Welsh hardcore quintet Continents is one you're gonna want to remember. After relentlessly touring to promote their first album 'Idle Hands', including an Asian tour with The Ghost Inside and several festivals, Continents has been working on a new album. This album 'Reprisal' was released last month and boy, did these guys improve. Armed with a new album they're hitting the European next year. For us, this seemed an appropriate time to ask the lads some questions for you to get to know them too. I hope you enjoy the read!
You have just released your 2nd album Reprisal. What was your inspiration for it?
Since Idle Hands was released we’ve had a member change which allowed us to hone in on the sound we wanted Continents to be. Idle Hands was a rushed process for us, where as this time around with Reprisal we’ve definitely taken our time with the songs we’ve created. The music we’ve made is what comes most naturally to us, we want to keep the aggressive aspect of Continents and even crank it up a notch.
We wanted it aggressive in places but we definitely wanted to keep a melodic aspect because we like to incorporate our own influences into our writing and we listen to a lot of music, and that certainly doesn’t just consist of metal music. Bands evolve, it’s how things are kept interesting for both band members and listeners alike.
What song of the new album are you most proud of?
There are numerous songs on this album I love as they all have their own sound but certain favourites of mine have to be Life of Misery which was our first single, 'Alone' for it' s epic ending, 'Love, Loathe, Loss' for being such a relentless song and 'Drowned By Hate' just because of it's pure aggression.
Being honest though I love this album and I'm proud of everything on it which is something you'll never find me saying as I'm a negative prick at times *laughs*.
Phil, you explained in an interview that you overcame anxiety. How did music affect you? And how does it affect the band or people around you in general? Do you have any tips for your fans struggling with anxiety?
I've not really overcome it to be honest. I'm actually still on a waiting list to have my meds reviewed. What happened was the boys were writing new music that I felt in my head I wasn't good enough to sing on...which led to me over thinking things and not being able to write or even step in front of a mic to record delaying the whole pre-production process. I lost sleep over it which made things worse as I started to suffer from insomnia which isn't good for me as I also suffer from epilepsy so I need my sleep. It causes me not being able to breathe and it's the same sort of feeling to having a seizure when you're fully awake so then my whole anxiety attack gets worse as I begin to think I'm going to have a seizure when I'm not. I needed to learn how to control them and be comfortable with my new vocal technique which Rhys helped me find.
I spent a lot of time just chilling with Rhys, he would make me try different methods out in a environment where I didn't feel judged I suppose and could build up my confidence.
For myself I find fresh air helps me and knowing people are around as there is nothing worse than having attack when you're on your own. I mean my biggest issue is over thinking things. I need to learn to switch off and enjoy life.... I'm my biggest problem to be honest.
What can we expect from you in the future?
We have a UK tour for December a full month in Europe with Kingdom of Giants in Feb and lots more touring plans to announce along with festivals.
Do you have any specific pre-show rituals?
We all tend to have a stretch together to warm up before stage as there's nothing worse then a bangover. Then a few cheeky sly slaps to the face to wind each other up so we are all laughing before going on to keep the positive mood up among us all. As waiting round to go on stage especially when it's somewhere new your playing and nobody knows you can be quite annoying if a show is running over and people are leaving to catch trains and buses etc.
Rhys and Dom tend to sink a few pints before hand to help them relax where as I'll take a half hour to myself warm up and stretch before going on as I like to get in the zone on my own.
How did you come up with the name Continents?
The boys wanted a solid one worded name there wasn't anything special behind it. Darryl and Tom our old guitarist they both started the band and I think they just put loads of names in a hat and came out with that.
I wasn't there at the time but I know for certain there is no crazy story about it.
You announced a European tour for February 2016. Are there any places you're most excited to visit? Where is a place you would love to tour in?
Yeah we can't wait for this one as mainland Europe is a place that has always been good to us since this band started. It's 3 of the boys birthdays while we are out there in Berlin, Hamburg and Prague so expect the wild party's to continue. I am really looking forward to playing Spain though because as a band we have never been there so I'm excited to see what the crowds are like there.
I would love to tour Japan again as the crowds there make you feel so welcome, I never expected to be seeing anyone singing our songs when we went but the crowds were insane. You could hear them above the music. It's such a beautiful country also with so many things to see.
If you could tour (or work) with any artist(s) who would it be?
It would have to be Slipknot as they are one of our biggest influences, literally to be asked to open for them on tour and see them smash it every night would be a dream. How they go that hard on stage for 90 mins in those masks is beyond me.
American metalcore band Crown The Empire is in the rise. The band just released the deluxe edition of their in 2014 released album 'The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways' last month featuring two new songs 'Prisoners of War' & 'Cross Our Bones', a reinvented version of 'Machines' and an acoustic 'Millenia'. Besides, they just toured with Hollywood Undead and we were really curious to hear what that was like. Long story short, Crown The Empire took the world by storm with 'The Resistance' and we figured it'd be a good time to ask them a few brief questions. We hope you enjoy the read!
You've recently been on tour with Hollywood Undead and even shared the stage with them, how was touring with them like?
Hollywood Undead was some of the best dudes we've toured with yet. Even with all of their success they stay humble and work their asses off every night.
You recently released the Deluxe Edition of the Resistance, what made you reinvent Machines? Why Machines?
We've always thought Machines was the song that really fit our sound as a band and what we were trying to convey to our fans. So it only made sense to reinvent the song and do something different with it for the deluxe edition.
What are your biggest influences?
Right now our band is really into Thrice, Nine Inch Nails, Red, AFI, Muse, Deftones, 30 Seconds to Mars. We will be taking a lot of those influences for the new album.
You guys are quite the 'Punk Goes Pop' veterans, how have those experiences been?
We love doing the Punk Goes Pop covers. It gives us a chance to experiment with sounds we don't try on our regular albums.
If you could pick anyone, what would be your ideal tour line-up?
If we could pick our ideal line-up, we'd love to be able to tour with 30 Seconds to Mars and Muse. That would be a crazy tour to be on.
What do you guys have in store for us in 2016?
New music. Lots of touring. Get ready!
Anything else you'd like to share with the readers?
Love you guys. Can't wait for you to hear what we've been working on.
Being As An Ocean is participating on this year's Never Say Die! Tour. On this tour they gave a visit to The Netherlands aswell. While on this gig we had a nice chat with Joel & Tyler. We chatted their new self-titled album, touring and future plans along to many other things. If you want to get to know Being As An Ocean better, this is your chance! Let's dive right in, shall we.
You’ve toured with many awesome bands, how has your experiences been?
We love all the bands we tour with and you build a strong relationship for sure. We toured with a lot of great bands who became great friends. You spend more time with them than with your family ‘cause you’re on the road with them.
Is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to on this current tour?
Today, for sure. Because we’ve looked forward to seeing Amsterdam aswell as Haarlem.
What were your biggest influences on the self-titled album?
A lot of the faster, later Underoath songs. The album is really uptempo, it’s faster than our previous record and it’s higher energy. That’s something we were really focussing on, to make a high energy record that was really fast and hard hitting. Except from the Underoath influence, it was also a musical change that we went for.
How would you describe your music to people who aren’t familiar with Being As An Ocean in just a few words?
If they haven’t listened tot his kind of music before, I would say: It’s like a fast rock band that has some poëtry in it and is very emotional. I think they’ll understand it when they hear it.
What inspired you to become musicians?
Friends. The three of us met ( Joel, Tyler & Ralph) when we were 13. Tyler had just gotten his guitar like a year before that, Ralph started playing when he was 9. We all knew mutual friends and we all wanted to play in a band and we just became best friends. We kinda inspired eachother.
What’s your favorite song to play live?
Tyler: Right now i’d say Little Richie. It was a single of our last record, I think it’s one of the best live songs we have and we’re playing it first on this tour. We start the set with it, it’s really high energy and it comes across really well. I think it might just be the best live song we have. It really flows together really well, it’s really high energy and the second it’s done I have a ton of adrenaline. It’s just a good and fun song to play, you know?
Joel: ‘Little Richie’ is really fun to play. I also like ‘Sleeping Sicarii’, it’s a new song aswell.
You’ve been touring almost non-stop for quite some time now. Don’t you ever get tired of touring, or eachother?
Tyler: Not eachother. Touring people do get tired off. I am not saying I do, but some people definitely get tired of it. It can be hard but you know, you write songs about it, you get through it. I think someone from Burning Down Alaska said to me last night it’s the musicians curse, he said “You never get to be with the people you love because you’re doing the thing that you love” and I thought that is like an amazing way to put it. It’s crazy that he gets it so young, their band is on their second tour but I think he already understands what is ahead of him if they keep touring.
Me personally don’t have any desire to stop touring but people definitely do. It’s absolutely something that affects people who tour, like the touring culture. On every tour you’re going to find someone who wants to go home, but they can’t just go home because they have a job to do. When you’re playing drums for a band, you can’t just leave, you’re literally not allowed to cause if you did you’d ruin the whole tour for your band.
Joel: You miss your family and the people you love every single day, but I think it’s fair to say that the longer you move around it becomes less of a solid home. We’re homeless but we have family that we go home to.
What do you guys have planned for 2016?
Tyler: We have a lot of great tours, none of them are announced yet so I don’t know if I’m allowed to name any names yet. But we’re going to support a really great band in the US and then we’ll come back to Europe for the festivals and then hopefully, not confirmed, we’ll be back in Europe in the fall with some good European bands and there will probably be a few more tours in between of those, but those are going to be the major ones.
Kill Ferelli is a dutch pop-rock band who just released their second studio-album 'Bastards and Sweethearts'.
We reviewed this album, if you want to take a look, click here.
Kill Ferelli is on the rise! Armed with two albums and an insanely energetic live performance they're ready to conquor the world with their catchy rock songs! I suggest you get in on this!
Recently, we've had a chat with Rob Jacobs, guitarist from Kill Ferelli and asked him a few questions about Kill Ferelli.
Amongst other things we chatted about touring, the new album & future plans.
Get comfortable, enjoy the read & get to know Kill Ferelli!
So your new album, Bastards and Sweethearts, came out last friday, how are you feeling about that?
Proud and happy are two words that come to mind. We worked very hard on this for the past two years and
finally being able to release it puts a smile on our face. We're really proud of this release, and we've definitely
grown as songwriters and musicians along the way. We think it's a step up from our previous effort, as it has
more sense of direction and “as cliche as it may sound” is more mature. We had a few setbacks during the
making of this album so we're also kind of relieved the record is finally out.
What was your inspiration to write this album?
Our inspiration for this album came from many places. Themes coming from our own experiences, or stuff
we read about and saw on TV. In the end we roughly ended up with 5 tracks written for “bastards”, and 5
tracks for “sweethearts”.
You’ve released a couple of slower emotional songs in this album, what sort of reaction are you expecting
We intented to branche out a little bit more on this record. During the pre-production and mixing stage of the
album we've asked people we trusted for their opinions. They all liked the slower stuff a lot. So we kind of
knew it could work for us before releasing it last Friday. We got a lot of reaction when we streamed our piano
ballad “Stay With Me”. People really connected with it, but we think that's also due to the theme of the song.
We think the same will apply for the other slower, emotional ones. It's all really recognizable.
Do you think you’ll release any music videos any time soon?
We hope to be able to release a music video sometime soon. We definitely have lots of ideas!
What was the first gig you ever played as a band?
The first gig we ever played was in “de Azijnfabriek, Roermond”. The exact same place we played November
6th during the release of “Bastards and Sweethearts”. Kind of funny when you think about how everything
has come full circle.
What has been the most memorable show you’ve ever played and why?
I'm gonna hand this one to Kelly because she played more than a hundred shows with Kill Ferelli.
Kelly: Definitely Café du Moulin Rouge in Paris. What a lovely place and what a lovely city! It was also one of
our best shows too. The audience was great and it was sold-out. Such a cool vibe there. Hopefully we’ll be
back there sometime.
You’ve been a band for about 5 years now, how did you guys meet?
I (Rob) was not in the band until about 2 years ago, but I'll try to tell the story.
In those 5 years we've gone through some line-up changes. First, I replaced the original guitarist. Then our
bass player also moved on and got replaced by Kai. We eventually ended up adding Marlouk to the line-up,
helping us out with vocals, guitar and keys.
Kelly and the original guitarist Punto (Ferry Duijsens) met during their time in the band Viberider. Kill Ferelli
kind of started as side-project but slowly evolved into a full-blown band. Both of them had song ideas laying
around so they decided to turn those ideas into full songs. Those songs ended up on our first record “A
After she knew that Punto wanted to move on, Kelly asked me (Rob) to co-write some songs with her for Kill
Ferelli's second record. That collaberation went so well, that she eventually asked me to join the band.
...and the rest is history.
Who inspires you to make music?
When I started playing music I was all about Blink 182. I also played drums back then so Travis Barker was a
huge influence! Eventually I moved on to play guitar. I'm pretty self-taught, and me being the pop-punk addict
that I was (...and still am) I learned every song I could wrap my head around. Sitting in my room for hours on
end playing New Found Glory songs.
However, I really knew I wanted to pursue music when I first heard The Starting Line in '01. That was it. I just
had to do exactly that! And I've been playing in bands ever since.
Of course my musical taste evolved through the years, but a band like The Starting Line will always be dear
Where do you see yourselves taking your music career?
We hope to keep growing as a band, getting better as musicians and songwriters and hope all the hard work
we put in this will pay off. It would be awesome to eventually end up having a steady following and play
shows all over the world. Being able to make this a “modest living” would be a dream come true. But hey, a
band can dream right?
What can we expect from Kill Ferelli in the near future?
We're playing one or two shows before the holidays. Starting Januari 2016, we plan on doing a run across
the Netherlands trying to catch every corner of the country. Dates will be up soon!
What songs are on your most played at the moment?
I'm a huge sucker for pop music. I discoved this artist called Betty Who who released my favorite pop record
of 2015 so far. Furthermore I'm listening to the new State Champs record and Every Time I Die's “From Parts
Any last advice for our readers?
Don't overthink everything and just go do it. If you don't try, you'll never know if you could do it. If you really
believe in it, keep going even if people tell you otherwise.
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