Immediately we heard it the new EP from Irish alternative metal band iBURN has us at The Ringmaster Review drooling and shouting its merits to all and sundry. Already fans of the band from their debut EP of last year, the new release Where It Begins with its fresh, aggressive and infectious melodic interaction alongside adrenaline fuelled intensity shows iBURN has emerged as one of the most striking and inventive bands in European metal. We had the pleasure of having vocalist Matt Sheedy from the band to tell us more about the release and the band.
Hi Matt welcome to The Ringmaster Review and many thanks for talking with us.
First question is…… is it iBurn, IBURN, or iBurN, we ask as we have seen it written all ways haha.
Haha…I don’t think we know either! I reckon it’s iBURN and before you say it, yes I know there’s a whiff of plagiarism there but sadly we haven’t been sued by a certain American multinational corporation, I don’t even know if I like the name of the band but how ever written or whatever name it could have been it’s the music that matters to us.
Please introduce the band members and how did you all meet?
Well myself (vocals) and Dave (guitar) did a mini tour with Dagoba a few years back we were in different bands at the time and just found out we were into the same music and eventually we got this band together, Mark (guitars) was a good friend of Dave’s so he got him in and he tore it up so he got the job, we have had a couple of different bassists along the way that had to leave the band but Shelley (bass) stepped in and secured that spot and we know her through Mark and as for the human drum machine Marek he jammed with Dave a good few years ago and his skills were remembered so we had to have him in the band.
How long has the band been going?
Since June 2008.
What were the inspirations and influences that brought the band into being?
To be honest we were into heavy shit! I just left a Hardcore Metal band and Dave just left a Death Metal band, so if you listen carefully you’ll always hear those two elements somewhere in the music, but I think on top of that we really loved bands like Deftones, Tool, Slipknot, Pantera…ya know bands that bring power, groove and a big sound!
You have just released your brilliant new EP Where It Begins which we will get on to properly shortly, but since then the line-up has changed to the one listed above. Is this one of those things that bands, which have to fight and claw their way to attention in the world of music today and usually for a very long time, have to deal with more and more as frustrations and maybe disillusionment affect members?
Well the internet is the music hub for so many young bands to get their music out to the world and how and where it trends isn’t going to pay the bills so for some I guess it can be an uphill struggle in that respect but that’s only for those who want things too quickly… you have to realise it’s always been that way for bands but you share a vision and try to see how far you go with the band, I think the main reasons for a member becoming frustrated or disillusioned are the same as they have always been…artistic differences and big ego’s!
As an emerging band you know there now is going to be a struggle and many walls you come up against on the journey for the band, how do you keep your enthusiasm and determination going? There must be times where it makes one think is it work it?
Yeah that’s gonna happen, that’s just life in general but we love music and playing live and that’s not gonna change.
You are from Dublin and surrounding areas, which seems from the outside to be enjoying a vibrant metal/rock scene right now. Is this how you find it being in the middle?
I wouldn’t say vibrant. It can come and go in waves.
We and a great many others discovered you with your great self titled EP of last year but with Where It Begins the band has really grown with a maturity and fully evolved sound. How do you feel the band has grown between the two releases?
Well we rushed the first EP, we got the band together in June ’08 and had to have the album written and recorded by August ’08, so the band has changed a lot in that time, these days we’re challenging each other a lot more and everyone is writing music that just keeps getting better.
As mentioned there are multiple frustrations for bands in trying to reach audiences, finding opportunities to play etc, how easy or hard is this to turn into a positive energy and force to add to the music?
Whatever they want, there’s many layers.
Is there anything particular about the release that brings you the most satisfaction and excitement?
Where It Begins is distinctly varied in sound and creative structure to songs; you have really worked with thought and intent to make the release the best of iBURN?
Nope, never any intention to our songs, we just play what we like.
How long has it taken from first song to now to make the release?
Too long! We wrote and recorded it in just a few months but due to a few stumbling blocks the release date got pushed back several times.
Tell us about the inspiration to some of the powerful and instinctive slices of metal on the release?
Again we just went with riffs and vocals we like, never much focus on where it’s coming from or what inspired it.
What fuels and inspires your lyrics predominantly?
Are there a lot of personal experiences that come into the lyrics?
How does the songwriting start and work within iBURN?
There’s no one way we write songs.
Do your songs continue to evolve until the final recorded result or do you seal their form before going into the studio?
Right to the end, that’s what you pay a producer for, it’s always good to have someone with a good ear who could spot something that needs to be changed for whatever reason.
The production on Where It Begins is especially understanding to the creativity and persistently changing sounds and ideas within the songs. Who handled that on the EP?
Charles ‘Kallaghan’ Massabo produced both iBURN EP’s, he’s on top of his game and not afraid to try different ideas in most genres.
It’s all about playing shows at the moment but we will always be working on new ideas and working towards something bigger and better.
Are we looking at a possible album this year or do you find mini album/EPs a better way to release new material?
Not this year, when you’re a new band you’re better off with an EP to see what the feedback is like.
Once more thank you for talking with us.
Would you like to end with a message for your current fans and who will become such after hearing your new release?
Hope to see you out on the road!
Download the Where It Begins EP for free @ http://www.reverbnation.com/iburnmusic
Read the Where It Begins EP review@ http://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/iburn-where-it-begins-ep/
The Ringmaster Review 26/04/2012