EMQ’s with IFREANN
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh, UK based Thrash Metal band Ifreann. Huge thanks to Drummer, Euan Henderson 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?
I’m Euan, I play drums and I am the founding member of Ifreann, formed in Edinburgh in 2015.
How did you come up with your band name?
It’s Gaelic for ‘Hell’. This gives us a unique and ear-catching name and allows us to use classic metal band names without copyright issues.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We’re from Scotland, and in recent years (pretty much parallel with our career), the metal scene here has vastly improved. Right now, I feel that Scotland’s metal scene is among the strongest in the UK.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest EP “Desecration” was released in February 2020. We also filmed a music video for the opening track which was released shortly before the EP itself.
Who have been your greatest influences?
The classic Bay Area Thrash legends, but also some classic DM and NWOBHM bands too.
What first got you into music?
Personally, AC/DC were my first band that I fell in love with. Shortly after them, I discovered Iron Maiden & Motorhead which segwayed me into heavier styles.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Our Edinburgh Thrash brothers, Disposable!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Any open-air festival in mainland Europe tbh. Probably Metaldays so we can spend time on the beach before and after our set.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
£10 for a t-shirt.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Give us more gifts.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Coco, the late and great drummer for Defacer, who passed last year.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Playing live and writing music with your best pals is always the best and also, of course, have awesome and loving people to play the music to. Carrying gear around has to be the biggest dislike, and also having no money, ever.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Streaming services paying artists a decent wage.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Cassettes are a novelty and very impractical. Vinyl sounds amazing but I’d rather be able to listen to all my music on the go, so I’ll say Download.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Anytime we play in Yorkshire (Leeds or York), we always have a great time and the crowds are nuts.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Sitting in my room, playing games with absolutely zero ambition.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
John Kevil from Warbringer, Jeff Walker from Carcass, Nigel Marven, Jack Batcharj from Disposable & my best friend Amy.
What’s next for the band?
As many shows as this current pandemic will allow us.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Who cares, they taste like shit.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Save the bees or die.
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