How would you describe your music?
Melodic Industrial Metal!
Tell us about the history of the band?
Group: We started officially under the name Remanants of Hope in Febraury 2014. By the 20th we’d landed our first show opening for the metal-core band Outline in Color at a venue we’ve come to call our performance home- Swayze’s Venue. After that we played tons of local shows, working on our performance and skill to write better songs to play. We held auditions for more members but none of them could commit to it with practice or just weren’t meshing with us very well. Our first good song was “Symphony of Sorrow”
. Nykii had edited our cover videos and worked those together well so we made a video for it. Not our best visual work, but it had our image and sound in the same place. That made a small wave in our scene for just a moment and we got our first flood of new fans. We went from about 200 likes to 1,700 in a week after releasing that video. With the kindness there was also a negative flood. This eventually drove our vocalist Zander off of social media because he’d gotten sick of the messages and comments people were sending to him. Since then we’ve shared the stage with Farewell My love, Famous Last Words, Eyes Set to Kill, Wednesday
13, Stitched Up Heart, Palaye Royale and many more.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Zander: Green Day and Amon Amarth.
Paul: Alexi Laiho and Herman Li. I’m working really hard to hopefully play as well as they do someday.
Nykii: Trivium and Black Veil Brides.
What inspires you?
Zander: Music, dude.
Nykii: New music, i’m always looking for new bands to listen to.
Paul: Children of Bodom concert videos. They make me want to perform better.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Nykii: We haven’t done much touring, but what I do know is that it’s much easier to write in the home studio. Our out-of-state vehicle is an Oldmobile Custom Cruiser so we only have so much room where we can fit things that aren’t crucial to the performances.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Nykii: ‘Create The End’
It’s a real banger and it’s not hard for people to get into it when we play it. Everytime people clap with me before the song kicks in on the intro I get a super giddy “Woohoo!” feeling.
Paul: ‘A Warriors Heart’
I love the mood it sets, it’s a sad sounding ballad type song but it’s also super heavy.
Zander: ‘Digging Graves’
I just love how it’s heavy and it’s soft. In my opinion it shows both of our best sides.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Nykii: Black Veil Brides, Avenged Sevenfold and Dragonforce. That’d be a night of complete guitar wizardry!
Zander: Andy Black, Green Day and Amon Amarth. That’s my whole favorite section of my play list.
Paul: The Relapse Symphony, Trivium and Falling In Reverse (before they lost Jacky Vincent). We’d go pretty well with that line-up in my opinion.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Nykii: It’s so completely messed up. I know what i’m about to say is a no-brainer… But, when you’re a band, you’ve got to pay and get so many different people’s services. Album art, recording services (we built our own studio to negate this), PR guys, brand advertising, distribuation, video advertising firms… Hell, even Facebook needs a big cut to even show your posts to your own fans. The list goes on and on. The bands only source of revenue comes from either T-shirt or music sales and every one of these services is needed. I think the music industry has too many claws bleeding the bands out to the point where they will almost never be able to sustain themselves in the current market and time period we’re in.
Zander: What Nyk said.
Paul: What Zander said.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Nykii: When we were in Alabama we stopped at a gas station at 4:00 in the morning to fill up since it was the only one for a very long time. We went into the shop to pay since it was cash only. Person in front of me in line reached behind him and put his hand on what appeared to be a pistol held in his waist band, looks around like he’s getting ready to rob the place, then stops, moves his hand and puts the shirt back over it. Pays for his gas and goes. Freaked the hell out of me. I thought it was weird, but i’m glad nothing happened.
Zander: Nykii had gotten his permit to drive recently. I slept most of the way there so every time I woke up and we were stopped I thought we crashed. It was really dark and very early in the morning. It was really weird.
What are your future plans?
Group: To release another EP in January at the latest! We also plan to do some touring to places people have asked us to go. Our primary goal right now is to expand our reach and get in front of as many people as possible.