OBM: Tell us how Continents got its start?
Darryl: To tell the truth, none of us really knew each other...This wasn't a best friends from school kind of deal. I had written a bunch of our early material, just jammin' in my bedroom. I nailed about 3 songs and thought “Damn, I really need to get a band together“. I messaged Tom via Facebook to ask if he knew anyone who would be interested in joining a band, the last thing I expected was from Tom to reply saying yes and that he would be up for playing guitar, as he will admit, at the time - he couldn't. Me and Tom jammed for around year, I taught him some things and before we know it we were auditioning for other members. Someone hooked us up with a contact for a bassist, Dom. Then along came Phil, and lastly Ken. We had to persuade Ken to join the band, I'd like to think he made the right choice.
OBM: Right on. You guys have an incredibly catchy sound! What would you say are some of your main influences as a band?
Darryl: Thank you! Each of us has our own influence, and each of us are slightly different. Ken is a big fan of old school metal, some dark metal and bits in between. Tom is very much into his new era metal. Phil's into old school hardcore. Dom loves anything you can two-step to. I'm pretty much into all of the above. I guess that's where we get our sound...I guess sometimes it causes a little friction in the practise room, but its what makes it us, I wouldn't want to change anything.
OBM: I love your album art. How did you come up with the idea for it? What does it say about your album?
Phil: The art work was done by Richey Beckett check him out at http://www.richeybeckett.com/. He is someone we have wanted to work with for a long time. We gave him our album title and he came back with that. The Heron on the woman's shoulders has a mythological symbolism attached to it - always positive - representing strength, nobility, and independence. That Heron is always seen at the bottom of Richey's garden. It’s a perfect contrast to the pissed-off, fuck-you theme of the record.
OBM: Where did the concept of “IDLE HANDS” from? What experiences in your lives have helped build this album?
Phil: There are a lot of songs on the album that question my beliefs in God with me being a Catholic. There are songs based around conspiracies such as the Illuminati, which I will be honest I don't know much about, but have taken a strong interest in recently due to some friends showing me videos and such. There are also songs about fighting your inner demons and a few personal ones about my past life, listen to “Lions Den“ and “Pegasus, Pegasus“ for those.
OBM: Going into the studio for this record, what were some of your expectations for the record? Do you feel like you met all of your goals with the end result?
Darryl: The months leading up to recording the album were hard. To be honest, we weren't totally ready and had set ourselves some pretty unrealistic goals (time-wise). Having said that, it made us work 10 times harder, and it helped shape the album. There was also the obvious pressure, in the fact we didn't want to let anyone down. The result, Idle Hands, I love. I'm really proud of what we have achieved . We wanted to be packed with energy, not to follow and rules, and have an attitude about it that makes you want to let go and be yourself. It portrays our attitude and all the tracks are well balanced in our genre. I truly believe it’s got a little something for everyone.
OBM: What are some of your sources of inspiration while writing lyrics? Do you feel like you have to be specifically inspired or can you just sit down and bust out song after song?
Phil: Generally when I write a song I look for hooks, something that will want the listener to come back or immediately go 'YES'! and remember a certain drop in a song for example. This was my first time writing a full length album so I found it a bit tough to start with as I was looking for new things to write about rather than my own life. Wouldn’t want anybody to get tired of hearing about me haha. Hopefully I was able to achieve this. I think I did.
OBM: How was the Tour through Europe?
Phil: We literally JUST finished our headlining tour of the UK which was awesome. With it being our first time in Mainland Europe we were not expecting much so we went in with our heads down low. From the very first show it was incredible, so many people bought merch , singing along, getting involved, we had circle pits, walls of death so much crowd surfing, encores - it was amazing. Crowds ranged from 25 and over 150 what ever crowd there was we gave them the same show every night never holding back. We give everything in every show we do, no matter who it’s for.
OBM: What were the last few shows like? And what were the responses from the crowds like?
Phil: The last few shows on the tour were hectic with it being our first time there only having one official single release 'Trials' no album as of yet or E.P. We were really proud to see everything we had achieved over the past year. It was incredible introduction to pump the the album coming out in January.
OBM: What have been your best and worst experiences of touring Europe so far? How do you survive life on the road and what are your plans after the tour now?
Phil: Best experience was the meeting our fans, making new fans, and hearing them asking for encores. In Vienna we had two encores in one night, probably one of the better moments of my life. Worst would have to be the weather in December in Europe is awful -we got stuck in blizzards, floods, and saw so many accidents because of how bad it was. Also, seeing our drummer pee all over hotel corridors when he is drunk. He is a nightmare. If you tour in December remember: snow tires, Thermals and boots, do NOT go out in the snow in Vans like we did. We have the album coming out in January which is up for pre order now, we have lots of tours being booked, and currently are being submitted for a few big things for 2013. Firstly though, we want to spend time with our families as we have not seen them properly for over 2 months.
OBM: When people attend a Continents show, what do you want them to come away with?
Phil: If they have never heard of us before and pick up the album/ Pre order it, or even go away and tell their friends about us which is always a bonus. We want them also to feel they can approach us as a band because its always nice to hear if someone enjoys the show/music, that’s always nice to hear. There have been many times where I my self have approached bands, even my favorite bands, and they can be so arrogant and rude. I genuinely don't get people like that. As long as people have fun get involved or even just singalong that's all we want, we know we are doing something right then.
OBM: Your debut album, “IDLE HANDS”, came out on the 22th of January, where can we pick it up if we haven’t gotten it already?
Phil: It comes out on January 22nd and you can pre order it via the Victory Records website. Pick it up! Get stoked!
OBM: For you 2013 is going to be…..?
Darryl: Insane. We've made some pretty intense tour plans already. It's hard to predict what is going to happen, I guess it depends on the success of the album. We love doing what we do, getting out there, meeting people, and having a good time so I'm sure we will be on the road a lot! We've already started work on new material!! One thing I do know, 2013 is going to be a huge year for CONTINENTS.
Continents - Summer 2012
Continents - Idle Hands
Phil Cross - Gesang
Darryl Sweet - Gitarre
Tom Weaver - Gitarre
Dom Turner - Bass
Duncan "Ken" Hamill - Schlagzeug
"There are a lot of songs on the album that question my beliefs in God with me being a Catholic. There are songs based around conspiracies such as the Illuminati, which I will be honest I don't know much about, but have taken a strong interest in recently due to some friends showing me videos and such. There are also songs about fighting your inner demons and a few personal ones about my past life, listen to “Lions Den“ and “Pegasus, Pegasus“ for those."
Review zu Continents - Idle Hands