Forging a potent reputation with a sound going against the general trend of their local music scene, Remnants of Hope is an Atlanta bred band on the rise. Their Industrial/punk rock sound has seen the band have their most potent year yet since forming in 2014, the sharing of stages with the likes of Eyes Set To Kill, Famous Last Words, Wednesday 13, Allegaeon, Byzantine, and Not Tonight Josephine among numerous all adding to the reputation of Remnants of Hope. With thanks to vocalist Alexander Death, and guitarists Nykii Nightmare and Paul Graveyard, we grabbed the opportunity to find out more about this growing force…
Hello and thanks for taking time out to talk with us.
Hello and thank you for having us!
Can you tell us about the band and how it all started?
We’re a band called Remnants of Hope from Atlanta, Georgia. We started out covering songs from bands we liked then making our own music videos and putting them up on YouTube. After we became more passionate we started writing our own material, not long after that we came up with the name “Remnants of Hope” and started performing.
Is Remnants of Hope your first foray into music or have you been involved in previous outfits?
Group: We’ve not been in any bands before this one.
What inspired the band name?
Group: We’re an industrial band and most of our songs take place in a post-apocalyptic setting. We wanted a name that would describe fighters for the greater good in that setting.
Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted it and your sound to offer?
Group: We wanted to be an industrial rock/metal band. We wanted to have flaming guitar solos as well as screaming and singing. We wanted to put on a very theatrical live show, when we’re afforded the time to set-up and we’re allowed to bring extra stage items we take fog and lights with us, as well as stage props.
Do the same things still drive the band when it was fresh-faced or have they evolved over time?
Group: Our passion for music. That will never change.
Since your early days, how would you say your sound has evolved?
Group: Heavier with much more complexity.
Has it been more of an organic movement of sound or do you deliberately push yourselves into trying new things?
Group: Both, as artists we want to progress and do new things, that plus the natural maturity of our song writing progressing makes our sound change.
Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted not only on the band’s music but your personal approach and ideas to creating and playing music?
Zander: Danny Worsnop. His vocal style on Death to Destiny was very intriguing and encouraged me to change up my own style.
Nykii: Bullet for my Valentine. The way their songs are composed is inspiring to me in creating my own compositions.
Is there a process to the songwriting which generally guides the writing of songs?
Nykii: I compose all the music then Zander and I get together for the lyrical content of the songs. After that we go down the list of what vocal style the song needs to sound the best. Once the vocal style has been selected me and Paul write the guitar solos. That’s the process and steps we usually go through each time we write a song.
Where do you, more often than not, draw the inspirations to the lyrical side of your songs?
Group: Real life experiences, video games we’re playing…Possibly horror movies for some songs (Afterbite).
Please give us some background to your latest release and some insight to the themes and premise behind it.
Group: Mirroring My Pain. We put it out last April. The EP is about dealing with and defeating your demons.
Mirroring my Pain [the intro] is the start of the story line, the realization that the character of the story can change certain aspects of his life. See Me Fall is about the character confronting his demons, saying how they only want to see him bleed. Every time he looks into the mirror his demon self is threatening to slit his wrists. At the end he confronts and defeats his inner demons. Digging Graves is the part of the story where he buries the worse half of himself, once and for all letting go of his pain. The character has inner turmoil as he fights against his darker emotions to move on. Worth Fighting For is the final song on the EP. The character has taken care of all of his inner demons, but his emotions that lash out are still plaguing him. He fights and kills “Anger” and “Pain” in a symbolic measure that he now has them both under control.
Are you a band which goes into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or prefer to develop them as you record?
Group: Yes, we do a lot of pre-production to make sure we get things right once we start recording them.
Tell us about the live side to the band, presumably the favourite aspect of the band?
Group: Whether we play for fifteen minutes or forty minutes, we give it our all the whole time. To us it’s what we live, breathe and train for. The live show is everything to us.
It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it?
Group: Sometimes, we’ve been really really lucky this year with opportunities to open for bigger bands. Last year we were not nearly as fortunate, so we were basically just trying to push out as much online promotion and campaigns as possible.
How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date? Do you see it as something destined to become a negative from a positive as the band grows and hopefully gets increasing success?
Nykii: Where we’re from bands are either death-core or pop-punk. This has put us in both a fantastic and a terrible place at the same time. Thanks to social media other band members from different bands can quickly go to one of our sites and comment on the fact in a negative manner that we’re not exactly the same as them, making the exact same music as them. On the other hand, we’re different and we fit better on some shows than others would. I think social media for the most part is already becoming a negative thing at our current place. Keeping it working to your advantage is just a massive game of X’s and O’s. Every time you get three in a row the game appears to restart and you need to find a new corner to try and occupy with your work.
Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add or reveal for the readers?
Group: Once again, thank you for having us. Our music video for A Warriors Heart is out now! (or will be by the time this interview is posted). You can watch it here:
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