INTERVIEW: Nick Pocock of IN SEARCH OF SOLACE on new label SharpTone, new single DEATHWISH, lyrical inspiration and songwriting.
SICK AND SOUND has the pleasure to present to its readers an interview our editor-in-chief Alex had with NICK POCOCK of Minnesota metalcore quartet IN SEARCH OF SOLACE who have been knocking around since 2012, when they formed in the Twin Cities area and consists of: Jonny LaDuke at vocals, Nick Pocock at guitar and vocals, Clay Saver at bass, Derek Ludgate at drums.
With a few materials under their belt: Consciousness EP (2014), From Me//From Within (2015), Regression|Progression (2017), they have recently announced their signing to SharpTone Records and announced their brand new single DEATHWISH released on May 3rd, 2019.
We are now catching up with the band to discuss the story behind the name, lyrical inspiration and songwriting, new signing to SharpTone Records and new single Deathwish.
- Hello Nick and welcome at SICK AND SOUND. Let’s give our readers a wider view on your outfit. What’s the story behind your name “In Search Of Solace”?
To us, “In Search Of Solace”, embodies the message we as a band hold in our lives and about the world in general. We don’t want to sound pessimistic, but there are plenty of issues and struggles we all face every day and we try to touch base on those subjects and provide a message of understanding towards them. As if to say to our listeners, “you’re not alone, we’re looking for answers too.”
- Let’s briefly discuss your sound. How important or not important is to push the boundaries of being pigeonholed in one genre, and what truly makes your sound different from your contemporaries?
It is definitely important for us to grow, and experiment. We have had the same members now for about 5 or 6 years so when it comes to writing we all know what we’ve done already. It really is a journey of our lives so as we change as people, different influences come into play and we develop new sounds. If you’ve been following us from the beginning, you can surely see the change in development over the years. What makes us sounds different is entirely subjective to the listener, however, we strive to be a band that emits passion in their music. Not to say other bands don’t, but that is our mission. To play music that people can feel.
- CONGRATULATIONS for signing with SharpTone Records in May 2019. You’re now sitting in the roster alongside some amazing metalcore bands, what feelings, dreams or expectations are behind this achievement?
It is a bit surreal, it is honesty a big honor for us to be a part of such a family. So many amazing bands and people are behind the label and we hope to find a spot where we can fit in comfortably with the rest. All of us have been playing music since we were kids, and to have us come together and achieve this goal together is an amazing feeling that we always hoped we could reach someday, as long as we kept putting in the effort. The sky is the limit when it comes to expectations, touring the World and having a long lasting career from here on out would be amazing. We’re personally excited to see how our band and music develops overtime and we hope that the public is excited to tag along on this journey with us.
- On May 3rd, 2019 along with announcing your new label you have also debuted a new single: DEATHWISH. Let’s talk more about the lyrical inspiration, songwriting and share more details about the track.
When it came to writing the song it started out with just the guitar you hear in the beginning. It sounded pretty cool and like it was headed somewhere very dark. We joked around when writing it that it made us feel like we had just lost our son in the woods, I couldn’t tell you why haha. As for the lyrical inspiration it took a much more serious turn. We had been on tour in Canada and I had gotten a phone call that a close friend of mine had died from heroin. This song was probably half written at the time and I knew this needed to be the one.
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- What messages are In Search Of Solace channelling through their music or what general topics are important for you to discuss when writing new lyrics?
The messages that we channel are inspired by our personal lives and what we see going on in the world around us. When it comes to lyrics there’s a lot of basis on psychology. Often asking ourselves, in this situation, what do we think a person going through this would feel. How would they act, and what would they say? A lot of the times its already known because it’s our own feelings being projected into the song, other times we have to dig into someone else’s psyche.
- What is the creative and songwriting process when In Search Of Solace sit down and write new music? And how much has this changed and progressed since your earlier materials?
The writing process usually starts off with Nick (guitarist) coming up with a riff and mapping out a skeleton. After which, he will send it to the rest of the band to contribute ideas. Sometimes we all write together, sometimes just two of us, in the end we all do our best to make suggestions throughout the process. Things changed during this last writing process, as it was the first time we brought in an outside ear of a producer, that being Ryan Leitru. All together we ended up with a product that we believe in, and are very proud of.
- What challenges have you been coping with as musicians along your career?
A big one for us was breaking into the touring world. We would play out of state shows here and there but it took us a while to get the ball rolling with locking in tours. We would see our friends go out and have amazing runs and we couldn’t book more than one out of state show in a row. I’d say another one for us trying to figure out how to make tour life and home life work well together. We all work and two of us have kids.
- As musicians and fans of music, what’s the craziest or coolest thing you have been experiencing at a show worth telling about?
I remember being a young teenager at an A Day To Remember show and the singer came out in a giant hamster ball, had never seen anything like it. Much more recently I had the opportunity to see Underoath not only get back together, but play They’re Only Chasing Safety and Define The Great Line back to back which were life changing albums for me.
- Any incoming projects or revelations you can share with our readers, a new album, tour, shows on the horizon?
We have some tours coming up this summer and some more singles coming soon!
Thank you for having a chat with us. We are very thrilled for me music to be dropped by In Search Of Solace and fully supporting you into Europe and US!
This was great! Thank you very much.
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