They’re not from China. They’re not a virus. They’re not politicians. So you probably won’t have seen them on the news. So you’ll certainly benefit from reading a bit more about Vorstellan…
We’re from a small city in the United Kingdom called Carlisle.
How did you meet?
Matty and Jacob met under the same employment where their friendship blossomed over their mutual passion for Music. John and Matty met and became good friends at Secondary School and then Jacob and John became friends when Matty introduced them to each other and not long after John joined the band.
How long have you been playing as a band?
In this current lineup the band has been playing for three years.
Where does the band name come from?
The name of the band is a twist on the word ‘Vorstellen’. The word came from a German website which featured ‘Vorstellen’ as its word of the day, the word means to imagine so we changed it to make it unique to ourselves.
What are your influences?
Our music is very influenced by the struggles and hardships we have all dealt with in our personal lives. We talk openly about our struggles in hope that others can find comfort in our music.
Describe your music – what makes you unique?
We’re a three piece hard rock band with colossal drumming, punchy bass lines, distorted riffs and lyrics sung with real fragility.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Our lyrical themes mostly focus on issues surrounding Mental Health and various struggles with mental health.
Live Shows – What are they like?
We would describe our shows as very energetic and engaging. There’s rarely a moment we’re stood still on stage and we feel our passion for our music shows when we’re performing our songs live. We love doing gigs as it’s a great opportunity to see people’s reactions to our music and to see friends and fans.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a gig?
We played a local event which was in support of local acts in the City Centre of Carlisle and at the event there was a very enthusiastic photographer who dived on the concrete floor to capture all the best angles of us playing. We didn’t expect it at all and his photos of us even made it to the front page of our local Newspaper which pleasantly surprised us.
What equipment do you use?
Our Guitarist/Vocalist Jacob uses an Epiphone Black Beauty Les Paul for Guitar and also has a pedal board with a variety of MXR Pedals for effects. Our Drummer Matty uses Gretsch Drums and our Bassist John plays with a Red Fender Squier P Percussion.
What are you plugging and promoting?
At the moment we’re promoting quite a few upcoming and exciting things for the band. We’re going to be joining Crosslight on their UK tour in March 2020 so we’re plugging that; we are all really excited to be visiting some cities that we’ve not yet had the chance to visit and play live and also to be sharing a stage with Crosslight. Our main focus at the moment is the promotion of our debut album ‘Encephalon’ which we will be releasing on the 8th of May 2020. We’ll be releasing the album physically and for digital downloads once our online merch store is live. And not to forget that we’re also promoting an upcoming show with friends in Auger for our first ever Blackpool show in July 2020.
What are your plans for 2020?
Our plans for 2020 are to release our Debut album ‘Encephalon’ and to tour to promote the album’s release. We also have ambitions to launch our merch store and a podcast as well.
If you were second on a three band bill who else would be on there?
Individually we’re all torn on this one as there would be so many fantastic combinations we could suggest if we had a three band bill to choose from. But we think personally we’d love a Headline show with our friends Auger and Skarlett Riot supporting.