Hi! Tell me about Confessions Of A Traitor. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Confessions Of A Traitor also know as COAT came from the idea that you can redeem yourself from negative actions you have performed in life by admitting where you were wrong and working hard to right the wrongs. The band is basically five best friends with the same focus, making music together. We have been so lucky for the things we have done to date, and looking to the future, we want to make the most of everything we get and enjoy it whilst doing so!
“Illuminate” album was released on June 13. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We are very pleased that the EP has been re released through Sliptrick Records. They have been very kind in giving us the opportunity to be able to spread our music further afield. It’s always a great feeling to finally show the people what you’ve been working on for so long. The amount of time and energy writing, finalising and recording the music takes, it means the world to us when we hear that people like it! Looking back on it though we are still super happy on how it all came out, I guess we’d just tweak the recording of some of the parts but that’s me being really picky. At the time something is always perfect to you, but after time you think you could have done better, it’ll always be that way.
Tell me more about “Illuminate”? Album ideas etc…
The lyrics that drive the EP are about hope and having belief that thing will get better even in the darkest times. However dark it gets there is always a dim light flickering somewhere that you, yourself must fan into a flame.
The title Illuminate actually took us very little time to decide on compared to the cover artwork. That took a lot longer because we wanted it to be a much more meaningful image to us and the songs, compared with our first EPs artwork. We always wanted the songs, artwork and videos to all tie in with each other because we all agree that everything should have meaning behind it and all compliment each other. The song titles are a poem when read one after the other, hence why they’re long titles. We also wanted the artwork to really stand out and be something we’d never seen before, so we asked our friend Simon Atkinson of Glass Nails to create a mandala image, and he did an awesome job!
Where do you take all inspiration from?
We all have our own big handful of favourite bands and individual musicians, so we combine all of that which makes our band sound the way it does. Originally a lot of inspiration came from some of the big metalcore bands like Parkway Drive, As I Lay Dying and Lamb Of God. The music industry is an ever evolving one and new smaller bands some good have had a significant influence on us as they themselves push up into the mainstream. Bands like Heart Of A Coward and While She Sleeps especially as a live show.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Confessions Of A Traitor’s sound?
Crazy, loud, breakdown filled metal!
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
Apart from the tracks on Illuminate, we had other ideas that were born from it. So yes we had a break once it was originally released and came back to those ideas later on. Quite a lot we changed straight away or just haven’t used at all. So we’ve honed in on those few ideas to create some real sick ideas that we’ll keep for the future. But as much as we love writing new material together it’s always great to be playing what we currently have to the fans, and them still singing all the lyrics back!
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
As I’m sure you can imagine, we all like different bands and genres, but there are a handful of bands we all love equally. Some of those are Parkway Drive, While She Sleeps, As I Lay Dying, Fit For A King, Silent Planet, Northlane, Wage War and Heart Of A Coward.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Whilst we’re on the topic, a shout out to JT Cavey of ERRA for featuring on Illuminate! Huge thanks to him! Ideally in a perfect world some people we’d love to work with are Lawrence Taylor from while she sleeps and Danny Leal from UABB who is a good friend of ours.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
We just LOVE touring, so I guess that really. Like I said before, we’ve had the honour of touring and playing with some great great bands that wouldn’t have been made possible without certain people, in countries we would never had dreamed of going to on a normal holiday, let alone playing our music in. We just want to tour as much as possible and go to new cities and countries.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Unfortunately all we do outside of playing shows is work… We all gave up our main hobbies to pursue music, not necessarily with this band though. Our vocalist Steve was a professional rugby player but is still a complete fitness freak and where ever in the wild he is he will find a gym to train in, our drummer Seb played basketball to a high level, and Dom our guitarist pets cats all day!
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
We definitely are! It’s cheesy but we couldn’t do it without them! Seb’s family was reluctant to support him because he quit basketball for it, and they didn’t think it was a “proper” career path to follow.
How’s the metal scene in UK right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
It’s a weird one, it always has its ups and downs, at the moment I feel it’s definitely on an up! Some awesome bands coming up through the woodwork, and some great top level bands touring this area regularly.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thank you too! We appreciate you asking the questions. Hope to speak soon!