EMQ’s with AVARUS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Blackpool, UK based Metalcore band Avarus. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Lucas Fletcher 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?
Hey! I’m Lucas, I’m the lead vocalist of the band Avarus, we’ve been around now since about 2018 which is when we decided to start taking the band seriously and decided it was a career path we all wanted to take! We are a 4-piece metalcore band from Blackpool, UK and currently have released 5 singles.
How did you come up with your band name?
The band name is a funny story, years ago when the idea of a band first came about between myself and bassist Mikey, we had an EP currently recorded from a previous band we had been in but hadn’t been released, we did a promo video for that but didn’t have a band name and the videographer turned around and said ‘ I used to work with a band called Avarus but they’ve split up now ‘ and we were like well yeah sure that works hahaha.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from Blackpool UK, well. 3 of us, our guitarist Jay actually grew up in Australia for 15 years of his life (hence the blonde hair and shell necklaces ) but recently moved back around 2 years ago and that’s when he met me in a rock club in Blackpool! The metal scene in Blackpool is pretty dead, it’s there but it’s not huge, I’d say the UK has a decent metal scene but it’s not something special, we can’t wait to get out to Europe after the things I’ve heard about it!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is ‘In Disbelief’ which wasn’t planned at all, but due to coronavirus we had to put a hold on the video of the other release, so we thought fuck it! Let’s just release a different one and get a lyric video done! We don’t like to keep the fans waiting for new music.
Who have been your greatest influences?
I’d say the greatest influences so far from what you hear on our music leans towards Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium and As I Lay Dying. At the moment we’ve all really been into Polaris, Wage War, Northlane and a lot of lore modern bands like that, I’m now starting to write more towards that era of metal rather than old-school as I enjoy it more! So, keep an eye out for new stuff!
What first got you into music?
Haha that’s a funny story! I was sat in my dad’s van when I was about 3/4 years old, he left me alone in there and when he came back I was head banging away to the AC/DC “Back In Black” album! I grew up around my dad always playing rock or metal so that’s how I got into it!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Hands down Polaris, I personally think they are one of the best bands out there at the moment and I can’t get enough of their music.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Download festival, I’ve been going every year since I was 7 and it’s always been my dream to stand on that main stage.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
At Christmas we all received a Christmas card off a fan with £20 in each, the strangest gift but we also weren’t complaining! Haha, I’d like to shoutout and thank Rihanna Riley for the gifts!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
One message for the fans? F**k what everyone else thinks, be yourself and do what you want, you only get one shot at this so don’t be a sheep and follow the crowd if that’s not who you are.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
For me personally it would be Randy Rhoads, he’s my all-time favourite guitar player.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy getting up on stage and playing to people, that’s what I live for. The adrenaline, the rush, there’s nothing like that feeling. I also love writing music as well, I do it all day every day if we’re not out on the road. What do I hate? Personally, I wouldn’t say I hate anything! Touring isn’t that fun when you’ve not got a shower, or I have to fly because I HATE planes haha, but other than that there’s nothing!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The way musicians are paid and looked upon by society, the pay for being a musician as we all know is sh*t every 150,000 streams on Spotify we get £200 which isn’t great. Remember what would the world be without any music at all? Imagine a film with no music, no radio, silent restaurants, not being able to work out with music, it would just be horrible. I think musicians are very under appreciated by society, I think anyone in the arts industry is to be honest. I just wish we could get more for the amount of work we put in, but when you love something money doesn’t matter as much, that’s why we’re still here doing it, that’s why most bands are.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
All time fave has to be “The Poison” by Bullet For My Valentine.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I’m gonna say CD’s I still go out and buy them because my car does not have Bluetooth haha. But I think it’s good to support the bands by still buying hard physical copies too.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
HRH Metal at Birmingham 02 for sure.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Honestly, I have no idea.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I’d invite. Ozzy Osborne, Jamie Hails of Polaris, Oli Sykes of BMTH, My girlfriend and probably Gandhi.
What’s next for the band?
We’ve got LOADS. First off we’re planning another single drop very soon, after that we want to get back into the studio to record the album before corona is over and then come next year we want to release the album and are planning numerous UK and EU tours around that!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
It’s a CAKE.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for interviewing me! It was great talking to you guys! Peace out.
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