Jamie Everett and Joshua Grayson of Sentinel Complex talk to Loud-Stuff about Cyberpunk, teeth, and assholes who pick fights….
How would you describe your music?
To sum it up in a few words, we tend to combine a lot of different genres but by far the main three are metal, industrial electronic music and orchestral film score. It’s a fairly niche combination but we have always said that we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t have all three.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
We started off writing music together in 2014 but we originally started out scoring for smaller indie game and film projects for trailers and stuff like that. It was once we had done a number of them that we realised we had started to establish a sound which we really liked and at some point in 2015 we had the idea to write and release our own original music. We rebranded from our old name (Nova Prospect) to Sentinel Complex and have been writing music ever since!
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
Our influences range from a bunch of different artists, since we combine elements from metal, electronic music and also a lot of film score works. For metal, our main influences are bands like Fear Factory, Mechina and The Defiled.
When it comes to electronic elements, we try to pull a lot of techniques from darker artists like 1788-L, Swarm and some of Trent Reznors more electronic pieces.
Film score makes up a large chunk of where our ideas come from and we both have a huge mutual admiration for Hans Zimmer! He is definitely our most loved composer, but we also love people like John Carpenter and Vangelis too for the horror and cyberpunk twists!
What inspires you?
Both of us are huge fans of the two things that inspire our sound the most, cyberpunk and horror! There isn’t a song currently that we have released in which we haven’t pulled from either of these types of media.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Since we are a studio band at this point, we currently haven’t played live but I guess that is your answer! We do get a lot of random ideas for songs when we are out and about though if that counts haha.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Probably Grievous Angel! It’s just balls to the wall frantic and heavy, and would probably be the one which would just get people the most hyped.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I think our dream tour idea would probably be pretty similar – some combination of Periphery, Swarm, Bring Me The Horizon, Rezz and Ice Nine Kills. A good mix of electronic and metal acts, and some of our personal favourites overall!
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Oh the music industry has changed a lot over the past couple of decades, and the fact that anyone can release music without the backing of a major label and still be able to make a decent name for themself is pretty crazy on its own.
The real focus on streaming and the decline of physical media is pretty huge too, since its only really collectors or dedicated fans which buy it any more!
Honestly though we feel that the rise of streaming has definitely helped! The fact that anyone can build a musical portfolio online is great, and really opens up a gateway for talented artists that we may not have heard of say 30 years ago.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We don’t have any funny tour stories since we haven’t played live yet, but we have plenty funny gig stories! At shows that both of us have been to, we’ve seen someone have their teeth knocked out infront of us (which we helped them find), we’ve seen people losing hair, even people crowd-surfing in giant inflatable dingys!
The worst thing we ever saw though was when we were seeing Machine Head in 2018, the whole show had to be stopped because some asshole picked a fight with someone in the crowd and we honestly thought the guy was literally dead on the floor afterwards. He ended up being fine though! Thankfully the guy who did that to him was arrested, stuff like that is not acceptable in any way.
What are your future plans?
Honestly our plans right now are to keep writing as much as we can and release songs single by single for the next year or so, and then once we have a good amount we want to collate them into a collective album.