Can you tell us about the origin of the band name, a history of the band and a little bit about the various members?
As you may or may not know the band was originally known as Uproar and we were forced to change the name for various reasons. As you can imagine trying to get 5 strong minded creative people to decide on a new band name is something of a tall order. However the band had been together at this point for just shy of 6 years and we thought it was cool that we were about to break that silence with this stage in the bands evolution.
We have all come from various backgrounds in music Johnny(vocals) and Dave (guitar) are both in two bands and myself, stevie (guitars) and Gary (bass) have all came from past projects who have toured and opened for acts like, Alter Bridge, Limp Bizkit and Bonjovi.
Are you all from the same area? How did you get together as a band?
I actually started the band as a guitarist looking to jam some riffs with like minded musicians. I posted on Facebook that I was looking for a vocalist and Johnny who I was friends with previously messaged me about jamming. We went through a few line up changes as the band began to grow arms and legs and we realised we were on to something. Gary was basically head hunted as he was one of my favourite bass players on the scene and luckily he was up for it. As time progressed and a few more line up changes we spoke to fellow musicians and Dave and Stevie signed up. The vibe is great and we are loving every second of it.
Who are your favourite artists/bands and how have they influenced your own sound?
Personally I came up through the post Grunge Nu Metal era. I really love bands like, Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge and Sevendust. Everyone of these bands has shaped and influenced our songs from the groove of Sevendust and the giant melodic choruses of Breaking Benjamin.
Did you always have the ambition to be a musician and in a band or did you originally have other plans?
Ever since I was a kid I wanted to play the drums and guitar and really as many instruments as I could get my hands on. From the first moment I stood on a stage I knew this was for me.
What songs or albums are on your current playlist?
At the moment I’m listening to a lot of Papa Roach and Nothing More both bands have brought out some outstanding records in the last year or two and they are pretty much on repeat for me.
Do you sing in the shower?
Doesn’t everyone? Haahahaha
Do you have any plans for the band for this year and into next year?
We are currently trying to play as many shows as we can and spread the word. Hopefully start to hit some festivals as well.
Do you currently have any new songs/albums ready to be released?
Last November we did journey to a favourite writing spot of ours in a little town call Inveraray. There is a little purpose built cottage and studio there which we spent the weekend in just writing. We definitely came away with a lot of cool ideas so watch this space.
If you could play at any venue in the world where would you choose?
Oh man since I can remember I’ve always wanted to play Madison Square Garden. That would be awesome.
Do you have a favourite album? If so, what is it?
This is always a tough question as I think the answer can change so much hahaha. How ever if I was to pick an album that I’ve went back to time and time again I’d have to say Human Clay by Creed.
Do you have any guilty pleasure songs/albums?
If I’m honest probably nothing I’m embarrassed about hahaha I love a bit of everything if anything you can’t beat a bit of “I am the one and only” by Chesney Hawks. Hahah
If you were putting together the greatest show on earth, who would be playing?
Oh man for me it would probably a festival of everybody from my youth. Breaking Benjamin, Creed, Papa Roach, Korn, Linkin Park just an all out Nu metal haven hahahah.
Can you remember the first album you bought with your own money? What was it and do you still have it?
The first album I ever bought at the tender age of 11 was “Appetite For Destruction” by Guns n Roses. I was definitely the only kid at primary school discos asking for ‘welcome to the jungle’.
As your fans will be reading this, is there any message you would like to send out to them?
Absolutely! As cliche as it sounds just a huge thank you for all your support and please continue to spread the word and support your local music scene you’ve no idea how much it matters to us all.
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We, at The Metal Asylum, would like to thank you for your time. Is there is anything further that you would like to add?
Yeah thank you so much for all your support, playing our songs, making us a featured artist and just all in all being awesome.
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