Interviews: GRAVESHADOW


On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the  Symphonic Metal band, GRAVESHADOW, from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that? 

Will: Honestly, I wish we had a better story haha. The name was thrown out in an early rehearsal after we found out the original name 'Raven Blood' was already in use. Everyone just kinda unanimously agreed on it and we've been running with it ever since.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Will: For me it was the bombastic nature of the symphonic sides of metal. The energy and beauty all wrapped into one. I've also always been a sucker for heavy riffs!

Rachl: I think that probably my love of heavy metal started with my mother. My mother was really big into it, she followed a band called Wrathchild America, and she lived with their drummer Shannon Larkin. You may know him from his work with Ugly Kid Joe and Godsmack. I grew up in a metal centric household, I've absolutely got to give credit to my mother for really getting me into it. Being a high soprano singer it also doesn't hurt that metal lends itself very well to my register!

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

Will: No! Aaron and I met through playing gigs down in the Bay Area. Aaron met Rachl and brought her in through mutual friends and Luci was recommended to me by a co-worker. That said, this group really has come together and bonded through working together.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Will: Iron Maiden, no question!

Aaron: Eternal Tears of Sorrow

Rachl: Airbourne

Luci: In This Moment 

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Will: For me it's either personal turmoil or my favorite stories, historical or fictional. I've been a huge reader my whole life and I really enjoy immersing myself in those fictional universes when there's one that I really connect with. I really enjoy writing songs that capture the essence of my favorite characters or the emotion of a historical moment.

Aaron: My songwriting is inspired by the bands I listen to. Each one has a unique aspect to them I love that the other do not. I try and take those elements that draw me in and see how the work together.

Luci: I write to keep myself sane. I’ve been through quite a lot in my life and music provides a healthy creative outlet to pour all of that into.

6. Where was your last gig?

Will: Our last gig was late 2018 in Denver, CO. I think the venue was called the Lion Club. Intimate setting and a really responsive crowd. It capped off that last tour before we more or less went on a hiatus until this recent reemergence. 

7. Where would you like to act?

Will: I would love to tour Europe, all of Europe haha. I'm partial to Paris so that would be a dream come true.

Rachl: I wanna play fucking Germany, so bad. I've had the privilege of going to a few shows in Germany and they are rabid for heavy metal. Absolutely some of the best people and I would love to have the honor to play for them.

Luci: Red Rocks in Colorado

Aaron: 70k Tons of Metal

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Will: I would love to open for Powerwolf or GrailKnights. Love both of them from the aesthetic to the sound. They both just seem like they'd be a ton of fun to share the stage with.

Rachl: Airbourne and Queensryche!

Aaron: Beast in Black

Luci: Blind Guardian 

9. Whom not?

Will: I can't think of anyone that we wouldn't want to play with. We tend to be a very easy-going, friendly group.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Rachl: I don't think it's something that I've really dealt with since I was just starting out. That said, I think the best way to deal with stage fright is to over-prepare your material. Getting to know something so well makes it a little harder to get nervous because it becomes second nature. My advice to anyone wanting to start out in music and performing is to over-prepare, consistent and quality practice will remove that fear and allow you to just focus on the show! 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Will: Iron Maiden and Amon Amarth.

Aaron: Eternal Tears of Sorrow

Luci: In This Moment

Rachl: The Scorpions and Men at Work

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

Rachl: I did once have a fan ask me if I was wearing underwear, because he thought my pants were too tight to not show a line. That was pretty creepy and weird, but for the record I was wearing underwear! Seamless is a thing! That was also the night my pants ripped, which was the catalyst for the question. I would have to say that's the weirdest question that's ever been thrown my way at a show.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Will: They're fantastic. It's always so humbling to see the support from people and have them share their stories about their lives or their relationship with our music. To have so many be so supportive after such a long silence is something that we definitely don't take for granted. Very much looking forward to a post pandemic world where we are able to get out play shows again.

14. What do you think of our site?

Rachl: It's great! There's so much information on new and upcoming artists from reviews to interviews, it's like a one-stop-shop. Really glad to be included in your work.

15. Something add?

Will: Thank you so much for your support and taking the time to talk with us! Our new single 'Gwynnbleidd" is out now and available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon or anywhere else you get your music. We're currently working on other material and will be releasing more details soon so stay tuned!

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