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Interviews: RED CAIN

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Metal/Rock band, RED CAIN, from Canada. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

Album name "Kindred" is in reference to the deities, heroes, and the myths surrounding them among human history being one kin - how all these elements are connected and intertwined to create what we know as human history, and how they continue to be so for our future. It is also a reference to the album story/concept, where "Kindred" is the name of the eldritch cult that is threatening to engulf the world and remake it through destruction and entropy. 

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Metal is an incredibly complex genre, and prog/power is a subgenre with almost unprecedented freedom in terms of themes, songwriting, and presentation. We wanted to be able to create our music without the need to fit exact genre boundaries - cast the dice where they fall if you will. But we naturally gravitate toward metal because of the strong community, the immense amount of talented musicians, the history of the genre - and simply, the heaviness and power of the metal sound.

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

Taylor Gibson has been a long-standing Red Cain member as our drummer, and an indispensable part of our lineup. Tyler Corbett worked with us before on "Kindred: Act I", and is taking a much more prominent role on Act II as a songwriter and lead guitarist. His skill set is incredibly strong and unique, and fits our sound like a glove - plus he has added a very welcome fresh dimension to our songwriting. We're extremely glad to have him.

4. Each band member favorite band?

Too many influences to count, really. I'm a big fan of Lord of the Lost lately, Tyler has been listening to Brymir, and Taylor has been on a classic thrash metal binge.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Stories, really. There are so many fascinating stories around us and through the ages, that vary and evolve. We want to examine them, share them, write our own - create a new mythology.

6. Where was your last gig?

With COVID, that seems so long ago - I believe at Dickens Pub in Calgary with Osyron and Ravenous EH.

7. Where would you like to act?

Assuming this is referring to where we would like to play - Wacken Open Air is a dream for any metal musician, and it's also ours!

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Kamelot would be absolutely killer to play with. What a band.

9. Whom not?

No comment here. We would be happy to share the stage with most bands, regardless of genre. We create our own show and our own story, other bands do not affect that - and as long as the overall atmosphere is positive and the fans are loud, that's what matters.

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

I think everyone goes through it at some points. My advice is to not think about it. You are a rockstar, you are not here to worry. Be prepared, be passionate about your music, go out there and do it. It may sound cliche, but you have to leave everything you have to offer on the stage. If you do that, there is nothing to worry about.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

It's difficult to say - every good musician worth their salt has hundreds of inspirations. I think the bands that inspire me the most are bands that I see working hard every day, be it through shows as traditionally, or through good songwriting, providing their fans with alternate material, etc. A few local bands and friends in the scene are the ones I respect a lot, since I see how hard they work and how much effort they put into their art every day. That's what stands out to me.

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

This is a good story - one time, at a sold-out show, I was leaning toward the audience, and someone jumped up and dabbed my arm with a towel and kept it. Assuming they wanted some of my DNA, or something like that! ;) But I don't judge - we are here for our fans, whatever they need.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Love them. What's a band without fans? We do what we do for us, but also for them just as much. We've got quite a good international following now, and hearing stories and feedback from fans in Canada, Brazil, Germany, Russia is absolutely fantastic.

14. What do you think of our site?

Very good! Great coverage of relatively new and unknown bands - and we've certainly enjoyed talking with you guys in the past and being featured on Breathing the Core. Keep it up and thanks for having us!

15. Something to add?

Well, what kind of musician would I be if I didn't promote my work?! We have our newest album, "Kindred: ACT II" due to release in October, but we are trying something new in the meantime. We are releasing every track on the album as a single in the coming weeks, and adding a short story and custom digital art for each song. It is our way of engaging our fans and making sure all elements of the story we want to tell are shared and digested in a good time. So follow our social media on @RedCainArmy (Instagram) and /RedCainOfficial (Facebook) and join our epic tale!

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