Ireland always brought interesting bands, and Words That Burn one of those interesting ones! You must to try them if you haven’t before!
Hi! Tell me about Words That Burn. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hi guys. Thanks for talking the time out to speak to us. We have always been about strong, meaningful lyrics. The name of the band is a representation of that. Our singer, Roni, had a book of poetry with the same name which we thought was quite apt because of our connection to our lyrics. Ironically, the name is now more of a statement than ever in the sense that there is a general social mantra of people getting offended by words…. Which as we all know, cant hurt you!
“Regret Is For The Dead” album was released couple months ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
When we did all the preproduction for RIFTD we couldn’t imagine how massive the end product was going to sound. Our producer Jonny Mazzeo in Mathlab studios did an outstanding job with the record. So how do we feel?…. Absolutely ecstatic.
There is always an element of “when is a song/album really finished”. You have to know when to draw a line in the sand and say it’s done. Of course there will always be bits that you think could be changed but because we are so happy with it and because of the amazing response the album has received chart wise and review wise, we think it’s perfect.
Tell me more about “Regret Is For The Dead”? Album ideas etc…
The album title is our way of saying live your life the way you want to. Nobody knows what happens in the end, so there is no point in living a certain way to earn your place in a heaven that most likely doesn’t exist! On the same token, it is about living in the now. We spend a lot of our time dwelling on the past or stressing about the future, which is very easy to do. But that can cause unnecessary anxiety and keep us from realizing that where we are is where we chose to be and that is absolutely OK. Even though the tracks explore different elements of this in an aggressive way, the overall message is to be happy.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Lyrically we take inspiration from personal experience, from the things that we fear, the things that we love. I think that if you want people to feel something from your music, it has to come from an honest place. That mind-set also transfers to how we write musically. It comes from anger, it comes from fear the same way it comes from everything good we have in our individual lives. If the music doesn’t move you in some way, then for us, it isn’t part of what we are about. We try to transfer that as best we can onto record.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Words That Burn’s sound?
That’s a tough question to answer because we try not to define ourselves. To define what you do creatively kind of ties your colours to a particular mast. For example, our next record will not sound like RIFTD. And there is already an obvious evolution in the very early demos of what may or may not be next album tracks. But, if you put a gun to my head and asked me for 3 words to sum up our sound – Aggressive, tragic, pretty.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
Well we actually didn’t have time for a hiatus. We have been constantly gigging since 10 weeks before the album came out as promo for the release and then pretty much every week since then. We are about to embark on our first European tour on 2nd September. We will have a few weeks break after that and then back gigging. But we have had time to squeeze a few demos in. Our guitarist Shane has a studio in his house so he has put some very interesting demos together!
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Individually we come from very different backgrounds musically. There is 60’s rock, classical, sub-pop, grunge, nu-metal, metalcore, hardcore… the list is endless. Our common ground from a writing perspective would be bands like Deftones, Slipknot, The Defiled, BMTH, Architects…. The would all be huge influences on us for a number of reasons but in terms of our sound, we try not to wear our influences on our sleeve too much.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
No one really springs to mind. WTB is just us 4 guys and we sound the way we do because of that. Also, it would be very intimidating to have one of your idols in the studio with you. But if Corey Taylor is about the next time we are recording we’d let him do a few takes….. If he was really nice to us!!
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
We are on Wormholedeath/Aural records now so they do a lot of promotion for us, which gets us out to a bigger audience, but you have to go old school and gig gig gig gig gig…
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Yeah we all have our hobbies. Whether it’s going to the gym, socializing (a lot… we are irish after all!!), swimming, going to see other bands or just chilling with our friends. It’s always good to switch off every now and again.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Absolutely. We are very lucky to have such amazing families, partners and friends. They support us 100%. Our partners especially as they push us to go and make the best we can out of all of this.
How’s the metal scene in Ireland right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Its great! There is a fantastic buzz in the metal scene. Some absolutely amazing home grown talent over here. Ireland is a small country but it has some killer venues that show the bands serious love! I would recommend to any touring European band to come over and pay us a visit! Have a few Guinness and play some metal!!!
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thanks for talking to us. Cheers
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