Band of the Day: Earthbound

If the thought of Monday makes you miserable (even though it’s the evening so we’ve at least got that out of the way) then let Earthbound get you through it…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We’re from Hertfordshire, just north of London.

How did you meet?

A few of us were friends from school who met up after uni looking to start a band and enter the live circuit. We then met our newest member John through the local metal scene at the great local venue Club 85.

How long have you been playing as a band?

We’ve been playing live as Earthbound since early 2018, with the band forming in 2017.

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

Bury Tomorrow album, King Crimson live album, classic Nintendo game: take your pick!

What are your influences?

Iron Maiden, Trivium, Soilwork and Arch Enemy.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

We really believe we are a melting point of influences, drawing from the wide variety of music that we all individually and collectively enjoy. Our sound encompasses all our favourite aspects of various styles of metal, while also taking inspiration from funk and prog.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

We really enjoy writing conceptually. Our first EP Endure was centred around Victorian London so the songs told a mixture of real and fictionalised stories from that era, and with our new EP Desolate, the lyrics are about a dystopian future and explore the themes of the apocalypse, AI and medical advancements.

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

Our live show is energetic, exciting and interactive. With plenty of big choruses, fast riffs and progressive swells, we like to make sure the crowd really enjoy themselves and get involved throughout. We’ve played around 30 shows so far and plenty more to come!

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

The wildest thing we’ve seen at a show is certainly a member of the audience being tasered by several police officers! The craziest thing we’ve done at a show is encourage a conga line during the debut of a new song.

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

Ibanez and Squire guitars, Line 6 Helix, Spector basses, Shure Microphones, Yamaha Drums and Vic Firth sticks.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

Right now we’re getting ready to release our new EP Desolate which will be released on 11th of October. We’re really excited to get new music out and show the bands progression to this point as we feel we’ve developed our sound and increased the scale on this one.

What are your plans for 2019?

In October we are releasing our new EP Desolate which we’re super excited about! We are also making an appearance at Balstock Festival and have some other stuff in the works before the year closes out.

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!

We would love to support Gojira and would get our friends in Stormcast to open this dream show.

Earthbound: facebook | twitter | bandcamp

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