Friday, May 23, 2014

Interview with Left In The Wake!

Genre(s): Progressive Hardcore/Metalcore
Location: Madrid, UK

PSAB: Why did you choose the name "Left in the Wake" as your band name?

LITW: When we started the band officially in 2010, a lot of our influences were very metal to the point of having gothic sounding keyboards and fast tremolo picking… the typical sound of a metal band when they start out. We were trying to come up with a name that reflected the mood of our music and it was the only thing we could all agree on. I know that these days the long name thing is out of fashion and everyone is called a one word name but I think our name fits what we play now better than it ever did in the dark days of 2010.

PSAB: You released an album back in March titled The Banner We Follow. What was the feedback like for that album upon release?

LITW: So far really good in Spain, South America and Russia, We have had a few people liking it from the US and the UK but I think we have quite a British sound because of our influences so it’s that much harder to break through that market when there is so much good home grown talent, Locally there aren’t too many bands that sound like us here so on the plus side, there is a market for us here, we’re just trying to open some more doors and get the name about.

PSAB: If you could have one musician featured on one of your tracks; which musician would that be?

LITW: I’m a big Frank Zappa fan and he’s dead so I’d pick him, I think he’d like the rhythm changes and the interludes, we’d chat about moustaches and beards and probably smoke a lot of weed, but if he was resurrected for just one day I doubt he’d want to spend it listening to me talking about my band or our beards… the weed part would probably interest him though.

PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Madrid?

LITW: For Metal it’s awesome, it’s very much a metal / thrash / punk dominated city, which has made it a bit more difficult to break through as we’re not really any fixed genre, there are some fairly well known bands from here like “Thirteen Bled Promises” who play deathcore, “Against the waves” who play metalcore among others, but you really see the scene come alive when bands come over seas to play.

PSAB: What has played the most influence on your music?

LITW: The American and Canadian bands have huge followings over here so to say bands like “Misery signals”, “Counterparts”, “CBK”, “Hundredth”, “Converge” haven’t influenced us would be a lie but in terms of classic influences, we can all agree that Pink Floyd, smashing pumpkins, Radiohead, Deftones have all had massive parts in our childhoods and encouraged us to make music that is a bit challenging to listen to, that not everyone will like, but that we enjoy playing and can emote with in our live performances.

PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to the readers out there?

LITW:  Yeah! Thanks to everyone who have helped us to get to where we are right now and to the guys helping us out with our UK tour, yeah that’s right, UK tour 8th – 18th August we’re playing about 8 dates starting in Manchester and working our way down, check out our facebook page for more info and you can download / listen to our album free from these links, if you like the stuff we hope to see you at a show sometime soon!

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