EMQ’s with BLAME THE SACRED
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK Rock band, Blame The Sacred. Huge thanks to guitarist Kriss Rayner for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Kriss Rayner, guitarist of Blame the Sacred. The band, in its current form, is around 10 months old. I’ve known Scott a while and was aware he had this band going, and kind of worked my way in! At that time, I’d been scorned too many times by bands I’ve been in, so I had no intention of anything other than jamming and just having a social thing to do each week. Funny how, when you stop looking for something, it finds you. They instantly liked the idea of having two guitars when me and Andy started adding layers to their existing material. Bassists were a bit of an issue at the time, commitment wise. At that point, Wez’s band were on a bit of a hiatus, and I knew he was missing performing. I had a chat with him on a few occasions and when things were right for him, he came down. Instant chemistry. Wez liked the music, and the direction we wanted to go, so everything came together. Material ideas and concepts just came really quickly and easily.
How did you come up with your band name?
There’s no elaborate story behind it, I’m told Scott, Andy and Danny just sat down and threw some words about and that stuck!
What Region/Country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Donny has always had a decent scene and has always had small venues to support this (The leopard, Hallcross, Vintage rockbar etc), but I always felt like the bands kinda ride the coattails of bands from Sheffield. I look at Sheffield bands and there’s a lot of pioneer bands or innovators from there, and those new genres filter to the surrounding areas like Doncaster. That’s not to say I think we’re pioneers of a new genre.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest EP “The Path” is due for release on 27th March on all formats. There will be a new music video to accompany one of the tracks from it. However, you can still find our previous single, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, on all music download platforms, as well as the music video for it either on YouTube or Facebook.
Who have been your greatest influences?
I grew up on bands like Queen, Free and Dire Straits, but didn’t really understand or find “rock music” until I was about 12. My tastes over the past 20 years have fluctuated and, although I’ve always leant towards bluesy styles, at the minute I’m more on the heavier side. What draws me to a band is if they’re serious about what they’re playing, and that the music is real and not pretentious in anyway. What influences me in what I do with Blame are artists like Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, Alter Bridge and While She Sleeps.
What first got you into music?
It’s always been there from what my parents used to listen to but, when I started skate boarding, it was the music in the videos that made me start exploring bands. My best friend back then would download all these different bands, (as I didn’t have the internet) and we’d just listen to all sorts. I remember hearing ‘All the Small Things’ by Blink 182 on the radio, and it just had that real Americana feel. Then there was Limp Bizkit, who I still love today.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Personally, I’d love to do something with Eminem or Jerry Cantrell, they’re the dream. But more realistically I’d love to have the guys in While She Sleeps produce a record. We’ve also briefly mentioned the idea of doing something with the guys in (fellow forged band) Shadow Smile. I’d love to co-write a song with another band that we’d perform together.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Tough one! I’m not really a festival person, it’d have to be something in the UK though. I guess Download.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I don’t think I’ve ever received a gift from a fan. I don’t think I’ve ever had a fan 😂!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Stick with us! The chemistry is established now and the material is coming fast and is great.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
For one concert it’d be Freddie Mercury, to have his time again it’d be Chris Cornell, that one really sucked when he went. And I’d love to know what Alice in Chains would be like if Layne was still here.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love the creative process, writing and structuring a song. And recording, I love the studio and putting something down that’s forever.
What I hate is packing up after a gig and driving back late at night!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
That a band has to be already established before any record company will entertain them. I understand it’s all a business machine, but wouldn’t it be great if you could just send them a cd and they judge you solely on your ability to write music.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
My top go to album is probably the first Audioslave album, for me it’s perfect. It takes me away to somewhere else when I listen to it. It’s like it was written for a film that’s yet to be made.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I like CD because you get a quality product as well as getting the sleeve and artwork, and they’re easily transportable.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Our opening slot for Blackwater Conspiracy, at Sheffield Corporation last November. I think it was our fourth gig, and it’s the one where we settled the most, and played the best as a band. And the crowd were great, as were the Blackwater boys. Top lads!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
It’d be something creative and artsy. Some form of design, maybe photography or videography.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Slash, Jerry Cantrell, Barack Obama, Eminem and Dick Strawbridge.
What’s next for the band?
Writing is ongoing, being with four other likeminded people makes it hard to not come up with material. There’s talk on maybe another recording before the year’s out, and then doing more of the right gigs for us and just keep growing.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Just all the usual Facebook Instagram iTunes Spotify etc. But I have to say Scott deals with most of this I’m not great with the technology side of things!
https://www.instagram.com/blamethesacredofficial https://twitter.com/blamethesacred https://open.spotify.com/artist/2sPzAQme1p2wiLbuPOx7SQ
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Me and Danny say, and rightly so, biscuit, because they’re in the biscuit aisle, and for some other legitimate chef reason Danny has. The other lads say cake, but they’re frequently wrong about most things!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
If you like what we do, please support us by buying our music and merch. Unfortunately for most bands, revenue from merch and music sales is their biggest source of income. Without it, we can’t release more, so it really does go a long way and is massively appreciated ✌🏻
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