"We played what I'm pretty sure was the first ever Steampunk festival in Lincoln back in 2009".
Genre: ALTERNATIVE ROCK / DEATH POP
Label: GOREMOUNT RECORDS
All questions: Laurence Beveridge (except question 7 which was Kier Kemp)
So guys you're playing Download Festival, this surely has to be the band's biggest career highlight so far?
Yeah well we played Download last year as well, so it's really awesome to be back. It's definitely between playing Download twice and playing Brixton on the Kerrang! tour that ticks the box marked "highlight of career".
You just released your second release 'Exposition', has there been a shift in music style from 'Militia of the Lost'?
Yeah in fact it was almost a shift backwards. On 'Exposition' each member of the band wrote a song and it was much less collaborative. I guess we just wanted to flex our musical muscles. It's an awesome record, but not the direction we're heading in.
There have been times where you have been associated with the Steampunk / Victorian image, what is your opinion?
We love Steampunk. We played what I'm pretty sure was the first ever Steampunk festival in Lincoln back in 2009. We love the whole Victorian vibe and I guess the literature we write could be described as steampunk.
Reverting back to Download, will there be any new material unveiled on the day? Will you be playing any earliest material?
We might be playing a new song, as we're heading into the studio to record album number 2 like 3 days later, so yeah. But old material, who knows.
On the note of Download, have you brainstormed set designs or will you go for the simple option?
I'm not sure how much we're allowed to do regarding set design, but we're going to get something exciting. Maybe a replica spitfire or some shit.
You have been nominated for the Kerrang! Awards, in two categories I believe? What is your reaction to this?
We're excited. It's the same award we were nominated for last year, so lets hope we get it this year!
Kier, you appeared on Channel 4 News in light of the changes to hate crime, how was this for you, was it easy to express yourself on television or was it a little surreal?
It was both! I had never done live TV before that and it's a very different experience. Luckily being in a band and performing prepares you for these things a little more. It was evident that my counterpart from The Telegraph didn't feel so comfortable. It was a fantastic experience. I'd do it again in a heart beat. Especially for such a good cause!
What plans does Fearless Vampire Killers have for the year ahead and what can fans look forward to?
New album, touring with Madina lake and another single off 'exposition'.
Finally are there any hello's, thank you's, greetings etc you wish to send out?
Thanks to all the fans for sticking with us even though we're busy and can't always chat. You guys are more important than anything else in this business.
"The band name reflected how Orion feeling about 'the big city' life and the way it can really crush you creatively and artistically".
Following the recent review we gave to uprising East Sussex quartet City of Ashes in regards to their groundbreaking new EP "Then There Was A Hand In The Darkness", it was time to crawl beneath the skin of this fortified monster and excavate the truth behind why this band is one to watch for 2013. The band has just released a new music video and can be seen after the interview.
So guys how long has the band been going, how did it form and what does the band name mean?
We had a couple of line up changes early on but in it's current form the band has been going since beginning of last year. The name is something that Orion wrote whilst he was living in the London. It reflected how he was feeling about 'the big city' life and the way it can really crush you creatively and artistically. When the band formed shortly after that in it's original form in 2009, it seemed like a very appropriate name.
Who or what inspired you to play the style of music you play?
We never really tried to play a particular 'style' of music, but we really just write music which feels natural to us whenever we are in the writing stage. That being said, each of us has extremely wide ranging influences from punk to classical to acoustic to rock and everything in between, and I think these styles have all come through in our music at different times.
What is your local town / city scene like?
We're based in Sussex which has always had a pretty decent rock scene. Over the past two or so years it has seemed to lull slightly, but recent times have seen it beginning to come back in a big way, with more people than becoming excited that about live music again, and we're thrilled to be one of the bands representing this.
Have you played alongside any big bands, if so who? If not who would you like to play alongside?
We've been fortunate enough to play alongside some great bands which have and still are making a huge impact in UK Rock, and further afield! Highlights for us include the shows we've played with our friends Hildamay, Polar and Fei Comodo, while others include Young Guns, Skindred, Exit Ten, Verses, Attention Thieves, SCG and more!
Has the band got any plans for 2013?
We've got some pretty huge plans for this year actually, which have already seen the launch of a brand new Merch Line! The E.P. we recorded with Matt O'Grady (You Me At Six, Deaf Havana, Architects, etc) has just been released in all online stores today, and we're hitting the studio again with Matty through a bit part of March to record the next record! Right off the back of that session, we hit the road for a 2 week UK Headline Tour and are already sorting tour plans for the summer! It never stops over here, but we wouldn't have it any other way!
Finally any thank you's, hello's and any other messages you wish to say?
We'd like to give a huge shout out to all the people who have taken such a big interest in the band. A big cyber hug goes to anyone who has grabbed a copy of the E.P or a tee, come hung out with us or put us up on the road. To name you all individually would take an eternity but know that we love you for it!
"Then There Was A Hand In The Darkness" is out now and can be bought from the band
Below you can watch the bands latest and new music video, "Falling Star"
I interviewed Jason Danzelman of Brighton Rockers Verses @ The Rayleigh Mill when they were on tour last April. Enjoy.
BAND: MALLORY KNOX
MUSICIAN: JOE SAVINS (GUITARS/VOX) & SAM DOUGLAS (BASS/VOX)
GENRE: POP/ALT ROCK
I caught up with Mallory Knox when they were playing at the Rayleigh Mill last year and were supported by Brighton Rockers Verses. Mallory Knox who are based in Ely but are from Cambridge are a quintet focusing on playing pure pop/alt rock and are signed to Wolf At Your Door Records (Deaf Havana, Polar, Lower Than Atlantis, etc), the guys are causing media to be hungry for more and are sure to make noise in the next few coming years, let alone playing Download Festival 2012 this year. For the Mallory Knox boys this is just the beginning, check it out.
Check out the interview and support the band :)