Just released is one of the most explosive and destructive yet impressively creative with deep melodies and thoughtful craft. The new EP from UK metalers What The Night Brings is an ever evolving mix of hardcore, deathcore, groove and melodic metal, each song within Bound By Apathy is an abusive treat that leaves one breathless and fully satisfied. We had the pleasure to ask the band about the release, their music and themselves in general.
Welcome and many thanks for taking time to answer our questions.
Firstly could you introduce the members of What The Night Brings?
Hi! we are:
Adrian Noone – Vocals
Pete Bright– Drums
Scott Rand– Guitar
Tom Brooks- Bass
Darren Tunaley – Guitar
How and when did What The Night Brings begin?
The Band as WTNB formed officially in early 2008, from an amalgamation of bands that used to be from around the Buckinghamshire area. The majority of that was our current guitarists Scott and Darren and our original bass player Luke. Pete joined in Oct 2008 and Adrian joined January 2010. More recently we are very happy to welcome our new bass player Tom to the fold (Feb 2012).
Do you have musical histories before the band?
Adrian and Pete both played in other bands prior to joining the band – Ade being in hardcore bands and Pete playing punk and metal bands. Scott and Darren have played together since they both started playing Guitar. Our latest edition on bass, Tom used to guitar for another bands but switched to bass prior to joining WTNB.
What were your initial intentions sound wise when starting the band and how has that changed or evolved up to this point?
When we first started out we knew we wanted a hardcore and metal sound as well as having melodic influences, but had no real intentions on sound, just that we wanted to draw on our musical influences. But as we have evolved, we have developed and refined our sound a bit more, and we have more of an idea of the sound we are going for. Even with the writing of the album we are still pushing for a better sound, and looking to challenge ourselves even more.
What are the influences that made the biggest impression on your music and the band?
I think bands like Parkway Drive, Sepultura, Johnny Truant, Norma Jean, and Architects all definitely had a major influence as well as bands like Crawlspace, Pantera, August Burns Red, The Chariot, Cro-Mags and Darkest Hour etc.
You can expect to hear some heavy songs infused with some indirect melody and touch of tech, some brutal breakdowns and Pissed off lyrics.
How does it differ to your debut release Tides in sound and songwriting?
To begin with, the line up when we wrote Tides was different, and I think we were still discovering and honing our sound, where as with Bound by Apathy, we worked really hard to develop and capture the sound we were looking for. Adrian joining the band prior to us starting to writing had a significant effect on this also. Bound by apathy is much heavier sound, the songs are constructed better and overall I think there is a much better sound.
Bound by Apathy contains a quartet of tracks that take aggression and intensity to lofty heights but still offer well crafted impressive melodic strokes and grooves, how hard is it to keep both aspects as open and distinct, something many other bands try but do not find the balance you do.
We tried especially hard on this record to aim for that sound, we all draw on different influences and it was important to maintain that throughout the writing process. We never wanted to follow the trend and we worked really hard to make a heavy collection of songs with a sense of melody that didn’t sound clichéd in the modern heavy music environment. That can be challenging.
Which part of Bound by Apathy are you most proud of?
Overall we are really happy with the outcome and each of us has parts of the record that they are proud of. Collectively I think are all really especially proud of the construction of the songs – especially in “Front Towards Enemy”.
The EP also brings forth the intensity one imagines is a feature of your live shows, how did you achieve that to such good effect?
When began writing the EP, we knew we wanted to bring some devastating songs and originally we wrote 5 tracks for it, but dropped a track as we thought it didn’t fit in with how heavy the EP was, or that it fit in with the overall feel of the record. We were very particular about the song tracking order, as we wanted to keep the intensity throughout the EP.
How does the songwriting process work within the band?
For us, it can happen a number of ways, sometimes it can be very organic, when we want to jam out some ideas in the rehearsal room, however, for the most part it starts off with a riff idea- Darren and Scott usually get together and collate ideas and work out the riffs and bring them to the rehearsal space where as a band we start refining them down, seeing what works best etc. It’s an important aspect to the writing process that we work as a band to achieve the sound we want.
There is a defiance and aggression to your lyrics on the EP what inspires you the most that flavours your lyrics?
Adrian (vox): I attempt to not be entirely self-obsessed when writing lyrics. I grew up listening to a lot of socially aware music and that’s pretty much embedded itself on how I think and express myself. That’s not to say I’m solely political in my lyrics, or that I don’t sing anything personal, I just tend to think there’s a lot more to be concerned/angry with than just my corner of the world.
You have shared stages with the likes of Protest The Hero, Your Demise and Lower Than Atlantis. What has been the highlight so far and what have you gained as a band from appearing alongside these more established bands?
I would say definitely playing with the bands mentioned above as highlight, absolutely incredible shows, and an honour to share the stage with them. More recently also playing with H2O – a band that Adrian has been going to see since he was 15! You gain a lot of experience in terms of stage presence when you play with bands of that calibre and it certainly gets you fired up to keep doing what you’re doing.
Is there a different feel or buzz for you from headlining your own intimate shows to opening up and supporting in bigger arenas with these kind of bands?
There is definitely a different feel – when opening up for bands like Protest the Hero, not only are you playing to usually a much bigger crowd but also you have to work that much harder to win over the crowd as a opener band, so there is a lot more pressure. For intimate headline shows though there is more a relaxed party feel, and you know that you can go and out there and have a great time as they are there to see you.
What are your hopes or aims for the rest of 2012?
So we are currently in the middle of writing our debut album, so we will be looking to start pre-production soon with an aim to start recording towards the later part of this year. On the touring front, we are looking to head over to Europe for the first time and tour out there, before coming back and doing another UK tour. We are also starting to book up some weekenders up and down the country. We are aiming to play as much as possible this year.
With the impressive quality within Bound By Apathy and what must be great acclaim coming its way over the weeks ahead are you relishing the pressure and expectations for even more from your future releases from media and fans alike?
Absolutely! It will certainly be a challenge and we are pushing ourselves to write even better songs for the album, hopefully it will gain even bigger success than this EP.
Again a great thanks for talking with us and good luck with Bound By Apathy.
No worries, thank you.
Thank you for your continued support for the band, without you guys it wouldn’t really mean much. Keep up the support, and expect to see a new music video very soon and then the debut album! Come party at a show with us!
And finally give us some personal sounds that have inspired you as your EP will so many others.
Check out bands like August Burns Red, Parkway Drive, Protest the Hero, Cold Hard Truth, Integrity, Minus the bear –there are a lot of great bands out there, and some really good up and coming UK bands as well .
Read the review of Bound By Apathy @ http://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/what-the-night-brings-bound-by-apathy/
The Ringmaster Review 18/04/2012