recorded the second EP over a week in May, and had an awesome time! We did this with the same producer as our first EP (Elliot Vaughan). He’s a good friend of ours, is great to work with, and knows exactly how to achieve the sound we’re going for!
And how will it differ to ‘Clouded Views’?
We recorded the entire second EP in a week-long session at the studio – as opposed to recording a track every month or two, which we actually did with the ‘Clouded Views’ EP. We went to RB Studios in Birmingham this time – a fantastic studio by the way, well worth checking out!
How is the experience, for the band, of playing live?
We all get slight nerves before playing, but then once we’re on stage and the adrenaline kicks in, we feed off the crowd’s energy and use it to fuel our performance!
EP aside, what are your plans for the near future?
We’d love to book a tour for early to mid 2019 – and to continue writing music as often as we already do. Perhaps we’ll also look into recording some more next summer, since we’ve already started writing new music following completion of the EP.
And finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?
We’d love to make this band our full-time career. It sounds pretty far-fetched, but we love to keep believing it could happen one day. We want to just carry on creating new music, and getting out there to new venues and locations we’ve not played before.
‘BROKEN HORIZONS’, THE SECOND EP FROM STATE OF EMBER, WILL BE RELEASED ON JANUARY 11.
FURTHER INFO ON THIS, AND THE BAND, CAN BE FOUND HERE.