Kill The Silence
Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Leeds/Huddersfield band Kill The Silence to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Hi! We're Kill The Silence, we are Jason Walsh, Sam Rickerby, Ian Souch and John David Wallis. We are a band based in Leeds/Huddersfield, Jason and Sam are both from Leeds, we met at Leeds College of Music in 2011. When we moved to Huddersfield to go to university, that's when we met Ian and John. Ian being originally from Oxford and John from Rotherham! The band name comes from an episode of Doctor Who, where the main villains are called The Silence, with one of the main plot points being you should 'kill them all on sight'. Hence 'Kill The Silence'.
Who were your musical influences and who are your influences now?
Jason: I only started listening to rock and metal music when I was 12 or so believe it or not, one of my first and still favourite albums is St. Anger by Metallica. I also used to listen to a lot of My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy and System Of A Down. Now I'd say my influences are more based around Bring Me The Horizon, early Lower Than Atlantis and Don Broco, but I've also started getting into a few other bands like Grandson, Cleopatrick and Can't Swim.
Sam: Ever since I was a baby my parents used to use Queen and Meat Loaf to send me to sleep, so I've kind of always had rock music in my ears. As I grew up I remember hearing Slipknot on the TV for the first time and being mesmerized by. I think I was about 11 or so. So that was when I started getting into heavier stuff. In my late teens I was into BMTH quite heavily and other hardcore and mathcore bands such as Dillinger and Every Time I Die. But the list of influences go on and on and I can see my answer is nearly as big as Jason's above so I'll stop now.
Ian: Growing up I mostly listened to rock and nu metal - Meat Loaf, Korn, Static X, that sort of thing - but a lot of my playing was influenced by pop punk. When I started learning bass I was super into Green Day and RHCP, so I owe Mike Dirnt and Flea most of the credit for getting me excited about playing music. During my A Levels I discovered Frank Turner and that unhealthy obsession led me to writing my own songs and learning to sing better. These days I'm really into prog. Leprous, Haken, VOLA, The Contortionist; I'm always learning new things about bass, vocals, and production listening to those guys.
John: I took up drums at about age 10, got massively into Rush, Dave Matthews Band and Blink-182, but I listened to all sorts at the time. Jazz was a big influence on me growing up, I loved drummers like Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Steve Gadd and Dave Weckl. Nowadays I’m big into prog, I listen to a lot of Steven Wilson and The Pineapple Thief, and drummers such as Bill Bruford, Craig Blundell and Gavin Harrison - anything they’ve done, I’m all ears.
How would you describe your sound?
I’d say we sound like a mix of Lower Than Atlantis, Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco and Alexisonfire. A lot of influences from late 00’s post hardcore, with our own spice thrown in.
What is the latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Well our most recent single is called ‘All We Are’ and it features Mikey Lord from As Sirens Fall. When we wrote this one we had two very serious and sad vibe singles out. We wanted to write something more upbeat, something that people would be able to listen to and it’ll help give them motivation to power them through the day. Musically you can definitely say that it was more influenced by Don Broco and Royal Blood than our other tracks.
What’s your local music scene like?
We’ve been very lucky to be quite involved with both the Leeds and Huddersfield local music scenes as we’ve grown. Both scenes have some brilliant talent coming out of them. I would say that because Huddersfield is a smaller town than Leeds, the artists in the scene are way more closely involved with each other.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Well we’ve just released our new EP ‘Bloodlines’. We’re focusing on getting out there and playing some shows for it. We just had an incredible EP Launch show in Leeds and we’re just itching to get back on stage.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Jason: Oh so, so many people. Even though Lower Than Atlantis have split up now, I’d love to sing with Mike Duce. Someone else who I’d love to have feature on one of our tracks is Janine Shilstone from Vukovi, I think that’d sound awesome!
Sam: We always talked about doing a song with Becca from Marmozets, that would be sick.
Ian: Frankly I'd love the opportunity to work with Nolly Getgood. The man's a godlike engineer and I'd happily spend hours picking his brain about bass.
John: I’d happily collaborate with most people, it’d be cool to get some strings players involved for a few tracks.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We once played an all-dayer in Leeds. It was in the back garden in a pub and Jason got way into the performance and walked backwards into a plant pot and fell over it in front of everyone.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Jason: I absolutely love meeting people and I’m a massive hugger so don't be scared to come up to me and give me a massive hug!
Sam: I have sea monkeys and they won't die. It was a novelty gift at first. But they are still going strong.. There is a forest of their dead ancestors at the bottom of the plastic tank.
Ian: I've been LARPing for the past five years. It's the only hobby I know of that lets you spend a weekend getting drunk in a field without the police showing up. Plus you get to dress up and hit people with fake swords. I can't recommend it enough.
John: I have resting Vegeta face but I’m friendly really... though I can hold a cigarette with my frown.