We discovered From Sorrow To Serenity in November supporting JinJer at Gullivers in Manchester and luckily enough got round to asking the band a few questions.
Here’s what Steven had to say when we asked him a few questions !
How did the band form?
In 2010 I (Steven) formed a band with our ex-vocalist Fraser and ex-guitarist Mark. We played some shows in our hometown of East Kilbride at the time and would practice every week at our local youth centre. We were still in high school, so the band was very much just a hobby at the beginning. After a few years we began to take things more seriously, gigging in other towns and cities in Scotland to build a following. Our first ‘real’ release was the Antithesis EP in late 2013.
What’s been the highlight of the band’s career so far?
It’s tough to answer, there have been many highlights and we have lots of fond memories. Particularly in the last two years, since Gaz has joined as our vocalist and we’ve come a 4-piece, the unit is a lot tighter and we’ve been able to achieve some things that just wouldn’t have been possible before. My personal highlight is touring with Fit For An Autopsy in July 2016. They had been my favourite band for a couple of years at that point and to be touring around the UK and Europe with them seemed surreal. We’ve built great relationships with those guys and we still keep in touch regularly! Honourable mentions go to – sold out Glasgow show in 2014 with Bleed From Within and our most recent UK tour with Jinjer, where the Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham shows sold out.
What festival would you love to headline in the future?
I would love to headline a metal stage at T in the Park if they bring it back. (Make a metal stage when you do, DF Concerts!)
Which bands are you digging at the moment?
Me and the dudes are really into Don Broco at the minute. Agent Fresco too. We’ve been jamming a lot of new music in the van lately!
What’s the plan for the rest of the year and 2018
There isn’t much left this year but to rest over Christmas and spend some time with our family, but we will be writing in our spare time. 2018 will bring a European tour which is huge for us, very stoked to announce it shortly, as well as a new full-length album.
Do you have any weird rituals before going on stage?
Andy has started jogging on the spot recently which is pretty weird. Like, he’ll start doing it 10 or 15 minutes before we go on then I’ll see him at side-stage when we’re due on in a few seconds and he’s just jogging, weird. I tend to take a shit about 15 minutes before we play too. Every day. Without fail. Weird.
What’s been your biggest inspiration as an individual and as a band?
As an individual, my biggest inspiration is probably my family. I’ve been very fortunate and they inspire me to always do my best and to strive for what I want in life. As a band I believe we have all been heavily inspired by artists like System of a Down and Linkin Park, who brought something new to music and have stayed true to their own vision.
What’s your favourite venue to play and why ?
We’ve played at the Newark Showground in England a couple of times for UK Tech-Fest and I think that is a great venue. Super easy load in, great on stage sound, lots of space to move around and both times we’ve played the show has run really smoothly. I think that may be more of a testament to the team behind the festival as the showground isn’t usually a venue, but the set-up at Tech-Fest is awesome. Honourable mentions go to Rock City in Nottingham for having an awesome back-stage and to The Little Devil in Tilburg for free beer.
What album is the one album you listen to at least once a week?
I don’t actually have one of these. But the album I listen to most regularly is probably After the Burial – Rareform (Re-issue), the best!
You can check out the bands most recent video for ‘Golden Age’ below
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