OBM: Cheers for your time today. How’re you doing, and what’re you up to at the moment?
Hiya, thanks for the interview, currently I am enjoying what little bit of summer England has to offer, it’s been sunny for 2 days, that’s all we are getting I think!
So, your second album has finally come out, you happy with the way it turned out?
Exceptionally happy, it’s definitely the best first step in the right direction for what we are trying to achieve, we can’t wait to see the response to it and then, get on with writing the next one.
OBM: This is your first release with Nuclear Blast Records, how does that feel?
Unbelievable, it’s a dream that a label their size gave a shit about such a small band, I hope we can’t do them proud with our releases through them.
OBM: Can you tell us what has been inspiring the music and lyrics on this album?
Everything from stories and legend’s to everyday situations and news stories, we definitely don’t constrict our self by only writing one thing lyrically.
OBM: What is the idea behind the title “The Union Of Crowns”?
The union of crowns was a legislative law signed in 1603 that basically brought the countries together to create GREAT BRITIAN. We felt that this joining and coming together of very different nations was very like our band. So it fit us perfectly.
OBM: Do you guys write collaboratively or does someone take the lead?
Mehdi writes pretty much everything guitar wise, we then listen to what he has come up with, tear bits out, swap sections and add bits, until we are all happy. Then Jason and Dani write their lyrics and melodies.
OBM: Your music has always had a strong balance of the heavy and the melodic…So there’s nothing really premeditated, it’s kind of a result of you being in that practice space together and jamming things out?
It has come about because I think we are all confident that we know how we want to sound. We write our music to be performed live, so each step of the way we change bits to fit that. If a song doesn’t work live, what is the point in creating it really is how we think.
The record itself feels a lot more diverse, heavy and haunting than your previous record.
OBM: What were some of the collective goals of the band going into writing and what are some of the passionately covered topics here?
We wanted the songs and lyrics to reflect our mood. We where pissed off and angry, and when we wrote the lyrics all we cared about where the fans and nothing else. The record reflects that as pretty much the entire album was written just for them, because at that point that’s all we had. It made us proud to still have them when we had lost so much.
OBM: The artwork for the album is quite eye-catching, what is the idea behind it?
We wanted to create something that reflected the combination of completely different elements to create a single piece just like the theme and mentality of the band and record. Jon absolutely smashed it with the concept.
OBM: Do you have any favourite tracks from the new record?
My favourite track is actually going to be our next single ‘Knight Life’ it is groovy and heavy and is so fun to play.
OBM: What feelings come with playing new songs live? Any nerves?
I’ve only ever been nervous once, I actually just get the best feeling in the world playing live, that’s why I do this. The rush I get on stage outshines everything else. I love for that 30-60 mins a day where I get to do what I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid.
OBM: What bands have been impressing you recently, either live or on record?
Live : Feed the Rhino are insane, they are like possessed people onstage so intense, same can also be said for Jap rockers Crossfaith, they also have the best drummer in the world right now!! Recording: I’m loving the new For Today record, its flawless in places to the point where I get a bit jealous of how good it is haha. Also loving the soon to be released paige album they are doing some really great things.
OBM: Things are a lot different for bands these days with the rise of the internet. Do you think that the web has made it easy to be in a band these days regardless of whether you are any good or not?
Quite honestly, without the internet I think 90% of the bands around these days (that have broken in the last 4/5 years) wouldn’t be half as big as they are. The internet provides a source of exposure you can’t beat, but it also means new bands can break quicker than they are ready to tour. So there are positives and negatives.
OBM: Playing music is rarely a lucrative or glamorous endeavour, so what helps you to persevere in Bury Tomorrow? What is it that drives you as musicians?
As I said before for us, its all about the live show, we love meeting people, and especially those that give us the ability to do what we love doing, they’ve changed our lives and perspectives we owe them everything we’ve got to give. We will never own mansions and ferrari’s, but we will be safe in the knowledge that we one day won’t be poor haha
OBM: Finally, any advice for those setting out into the world of music?
Work hard, play fast, and keep it mosh!