Interviews: WORN OUT

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Hardcore/Metal band, WORN OUT from Ireland. 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?

I might be misremembering this, but I'm pretty sure it was our drummer Evan that came up with it very early on. Otherwise, it was our original guitarist. There was a short list of 2 names but once we heard this name it clicked, and no one questioned it afterward.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We all like varying degrees of heavy music and originally planned on playing something that was in this ballpark. We just gradually drifted from the influences that we intended on following... I think that happens with many bands after a while.

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

I played in a band with Evan beforehand and had also worked in a bar with him, so we were already used to each others' bad habits.

Xander, our vocalist, grew up with our original guitarist Isaac. We moved in the same circles but only got to know each other properly through the band. Alex, our guitarist, joined the band a short while later & the rest of us only met him then. We clicked musically pretty much straight away though so there was never any awkward "getting to know you" phase, luckily.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

I can barely answer that myself, never mind the answer for the rest of them. It'll change by the time I've finished answering. Xander's big into Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Pantera & more modern metal. Evan is a mixed bag. He's big into Irish metal but also grunge & bands like Turnstile, Reuben, and Every Time I Die. He'll switch genres by the night. Alex has the darkest, most dissonant taste in the band, he loves his Meshuggah, Ion Dissonance & bands like Cult Leader. We share a love of Deftones. I'm probably the ambient guy in the band. I like a lot of electronic music, but then bands like Dillinger Escape Plan, Botch, Isis, Mogwai & Radiohead. Not super original but enough to keep me happy.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We have all played in bands before and would be doing something else musically if Worn Out didn't exist, so there's that compulsion in each of us. I can personally be quite inactive for a while but then will have an idea pop into my head that needs to be tried out before it drives me crazy. Being in a band with each other kind of forces us to stay active, as even if there's writer's block, sometimes you have to write your way out of it. You often just need others to give you a push.

6. Where was your last gig?

Belfast, in Voodoo. Old Smoke promotions treated us great. Belfast crowds are always super receptive. I started a chant for the sound guy but got his name wrong. Sorry, Andy.

7. Where would you like to act?

If by the act you mean to play, we'd play anywhere with good sound and enough room to move around.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Any of the bands from question 4.

9. Whom not?

Anyone we wouldn't want to spend time around in general

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Not in my case. I suppose if you're asking for advice it's just to practice your set until you know it inside out, then you don't need to overthink what you're playing and its muscle memory. Not really a big secret. Also, try to get out of the venue for a while if there's a long wait before playing. Obviously don't be a dick and check out the other bands. Venues are often dark caves though, so go out and get some sunlight.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

The ones that have had a bit of success but still work hard and help the scene.

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

Free merch. That shit costs money

13. What do you think of your fans?

We're lucky with a lot of the people that show up to our sets.. it relies on a degree of audience participation and we're rarely let down. Or dropped.

14. What do you think of our site?

The logo's hard to read. It also looks like a lot of hard work though, it's good to see people take time to share bands

15. Something to add?

We'll be touring in Ireland at the end of October with our mates from the UK - Below the Neck & Lure In. Check them out. You'll find us on Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp, YouTube, Spotify, all the usual places, etc.

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