Fires of Freya is a UK based rock band with exhilarating monster guitar riffs and powerful raw vocals.
How would you describe your music?
Cheryl: Eclectic, Emotive Rock. We do not try to write a certain genre; we write what we think sounds good or what we feel like writing, normally what the emotions of a song drive. We tend to lean towards blues rock vibes for a few songs but do explore grunge, soft rock ballads and even punk rock-ish on occasions. In terms of writing the music, Shaun, James and myself all write original ideas and so that also helps to create a mixed sound but it’s all still essential rock.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Cheryl: The original idea for the band was an all-female grunge band, but after trying to find a female bassist and failing we revised that idea. There have been a few member changes since the original idea of creating this band was formed. Dan and myself are technically original members of this set up (after the all-female thing was dropped) Shaun came in about 6 months later as guitarist and then James is our newest member who joined early 2019. Our initial sound was more punk rock, fast riffs and upbeat (sort of like Alkaline Trio type vibes), this can be heard in our songs Crash and Burn and Starless Sky, but this has developed into what it is today over the years.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Cheryl: I’m influenced by bands like HIM, Halestorm, Alter Bridge, Shinedown, Stone Sour and some older stuff like Roxette, Heart, Bon Jovi. Lzzy Hale is my idol, her voice, her attitude is just the perfect Rock chic!
What inspires you?
Cheryl: Lots of things; Other songs, people, life events and the emotions that come with that. The lyrics to our songs tend to be formed from a life event or feelings that I’ve experienced, it’s all very real and writing these feelings into song is definitely helpful, a stress reliever. It’s like a musical diary.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Cheryl: I prefer to write alone; I work and think better when alone and can better process things when I have the time to. We do sometimes have jams at practice in the studio and have created songs from doing this but I will generally already have a bank of lyrics ready to use or will take a recording of the ideas and then add lyrics later at home when I’ve had time to ponder over the music and try a few things. I’m not a spur of the moment type creative.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Cheryl: Give a Reason I enjoy to perform live as I think it has a lot of impact. It builds up and silences a room. I also enjoy performing Take a Bow it’s punchy with lots of attitude!
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Cheryl: I once went to The Carnival of Madness which was Alter Bridge, Shinedown, Halestorm and Black Stone Cherry. It doesn’t get much better than that for me so I would have loved to be part of that tour.
What are you’re current thoughts on the music industry?
Cheryl: It’s always been a tough nut to crack and I’d say now it’s even harder to be heard! Sure, it’s easier to get your music online and potentially in front of fans but it’s very difficult, as a new band, to get people to listen to you. People like what they like and even I am guilty of listening to the same bands over and over. There is so many other bands, so much competition and it seems that to get noticed and get your music out there you need to pay lots of money for PR and all sorts but earning money in music, that’s tricky. Streaming and downloading means that you earn very little from your music, it barely covers the cost of making the actual music.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Cheryl: Shaun has this habit of wearing the most horrendous shirts at gigs, it’s his uniform and each gig it gets worse and worse! At our single launch party a few weeks ago, he came and said to me that he didn’t have a crazy shirt for the show. I thought this odd, but he was adamant that he had just a plain top. It turns out that yes, he didn’t have a crazy shirt, what he did have was a silky tank top that was multicoloured with a graphic of a cat riding a shark that was vomiting a rainbow, in space! He outdone himself that night! I almost spat my drink out when I saw him! Bearing in mind this is a 6 ft 5 guy with long hair wearing this top, what a sight! He also showed up to the recording studio in an inflatable T-Rex costume once and proceeded to try and play guitar in it! We have videos of this on our Facebook page, it’s hysterical!
What are your future plans?
Cheryl: We aim to make an album in 2020. We think this would be an amazing achievement and so that’s our #1 priority. We are 2 songs into completing this so far! We’re steadily growing a fan base and steadily upping the level of gigs we do. We plan to do more of the same: gig heavily, make awesome music and try our best to get that music in front of as many people as possible. We also want to try and get onto bigger stages in 2020, festival slots and better support gigs as well as our own mini tours around the UK and possibly beyond.