EMQ’s with INCINERY

EMQ’s with INCINERY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nottingham, UK based Thrash Metal band, Incinery. Huge thanks to all of them 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?

INCINERY, we’re a thrash / post-thrash band from Nottingham UK. We’ve been around since 2009, touring pretty widely across the UK and Europe in that time.

Chris Kenny: I’m Chris Kenny, I’m one of the guitarists and founding members of the band.

David Jordan: I’m Deej, I’ve been playing bass with the band since shortly after they formed.

Ste Dudley: I joined when Chak and Kenny decided to take the band from a covers band to an original band back in 2008/09.

James Rawlings: I knew Ste from one of his previous bands and was looking for a new project, so he invited me over to a practice. Basically, I just kept turning up.

Jason Chaikeawrung: After me and Kenny left a groove metal band called Gift Wrapped Fist, we decided to form Incinery, initially playing metal covers from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Testament before writing our own material.

How did you come up with your band name?

JC: I originally had Incendiary as an idea as its to do with fire and intense burning, but it was already taken! So I came up with Incinery as no one at the time was called it.

CK: We were sat at the pub and Jason said why not call it Incinery. We were like yeah ok that will do, and the rest is history

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

CK: Nottingham in the East Midlands. The Midlands in general is a great place to play metal, there are lots of cities in relatively close proximity, with venues accommodating bands at all levels. If you’re just starting you can find a show to get on and start growing your fan base, and there is a fantastic network of promotors who help keep the scene going.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

SD: “Hollow Earth Theory”, our second album which is out 30th October 2020.

‘Falling Into The Sky’ (First single from the album)

Who have been your greatest influences?

JC: It won’t be a surprise to hear that our most direct influences are the bay area thrash bands, particularly Exodus and Testament, but we’re also big death and black metal fans and some of that definitely comes through.

What first got you into music?

DJ: We’ve all been in various bands since we were teenagers, I don’t think there’s really been a time any of us weren’t playing an instrument. It’s a pretty natural progression when you love the music to want to play it, start out covering the bands you like and then start writing your own stuff.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

CK: If Gary Holt ever wants to guest solo on any of our songs, he would be very welcome.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

DJ: We’ve been very fortunate to play a lot of the festivals we like, particularly Bloodstock. But Wacken would definitely be in our sights for future, it looks incredible and the last time we played Europe the German fans loved the thrash!

CK: I would also love to do 70000 Tons of Metal or Barge to Hell, they’re on boats and that would just be a completely different and unique experience!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

SD: Nothing particularly weird but we did receive an amazing Incinery EP release cake once.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

DJ: Thank you for supporting the band, we wouldn’t have got to do any of the cool shit we’ve accomplished so far without you listening to the music, coming to the shows, and telling your friends about us.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

DJ: Ronnie James Dio, never had the opportunity to seem him live and the man had huge pipes!

SD: It would have to be John Bonham, I’ve seen Led Zeppelin with his son Jason on the drums, I’d love to have witnessed John Bonham in play live.

JR: Freddie Mercury, I would have loved to see Queen live and it would be really interesting to see how he progressed in style.

CK: Jeff Hanneman, would be interesting to see what he thought of the last few years of Slayer and if things would have been done differently

JC: Same as Deej. I would love to have seen the legend Ronnie James Dio! He seemed like he was a genuinely nice guy.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

JR: When we’re on stage and in the middle of a big gig and people are singing the lyrics, and you look at each other and think “holy shit, all these people came here to see us, this is mental”, there’s nothing like it.

Hate 2am in the morning loading heavy gear back into the practise room knowing you have work in the morning and you’re getting to bed at like, 3am probably.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

SD: without opening a can of worms, I’d change the amount of negative/narrow minded people around.

JR: It would also be nice for music to gain some of its value back. it’s very difficult to even think about being a band as a full-time career.

JC: I think that it would be nice if artists received more money from streaming platforms per stream then they currently do. Unfortunately, there are a lot of platforms and they are all in competition with each other and competing to make the most money meaning the artists lose out. On the flip side of this, it’s much easier to be heard and discover new artists.

CK: To bounce off the back of James’ point, also for music venues a lot of great venues have disappeared so something to help protect them more.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

JC: Exodus – “The Atrocity Exhibition…Exhibit A” , it’s a really formative album for the band and has some proper bangers on it.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

DJ: The current ubiquity of download / stream has really removed some of the barriers to entry for new and DIY bands . In the past when you went down to HMV and bought your CDs it was a real barrier to entry. Now anyone can write their music and make in available worldwide, and that’s put power into the hands of artists, and fans can find new bands on sites like Bandcamp they never would have heard of.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

JR: Bloodstock 2014. We were booked on the Thursday night opener show on the Sophie Stage and it was phenomenal.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

DJ: I enjoy web development and do some coding in my spare time.

SD: Sitting in my garden drinking coffee.

JR: Working in IT, which I do.

JC: Also working in IT but probably be gaming a lot more. Probably be a lot more boring haha.

CK: Photographer possibly.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

DJ: The Chuckle Brothers, Tiny Tim, Bob Mortimer, and Abbath.

SD: I’m going to answer this different and say I’d throw a huge party and invite 2 bands and 3 people: Pantera, Gwar, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Dwayne Johnson and David Allan Coe. It’d be one hell of a party!

JR: Freidrich Nietzche, H.P. Lovecraft, Dante Alighieri, John Milton, and Neil Gaiman – a whole bunch of my literary influences would be something different.

JC: Jim Carrey and Cannibal Corpse just so I get to see him play with them like in Ace Ventura.

CK: Dara O’Brien, Ed Gamble, Bill Bailey, Lee Mack and Richard Ayoade. A bunch of comedians at a dinner party would be hilarious.

What’s next for the band?

DJ: Our new album “Hollow Earth Theory” will be out on the 30th October, it’s been a lot of hard work from all of us and we’re very happy with how it’s turned out. Obviously, touring has taken a knock, but we’re booked for Hammerfest in Birmingham next year and as soon as we can get back on the road we’ll be touring the new songs across the UK.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

DJ: The best way to support the band is buying directly from us at
www.incinery.bandcamp.com/merch

We’re also in all the usual places to purchase and stream (Spotify, Apple Music, etc).

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

DJ: Cake, the clue’s in the name. Also, if you leave something out and it goes hard, it’s a cake, if it goes soft, it’s a biscuit.

JR: This question hurts me, but I’m going to agree and go with cake.

JC: Exactly what Deej said. I never get this debate lol.

CK: Cake because it’s on a sponge cake base.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

DJ: Just that during this really difficult time try and support the bands and venues you love, we need to make sure the scene is still here when we re-emerge and some people are having a really tough time.

JR: Just to echo the above, stay safe and take care of each other.

JC: stay safe and keep supporting the bands and the metal community. It’s a really tough time and we hope a lot of venues make it through this so that live music can continue and so that we can all carry on making music. Hopefully, we’ll see you on the road soon

SD: Aliens.

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