EMQ’s With REMISSION
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Perth, Western Australia based Melodic Death/Thrash band Remission. Huge thanks to lead guitarist/vocalist, Jacson Robb, 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?
My name is Jacson, I play lead guitars and am lead vocalist of my band Remission. The concept for the band began around February of 2014, and we started playing our first shows around the middle of 2015. Original members comprise of drummer Lewis Oliver and me with new members Josh Vaile and Curt Everett joining the fold last year. I truly believe that THIS is the line-up Remission was always meant to have, so we’ll just gloss over previous endeavours for now 😉
How did you come up with your band name?
The name was originally suggested by Lewis at the end of 2014, and we thought it was good to have a name that stood out from the usual cliché of a “metal” band.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Perth in Western Australia. We have a few really great bands out of our city including Earth Rot, Xenobiotic, Voyager and Daybreak, to name a few. Australia in itself has an amazingly diverse metal scene, and right now bands such as Polaris, Alphawolf, Justice for the Damned and many others are seeing that the fan base of heavy music here is very much alive, well, and growing by the minute!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We released our debut album “The Tether’s End” on November 15th last year (2019), and the response so far has been utterly astounding in its positivity!
Who have been your greatest influences?
Personally, my greatest influences are Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) and David Davidson (Revocation). I have been lucky enough to meet both of these guys, most recently having the opportunity to tour with Revocation in Japan.
What first got you into music?
My Dad was the first one to get me into music. He has played guitar for most of his life, so growing up there was always a guitar around. He used to have a white Stratocaster that I found particularly enthralling as a young kid!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Alexi Laiho and Dave Davidson together on one massively sick guitar shred track. That’s the stuff of dreams!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I would choose Metaldays in Slovenia. The festival looks like it’s in such a beautiful setting, with forests and rivers that you can swim in, as well as insane crowds! Although I believe Wacken is the holiest of holy grails in terms of festivals for any band who is into metal.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
To be honest, I can’t think of any really weird gifts I’ve received from fans. If someone wants to be the first to kick off the list, do feel free! Hahaha!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for supporting us on our short yet fledgling journey thus far. We have new music in the works, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy creating it. Keep an eye out for new merchandise and items from us, your support goes way further than you could think!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Dimebag. No question.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy everything about being a musician. Sure, it would be nice to have a career where one makes the kind of money similar to working any other job – however I can easily look past this as touring and writing music have given me a wealth of experiences and feelings that I now consider invaluable. I will die doing this!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I believe that as musicians, we would be best to adapt to the climate we find ourselves in no matter the situation. Times now are different to the times past of those we consider our influences, and there is nobody to blame but the historical development of technology and the internet!
Spotify should definitely stop being such a greedy little bag of f**ks though. Their gross annual profit compared to what they repay their artists. Absolute robbery. Sort your s**t out!!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
There are way too many to speak of! One that I have been revisiting a lot recently though is Pantera’s “Vulgar Display of Power”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I personally love collecting Vinyl records, the variants of albums available nowadays is purely staggering! I also find that listening to records on Vinyl produces a much warmer, richer sound than found on CD’s and Downloads.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We recently played a sold-out show in Tokyo, Japan, with Cattle Decapitation and Revocation. That was pretty goddamn wild. Japanese fans sure like to go hard on the head banging!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably a visual artist or graphic designer of some sorts, maybe even a writer. Anything to be creative as I find everything else can wear off on me pretty quickly.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Dave Grohl, Joe Rogan, Gary Holt, Kyle Rasmussen and my good mate Tom Waterhouse from Earth Rot! Sounds like it’d be an absolute jive.
What’s next for the band?
We are currently in the planning stages for an East-Coast Australia tour in June. After that, we are going to focus on finishing our new album and getting over to tour in Europe before the end of the year!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Usually we will post music streaming links to Facebook from places like Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. We also like posting videos to Instagram along with these links, just to garner a little more engagement.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Chocolate and Orange together as a flavour concept should just be banned altogether. However, I will concede that I do believe they should be labelled as biscuits.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for having me! Keep an eye out for Remission on your favourite streaming services and coming to a town near you SOON! PEACE!
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