EMQ’s with BROKEN CALLING
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kent, England based Metal band, Broken Calling. Huge thanks to 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?
James: Bass & Vox.
Martin: Guitar, the crowd and questionably vocals too (I’m just Connors’ hype guy).
Connor: I’m the guy with no musical talent whatsoever apart from being pretty decent with my mouth.
How did you come up with your band name?
Jack: It’s a reference to an old band that four of us used to be in, we thought we had found our calling. Turns out that was bollocks.
Martin: It looked like one of them cork boards from a detective movie, so many ideas. Most of them terrible. I mean we nearly went with Bison, but none of us are packing enough to pull off jeans that tight…
Connor: We were almost called Bison but then we came up with the idea that we had a Calling in a previous band, and that was Broken because it all went to shit. So Broken Calling was our way of getting over that, like how batman used his fear of bat’s and stuff.
Where Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Jack: I’m from Kent where the scene is pretty dead, but I live in London now and it’s pretty sick up here.
James: South Kent; it used to be alright, but it has significantly deteriorated over the years and become a ghastly pop punk and ska cesspit.
Martin: England and no one’s playing right now so the scene is non-existent. Apart from that there are healthy pockets of alternative culture. Most of the time they don’t have the money to go to shows though…
Connor: I’ve pretty much been around the scene in London/Kent for a while and it’s had moments, but right now because of Covid it’s slowly up the creek without a paddle. Here’s hoping we can come back to shows.
Callum: I’m from South Kent and the scene is pretty dead, everything is going up to London where the scene is healthier.
What is your latest release?
Jack: ‘Redemption’. An angry song about current situations.
Martin: It’s a socially conscious song about the struggles of today’s political climate and how we can manage it in a way everyone can agree with. Honestly. Boris’s new walk out tune, he’ll love it.
Connor: Our new single ‘Redemption’ is a giant F-U to the government and how they have ballsed up this entire year, and even had the gaul to blame us for it. But yeah, I reckon Boris cranks it up.
Callum: The new single Redemption, heavy riffs, hard-hitting lyrics and we got Lord Faarquad to commence the mosh.
‘Redemption’ (Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Jack: My greatest influences have been John Otto, Chris Adler, Eric Moore and Tony Royster Jr.
James: Drewsif Stalin, Beyond Creation, Karnivool – it’s important to have a generous blend of technical groove.
Martin: The OG… Mr Grohl, Jim Root, caffeine, my tripawd dog, and honestly any music that makes me wanna play.
Connor: Linkin Park, most MySpace metal core, my Mum, Dad and Honey Jack Daniels.
Callum: Killswitch Engage, Mick Thomson, Suicide Silence, Gojira and Dethklok, a good heavy riff can’t be beaten.
What first got you into music?
Jack: My dad used to have a guitar lying around that I would pick up when I was about 5 and just make noise on. Then as I got older, I wanted to piss the neighbourhood off, so I got drums.
James: I grew up around it since my Dad was the drummer for The Charles Dexter Ward Experience (once one of the most popular goth bands in Kent). Started on drums because of him, but over time I gravitated towards bass and now I have a fully-fledged Degree in music!
Martin: I blame Raphael. Not the turtle, My childhood best friend. He played, so being an insecure 11-year-old, I wanted to play too. Then it became an obsession and there went my education. I might have been a biochemist if it wasn’t for that mustachioed git…
Connor: My Dad introduced me to Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Bruce Springsteen of all things. Then he let me buy “Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park. I was already singing in school, so I just started singing to rock songs and preferred the melodies to pop. Joined my first band in ’09 and the rest is drunk history.
Callum: I’ve known James for years, he dragged me along with getting into playing music, we were always trying to make each other better at playing and so he’s now stuck with me.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Jack: Probably Mark Morton. His riffs are sick.
James: Drewsif Stalin; Dj0nts for dayzzzzz.
Martin: I’d love to do something with the guys from Nothing More.
Connor: After their latest release, definitely Bring Me The Horizon, because I don’t know what would happen, but it would probably sound dope.
Callum: Misha Mansoor would be amazing to collab with, the djent is insane.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Jack: Coachella, so we could melt some commercial faces.
James: Whichever festival means I don’t have to suffer surviving in a tent.
Martin: Rock in Rio. Possibly the biggest crowds in the world and come on man Brazil!! who wouldn’t?
Connor: Download, my fave festival, and I’m with Jack on playing Coachella, that would be an experience.
Callum: Knotfest, so many big names, it would be so much fun.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Jack: The Flu.
James: “Is ThAt An EiGhT StRiNg BaSs?!” ngl, I love it.
Martin: Not sure if it counts as a gift but someone bought a ridiculously sweaty thong off me straight after I had played a show wearing it. I hope you are a happy smiling bearded man, wherever you may be.
Connor: One of my friends gave me a Milkybar Chocolate bar halfway through a set, to be honest the mid gig snack was a nice thought.
Callum: Getting decked in a moshpit almost straight away.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Jack: Spread our music as much you can and don’t let anyone tell you’re replaceable.
James: If you’re thinking of playing an instrument, go with Bass – it has so much untapped potential.
Martin: Hiiiiiiiiiii!!! Hopefully, I can come jump on you all again soon.
Connor: If you can’t love yo’ self, HOW IN THE HEEELLL YOU GONNA LOVE SOMEBODY ELSE! Can I get an amen up in here! Also don’t let the bastards get you down, you’ll be fine.
Callum: you guys make the shows amazing, can’t wait to see you at the next one.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Jack: Vinnie Paul.
James: None; everyone is too busy focussing on the people of the past and ignoring the greats who are in the making today.
Martin: Chester. There is only one, all other Chester’s are inferior.
Connor: Definitely Chester Bennington.
Callum: Mitch Lucker, I’ve always wondered what more he could’ve brought to the deathcore scene.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Jack: Being a drummer and being a drummer.
James: (Pro) Your band becomes a friend group, and ultimately family. (Con) I get ill after EVERY SHOW…thanks pathetic immune system.
Martin: Love it all except. No money, no sleep, no time, no clothes, broken things, James dying, Connor snoring, my feet and McDonald’s. For real though the only thing I dislike is being disabled after a run of shows because I was a bit over zealous in causing myself grievous harm in my youth and I still haven’t learnt to hold back.
Connor: Love the shows, the people and making music. I hate the fact that sometimes people can be very selfish and bitey. There’s enough room for everyone if you let people in, gatekeepers can do one.
Callum: Love playing shows, hate the pre-show anxieties.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Jack: definitely the price per stream that artists make. It’s a joke.
James: the extreme reliance on border-line porno like music videos in modern pop music…people need to actually listen to the music, not just gaze at the titties.
Martin: The over reliance on acts that are past it. No offence Bruce but you can’t headline Download for the hundredth time, go have a nap. Or you’ll end up like our James.
Connor: Definitely would change the amount of money musicians make per stream and just for music in general. It’s literally pennies.
Callum: Everything shifting to being online, yeah, it’s useful to listen to music and watch shows but you lose the experience of being there.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Jack: Lamb of God – “Ashes Of The Wake”
James: Fields Of The Nephilim – “Mourning Sun”
Martin: Frequently changes but right now Night Verses – “Lift Your Existence.”
Connor: Linkin Park – “Hybrid Theory”
Callum: Bury Tomorrow – “The Union Of Crowns”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Jack: Vinyl for sound, Downloads for convenience. CD’s are dead.
James: Vinyl for me, but only because I grew up surrounded by it – the sound quality is superior but boy, the price is often ridiculous.
Martin: CD’s for collection because only hipsters have vinyl players (and the sound difference is negligible apart from added scratches and pops.) Download for actually listening to music. Headphones are a must because I’m nice to other people like that.
Connor: I’ll listen to anything if it sounds good, I’m pretty simple.
Callum: Downloads for the convenience, CD’s for the collection.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Jack: our second show was at Facedown on Halloween and we tore that venue a new one. We dressed as Mario characters!
Martin: As just a sheer victory the last show before lockdown. I had finished a twelve-hour shift and had an hour to get to London. I made it in time for change over, we ripped the roof off, I climbed into the roof. We did a photoshoot and none of us caught Covid. All round victory. (*note from James* – I still got ill, just nothing interesting)
Connor: Definitely our EP show with our mates in Sidelines! Just a massive night of great music and great hangs.
Callum: Gonna have to agree with Jack and say Facedown, it showed just how hard we could go and bring in the crowd.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Jack: I used to be pretty sick at rugby and was going to play at county level, but I was spending too much time on music, so I gave it up!
James: I’d have most likely ended up going into working for a model railway company helping to manufacture model trains and related items (I’m a real-life train nerd, no joke, I love trains). I’ve been part of so many exhibitions and even helped out in some overseas places.
Martin: I’d probably be a lot more financially stable let’s be honest. Music’s been such a big part of my life for so long I’m really not sure, the only equal driving passions have been science, history parkour and family. So, some weird blend of the above?
Connor: Probably in a skip, but I’d have more money than I do now.
Callum: Probably something using chemistry, maybe pharmaceuticals.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Jack: Ewan McGregor, Eminem, Mickey Flanagan, Chandler Bing, Donald Trump.
James: Dave Filoni, Josh Zerkaa (or literally any Sidemen member), Bill Bailey, Courtney LaPlante, LifeOfBoris!
Martin: Binging with Babish, David Eric Grohl, Derren Brown, Russell Howard and Maynard-James Keenan (You know he would bring the best wine).
Connor: Gordon Ramsay, Corey Taylor, Mark Hamill, Mike Shinoda and Frankie Boyle.
Callum: Jeff Goldblum, Joe Duplantier, Jared Dines, Oli Sykes and Harrison Ford.
What’s next for the band?
Jack: We have some new bangers in the pipeline which I think we may drip feed as singles to keep us relevant and in people’s ears. We’re gonna do a proper vid for ‘Redemption’ as soon as lockdown is over too.
Martin: Hopefully surviving the pandemic. My live music rehabilitation unit keeps telling me one day at a time but honestly. These twitches are getting out of control.
Connor: The same thing we try to do every night pinky, try to take over the world.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
ALL OF THEM!!!! (Even tinder)
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Jack: they suck whatever they are
James: By definition and also by Law they are a cake; This is because they go hard when they are stale rather than soft. Plus, there’s different Tax regulations for cakes than there are for biscuits (btw Jack, hating Jaffa cakes is the highest form of Heresy)
Martin: I concur with Jack. The best snack to go with a hot beverage is foxes golden crunch creams and I will fight anyone who disputes that fact in true renaissance duelling style (frilly shirts compulsory) (*note from James* – Donuts are better, I therefore challenge you).
(*note from Martin* – I accept your challenge. I choose squirtle and attack you with surf. Suck it donut boy!! Oh wait, your donut has dissolved, mwahahaha).
Note to both of you: Custard Creams rule all.
Connor: Whatever it is you can have it, not a fan.
Callum: Jaffa Cakes get boring after the first 2, there are much better cakes out there, put the Jaffa Cake down and get some cheesecake, treat yourself.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Jack: People = Shit. Fuck racism.
Martin: Behave through the lockdown so we don’t have to socially distance any more…Please…I miss hugs…and sweat.
Connor: Go check out the new single ‘Redemption’ and like our socials! Otherwise we kill the puppy.
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