Band of the Day: Beyond Extinction

Our last Band of the Day for 2020! Thanks to all the acts who’ve submitted themselves or been submitted, for filling some space on our website and for making this year somewhat less intolerable with their incredible music! And, yes, we’ll be back tomorrow to start it all over again…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We’re all from various places in Essex but as a band we formed in Southend On Sea!

How did you meet?

We’re all schoolmates and Jude joined as he is a friend of ours’ brother. We all knew Niall O (our drummer) and he is more or less our link together.

How long have you been playing as a band?

Jasper, Niall O, Niall I and Zach have been playing since about 2018, Jude since march 2019.

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

Well, it’s not very special unfortunately. We used to be called ‘force of retribution’ but we decided we needed a switch In 2018 and we brainstormed ideas and after a while Beyond Extinction came up thanks to Zach and it stuck! You can assert whatever meaning you want onto it, go crazy!

What are your influences?

Anything from classic thrash to extreme grindcore really… I’d say musically we all have very varied tastes but we gravitate towards the heavier deathcore/death metal side of things when it comes to our influences. From cannibal corpse to asking alexandria, we’ve got a lot of inputs.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

I think as a young band the heaviness of the music we make is an unusual thing to get from a bunch of teens, plus we sort of avoided the whole ‘24/7 djent’ category that a lot of young bands our age fall into so we stand out in that regard. We’ve also got so much more time to develop and refine our sound that our main USP is that what we create now is only the start of a hopefully long and successful journey!

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Nihilism and anger. It’s very hard being a young person with not too much power or say in the way things are run and seeing the world in the state it’s in, no matter what your take is on it all there’s a lot more we all need to do to be better humans. But releasing anger and frustration is important and lyrically our music is definitely an outlet for that.

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

Probably around 20 shows, not tons but we’re still young! We put 100% into live performances and more or less give it an attitude of ‘these people want to see some extreme music, so let’s give them an extreme experience’. You’ll struggle to find a band our age who have the same unadulterated energy as us I think.

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

At one of our first shows at Chinnery’s in Southend we played our final song for the night and at the breakdown at the end about 7 of our friends climbed up onto the barrier to headbang with us while everyone else moshed behind them, that was pretty fun to see and get involved in! We got the whole thing on camera too, check out Steve Knight’s youtube channel to see the madness!

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

Our new single “God Complex” is out in November which you can stream on all services, this is preceding our EP release in January entitled The Fatal Flaws of Humankind and is not one to miss, you’ll kick yourself if you don’t jump onto our social media pages to keep up to date with it’s release! [links at the bottom of the article – Mosh]

What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?

Step 1 is to release our singles and EP, step 2 is to form a small tour over England when the government finally let us gig again, and step 3 is to use this as a springboard to bounce further up the UK scene! We’ll also drop some sick new merch and awesome extra content too so keep your eyes peeled!

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!

Openers would without a doubt be our great friends Walk In Coma, they’ve helped us hugely and they’re up there with the most underrated bands we’ve ever played with and listened to in our lives. Make sure you check them out too! I’d say supporting Parkway Drive would be a dream come true for most of us, Niall O and Jasper have seen them about 10 times between them and they’re an absolutely phenomenal band (and Jasper’s favourite, so probably biased!)

Check out this month’s BotD Playlist on Spotify and YouTube

Beyond Extinction: facebook | twitterinstagram | bandcamp | spotify | youtube

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