EMQ’s with RITUALS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Newcastle, England based Metal band, Rituals. Huge thanks to guitarist, Ewan, 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 am Ewan. I play guitar in Rituals. We are a metal band from Newcastle, England formed in 2018, and we are currently getting ready to release our debut EP “AWAKE” on the 3rd of September 2021.
How did you come up with your band name?
We didn’t really think too hard about it, I just remember thinking of the word on a train back from college and that it would make a good name for a band. So, when me and Lewis discussed starting a band together, and we needed a name, I mentioned Rituals and it just fit with the music that was being written.
Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?
We are from Newcastle which has currently got a great metal scene coming through which feels great to be a part of.
What is your latest release?
Our previous release was a track called ‘False Royal’ which came out in October 2020; however, we have just released the title track from our new EP “AWAKE’ which came out on the 11th of June. It is a song we are all really proud of and can’t wait to share with everyone.
‘Awake’ (Official Video)
‘False Royal’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Everyone in the band is influenced by a range of different genres and bands. From the metal scene it is bands like While She Sleeps, Architects, Bury Tomorrow and Bleed From Within but also artists outside of metal like Tom Misch, Depeche Mode and Oasis.
What first got you into music?
What first got me into music was hearing and watching Elvis Presley as a kid, that was who inspired me to pick up a guitar in the first place!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
Personally, I’d love to get someone like Noel Gallagher singing on a track, I think he has such a great voice and ear for melody, that hearing him over a melodic bridge in a metalcore track would be really interesting. We can all dream right!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
It would have to be Download Festival! With the amount of iconic sets that have taken place at that festival it would be an honour to get to play it.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Nothing weird yet, guess we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for taking time to listen to our music, we truly appreciate you taking time out of your day to listen to our music, and we can’t wait to share what is next with you all!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Cliff Burton, the guy had a major part in Metallica’s songwriting, so it would have been great to hear more of his music than the 3 albums we got.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love the feeling of hearing the final mix back of a song, hearing what you imagined in your head when demoing the track all in a mix, is something I’ll never get sick of. There’s honestly nothing I hate, otherwise I wouldn’t be trying to do it, but the paranoia of gear going wrong on stage is something I could do without!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Whilst streaming is so convenient, I miss going out and buying a new album and hitting play and not knowing what was going to come out of the speakers. So, bringing back the prominence of physical formats would be it for me.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Always tough to pick one, but I would go for Depeche Mode “Playing The Angel”. The album came out in 2005, but still to this day I listen to it and pick up on new nuances that I had not noticed. The album overall has a great sound, each song holds its own, which is massively important in an album.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl, you can’t beat that feeling of holding a record in your hands. It gives you a physical connection with the record and the artwork, as opposed to staring at it on a screen.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Best show so far would be the last time we played Newcastle in February 2020, the atmosphere in the venue was great and we went up there and gave it everything.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Honestly not a clue, would maybe be a tattoo artist or something, I’d still need to be creative!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
For me I’d want to get 5 great songwriters around the table so I can pick their brains, so it would be Damon Albarn, James Hetfield, Mark Tremonti, Trent Reznor and Rob Flynn. Could you imagine!
What’s next for the band?
We have our debut EP “AWAKE” coming out on the 11th of September, and will be announcing some live shows soon, so keep an eye out on our socials! We are also putting plans in place for the follow up to “AWAKE”.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We use Twitter, Instagram and Facebook mainly, and our music is available on all major streaming platforms!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
It’s a biscuit sized cake isn’t it, so I would have to say cake!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for doing this interview with us, we massively appreciate it!
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