For those who may not know who you are, introduce yourselves.
Roni (Vocals) – We are Words That Burn, a melodic metalcore back from Dundalk, Ireland.
Describe your sound in as few words as possible.
R – Angry, melodic, passionate, positively charged aggressive.
Who are your three biggest influences as a band?
R – Personally – Winston from Parkway Drive. Mike Patton. Chris Cornell.
We all have different influences that cross over in places.
What’s the meaning behind your band name?
R – The name came from a book of poetry my dad had lying about in the house called “words that burn”. In the very early days of the band, myself & my dad were talking about a poet called Christina Rosetti one day and he said he had a book with some of her work in it somewhere. When I saw the name I was like, “that would be a cool band name”…. and so it stuck.
How did you approach your new album, Pyres, in terms of writing and recording?
R – Shane (our guitarist) spent a lot of time writing the ideas for the tracks. Then we’d work some basic vocals on it and see how things fit. Then jam it out a bit to see how it feels and then tweak it in the studio again.
Do you have any personal favourite songs on the release?
R – I think we all have different favourite tracks, which is a good sign. But I’m really vibing of a track called Deathgrip right now. It’s just so angry!!
Explain the meaning behind the album title.
R – The album has a strong death theme to it. Not in a dark “Grrrr – I’m gonna kill you to death” kinda way. More so as a catalyst to do things and forget the fear.
Like, you only live once so don’t let life wear you down…Be productive, forget the past unless you are learning from it. Don’t get too wound up in things you are told are important like being rich n shit like that. Do what makes you happy.
So Pyres is kind of a celebration of life and death. Knowing you will die, accepting it and living with a sense of freedom that you don’t think you have, but you actually do.
Describe the concept of your latest video.
R – Our last single was called Riptide and it’s based on a near death experience I had when swimming in Australia. I was under. I had made my peace and accepted death and then at the last minute saved – which at the time I was angry about!! (dickhead)
The concept of the video stemmed from that but elaborated more on the fear and the letting go. Can’t spoil the whole thing so ye gotta watch it yourselves!
Does it tie in with the themes around the song?
It does. The song is quote energetic, so we wanted something fast paced to accent the music. We wanted the story to be the centre piece but told slightly differently from a visual point of view… The director Angel did a great job with the shooting and editing so it really grabs you attention.
Was it fun to shoot or did it prove to be quite a challenge?
It was an awesome few days. The band scenes were great fun to do. The coffin full of freezing cold water – not so much but TOTALLY worth it!
Do you have any live dates lined up at present?
R – We just supported Alien weaponry in Dublin which was fucking awesome and followed it with an Irish tour across June supporting our new album PYRES.
What are your favourite songs to perform live?
R – I think right now it is Deathgrip or White Smoke. They seem to be crowd pleasers.
What are the best and worst shows you’ve played to date?
Best, was the Alien Weaponry show in Dublin a few days ago.
Worst, we played a gig in Poland a few years ago that literally no-one came to. So we played to the other band on tour with us and them to us. It was fun, but it kinda sucked.
If you could open for anyone, who would it be?
Parkway Drive. We have a similar sound so it would work brilliantly (wink wink, nudge nudge!!)
What’s the plan for the rest of 2019?
Gig, gig, gig – we’ve been copped up in the studio for months and we wanna get out gigging!!!!
Any closing comments?
We’d like to thank EVERYONE out there that bought / streamed PYRES and helped us get the album to number ONE in the Irish iTunes mainstream, metal and rock charts! Legends
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Words That Burn’s new album PYRES is out NOW on Spotify, iTunes and all other online platforms.
Questions by Elliot Leaver