The Metal Asylum Talks To….HELLO ENEMY!

Can you tell us about the origin of the band name, a history of the band and a little bit about the various members?

The name came from a lot of trial and error, basically we ended up liking the oxymoron type dissonance of Hello Enemy and we were all so tired no one rejected it. As for the history, it’s long and varied, in a nutshell, what started out as some fun, kinda morphed into what you hear on our upcoming singles. We’re a collaboration of ideas coming together to create music we’re proud of, and if others like it, awesome. 

Dan on bass, I like weekends, friends, and a bit of dirty distortion.

Josh. Guitars. Test match cricket. Endless re runs of the young ones. 

Ben Vocals – I like all the good nerd stuff, LOTR (books & Movie- except that abysmal Prime series), Space exploration videos and Licourice All Sorts. 

Are you all from the same area? How did you get together as a band?

Ben, Josh and Dan are old friends from a previous life and different band, which ultimately re-formed after a hiatus and recruited vocalist Ben from the Navy and percussionist Dave from his (admittedly awesome) garage.

Who are your favourite artists/bands and how have they influenced your own sound?

Varied influences for bassist Dan – Rage, Chili Peppers, Hed PE, Dead Poet Society.

Josh – Many and varied – Radiohead, The Doors, The Strokes, QOTSA, The Stones and Beatles, Nirvana, Violent Soho

Did you always have the ambition to be a musician and in a band or did you originally have other plans?

Dan just started playing with old mate from school guitarist Ben and it grew from there.

Josh had some lessons at school, picked up playing again when nirvana unplugged came out and start jamming with friends, eventually finding ben and dan and joining their band at the time

Even though he was a puppet of the machine for some time, Ben the singer always had aspirations to make music for a living, and he’s still trying…

What songs or albums are on your current playlist?

Dan – intoodeep (Dead Poet Society), Victoria Park (Cleopatrick)

Ben – Benjamin Tod (Songs I Swore I’d Never Sing), Danzig (1st album), Sturgill Simpson (Metamodern Sounds in Country Music)

Do you sing in the shower?

Dan -I hum

Josh – there isn’t an answer I can give here that doesn’t involve wanking

Do you have any plans for the band for this year and into next year?

Have fun and make music we like, we have four more tracks we’re finalising the arrangements for, and will get to recording them through into the new year, play some shows and have some laughs. It’d be cool to get some major support slots, find out if that scene is where we thrive, or continue underground doing what we want, when we want. 

Do you currently have any new songs/albums ready to be released?

We have our second single released on Oct 2nd, and another two singles dropping 3-4weeks apart from then on, so there’s new tunes to dig into up until the end of November. And as mentioned another 4 singles will trickling out until at least mid next year.  

If you could play at any venue in the world where would you choose?

Dan – Wembley

Josh – Thebby!

Ben – Wacken Festival

Do you have a favourite album? If so, what is it?

Dan – Probably Black album by Metallica if there had to be only one.

Ben- Grace – Jeff Buckley 

Do you have any guilty pleasure songs/albums?

Dan – Anything by Credence

Ben – Anything Emo

If you were putting together the greatest show on earth, who would be playing?

Dan – Living or dead? The dead would come out on top

Ben – Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Coheed & Cambria, Hendrix, Primus,  

Can you remember the first album you bought with your own money? What was it and do you still have it?

Josh – Inxs Listen Like Thieves – yep

Ben –  Shake Your Money Maker – Black Crowes, also yep.

As your fans will be reading this, is there any message you would like to send out to them?

Ben – If you’re digging our tunes, share them around! All the support we receive is humbling and very much appreciated. We’d like to release more music to more people, and every share is worth gold. 

Finally, let us know all your social media sites so your fans, old and new, can find and follow/like you!

We, at The Metal Asylum, would like to thank you for your time. Is there is anything further that you would like to add?

We’re chuffed people are digging what we’re doing. So a massive Thanks for listening! 

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