EMQ’s with OND
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leeds, UK based Metal band OND Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Joe Cross 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?
Joe, I play guitar and do the vocals. We all met in Leeds a few years ago and wanted to make music together.
How did you come up with your band name?
It translates to “duck” in Icelandic, but also translates to “evil” in Norwegian. I’ll let you decide which you prefer.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are based in Leeds, UK, which as a whole has a great music scene. The metal scene is more underground though with prominent venues like Temple of Boom being a central hub for all the heavier/out-there styles of music.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Brutal Skeleton Fistfight (Somewhere between and EP and an album).
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Who have been your greatest influences?
Each member of OND brings something very different to the table in terms of influences. One band that we all agree on however is Gojira. Personally, I can’t stop listening to bands like King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Tigran Hymasian and Dusty Kid at the moment.
What first got you into music?
A mix of a few things. I’ve always loved scores to films and video games which really set the wheels in motion. In terms of metal though, my first love was Iron Maiden, specifically the Number of the Beast album.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If we’re talking local bands, I’d love to do something with Beluga. They’re not metal, but one of the coolest sounding bands around right now. Check them out. If we’re talking literally anyone, I’d love to do something with Tigran Hymasian. Also not metal but an incredible musician.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I feel OND would be great at Bloodstock. It’s a great size festival and always a fun time.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We’re not that good!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Drink lots of milk. You will need strong bones for the skeleton war.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Lemmy. Need I explain?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Sounds selfish, but I just enjoy bashing out some tunes with some good mates and having a fun time. I hate when people take it too seriously.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
People being more honest.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Poloygondwanaland” by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Aesthetically: Vinyl. Practically: Downloads.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I really enjoyed the last gig we played. It was a charity single launch for our single ‘Save The Bees’, where all the money raised went to the BBKA who research protection of the bee population. It was a lot of fun and we raised a lot of money.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Something practical. I’d like to think either engineering or blacksmithing.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
The rest of OND, Amber Morris, who did the artwork and Jack Murray who produced the album to thank all of them for doing a great job working on the album.
What’s next for the band?
Well, right now we’re in lockdown, so not a lot! However, we want to get writing again as soon as possible. We’re going for something different to what we’ve released before. I’m excited to get to work on it.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Just to say thanks to Amber Morris for doing a great job on the artwork for the album and all our previous releases and to Jack Murray for producing the album for us.
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