INTERVIEW: ALT METALLERS “NOWHERE TO BE FOUND” DISCUSS NEW SINGLES AND UPCOMING RECORD.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to introduce its readers to an interview we had with NOWHERE TO BE FOUND alternative metal/metalcore outfit from Ericeira, Portugal who have recently released a single featuring Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire called TRAVERSE. The band of Tiago Duarte, Manel Gomes, Miguel Rodrigues and João Quintais took some time out of their schedule to sit down and talk with us. In this interview our editor-in-chief Alex is getting to know the band, catching up on their latest singles and amazing guest appearances, as well as future plans and upcoming releases.
- Hello guys and welcome at SICK AND SOUND. Let’s introduce NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. Tell us a little about how the band formed and the meaning of your band’s name.
Well our beginning couldn’t be simpler: the three of us were high school friends and amongst all the bands we had throughout the years, we ended up close friends and decided to create something special. We met Quintais about a year and a half ago in a festival both our band were playing and we struck a friendship right away as he seemed the right guy to fulfill what we had in mind. And he did! The name is actually a funny story, we decided to bury the previous name where nobody could find it, literally nowhere to be found.
- Let’s talk about your sound which is mainly belonging to the alternative metal soundscape and discuss its massive inspiration by metalcore, especially later Architects.
Well that’s it, in a nutshell! Amongst the four we have very different influences and NTBF is naturally a mix of that… Migalhas (drums) is clearly more pop punk, Manel (bass) is super alternative, Quintais (lead guitar) is metal to the bone and Tiago (vocals) is a grunge native. We came together to a point where we felt our best sound was the alternative metal, aggressive on the instrumental and more alternative on the voice, not so screamed. But it was all very natural. Architects is actually one of the bands we are all addicted to, they are simply unbelievably good, even though we play such a different sound. But their aggressiveness and their heavy riffs clearly inspire us!
- How are Tiago Duarte, Manel Gomes, Miguel Rodrigues, João Quintais outside of their Nowhere To Be Found outfit?
Excellent question, for real. As you probably know, we are not music professionals, we don’t have a record deal or a big agency helping with things… we own everything we play and we do all the work to make things happen. So we have our day jobs where not everyone knows we are in fact metal musicians [laughter] and we have our families and routines, we guess like everyone. Wives, girlfriends, kids, cats and dogs. But now and then we turn into metal musicians. Haha
- You have released a single called CLOSER featuring Emily Lazar of September Mourning in 2018. How has this collaboration been set up and what’s the lyrical theme of the song?
Well Closer is originally a pop song by The Chainsmokers and it really was born from a challenge our producers set up: “pick a song. The biggest pop hit you know. Now turn it into NTBF, to a point where most people won’t recognize it, but make it awesome”. And so we did. The original has a feminine featuring and we tried to emulate that formula and Emily was kind enough to accept our challenge and jumped in almost in a heartbeat. It was a lot of fun deconstructing and then building it up again from such a pop hymn.
- On February 7th, 2019 you have unleashed TRAVERSE, a banger track featuring fabulous Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire. Let’s talk more about this amazing experience and again, the lyrical theme.
Well we kind of knew, when we were recording the new songs, that ‘Traverse’ was special, it all felt right. The main riff was hot, the lyrics fell into place, the drums were so cool, we were instantly excited… and we decided we would try and have one of our favorite artists on it. We contacted Matty’s manager and a couple of days later we knew he had accepted and was excited to come in on this. We were so stoked just to know Matty liked the song, we would never imagine he would accept to actually feature on it. ‘Traverse’ seems like a love song but underneath its skin it’s a song about an abusive relation, where one pulls the other into this toxic loop. It’s about not letting go and luring into deceit.
- A new single is still under wraps, and seems to host the guest appearance of Tyron Layley of Londoner band New Volume. What sneak peeks can you give us on this release?
First of all, you are well informed! [laughter] Yes, we do have Tyron Layley on our next single, it’s called “THE PREY” and it will see the light in May, probably. We can share it will be the most aggressive of the three singles already released, it’s our “heavier” sound yet. We feel super excited to show yet another side of our new sound, this is going to hit hard.
- Nowhere To Be Found are also working on their forthcoming record due in 2019. What was different in terms of writing for this album as opposed to your previous materials and what can fans expect to find on this effort?
Well the main difference is having Quintais (the new lead guitar) on the creative process. We didn’t knew it at the time we invited him to join the gang but he is impressively creative and he brings a lot of stuff we needed but didn’t have, the “heaviness”, the pure metal influences. When filtered through the rest of the band, all of what he brings fills exactly where we wanted to be artistically. Fans can expect more complex songs, with more layers and a lot more production.
- What are some of the challenges or concerns you’ve been facing with recording and producing the record, if any? And some of the stuff you’ve been enjoying the most.
Well the first challenge is not having a record deal, meaning, we produce, manage, pay and own everything we record… and that is a tough challenge. For the time being, we have day jobs to pay for our music, instead of living off of it! [laughter] But the process is going incredibly good cause we learned a lot with Henrik and so we feel super excited with the new songs, we really have a brighter vision of what we want to do. The creative process has changed drastically.
- What are some of the craziest and coolest things you have experienced at a live show or recording session so far?
There’s nothing crazier in our chart than an alternative band from Portugal, with no international representation nor a record deal to have recorded with the ‘2017 Producer of The Year’ Henrik Udd, Ted ‘Grammy’ Jensen and Matty Mullins. The stars aligned.
- What else can we expect from Nowhere To Be Found in 2019? Or anything you’d like to share with our readers.
This year we have two main goals: to finish producing and release an incredible album and to make a couple of international tours, probably European. We really feel the responsibility to make an album our fans will be proud of… wherever they are. 4/5s of our social media fans are not from Portugal so they never even saw us live, and that has to happen!
Thank you for your time and good luck with your impressive work. We are thrilled for more music to be dropped from Nowhere To Be Found and fully support you into Europe!
Guys super proud to have your support, can’t thank you enough. We are super thankful for having met you, too. Keep up the good work!
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