About The Band:

 

For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourself / yourselves tell us a little bit about your band.

 

The new face of Ravenface is essentially a super group of musicians from varying corners of the tech-metal scene. We came together to create music that people wouldn’t necessarily expect.

 

What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?

[Adam Dowd] – I remember very vividly hearing the multiple panning voices on Bohemian Rhapsody through the speakers on my Mum and Dads Vinyl player, with my Dad insisting that Roger Talylor was a woman haha. I loved that!

 

Who was the first album / single you purchased?

[Adam] – Pretty weird to say but I remember picking up ‘Foogies’ First album and Louise on cassette tape from the local market. However the first one I was particularly proud of and the single that helped me into formulating my love of music was ‘pretty fly for a white guy’ – the offspring! That was a life changing moment for me.

 

When did you first pick up your respective instrument?

[Adam] – I started as a guitarist and I know I sound very ‘Waynes World’ but I had a dream about me being on a stage and singing. And as I said previously once I heard ‘The Offspring’ that set me on a path to get my first guitar. Bass came along out of necessity really, I wanted a new challenge and my local area were desperate for Bassists! So really playing bass was about networking! I got to play in all the bands!

 

What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?

 

[Adam] – Totally self-taught up until college where I was lucky enough to learn how to relate the dots to my fret board! From there I have continued autonomous learning! And now teach.

 

Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?

[Adam] The Offspring! They are the guys who pushed me into the world really. There was music before around me but not enough that sparked the change from the David Beckham curtain haired footballer into a musician! But from there I’d say Mike Patton and Reuben / Jamie Lenman! Are my go to guys for music! Along with their extended interest in varied artists!

 

Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?

 

{Adam} Again ‘Americana’ by The Offspring! But I do remember a wonderful summer of learning S.O.A.D’s first album and Toxicity in its entirety on guitar which was pretty damn cool at the time! Still love playing their stuff to be fair! haha

 

What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?

 

Been to so many! In the past Pitchshifter at Rock city! With Sikth as support! That was truly an experience and my first ever ‘proper’ gig!, in the middle well, Porcupine tree have been the only band that I’ve been not so keen on until I saw them live! They were mesmerizing! Saw them at Manchester Academy. And most recently BLACK PEAKS! Their live show and constant amazement at the appreciation the audience is giving them make me all warm and fuzzy inside. Just seen them in their most recent tour at Leeds Key Club! A very excellent band!

 

Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?

 

I don’t think anything should be seen as a guilty pleasure! All music will have it’s merits in some form. But I suppose from a ‘metal/rock’ point of view, that fact that I’m really into Christine and Queens at the moment? That might be classed as a ‘Guilty pleasure’.. not sure?

 

About Now:

 

So any new music in the works currently or just released?

 

We’ve just released our new album Breathe Again at the end of November which reached No2 in the itunes charts and stayed there for a full week! And since then we have released the single ‘Colder’ along with a video which is doing super well too!

 

Where and when did you record it?

 

The album had been done for a while and was recorded from all around the UK and Europe. Essentially the band all live in various places so using the internet to send files of music recorded in our own homes has been a great experience.

 

How does the song writing process generally work for you?

 

This time around it has varied. We all have very particular styles we enjoy musically so to focus on music that we aren’t inherently known for has been very enjoyable and a nice relief! So its just like any other band really except instead of all members sat staring at each other.. we send over audio ideas and discuss via various messaging services!

 

What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?

 

By being super nice to everyone you meet, being dynamic in what you can bring to the table musically, put on as many shows as possible and make great music!

 

What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?

 

Locally to me is the Hull Scene and really on the grand scheme of things I genuinely feel its one of the best scenes in the UK. Our Bands from whatever genre are consistently great and have been for many years! I think because Hull to the rest of the UK seems to be like the end of the road kinda city we have the awesome fire in our bellies to show that we really are nothing like what the media portray us. We have an awesome Punk, Metal, Indie, Rap, Folk, Acoustic artists!.. you name it there’s something for everyone here!

 

Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?

 

I think there are, but not enough in the country. And honestly theres only the government to blame there I’d say! Austerity cuts, and all of us getting poorer and poorer is what is hurting music, not that people don’t want to come out they simply can’t afford to, nor can a lot of the venues afford to stay open!

 

Check out our review of Breathe Again

http://rocknloadmag.com/album-review/ravenface-breathe-again-album-review/

 

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