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INTERVIEW: Reign

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

“Hey! Yeah couldn’t be better thanks. Just come off the back of our Exclusive EP Release show in Exeter which was an absolutely huge night, the fans were crazy!”

Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Fighting Blind¨?

“Fighting Blind started when Ryan came up with the intro riff late at night, the whole song pretty much wrote itself in about 15 minutes on the guitar and all we had to come up with was a heavy breakdown which we needed to send the song off. We played the song through until the end of the second chorus at a practice session and Sam just played this really slow heavy chord progression, straight away we knew it was absolutely killer and since has always been one of our favourite tracks we’ve written.

The whole song discusses a relationship breaking down and falling apart due to lies and conflict, you know it’s coming to an end “Darling you know we’re running out of time” but you keep fighting to save it even though it’s only getting worse by the day. You’re fighting a losing battle, hence the title “Fighting Blind”.

Did any event in particular inspire the song?

“The way some of us were trapped within hateful relationships at the time. I think it was just one of those things that was affecting us so much that Ellis felt he had to put it down on paper.”

How was the film experience?

“It was stressful, organising the hangar to shoot the video was so last minute as we originally wanted to film outdoors but the weather let us down. But once we got there and set up for the shoot with Ben, everything was straightforward and we had huge amounts of fun filming it. We’ve never shot a music video before and had no idea what to expect, but Ben made the whole thing easy for us and we couldn’t be happier with the final edit.”

What was it like to work with Matt Stuart and what were you guys seeking for on this song that you found in Matt?

“Matt is a close friend to all of us in RE, a hugely talented vocalist and someone we knew would nail this song. We really wanted someone with raw powerful lows and overtones as well as piercing highs to make the end section of the song as heavy as possible, immediately we went to him and asked if he’d be up for doing the guest vocal section which Ellis had written. Matt met us and recorded his part with ease in something like 20 minutes when we were at the studio which consisted of mainly first takes. Once we heard it played back we couldn’t believe it, the end result was just so brutal! He absolutely killed it!”

The single comes off your new EP ‘Premonitions’ – what´s the story behind the title?

“We wanted something which would really sum up the ideas and emotions conveyed throughout the different tracks on the EP. “Premonitions” was a name which really struck a chord with all of us, the meaning itself being the feeling that something terrible is on the horizon. With songs like ‘Fighting Blind’ and ‘Bloodwater’ discussing past troubles and ‘The Amendment’ touching on issues like bullying we knew this title would really put into perspective these emotional traumas for whoever is listening allowing them to really empathise with the lyrics.”

How was the recording and writing process?

“In honesty all of it was new to us, none of us have ever done anything like this before. We’ve all played music for a long time but never took it to this stage, it all sort of happened by itself. Riffs and melodies just appeared out of thin air when writing the EP. Even with the lyrics, Ellis would just write a whole song out of nowhere in the space of half an hour. We just kept coming up with new ideas without fail and that’s why I think we’re so proud of ‘Premonitions’.

When we first began recording with Ash we had no idea what to expect as none of us had ever recorded before. But he knew exactly what we wanted and after we heard the final production of the first single ‘Bloodwater’ in its entirety, we knew we were in the right hands.The most difficult part of the recording process for us was recording the vocals for the EP.

Ellis would come in and go non-stop all day until every part was exactly how we wanted it to sound, meaning he put in the most hours and almost exhausted himself completely as he was pushing himself more than ever to give each track its own character and standout vocals, but we all know now it was well worth it and couldn’t be more happy with the final outcome.”

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

“Inspiration for the EP was drawn mainly from past troubles and experiences which some of us have been through. Some to do with relationships and others more social troubles such as bullying. Ellis just wrote down lyrics whenever things were weighing down his mind, I think that’s what gives the lyrics to ‘Premonitions’ their atmospheric quality.”

Any plans to hit the road?

“Although nothing is set in stone at the moment, we are currently looking at a UK tour around March/April time. We couldn’t be more eager to get touring, it’s something we’ve always wanted to do and can’t think of anything better than meeting new people and experiencing new venues and crowds out of our comfort zone.”

What else is happening next in Reign Eternal´s world?

“We have a new Music Video for “The Amendment” dropping in the next few weeks which we’re super excited about as well as dozens of great shows coming up around south-west of the UK. Some new merch on the way soon to go with the release of ‘Premonitions’ and hopefully some new material which will be creeping its way into our live sets soon. Plus of course hopefully a ‘Premonitions’ UK tour in 2016.”

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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