Interviews: Thornhill

In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the  Progressive Metalcore band Thornhill from Australia. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name?

Thornhill is the name of the street where our debut EP '13' was written and where Ethan used to live.

2. What made you gravitate to this genre?

We all grew up around heavy music and all of our favourite artists were heavy bands when we were in school. Being from Australia, we were teenagers when bands like Northlane and In Hearts Wake were still playing the local youth centre, and watching those bands grow was a big influence for us and naturally made us gravitate towards something we were all familiar with.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Ethan, Jacob and Maida all went to school together. I met Ethan in year 11 during a music tech course we were both doing and then started managing the band when they first started up. We didn't know Cage before the band, he and Ethan just started chatting music one day and somehow he weaselled his way in.

4. What are each band member's favorite band?

Jacob - Evermore

Ethan - Radiohead

MVD - Can't split The Story So Far & Citizen

Cage - Linkin Park

Maida - Deftones

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Seeing our favorite bands achieving big things is a huge motivator with anything this band does, whether it's writing or touring. Having a broad taste in genres is always really inspiring because it keeps us wanting to evolve our sound and branch out from the norm a bit more. 

6. Where was your last gig?

The last show we played was at Riverstage with The Amity Affliction. It's a big outdoor venue in Brisbane which we didn't really have any business playing, but being on stage at a venue that size was pretty surreal.

7. Where would you like to play?

After seeing footage of Polaris on that Architects UK tour, Wembley Arena is definitely on the bucket list for an international venue. Being from Melbourne, I think we'd also have to include Festival Hall in the mix as well. You'd struggle to find anyone in Melbourne who hasn't been to a show at Festival Hall so it plays an important part in Australian music.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

It's not something we've really spoken about much, but it would be a dream of ours to collaborate on songwriting with Muse, Silverchair or Karnivool. I think if we were going to collaborate on a song with someone, it would be with songwriting rather than guest vocal spots, but who knows what we'll decide to do for the next record.

9. Have any of you suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

I used to get really nervous before shows especially during the first 6 months of being in the band. Best tip for beginners is to warm up properly and break a sweat before you go on stage. Play through a few songs by yourself or with the rest of the band before the set and be prepared so that you know exactly what you're doing when you get up there.

10. What bands have inspired you the most?

For me personally, Green Day & Good Charlotte got me into punk/alternative music. From there I discovered Yellowcard, Bullet For My Valentine, Funeral For A Friend, etc during primary school. I didn't think about playing in a band until I heard The Story So Far and they definitely gave me the most inspiration, and Citizen not long after that. Speaking on behalf of the others I can say that Radiohead, Deftones and Karnivool are all really big influences. Collectively, Northlane & Architects are probably our two biggest influences in heavy music that made us want to start this band in the first place.

11. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

I think Jacob got asked for his address once, that was strange

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