INTERVIEW: Recall The Remains

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

Hey, thanks for having me! I’ve been ok thanks – surviving the best I can in this weird world!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Darker Path”?

Sure. Darker Path is about the grief process and all of the different thoughts and feelings that go through a person’s head as they’re trying to deal with it. Each section of the song is inspired by a different stage of the process and it’s reflected in the instruments as well as the lyrics. There’s quite a blend of heavy, groovy riffs, melodic sections and some pretty frantic bits too so there’s a lot to take in!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Our vocalist Jacob lost a friend to a sick bastard a few years ago and the lyrics are somewhat reflective of the different thoughts that went through his head when dealing it, mixed in with some inputs from other members based on their own experiences with grief. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

So we’ve worked with Jay Hillyer for this video after he did such an awesome job doing the video for our first single (First Inversion). He’s a really good guy to work with and was instantly on the same page when we brought our ideas to him. He executed them perfectly as well! 

The experience of creating this video was really interesting because it wasn’t just a performance video in a studio space. We had loads of people come and speak to us throughout the day, and a group of kids on mountain bikes hung around all day and we got a thank you message from their mum once we were finished which was really nice. We also had the police arrive just as we finished the final full band take because somebody thought there was a rave happening! The police were really understanding about it and were fine because there were 6 of us in total and we were socially distanced!

Shooting narrative scenes was really fun as well because we got to see a few different locations, and just having the creepy figure walking about was really cool. All in all, we had a great time and can’t wait to work with Jay again.

How was the recording and writing process?

The first incarnation of this song was written specifically because we won the opportunity to play Mammothfest a few years ago, and being an extreme metal festival, we wanted something heavy. When we took the song to the studio in 2019 (Monochrome Productions) we did the pre-production work but felt it lacked a certain energy, so we spent some time working with our producer Tom on adding more groove, spicing the drums up and re-writing the lyrics to what you hear today. Doing this extra writing work was a game changer because the song is head and shoulders above the original version! Recording the song once we did this additional work was easy. Tom is a professional and knows how to get the best out of his clients, and as a band we play every rehearsal and show to a click track so getting things tight and in time was mostly easy. Jordan and Jacob are both incredible vocalists so getting those takes you hear down was pretty painless too!

What role does West Midlands play in your music?

Even though we’re from Telford (except Tony our drummer who is from Wolverhampton) which technically isn’t the West Midlands, we all used to spend a lot of time within the West Midlands before the world ended and we had to stay indoors, we played a lot of gigs in Wolverhampton and Birmingham and made loads of friends both in bands and just generally in the scene, as well as having friends we already knew, so that subculture and group of friends had definitely had an influence on our music, from discovering new bands who inspire us to playing shows in more places around the country because we met a cool band at a West Midlands show. I forgot to mention it’s the birthplace of metal so there’s that too!

How has Trivium and Whitechapel influenced your writing?

Trivium have always been a band with an amazing grasp of melodic and heavy, and also carrying on through adversity. Matt Heafy has plenty of stories about how everyone hated Trivium to begin with and how up and down the media have been about them and seeing them grow to the band they are through that is inspiring. On the musical front we straddle that line between melodic and heavy although we’re not necessarily stylistically similar to Trivium. Whitechapel is a major influence of our vocalist Jacob, and you can hear it in his vocal style. I think we have added a few more deathcore-esque things to a musical arsenal when writing as well so again it’s not that we’re stylistically similar, it’s more we’ve drawn on ideas and concepts these bands like to use.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Absolutely! We recently announced that we will be releasing our debut EP “Dead Dreams” on 8th March 2021! We also have more singles to be announced soon. When the EP comes out we will be selling physical copies and it’ll be available online too (as you’d expect).

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We have no dates for the next singles to be released, but we will be announcing them soon!

What else is happening next in Recall The Remains’ world?

We’re continuing to write and are keeping in contact with promoters with the hope that we can play a socially distanced show or two soon, although nothing is set in stone yet. We may also make an appearance on a live stream or two if the opportunity presents itself so we’ll see!  ||  ||

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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