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Into the Unknown: How did we do that again?

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Please describe the band in a single sentence.

Rupert:  A diverse, melodic, symphonic rock band
James: A mix of classic and modern rock, with some big symphonic elements.
Ryan:  Marmite!

What’s your latest project and what are you working on right now?

Rupert: The latest release is a cover of the Disney song “Into The Unknown” from Frozen 2 … can you guess why?  On our covers mini album we did a metal version of “I Wanna Be Like You” from the jungle book, so when Disney made Frozen 2 and the main song song was called Into The Unknown, we took it as a challenge!  A bit of a tongue in cheek release.
More importantly, we are working on the third studio album, (but the first with new singer Natalie).  Its been inundated with delays for various reasons, not least Covid restrictions, but its nearly all written, most of the music has been recorded, and we can’t wait to finish it!
James: Sounding very solid to us but still got a few bits to do before it’s ready to be released.
Ryan:  album number 3 is in the works and just receiving the final vocal and guitar parts

How do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?

Rupert: I’d hope that they are in some way effected by the music.  I know that at least one song on the last album moved at least one person to tears when they first heard it, as it was relatable to them.  Often I hear that people take a completely different meaning to a song than we intended, but that’s great.  If the album is meaningful to just one person, in any way, then I’ll be happy.
James: Inspired, just because that’s the feeling I like to get when listening to other music.
Ryan:  inspired, our name came from the project as we had no idea where this was going to go and here we are 2 albums and 1 ep later so I personally hope it fills people with the hope to progress with their music

Major influences: Who put you on this path?

Rupert: For me, bands such as Nightwish, Within Temptation are the obvious influences, but I also love the classic rock of the 80s/90s, Def Leppard, Poison, Motley Crue,Vixen.  I know that all the other members have very different influences, James is into Death Metal, Natalie is a pop/Jazz/Musical Theatre artist in another life (and before her Lucie was also into pop rather than rock), Ryan is a big fan of ACDC/GnR/Slash etc, so between us there’s no single defining band or genre.
James: Lordi and Gwar were both big influences in getting me to play guitar seriously. From there I would start listening to heavier music like Children Of Bodom and Black Dahlia Murder which gave me a liking for the really melodic stuff. I would also listen to Symphonic groups like Dimmu Borgir which were heavy of course , but have really beautiful orchestration too. I guess all of those influences are what help me fit in with the band now J
Ryan:  One day after school I overheard Thunderstruck by AC/DC and when I got home I found a copy of live at Donnington and since watching that it’s all I’ve wanted to do.

If you had to flee the country as a band, where would you choose to live?

Rupert: Would be nice to be somewhere warm, some tropical island somewhere.  Lets face it, bands are global now, streaming doesn’t matter on the location of the band as worldwide distribution is the norm, you don’t sign to your ‘local’ label any more, and bands tour internationally.  Although we are a UK band, its not where our biggest audiences are.
James: Don’t know if the others would agree but I’d say Norway probably, so I can wear corpse paint and live out my fantasy of a weird black metal artists living in a secluded forest haha
Ryan:  Might be some mixed answers here but I’d say US seeing as that’s where our largest following is!

What’s the ‘wow factor’ that makes YOU decide which songs to keep, record and release?

Rupert: Mostly its about what songs I would actually listen to, so if I listen to a demo and it makes me want to listen again, then its worth working on.  That said, none of our finished songs end up sounding like the demos!  We all contribute ideas, sometimes riffs, sometimes full songs, but by the time the rest of us have added our bits its evolved into a different animal!  The amount of times that one of the guys has brought in a song, left it with me in the studio, and then hear things in it that they never expected when they return … although maybe now they do expect it!
James: I am quite picky when I am writing riffs or catchy parts to a song, very self-critical really. If I don’t think something is working on a particular song I’ll keep working on it until I’m happy, which sometimes means coming into the studio again to record over it. We don’t usually throw away ideas though, normally when we have something we will keep working till we have something we all like.  For me personally it has to have a cool or interesting riff to give me that ‘wow factor’.
Ryan:  There’s like a moment when we get an idea down, and even as a basic recording when its being played back and we all start head bobbing we know it’s one that’s sticking around.

What’s the most hilarious band memory you can think of?

James: That our executive studio manager hates me and usually refuses to be in the same room as me.  (He is a cat)

Rupert: Apart from the issue with James and the cat in the studio …. Possibly when Ryan, Lucie and I did an acoustic gig in front of 2000, outside in November, with no cover.  It was freezing, and both Ryan and myself were having trouble playing as basically our fingers just froze!  The gig went amazingly, but it hurt.
Ryan:  One funny moment I can think of is on one song, we all recorded our bits and knew they would sound great together but when coming to put everything into one we somehow found that all of us played in slightly different times and signatures as we’d all given it our own flavor. We found it funny anyway but the song we redone and have to say is now very strong.

What would be the title of the band’s biography?

Rupert: Why Me?
James: Exploring The Unknown!
Ryan:  How did we do that again?

What’s the next milestone you’d like to achieve as a band?

Rupert: Obviously the release of the next album, we’d love it to reach a wider audience.  But now that we have a full line up, we want to do some more gigs, we were all geared up to go out and do shows but with Lucie’s departure, and then Covid, Brexit etc, it stopped.  There is talk of some shows opening for some great bands, and some talk of festivals … but we do want to get the album finished first.
James: A big ass live show, that would be cool. Although I’ll settle for just releasing an album at the moment.
Ryan:  I think our next milestone is to get touring or at least some live shows going, with band changes, lockdowns, jobs & babies the live element slowed down but I think gearing up to a full run is on the cards.

Until we meet again,

Chelf

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