In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the Metalcore/Post-Hardcore band A Promise To Forget , from UK. Check out this band and give them a like on their FACEBOOK PAGE.
1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?
The name was inspired by the name of the Framing Hanley album "A Promise To Burn" and the A Promise To Forget name was actually the name of a school band that 3 of the guys had been a part of before, after that ended we started A Promise To Forget as we know today... And the rest is history!
2. Why did you want to play this genre?
We are fans of lots of different types of music, ranging from Jazz to Deathcore and you will find a lot of influences in our music. We also try to include a part for every member of the band: Tom likes old school and glam metal solos, John likes powerful riffs and breakdowns, Bradley likes ripping bass parts, and Tim likes soaring choruses. Its just how that sound cultivates with those elements that defines our genre.
3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?
We all knew each other in some capacity, we all went to the same school, myself and brad had been friends since the early days of primary school. However, it wasn't until we were put in a GCSE music class together that we realised we could start a band together and begin playing gigs.
4. Each band member favourite band?
Tom's is: Mötley Crüe, Brad's is: BMTH, John's is: Fightstar, and mine is: One Ok Rock
5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?
Because John and I tend to write songs as a team there are very different driving forces that inspire us to write music. John writes most of the instrumentation so he tends to draw upon themes or sequences, often from pieces of art or literature and draws inspiration by taking the feeling from them and translating them into music. These then get passed to me, and I take that feeling and put it into my own perspective, drawing from real life situations and things that are occurring around me. The album is written mostly about overcoming crippling anxiety, which I suffered with for over 2 years.
6. Where was your last gig?
Our last gig was at the Flapper in Birmingham with Holding Absence. We are big fans of theirs so it was awesome to play with them! Our next gig is there as well, as we are using it for our album release show on the 12th!
7. Where would you like to act?
We like to aim big to keep us focussed on our goals for making music; we would really love to play Reading and Leeds festival and would eventually love to play somewhere like Wembley Arena - we've seen so many of our heroes play there and we would love to follow in their footsteps!
8. Whom would you like to feature with?
I think for our genre and style we would most like to play with the likes of Bring me The Horizon, and One Ok Rock: they are both super powers in the UK and Japan and it would be a dream to support them!
9. Whom not?
We don't particularly have anyone that we wouldn't like to play with, as long as they're nice and love making music, we wouldn't really have a problem playing with anyone.
10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?
I have suffered through stage fright since the beginning due to my anxiety etc. none of the others really have. Any advice I would give is to just push through it; the stage fright won't go away for a while, as you step up onto bigger stages it's normal to feel nervous, but don't let it stop you. Use it to fuel your performance and then relax into the songs, enjoy yourself, and the rest will come fairly easily.
11. What bands have inspired you the most?
There are some obvious answers to this question and some surprising ones as well. There are he bands we have listed before, the likes of Fightstar, Bring me The Horizon, Muse, and Mötley Crüe but there are also acts such as: The 1975, St Vincent, Don Broco, Taylor Swift, Post Malone, and even musical theatre.
12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?
There haven't been too many weird things that people have asked us for, there are weird things that fans have done before though: once I had a fan come into my work wearing full APTF merch and they followed me around for a while, which was pretty strange haha.
13. What do you think of your fans?
Our fans are awesome and very dedicated, they support us a lot and respond to everything we do. We have a lot of gratitude and love towards them.
14. What do you think of our site?
I think it's great! It's really cool for heavier music to get a platform to be showcased to the world and especially important to support grassroots music as well. We need more organisations like this to help emerging talent.
15. Something to add?
We have an album called "Dying To Live" coming out on the 11th of August, it's 10 tracks of pure heart and soul and we're really proud of it; we hope everyone will love it too. Also we have a release show that we are putting on in Birmingham at the Flapper, so come on down and party with us!