EMQ’s With IN WHICH IT BURNS
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!!
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?
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
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.
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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