Headline Act: Electron

There’s nothing negative about this bunch, and I’m sure they have loads of fans in orbit around them. And I bet they don’t charge much for their music. Erm, sorry. I’ll stop with the bad puns and let Electron tell you all about themselves…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We are a London based trio, originally hailing from Portugal.

How did you meet?

We’ve been long term friends for almost 6 years, and met when we came from Portugal to study at BIMM London. Ever since that moment, we started jamming together and participated in multiple projects between us three – which eventually led to the creation of Electron.

How long have you been playing as a band?

We formed Electron in 2021 around September/October. We focused mainly in getting into the London/Camden underground live music circuit and then we started to spread it around the UK. We even played in Portugal for a music festival.

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

We needed a name that could describe the rebellion and the ferocity of this band… Something bold. Electrons are particles known for their energy and when they collide, they resist and bounce away from each other.

What are your influences?

Everything, really. Life experiences, things we’re going through, and all the artists we love, from old school Rock n Roll to the most extreme modern metal bands.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

Since our influences are very broad – and we believe you can notice it in our music – we can describe it as the comeback of an old sound with a twist. Kind of like old school Metal meets the modern age. Our sound is loud, fast and heavy – just the way we like it.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

For the album we’re finishing recording, the main theme consists in social criticism and mental health: how society has become lifeless and careless; and how we feel manipulated and restrained every day, like slaves to the preconceived social standards. It makes us angry and frustrated and we’re trying to capture it into our sound.

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

Well, it can get pretty wild sometimes. It all comes down to how the crowd is responding and to the level we are allowed to get from our amps. But every show is very energetic, our drummer is ferocious, the bass sound is massive and our frontman never stops jumping around and making tricks with the guitar.

Electron started playing last year and we have performed 14 shows during 2022. All because we’re very focused on maximising our debut album power and in perfecting our craft. You can expect more live shows this year, surely.

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

To choose a moment from our shows is tough. There’s so many: Jason sometimes makes really high jumps while shredding, Nuno’s drum solos are very spontaneous and aggressive, Joanna has some sick moves and a very distinguished harsh sound… But maybe the wildest moment is the way we end our shows – it’s very grunge, very chaotic and we never, never know how it’s going to end. It usually starts with an epic guitar shredding, leading to an anarchic set of drum fills and we start increasing the speed to a point where it feels like the roof is about to come down. When it gets to that point, we decide how to finish on stage and it’s different every time, because it will be a response to what’s happening on stage.

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

Nuno loves DW and Tama drums. He also plays Zildjian cymbals and Vic Firth drumsticks. Joanna loves her Jackson basses and she’s very versatile in terms of amps, with a slight preference for the Ampeg SVT tone. The one thing she can’t play without is her Darkglass microtubes distortion pedal. It’s very wild! Jason usually plays with Gibson guitars, but also loves the sounds of Ibanez, ESP and Jackson. In terms of amps he has a slight preference for the Mesa Rectifier amp, and usually mods it on the Quadcortex when we can’t play with amps.

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

Our new single – “Sick And Wrong”. Go check it out, we’re very proud with the result of the work we’ve put in.

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

Firstly, we want to finish the recordings of our debut album. Then we want to release 3/4 singles and drop it after. Also, we’re planning some Uk shows with A New Tomorrow and an Italian tour with Arthemis.

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’d love to open for Metallica one day – they are amazing and we are very inspired by their art. For the other slot it’s a tough one to choose – we’ve had the privilege to share stages with so many talented bands such as Kardinal X, 10 Gauge, Voltstorm, Scatter The Tribe, Planet Fatale… But if we had to pick one, we’d have to pick Arthemis (which will actually happen for the very first time this year). Martongelli is a great friend of ours, an excellent human being and we can’t wait to rock on later this year with his band.

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