EMQ’s With REALMS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Doncaster, UK based Post Hardcore / Metalcore band Realms. Huge thanks to vocalist Karl Lauder and guitarist Matt Shore 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?
Matt: Hi, my name is Matt and I play guitar in Realms. Realms started back in 2016ish after we all finished university. Me and Karl knew each other from uni and had been trying to get a project started for ages. We forced Jed to play drums with us and we found Ford through an ad online.
Karl: Hey, I’m Karl. Matt and I met at Uni where we both wanted to make a band for a few years but never got round to it. Afterwards I knew Jed from a previous band and we attempted to demo some songs when we conned him to do the drums and said he may as well join, he wasn’t doing anything else. Ford we got super lucky on ‘joinmyband’.
How did you come up with your band name?
Matt: We had absolutely no idea what to call the band. We had been struggling with names for months and eventually settled on Realms. I can’t remember why but I think it had something to do with Yu-Gi-Oh..!
Karl: We always wanted a one word Band Name. We really liked Nirvana and Placebo. Matt mentioned if he could own a nightclub he would call it Realms and it kinda stuck.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from Yorkshire. The scene here is pretty good, there’s a lot of great bands from Leeds and Sheffield and some great venues! Shout outs to our boys in Dislocator and Mulberry Tavern!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is our single ‘Original Sin’. It came out on 13th March. It’s on all streaming services and has a video on YouTube too
Who have been your greatest influences?
Matt: Funeral for a Friend without a doubt. They’re the only band we all agree on and yet we still constantly argue about how their albums should be ranked (“Casually Dressed” is number 1, obviously)!
Karl: As Matt said FFAF are the band we all vibed with when we met. But for me personally Letlive, Underoath and Glassjaw are my main influences vocally for sure.
What first got you into music?
Matt: Accidentally stumbling onto Kerrang! music channel back in 2006 or something and hearing ‘Before I Forget’ by Slipknot for the first time.
Karl: Music in general? My grandad used to mega vibe with Abba and played it when I was kid! I won’t lie man used to love singing that. When I was like 9 years old my old man taped ’Wait And Bleed’ by Slipknot that was my first exposure to that kinda music.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Matt: I’d love to collaborate with Kanye West. This might be a controversial opinion in the metal world but I love his production and it’d be fun to see him chop up some metal tracks.
Karl: I think Keith Buckley or Jason Butler would be super interesting. They tend to stand out so much on any songs they collab on and I would love to see their writing processes.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Slam Dunk festival I reckon. It’s such a good vibe there and the line-up is always sick.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thanks for listening to our music when you could literally be listening to millions of other (better) songs.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Matt: Not a rock star but a musician I’d bring back is Mac Miller. He left us too soon. “Circles” was dope. I miss Mac.
Karl: I agree I would love to see Mac Miller back but to play devil’s advocate I’d go with someone like Paul Grey from Slipknot because I feel like they lost a lot of their soul when he went or MJ tbf.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Matt: I enjoy getting to play shows in random cities and using them as an excuse to have a sesh with the boys. I hate carrying gear and paying for parking.
Karl: I both love and hate writing music. When I come up with a catchy chorus or an interesting lyric/melody I absolutely adore it but when I sat for ages on my keyboard and made absolutely nothing, it’s definitely frustrating.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Matt: There are some people out there who are in the ‘industry’ for the wrong reasons. I’d have them gone. Just have fun with it man.
Karl: Pay to play is the dumbest concept ever and promoters/bands just use it as an excuse to dick over smaller and more naive bands I feel. We are all on the grind, there’s no need for that kind of predatory behaviour.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Matt: “Grand Unification” by Fightstar. Man that band is incredible. I hope they drop new music this year. That album is definitely a desert island kind of album for me.
Karl: I was legit expecting Matt to say “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” by Kanye West. My choices would be between that or “Blonde” by Frank Ocean. Both albums I can spin every day and never get bored of them.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Matt: Err it depends. I like vinyl because they look cool and I like supporting artists. But I can’t take a vinyl onto a plane or listen to it when I’m out and about so purely for convenience it’s got to be downloads.
Karl: Matt definitely saw my answers before because I reckon Vinyl for sound and Aesthetics. Downloads for versatility.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Matt: We played a semi-final heat for Metal 2 The Masses in Sheffield last year. In our qualifying heat we played terribly, like, the worst we’ve ever played and somehow we got through. It pushed us to sort ourselves out and get tight for the next heat and I think we smashed it (even though we didn’t get through)!
Karl: My proudest gig was probably when we played with Cavekiller at Rotherham because I nailed my vocal parts and I was happy with how my voice held up live.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Matt: Playing Halo probably.
Karl: Schooling Matt at Halo and Magic The Gathering.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Matt: Louis Theroux, David Attenborough, Seth Rogen, Tyler the Creator and Danny Devito
Karl: Jason Butler, Keith Buckley, Daryl Palumbo, Ozzy Osbourne and Jurgen Klopp
What’s next for the band?
We have an EP dropping on 27th March called “Burn The Orchard” and we’re playing Eat You Alive Fest in Leeds on 11th April!
(Rick Here: In the current climate please double check on all gig dates to make sure they are still going ahead).
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We are @realmstheband on everything! Facebook, Insta, Twitter. So hit us up if you want to keep up with what we’re doing or if you like dumb memes.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Definitely a cake! The clue is in the name. Also it’s soft, you don’t want a soft biscuit do you? Cracked it!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Matt: Thanks for having us!
Karl: Cheers for the opportunity.
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