SHE MUST BURN INTERVIEW
To have both clean and dirty vocals in the sound in a band is nothing new, but your sound is new and fresh. So what do you feel it is that you have that other bands don’t?
She Must Burn - We are not afraid to express ourselves. I think bands these days tend to worry too much about being different because of what others might say. That’s what we've never given a crap about. We have all been in bands in the past where other members have said "can you sound more like this guy" or "write a riff that sounds like 'whoever' has written it". It's great to be inspired but to strive to sound like someone or something we are not is so far from what we are trying accomplish. We write music as ourselves for ourselves and we know that like minded people are going to dig it.
You have a wonderful hard edge but yet melody as well, when in the life of She Must Burn did you find that winning formula?
She Must Burn - The formula we use isn't really a formula at all. We are a group of six people who all have music tastes that go from very similar if not the same to vastly different. When we put six people in a room with the chemistry we have and the input of so many different approaches to music writing and inspiration, you're bound to come out with something a little unique. So I suppose you could say the formula is the chemistry between us and the broad musical tastes of six dedicated people.
When we are kids we all get in to bands and have that illusion of fame, when you were first starting out in bands what was your own illusion of grandure and fame? Did any of that illusion come true in they end?
She Must Burn - I guess, for us at least, the idea of what fame actually is continues to change. We have a lot of people who are really into us, which was always our initial goal, to get the music out there. It's out there now so we raised the bar to playing with one of our inspirations and we landed a tour with Cradle of Filth and now we have just signed a deal with Artery.. We continue to raise the bar for ourselves in terms of goals and with that comes a change in attitude toward what fame is. We can always aim higher and we always will aim higher. We will continue to keep ticking those boxes off the bucket list. Fame is never really the goal but I can see how our goals would impact the level of fame the band has, so far it is exactly how I imagined it to be. We are very proud of what we have achieved so far.
Shan Dan Horan says he expects big things from you, do you feel you can live up to his expectations?
She Must Burn - Of course. We have faith in ourselves and I think that is what has gotten us this far. We are happy that other professionals in the industry share that faith and share our goals too and that’s not even mentioning all the people that have supported us by buying our music and merch, sharing our posts and generally just being great.
So who actually approached you from Cradle Of Filth when you were asked to be their support on tour?
She Must Burn - Lindsey, their keyboardist and singer. She contacted Aimy initially during the announcement process and they really hit it off. The members of Cradle of Filth will be lifelong friends to all of us I'm Sure.
Members of She Must Burn have come and gone, do you feel that the current line up is the one that truly provides the heart and soul of a solid band?
She Must Burn - Definitely, without going into the politics of times past, the members we have now share a great chemistry. How the band has come together in the form that you see it now just shows that if something is meant to be then it will be and over the last few months since our line up was complete its clear to us that this was always how it should have been.
I personally hate people trying to pigeon hole music and coming up with stupid genres, oh I tell a lie I did giggle at Jizzcore which was created by the great Matt from Caustic. Once there was just rock, metal, punk, goth and electro. What are your thoughts on these silly genres and labels people try to put on bands?
She Must Burn - Well, I would have to agree. Soon there will be so many genres we may as well just name a band by it's individual genre and not bother with a band name at all. Although, saying that, someone called us "witchcore" which tickled me but I enjoy that we seep across the lines of what people consider modern genres to be. I'm sure all the genres will level out eventually. Either that or we just add witchcore to the list, I will try not let it grow on me.
You have been working hard on stuff for your debut album, even writing on the road whilst touring. But have any really cool concepts been lost on the tour bus?
She Must Burn - No? I don’t think so at least? That might answer your question. Most of the material that we wrote on our tours was recorded with whatever we had available to record it on. When we grasp an idea it seems to stick with us too which is good.
Your EP contains experiences based on personal goings on in your lives which you say people can relate to, in what way can people relate to them?
She Must Burn - Emotionally, physically but it's not always our desired purpose to show someone what something means. We like the idea that someone could listen to the song and find a meaning within it that was never intended to be there. We feel music, like other forms of art should be left to interpretation. Sometimes songs have meant more to me because when I have listened to it I have made it my own. You know? I hope that one day someone can listen ours and it do the same for them as other songs have done for us.
What is the bands outlook that you feel is not typical in the genre?
She Must Burn - As I said before, I really think our freedom of expression. We just want to be ourselves and write music that we enjoy. The barriers of genre really don't apply to us when we are writing. If we love it then we love it. We feel Our EP shows people this on several levels, there's a good mix of what we are capable of. We haven't shown you everything yet though I might add.
Are you now a working band or do you all have day jobs and daily life to entail with? If so what is a normal day for you?
She Must Burn - Erm I would say a normal day for any of us would be doing what we need to do, when we need to do it and then when that's over we just get back to the real work. We are slowly slipping out of the routines and focusing more on what's next where music is concerned. We have something really spectacular on the way and we think you are all going to love it.
There is a lot of aggression and power to the sound of She Must Burn, any chance of hearing a song by you about kittens and bunny rabbits?
She Must Burn - Anything that can use cuddliness as a seductive weapon to win the affection of any one of us is evil enough to write about. So maybe one day
Finish these sentences
As I entered the room completely naked ..... I knew that James had bought us all one too many shots.
It was an odd morning, I awoke in a bath filled with jelly and custard. Then it came back to me, last night I had .... not learned from the night before and have yet again let James buy us one too many shots.
I never realised bananas had so many uses, you know you can use them for/as .... a treatment for radiation sickness. It's true.
Thank you so much for giving Vampire Freaks this interview, any final words or thoughts?
She Must Burn - No, Thank you. It's been a pleasure. Thank you to everyone who has taken a moment to have a read about us. Check out our new self titled EP and give it a share if you like it and feel free to give us some feedback. Stay tuned on our social media pages because we have some wicked stuff coming your way soon and last but not least come see us if we are ever in your city, grab a t-shirt and come say hey it would be a pleasure to meet you all.
We will see you very soon.
Frankie - She Must Burn
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