RingMaster Review Interviews – Invoker

Who started the band, where and when?

Raphael Meyer, Drums – When Andy Meier’s and Peter Lukas old band split up in 2012, their desire for a new music project grew, and that’s when David Lukas, Peter’s brother, who played in different bands before, got involved. Shortly after, they asked me if I wanted to join them. Although I wasn’t playing the drums for long, it just took a quick audition and I was in.  We’re all from the same village in the back country of Lucerne, Switzerland. Our rehearsal room was in a barn, and I’m quite glad that these times are over as we moved to a nicer place, haha!

Shortly after we started rehearsing our first songs and we began looking for a bass player. That’s when Patrick Goncalves, a good friend who we knew from the Swiss hardcore scene, joined the band and completed the line-up.

Who plays in the band now and what are they playing?

RM-Nothing has changed, we still play in the original setup, David is the singer, Andy and Peter are the guitar players, Gonzi plays the bass and I am still the drummer. It’s great to be able to play in a band with my best mates.

Who has inspired you?

RM-I guess a big part of the inspiration to keep on doing music is the hardcore scene here in Switzerland which is like a big family, it makes you love being part of it and keep doing what you are doing.

Musically we are influenced widely; really various genres have always been big parts of our lives, starting at Post Rock up to Black Metal and Melodic Hardcore of course. I personally would call bands like Counterparts, Brutality Will Prevail, Broken Teeth, Windir and Wolves In The Throne Room my biggest influences.

Why this name? And tell us the meaning of it.

RM-Andy our guitarist works in IT and the word “invoke“ was showing up in his codes frequently. The meaning, relating to music and a band, “to invoke sth“ worked quite well for us, so we decided to go with that name.

Have you released an album? If so, when and what’s the name of it?

RM-Actually just last year, we dropped our debut album called ’Four Wall Nightmare’, and we are more than happy with all the positive feedback we received. It deals with the topic of depression and anxiety, which means a lot to all of us.

The album is not our first record though. We released an EP ‘Loose Lips Sinks Ships’ in 2013.

Have you played with some famous bands?

RM-Luckily we were able to play some shows with great bands, such as Counterparts, Being as an Ocean, Landscapes, Napoleon, and Break Even amongst others. Those shows have brought us some very inspiring and enjoyable moments.

What’s the plan for the future?

RM-I’m very excited about our new EP ‘Cursed to feel’, which will be released this year. A short time ago we released the first song of the EP which is called ‘End me’, and the next single will follow soon. We are looking forward to the upcoming live shows and our tour next year. There are many exciting things ahead of us.

Check Invoker out further @  https://www.facebook.com/weareinvoker   https://www.instagram.com/weareinvoker/   https://weareinvoker.bandcamp.com

Questions by Elliot Leaver

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