Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Pembrokeshire, Wales based Metal band In Which It Burns. Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist Wayne Mayhew 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?

Wayne ‘Stretch’ Mayhew, guitars and vox

The band was formed in 2016 by Steve Flynn and Dan Mayhew (Stretch’s brother). Bass man Robert ‘Mikey’’ Thomas was next to the fold, to be followed by Stretch on vox and soon after second guitar.

First EP “Hatred In Disguise” was released in August 2016 with a second “Beneath The Darkness Of Sky” in 2017 and a self-titled in 2018.

After parting ways with Dan via creative issues in late 2018 IWIB tried a few different sticksmen before finding Eugen ‘Vinny’ Lowe. They then spent the rest of 2019 gigging non-stop whilst writing new material and sorting out some of the old to suit the bands new direction. With a set of 13 tracks and a new lease of life IWIB jumped on South Wales Metal 2 The Masses and despite only having Vinny with them for two months went all the way to the finals. The rest of 2019 was a blur of gigs, travel and writing before entering local Studio49 to start to record the first IWIB album “Silence The Nothing”.

A live EP release “VI.III.LIVE.I” was released September 2019 as a prelude to this.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s from a lyric I wrote a few years back.

The past is past

Paved what’s to come

The future’s now

The work be done

Mistakes been made

Regrets now gone

This is the fire…….

…….in which it burns

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

Pembrokeshire, West Wales! The scene is a bit shit to be blunt. Our nearest gigs are in Swansea, over an hour away from us, and it’s not that strong a scene there either.

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

As I said earlier, we are currently working on our first full album release of 8 original tracks. We have 4 EPs under our belts but none of which we are very happy with.

1st EP we loved the sound but weren’t keen on the songs.

2nd EP we loved the songs but hated the sound.

3rd EP was a bit of a hash job and we don’t really speak of it!!

4th The live EP, there was some weird background noises going on, including a local radio station being picked up through the bass DI.

This new effort has been recorded over 5 months. We go into the studio for a day or two. Take the recordings home for a week or three, listen to it to death, go back and change what we don’t like. We even totally re-started the process and re-did the drum tracks and started guitars all over as Vinny wasn’t happy with any of his tracks he did to click, so he did 13 drum tracks WITHOUT click, in one sitting, from memory, and tight as a ducks shithole!! 

So now the sound we have been working on for three years is honed closer to perfection, with our line up now set with Vinny, who’s helped turn us around over the last 12 months, and the best tracks we’ve written are recorded… apart from the new ones we’ve written whilst we’ve been recording!! Plus we have drum tracks for five tracks which are not on the album that we can put guitars etc to, and issue singles to keep the interest and releases coming!!

Who have been your greatest influences?

As far as singers go Bruce Dickinson and Dani Filth. Guitarists, from a young age were Adrian Smith, Dave Murray and James Hetfield, But the Hetfield thing was more because I thought he was a bad ass!! Now my main influence is our lead guitar man Steve. I was always a power chord, fast picking guitarist. Steve’s got me doing actual notes, and I’ve dragged him kicking and screaming into doing stupid fast triplet picking!!

What first got you into music?

Heavy music! First time I heard Van Halen. Then it was Maiden to Metallica and shortly on to Cradle of Filth etc. Now I’m into anything stupid heavy.

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

Would love to do something with Dani Filth just so he could maybe teach me how to scream like him! I used to be better at top end vox in my youth but vocal/smoking/booze abuse and not looking after my voice properly has stopped that.

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

If I’m completely honest, personally I wouldn’t play one. I’m not a festival fan. Sound is always ropey as shit depending on the weather. Only one I’ve been to and properly enjoyed was Ozzfest at Milton Keynes Bowl. Indoor gigs are more my thing. Up close(er) and personal with the audience so everyone gets the same or similar experience!

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

Wasn’t a fan as such!

Years ago I used to run gigs and me and a mate had a ‘festival’ once or twice a year called Yogfest, at which we usually raised money for local charities. So one year we had a band called System Wrecking Silence headlining. When they arrived I asked them if they’d brought their donations for the raffle (CD’s and whatever) Lead man Shem went a little white and says “shit we forgot! I’ll sort summit”

Anyway for some reason they had a brand new hoover in their van. They got it out and everyone involved in the show from band members to staff signed it. We raised hundreds because everyone wanted it!! Best thing ever!! Wasn’t a fan of mine but I’ll always be a fan of Shem and his hoover!!

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

We’re coming for you. There is no preparation that will save you…. we’re goin in dry!!

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

No contest. Dimebag Darrell. But I’d want it to be a Pantera thing, and all the shit that split them up to never have happened. Would be amazing to hear what would have been next.

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

Best thing is definitely writing and playing our music, the aggression it releases is better than any drug. My lyrics are mostly personal so it’s a great way to vent. We have a track about male depression and recently a lad came up to me after a show and said the lyrics meant a lot to him and he really felt good knowing that others felt that way and he wasn’t alone. Guess that’s actually the best thing a fan has ever given me, not the weirdest but definitely the best.

The travelling with the lads is also fuckin awesome, we have a blast, meeting new people, making new stage brothers and sisters, it’s all good.

Guess the only few things that twist my tits are;

Loading out (loading in is fine but after you play and you’re fucked, carrying gear, normally down a flight of stairs is fuckin crap!!)

Bands who fuck about talking to their mates after playing instead of setting down and talking AFTER so that the next crew can get on! That shit really grinds me, but then I am a grumpy old bastard!!

Bands who are not appreciative of the opportunities handed to them, who aren’t thankful after borrowing gear, their time on a stage and the time of the organisers, staff and sound person. A lot of work goes into putting gigs together, everyone needs to help each other out and play their part.

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

The money men! Musicians do all the labour and then some twat in a suit comes along and makes a killing off them, you never hear the phrase ‘fed the starving manager’.

And people like Simon bastard Cowell. The ones who claim they know it all but can’t tell the fucking difference between a ‘group’ and a ‘band’, and then gives bands like ours shit for ‘corrupting the youth’ cause we sing angrily about depression and hate speech, whilst their ‘artists’ flash their tits in my kids faces whilst singing about how great their partners dick feels or how they miss it!!

Rant over!!

And yes I know that’s two things but counting was never my strong point, I failed maths three times.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “…And Justice For All”. The greatest thrash album ever.

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

I guess downloads are the most convenient with today’s available tech, but I prefer anything with a sleeve. I’m a big fan of album art and reading the inserts of lyrics and thanks lists, equipment used, where the album was recorded and why. All the human shit that goes into a record that downloads just don’t have.

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

It’s a toss-up between the Alma in Bolton or The Carlisle in Hastings. Both were unexpectedly amazing shows that we weren’t expecting much from but then overwhelmed by the venues, the crowd size, the welcome, and the overall vibe at both. Not to say that other gigs were shit, it’s more that other gigs were good, but could learn from these guys about how to run a show to be great, the care and attention was spot on and it resonates through the watching audience.

The best venue we’ve played is definitely Creature Sound in Swansea. The audience has never been huge due to the scene struggling, but the couple who run the gaff are the greatest humans we’ve met EVER. Can’t do enough for their artists or the community around them, always putting others first and even after bullshit, including racial abuse, never ones to stop helping and smiling. Kaz and Allen should have venues named after them.

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

The wife!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tough one!

Dani Filth because… he’s Dani Filth, my one gay crush!!

The Missus… to keep my eyes off Dani Filth

The three other reprobates of the crew sat in one chair so none are left out because I love them all and wouldn’t be doing this interview about our band if I wasn’t in the band with them. They only get one helping between them though. I love them but not enough to buy them ALL a dinner!

Rik Mayall. I’d have him reanimated for the night dressed as Richie.

Ade Edmondson. Just wouldn’t be right to have Richie without Eddie Hitler

What’s next for the band?

Get this feckin album finished and mastered and out so we can gig the shit out of its release all over the bloody place!!

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

Mainly Facebook but we are on Twatter, Instagram etc. We also have Spotify and all that jazz. Most of the links can be found via our Facebook page though.

https://twitter.com/InWhichItBurns https://open.spotify.com/artist/4FXlSBi0VHAsFsHfawc1WO

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit sized cake.

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

Thank you for having us… Me! It’s been fun. And if it’s ok with you guys (Not that I’m planning on letting you have a choice I’m just being polite) I’m gonna send you a copy of the album when it’s done for your reviewing pleasure. There will be a packet of choc chip cookies in it for a glowing write up, as we helped rid you of your heathen Jaffa Cake argument.

Thanks again. Stretch and the lads @InWhichItBurns

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In Which It Burns w/ Scarfoot and SICK – The Hideout, Wrexham, North Wales 06/03/2020 – In Which It Burns

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In Which It Burns w/ Scarfoot and SICK The Hideout, Wrexham, North Wales 06/03/2020

In Which It Burns
w/ Scarfoot and SICK
The Hideout, Wrexham, North Wales
Review and Photography by Beth Jones

After a few quiet months on the gig front, we suddenly find ourselves in the midst of a bit of a flurry of local gigs, which is great! Friday 6th March saw us heading into Wrexham, (a brave move some might say) to check out a few bands performing at yet another show put on by our maestros of metal, North East Wales Metal Productions. The venue, previously called Atomic, has now had a name change and somewhat of a rebrand and refurb, especially upstairs, where the gig was taking place. It’s a cosy little space, but now has a small bar, and has had a wall removed to create a little more standing room. It’s not perfect, as because of it’s shape, some parts of the stage can’t be seen properly from the back, but hey ho – it’s a venue, and we have some awesome bands coming there, so who am I to complain!

For this occasion, we were set to be serenaded by, firstly, Liverpool speed rock band Sick, followed by one of our local favourites, Scarfoot, and then South West Wales lads, In Which It Burns.


These guys haven’t been together very long and play ‘Speed Rock’. This description raised a few eyebrows here at Ever Metal HQ, because it was essentially just Punk. Their relative infancy is telling in their performance. It’s messy. A lot of the songs sound the same, and the drummer, who is also the singer, seems to have a bit of an issue with drumming and singing at the same time. At one point in the set, they announced that they were going to play ‘a slow one’, and the guitars came in at quite a slowed down pace, but then had to speed up to keep up with the drummer, who came in with the same beat that he had done for every song. They were very enthusiastic though, and if you like messy 70’s Punk, then these guys are for you, but personally I think they need to focus on listening to each other more, in order to tighten up their live performance. The bassist stood out for me, as he was a good player and knew how to perform!



We’ve seen these guys so many times in the last couple of years it almost feels like we’re related! To say they’ve progressed recently, after a notable change in line-up, would be understating their improvement. Last time we saw them, there was a new magic that hadn’t been present before.

They’d been on a bit of a shopping trip since we last saw them, adding some lights and a smoke machine to their stage set-up, and we were excited to see what new wizardry they were going to give us. Two words: LEVEL UP!!!!!! Holy hell! It was like seeing a whole new band! It was obvious they’ve really been putting in the practice, and thinking deeper about how they present, as every element of their show is massively improved. Grooves were heavier, riffs and stops where tighter, the energy was on full power, and the addition of the lights and smoke machine really put the pretty smoky blue icing on the rather fine Scarfoot stage show cake! This was by far the best we have ever seen them, and a perfect example of what hard work paying off looks like! If they can do it like that in their upcoming Metal 2 The Masses heat, they will blow the audience’s mind!


In Which It Burns

I saw these guys late last year over in Chester at the G21 bar in The Saddle. Rick was laid up that night, so hadn’t been able to come with me, therefore, when this venture to Wrexham was announced, I made certain that we would both get down, because I knew they would be right up Rick’s street!

Hailing from Pembrokeshire, they play a real meld of metal styles in a very tight and exciting way and I absolutely bloody love them! They are all very talented musicians, and down to earth guys to boot, and the little snippets of dark humour that front man Wayne Mayhew injects between songs go down very well. They really deserve to be a much bigger name on the scene than they are.

As predicted, Rick was also suitably impressed with them, and had a long chat with Wayne after their set to tell him that! Seriously, if they are coming to a town near you soon, get out and see them – you will not be disappointed. We are mega happy that they’re coming back up here in a few weeks, playing with Ashen Crown and Incinery at the one and only Mclean’s, Pentre! They also impressed Fozzy and Beany so much that, at the end of their set, Beany announced that they were being adding to the bill for next year’s Pentre Fest, which was met with much cheering!

And, as if that wasn’t enough, I was given an In Which It Burns beany hat, and it is the first hat ever that doesn’t make me look a complete dick!! Happy Beth!!!


And with that, we slunk off quietly through the streets of Wrexham which, believe me, are not pretty at that time on a Friday, and headed home to go to bed, because we’re old, and needed our beauty sleep before our next gig adventure, M2TM North Wales – Heat 2, the following day!



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In Which It Burns – G21 at The Saddle Rock Bar, Chester – 05/10/2019



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