Interview: UK melodic hardcore band RECLAIMER on label Famined Records, single JULY and upcoming EP GRIEF, ENSLAVED.
SICK AND SOUND presents an interview our editor-in-chief Alessandra had with RECLAIMER melodic hardcore quartet hailing from Lincoln, United Kingdom. The band is active since 2015 and is currently lining up: Harrison Cook at vocals and guitar, Michael Whittey at guitar, Robert Featherstone at bass and Cameron Corton at drums.
Reclaimer debuted on the scene with EP Same Hell, Different Devils back in 2016 giving the world a taste of their captivating and blistering sound. On June 14th, 2019 they announced their signing to label Famined Records and released a brand new music video for single JULY, followed by brand new track CANVEY on July 19th. Both singles belong to the band’s upcoming EP GRIEF, ENSLAVED available worldwide on August 2nd, 2019.
We are now catching up with Reclaimer after their recent announcement, getting a chance to introduce the band to our readers. We explored their sound, new label Famined Records, aspirations and plans. Most importantly, we discovered more details about lead single JULY and discussed the lyrical themes, influences and challenges behind their upcoming EP.
- Hello Reclaimer and welcome. We typically like to start off with a few questions to get to know our artists a little better. So would you mind introducing your band and your journey to our readers?
We’re a 4 piece melodic hardcore band from Lincoln, UK. We’ve been a band for around 4 years, we met at a music college in our city but didn’t form the band till a year or two after finishing college. We’ve played loads of shows in the UK and EU the last couple of years, and we’re just about to drop our second EP Grief, Enslaved.
- How do you see the soundscape you fit in – UK melodic hardcore – and what elements and features contribute to an outstanding sound? What’s typically Reclaimer’s?
UK melodic hardcore is something which has been on a steady rise the last few years with bands such as Casey, Napoleon and Holding Absence at the fore of it. The overall sound is fairly heavy, yet also bright and meaningful, which we’d say is something we capture well as a band.
- CONGRATULATIONS for signing with label Famined Records and entering their amazing roster. What feelings and expectations are behind this massive achievement?
Thank you! We’re really happy to have joined the label, it’s a big step for us as it’s something we’ve pushed for the last couple of years as a band. We’re excited to see what the future holds.
- Along with the announcement you dropped your brand new single JULY on June 14th, 2019. So let’s give our readers more details about the song and tell us how the single best represents your music output.
July is a very important song to us as a band. A few of us were going through rough patches when the song was written and it pretty much vents our collective frustrations. The song is pretty heavy in places and more emotional in others, which I think is a perfect example of what listeners can expect from us in the future.
Watch Reclaimer – July (Official Video):
- New single JULY has been followed by CANVEY, your latest track out on July 19th. They are both taken from your upcoming EP GRIEF, ENSLAVED set for release on August 2nd, 2019 via Famined Records. What lyrical themes were important for you to discuss in the record?
Lyrically the record is a collection of feelings and moments taken from the past with there being enough time between them to reflect on them on positively. We feel that the record lyrically is deeper than what it appears to be.
- What are your influences and what were some of the most listened to albums and bands while writing and recording the EP?
Collectively we’d have to say Casey’s Love Is Not Enough has been a huge influence, alongside Tragedy Will Find Us by Counterparts. We all have a wide range of influences, but they’re the two albums where we all meet for sure.
- How long have you been working on this EP and what was the songwriting process approached?
We’ve been working on Grief, Enslaved for the best part of two years. The songwriting process has mostly been getting as many demos down as possible and then choosing our favourites as a band to take forward. We’ll then work on them in the studio with Myro (Jigsaw Audio) until we’re happy with them.
- What were the most challenging aspects you faced while working on the record and what were the most enjoyable or easiest things for you?
Our biggest collective struggle was just before we started working on the record. We effectively were on hiatus for a year and we were honestly really close to just scrapping the band completely. Thankfully we spoke to some of our peers for advice and we turned it around. But definitely the most enjoyable thing has been hearing our ideas as finished mixes. We’re incredibly proud of this EP.
- Share a memorable moment you have experienced at a show so far as musicians or fans of music.
Our most memorable show has got to be our first show in Europe. We played a bar in Geneva, Switzerland on tour with To Kill Achilles and Invoker, and the place was packed out! It was really encouraging and a special moment for us.
- Let’s discuss your aspirations, bands you wish to share the stage with and goals. How you see yourself in the next future?
We want to see how far we can take the band. We’d like to hit all the continents at least once, we’ve always said that from day one. If we can do that and release some solid albums along the way, we’ll end the band happy. As for bands we’d like to tour with, Counterparts is the dream for sure.
- How are you guys going about the promotion of Grief, Enslaved after it drops? Any shows, festivals you wish to mention?
Grief, Enslaved drops 02.08.19. After this we play Macmillan Festival at the start of September, followed by a short run with Starve To Survive. We also have another run lined up for October which may or may not have been announced when this goes out.
Thank you for your time and all the best for your upcoming EP we are very thrilled to listen to. We are keeping an eye on Reclaimer and supporting you into Europe and US!
Reclaimer – Grief, Enslaved tracklisting:
2. Closed Letter
3. Let Go
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