What The Night Brings Interview

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 have just released your excellent new EP Bound By Apathy, what can people expect within its muscular walls?

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.

Would you like to leave with some words for your existing and future fans?

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/

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Feorm: Feorm

 

The debut album from UK band Feorm is remarkable, not just in sound and quality but its ability to inspire and draw out images and emotions through each of its twelve pieces of pure and emotive music. The Norfolk based instrumental collective with their self titled release explore and reach deeper with their organic and instinctive sounds than most other bands who labour over them in time and effort. Not that Feorm has rushed or brought a complete focus and attention to their work, they just grasp the essence and spark of their compositions immediately. Feorm bassist, Allan Murray quoted about the recording, “A musical idea is never more pure than the very first time it is expressed, and that is what we tried to capture.” Tried and succeeded in doing as proven by Feorm.

The quintet of Allan Murray (bass), Brett Cooper (drums, percussion), Paul Corcoran (electric guitars), Andrew Lynch (acoustic & electric guitars), and Pete Warren (synths, samples , fx), over a series of recording sessions in a barn deep in the East Anglian countryside came up with the tracks that make up the album. Simply the band played, inspired by and exploring their existing appreciation for the art of improvised and unrehearsed music. Their deeply varied musical backgrounds genre wise were merged without planned definition as they met the challenge of bringing their diverse sounds into the emerging brew of music and its evolving life. It sounds so simple and only the band knows how easy or intense it was but the music that flows through the album is an impressive outcome and that is the important knowledge.

Released via Fen Tiger the release does not come over as something openly experimental which maybe with its premise and idea one would imagine, instead it flows with pieces of music that feel like they have always been and were meant to be. Maybe there has been plenty of production applied after the recording but if so one can sense that the essence and core of each song has grown from the initial seed and idea with a pure organic breath and heart. Many artists try to improvise and many succeed but it is hard to remember those that have borne music as instinctive and complete as the songs here. There are no loose flapping edges or uncontrolled unwilling elements that stand out, each piece is a seamless impactful and emotional discovery which one can immerse within to varying depths and results.

Each piece deserves a mention and investigation but we will choose just a few tracks to try and bring forth the excellence of the album and leave the rest for your own discoveries. The opening Munc The Grover begins the album with a warm and inviting series of melodies and vibrant sounds. It is slightly withdrawn in that it does not leap out at the ear but chooses to envelope and persuade with a full and firm charm. It is persistent without being demanding and though it does not light up the thoughts it ignites the desire to dive deeper into the album.

Man Is An Island follows with a totally different approach. The track begins with a disturbed ambience that evolves into an almost estranged atmospheric soundscape. The music strolls across the senses with a surety and confident air but behind it there is always a distilled menace seemingly lurking, a haunting shadow that waits and picks at thoughts. As with many of the songs and maybe inspired by the recording location, there is a sense of solitude either in place or heart seeping out from the music. Definitely people with find different thoughts and feelings being instigated by the album, but it is the fact it does no matter their experience is the wonderful thing.

The album’s best track The Long Drop is another that suggests solitude though not loneliness. The tanned harmonica melodies send shots of warmth through the ear whilst the guitars caress and coax the heart into a full engagement. The song basks in thoughts of an evening sunset, golden with burning skies that inspire and chase off any thoughts of being alone, the sound and emotions wrapped in a tender emotive glow.

Tracks like Sun Dogs with its seductive melancholic bass sound and the powerfully atmospheric The Sea as well as the hypnotic Cyclick with its unrelenting pulse, all stir up and evoke feelings and imagery, though that can be applied to every song in varying degrees. Taken as a whole or split into individual pieces Feorm works wonderfully and is a fulfilling and welcome release that stays inside long after its sounds depart.

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T-Rex: Electric Warrior Deluxe Edition

April 23rd sees the release of multi format editions of Electric Warrior by T-Rex to help mark the year which is the 40th Anniversary of Glam Rock. The album comes as a single CD, a deluxe edition 2 disc edition, or a triple CD Super Deluxe version. Marc Bolan and his band was without doubt the most important artist of the genre and age, but though most acclaim him sometimes his far reaching influence to bands and musician through the following years until now gets unrecognised or forgotten. Electric Warrior was and still is a mighty album, a release that twangs the heart and stirs up the emotions through classic track after another. The new release celebrates that fact, the band, he and the anniversary of the genre, it is an album that has touched and will continue to inspire musicians and fans alike, new or old.

One has to be honest when first hearing and approaching this package there was not a complete enthusiasm for it. Listening to it first before researching the full details left one feeling enthused yet confused initially, not so much on the content but why, who it was for, and was there an element of taking advantage of fans of the band. The more one looked into it an understanding and appreciation dawned and grew for each individual version.

The single CD version of the album is a must have for anyone who has a feeling for the band. The album topped the UK album charts twice, from December 18th 1971 to January 29th 1972 and again from February 5th to February 19th 1972. It is bursting with songs we all know to heart and the disc is a refreshing reminder of the talent and wealth of quality the album gave. This Tony Visconti’s re-mastered version has the complete album plus four bonus tracks, the b-sides There Was A Time / Raw Ramp, King Of The Mountain Cometh and Woodland Rock, plus the brilliant single Hot Love. At around £6.99 this album is a definite must have.

The two disc Deluxe edition is where at first there was a reticence until realizing it is geared for existing fans with an already deep hearted love for the band, though there is much there for the passer by too. Alongside the single album the second disc offers up an array of for the most previously unreleased demos and out-takes. With tracks ranging from the Electric Warrior Poem (a rare us radio promo), through working versions of songs like Electric Boogie, Monolith, and Life’s A Gas, to home acoustic versions of Planet Queen  and Get It On. There are twenty one tracks that for enthused fans will thrill and please immensely and after giving it a mass of deliberate attention it has to be said there is enough to interest and satisfy less ardent fans too such as the excellent studio out-take cover of the rockabilly classic Honey Don’t by Carl Perkins. At a cost of around £12.99 for the deluxe version it is a good price for a different look into Bolan and this music as well as having the original album with its treats.

The Super Deluxe on top of the two CDs contains a DVD consisting rare and unreleased TV performances and promos including the only two surviving Top of the Pops performances from the BBC archive, live performances of Life’s A Gas and Cosmic Dancer, plus promos for Jeepster and Get It On plus more. It also comes with a 32-page hardback book featuring a brand new essay from Bolan biographer Mark Paytress, a poster, a coaster and more all wrapped  in a lavish box which is foil blocked and de-bossed. This will be around £30 and on reflection is still an agreeable amount for the substantial sounds and physical elements within.

There are also a special double LP vinyl version and digital exclusive editions available so something for your preference. As mentioned earlier first thoughts upon the initial introduction and listen to the release was mixed with a thought of exploitation of die-hard fans being involved but the package dispelled that after close focus, its contents and admittedly the pricing truly being a celebration of an icon and era.

To celebrate Record Shop Day on April 21st there is also an especially produced very limited edition T-Rex box set of vinyl singles, Electric Sevens, containing four 7” singles pressed on heavy weight vinyl and featuring unique sleeves.

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