Band of the Day: Defining Lines

Midweek Metal from Yorkshire…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Various town within West Yorkshire, but we’ve adopted Bradford and Leeds as our “Hometown”.

How did you meet?

Michael & Riki have known each other since around 2012. Micky T, Arron and Timmay all came along through mutual friends and mutual passion for this genre of music.

How long have you been playing as a band?

We officially formed as “Defining Lines” early 2018 playing our first show in June 2018 and releasing our first EP in August 2018.

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

Michael and the first bassist to try out for this band, were originally in a band called Defining Lines back in 2013/14 but that never left the practice room. We decided to resurrect it as it’s a little different to anything else out there at the moment.

What are your influences?

Our influences would include bands like Bullet For My Valentine, As I lay Dying, Architects, Escape The Fate, Killswitch Engage, The Blackout and many, many, many more.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

We don’t really sound like anyone else out there at the moment (we haven’t worked out if that is a good thing yet…) We have choppy, ear splitting riffs combined with big melodic catchy choruses married with synths, sub drops and breakdowns. We’ve developed our own sound over the last 18 months and we’re excited with how our new music is sounding.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Our lyrics are written by Michael & Riki and we draw inspiration from previous personal experiences.. we try to write about real emotions and real experiences to make our songs as relatable as possible. Everybody has loved, everyone has been heartbroken etc.

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

We aim to bring maximum energy to every show we play, getting the audience involved and putting our absolute all in to each performance. We pride ourselves on our live show and encourage you to come along if we’re playing near you! We’ve played all over the country and lost count of how many shows we’ve done.

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

Boobs and someone got their socks and shoes stolen in a mosh pit.

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

Timmay (Drums): I currently use a pearl forum, it sounds awesome as I have replaced the heads a few times and got a lovely sound out of it. I dont mind if it gets beat up at gigs either. I am due an upgrade soon though, toying with a mapex armoury. But we will see!

Arron: I used to run with the Matt Heafy Signature Les Paul in black when we first started, but I have since made the change over to Jackson. I still have the black LP as a backup guitar, but I am currently using a 2016 Jackson Pro Monarkh SC in Tobacco burst. I mostly use this guitar because I much prefer the thinner neck, the guitar is much lighter than my LP, and it sounds and feels great. I have never had any issues with it so far.

Micky: I’ve stopped playing my Black Burny Les Paul recently (was getting more and more difficult throwing that weight around on stage) and I’m now playing an Ibanez RG421 with mahogany oil finish, much lighter and faster

Riki: I use a Squire Jazz Precision Bass and Line 6 Helix.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment? Our Brand New Single “Fall Apart” is out now! Watch it below! We’ve worked really hard on making our music as high quality as possible. We have shot the video with Scott Canty at Dark North Media and recording the song with The Graves Brother’s and Mike Kingswood at Innersound Audio.

What are your plans for 2019?

We’re going to slow down on the live shows and make sure all our brand-new tracks are ready for 2020. We’re so excited to get everything 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?

Timmay: Probably support values, those guys are doing crazy things at the moment and are all around amazing guys to share the stage with. Openers would probably be bident, played with them at the 1 in 12 and they have so much potential there will be some big things coming from them in the not too distant future.

Michael: It’s always been my dream to play on the same bill as The Blackout, But they called it a day a few years ago. Still hopeful that one day they’ll get back together for a few shows and we can blag our way onto a show. My favourite band at the moment are State Of Error. They’ve just released a blinding Album called Silence Fiction and everybody should check it out.

Riki: I’d love to support values again because they’re top lads that deliver banger after banger. As for opener our boys in The Lunar Process.

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