Band of the Day: MSRY

MSRY are new. Very new. So new they’ve still got little bits of shrinkwrap sticking out of various crevices. Their debut EP is out in September (pre-order now!), but they wanted to say “hello” and who are we to refuse a polite request from a bunch of lads who still have that factory fresh smell?

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We’re a band from Oxford, UK.

How did you meet?

We all met through our local music scene, having performed in different bands before. We’ve all supported one another’s projects for a while and decided to come together under a unified goal.

How long have you been playing as a band?

We’ve only been a band behind the scenes for the last 6 months or so, and recently in the last month released our social media platforms.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

The band name actually came quite naturally to us, as myself (Keir) and our vocalist (Kial) came out of long term relationships whilst forming the band. So our lyrics and musical style became tainted with the misery that came along with our break ups. We’re also fairly miserable people too.

What are your influences?

Our direct influences are bands like Stray From The Path, Vanna, The Ghost Inside and While She Sleeps.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

Our music is exactly what music we’d want to hear ourselves. We’re playing and writing what we want to write. It’s unique in the sense that a lot of musicians write and perform to a set standard to sell songs. We’ve written our music as a way to escape some of the emotions we couldn’t necessarily release otherwise.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

The majority of our lyrical content is based around a theme. “Bloom” is about a relationship that has been progressing but turned sour. ‘This flower is not in bloom’ emphasises the point that the relationship still isn’t what it should be.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

As it stands we are yet to play a show. We have a tour lined up in September and a few shows dotted about here and there. However we’ve been setting up our live show at practices for months. We’ve created ambient backing tracks for our live set, we’re currently programming our stage lighting to correspond to different sections within our music too.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

The wildest things we’ve done at shows previously have been a culmination of playing on top of venues’ bars, hanging off of PA systems, throwing down in mosh pits, and playing outside the venue using wireless systems.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Drums: Tama Superstar Hyperdrive Kit with a Mapex Sledgehammer Snare Drum. Meinl Cymbals, ranging from the Classic Custom Series all the way to the MB20 series. Evans G2 heads on my toms, EC1 Reverse Dot on snare and EMAD Heavyweight on the kick drum. Vic Firth Extreme 5b sticks.
Guitars: Charlie uses an ESP Ltd EC1000 Guitar, through his Boss NS2 into his Peavey 6505 and Zilla Fatboy Cabinet.
Bass: Lewis uses his Fender Jazz Bass into his Sansamp GT2 Pedal then to his Orange OB-1 300 Bass head and his Orange OBC 2×10 cabinet.
Vocals: Kial tends to use whatever he can get his mitts on.

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

Plans for the rest of the year are looking great. We’re going to be selling more merchandise as well as shooting a music video at a house party towards the end of July. We’re also heading out on tour for two weeks around the UK in September to showcase our debut EP. From there we’re looking to continue writing more music and hit the road a little longer towards December.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

If we were on a three band bill I’d love to tour with Stray From the Path as headliners, and our good friends over in I Cried Wolf as support band. Both bands would absolutely destroy us with their music and stage presence, but it’d be a hell of a tour.

Courtesy of previous Band of the Day artist We Fall Slowly: If you could change one thing in the world we live in today, what would it be?

If we could change one thing in the world today it would easily, very easily, be to completely eradicate any form of violence, war and hatred between one another. There’s far too much hatred between members of the human race and it causes nothing but sadness worldwide.

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