Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sail Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Hi, we are Sail. We are a four piece progressive sludge metal band from the southwest made up of Charlie Dowzell, Kynan Scott, Tom Coles and Tim Kazer. If you like your guitars heavy and your bridges spacey then there's a good chance you'll enjoy our music.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?
Honestly one of the things we really struggle with is describing our musical sound. I think the term we've settled on is pop-sludge, it's sludgy but we feel that there's some real bangers on the album. Really heavy Thin Lizzy is what I normally go for. It's rich, it's heavy and it's weird and that's the way we like it.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
For a group of fairly cheerful individuals it has to be said that the album contains a lot of topics like loss and sadness and killer whale murders. I guess really we focus on emotions, lyrics for me (Tim) stem from the feel the music gives us or at least that's what it is for me personally, Charlie and Tom may have entirely different ways of going about it.

4.Originally the band was known as 'Husk' what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sail'?
I think each of us in our own way had begun to consider the change. Husk evoked a style of music which was no longer us. So we did what any band would do and spent months discussing a new name. Out of the many many names suggested Sail stuck, it felt right for where we are at and where we want to go. That sort of sense of adventure and vastness that the idea of sailing the oceans has - I think it was definitely the right decision.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
One of our definite highlights was probably Kynan's first gig with us. It was in a brewery and we played so loud that the bottles lining the walls were in real peril and I think some were lost. Tom swears to this day we even had a crowd surfer although no one else saw it. Other highlights would have to be playing Frankfest (a festival our friend Frank Dennis puts on in Tiverton) and our music video shoot gig. Our stage performance probably walks that fine line between cool band and a bunch of dorks. And I'm okay with that ;P

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We do! Well we're currently trying to look at putting things in place for something. A bunch of local weekend dates with some good friends like Cybernetic Witchcult, Eleventh Degree and Napier. Then a more country wide tour later on in the year.

7.Currently the band is signed to 'Hibernacula Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?
Incredibly so! Danny and the guys have been invaluable. We wanted to do this professionally and it has been amazing to have that support behind us, Curtis our pr guy has just been the best, getting our music video out there and getting us badass interviews like these. I really can't endorse them enough.

8.On a worldwide level how has to the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme or melodic metal?
Surprisingly well, I think it sometimes can be the case that metal is very sequestered into genres and their fans. However we have had really good feedback from people. We had a lovely review from a Spanish magazine, we are the first to admit our music is weird and not necessarily for everyone but we've all been blown away by the response from people!

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
More weird, more riffs, more synth. I think we've really hit our stride in terms of feel and sound so now it's a case of getting out there, writing more and enjoying the whole experience of it!

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The two big ones are Mastodon and Baroness. I think that's plain to see in our music (though I hope not too much), but saying that we have a really wide taste in music. Tom implores people to listen to Björk on a daily basis. Tim has a love for the 1975 that keeps on growing. Kynan has gotten really into synthwave and Charlie is going through a real swamp, Deep South blues phase.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
The obvious one I guess because he's so damn good at it is Charlie's love of lego, seriously you should see the stuff he makes. He's a wizard. Kynan is looking keenly into pedal building and has more dad jokes than I think there are dads. Tom is currently doing a masters and is an incredible writer. Tim's interests are mostly walks and more recently snakes.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Firstly and most importantly, thank you for your time and for giving us this interview. It's rare we get to actually discuss the things which make us excited about being a band and it's really cool when we do. We are so proud of this album and we really hope people enjoy it as much as us. Thanks to anyone who has seen us, watched our video or is planning on listening to us. You're all the best and we love you.

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