The weather’s not great, but the new music is. Check out this bunch from down south…
We’re kind of split geographically, me (Sam) and the Vocalist are from Brighton, but the rest of the guys are from London. As you can imagine it takes a lot of communication to organise the necessities like rehearsals, but we’re all committed so it’s never an issue.
How did you meet?
Well, the first form of Insolace started July 2018, when I auditioned for and joined Conor’s last band Oceans. Due to difference within the band with musical direction, that situation took its natural course and me and Conor parted with the rest of the band, to form the start on ‘Insolace’. Through a long arduous process trying to find the right people, we eventually auditioned Onyi in December, Regan in January and lastly Millie in March, all meeting the requirements that we envisioned for the band at the time. How long have you been playing as a band? From when Millie joined, so roughly from mid March.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Well I think we all have our individual opinions on what the name represents the band to us, but our shared view on the name was inspired by mental health issues which are rife in today’s society, and eventually finding solace while dealing with such demons. Our solace as a band is our music, so you could say we’re all in our solace, doing what we love. Hence the name, Insolace. A very drawn out explanation I know, but at least now you know!
What are your influences?
We all have varied tastes and styles, which is why we all bring unique elements to our song writing. I think our shared influences though are bands like Vukovi, Deftones, Marmozets, Lower Than Atlantis, Foo fighters, just to name a few.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I think most of our tracks are very emotive and have energy. Many bands can claim that, I know. But the unique part comes from Millie’s vocal style with her melodic and rhythmic ability to naturally write a hook for the tracks we play. I see it as very Yin Yang, the style of the vocals contrast very well with the style of the music. Do you have any particular lyrical themes? Most of the themes relate to mental health, as it’s such a prevalent topic in today’s society.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We’ve only played four shows with each other, but we strive to bring energy and vibe to our shows, not just musically but visually too.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Me personally, I’m not one for over performance. So whenever I see a band member on the floor with the instrument, I tend to walk away! Haha.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Regan and Conor are fans of Gibson and Fenders, and I’ve always been a fan of Warwick basses. The range of tone is unquestionable.
What are your plans for the rest of 2019?
I’d say more than anything, is to gain a substantial step into the music industry. We all are serious about making this our career, so I’d say that achieving that within the next year would be a huge plus.
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! Haha, what a question! My two favourite bands are Tool and Metallica, but it would be too easy to say them. A line up that I think could be achievable in the not too distant future, is a band I went to uni with, Yonaka, to headline, with Vukovi opening. That gig right now is quite a realistic dream!