Inherit is about to conquer mainland Europe on an 8-day tour. We spoke to guitarist Richard Shiner, who gave some really thorough answers on how the band got together, their European tour and future plans.
You guys are about to hit main land Europe on an 8-day tour. You guys excited? Any specific bands you look forward to sharing the stage with?
Right now we’re just finalizing all the travel arrangements and getting some shirts printed. We’re definitely all looking forward to playing these shows as it’ll be our first time in Europe and also our first actual tour as a band. Up to this point we’ve only played the odd show here and there. I’m interested in getting to check out some new bands that I’ve never heard before and as for a specific band, Desperate Times are the band I’m most looking forward to sharing the stage with. The songs I’ve heard so far are great and from the footage I’ve seen on YouTube they look like they deliver a powerful live show too.
Can you share a bit of your band history? How did you guys start out as a band?
The idea of Inherit has been around for a while but it was only until this past year that we managed to solidify a line up of like minded individuals. The lineup started with Adam [Malik] and myself and then we started looking around for the rest of the members. This wasn’t a quick process as we had definite ideas about the sort of people we wanted to do a band with and there wasn’t exactly an abundance of people who met this criteria. However once our drummer Dave [Mayes] came on board things started to move quite quickly and we were soon ready to go and record a demo with Jamie Frye at Above All studios in Margate. The lineup for this recording was slightly different than the one we right now because our good friend Sean played bass on these recordings. Since then though Sean has left with Roman [Snecker] taking over the bass duties and we also added Pat[rick Hassan] on second guitar.
You have put out your self-titled 7″ in November last year correct? Did the response to the record meet your expectations?
For me personally the record exceeded my expectations because originally our plan was to record the four songs and then release them as a demo. However once they were recorded and mixed we sent it around to a few people whose opinion we respected to get some initial feedback and the general opinion was that we should release the songs as a 7 inch straight away. One of the people we sent the songs to was Johan at Reflections Records who got back to us saying how much he was into the material and would we be interested in him releasing our record. As a band Inherit feel all the parts of a record are extremely important and that it’s not only about the music. The lyrics, the artwork and packaging etc should all come together to complement and enhance the overall vibe of the band. Johan shared this view and after discussing some ideas with him we came up with a poster/sleeve packaging design and the response to this package has been very positive as we’ve received a lot of comments about how well the concept of the lyrics, artwork and music tie together.
In regards to reviews of the actual 7 inch, so far the ones I’ve seen have all been extremely positive which is always great. However for me personally I’m not overly concerned about getting great reviews and being the new hype etc because as long as the rest of the people I’m in a band with like the songs and enjoy playing them then that’s good enough for me. However I’d be lying if I didn’t say that it’s always good to hear a positive comment about your band from someone you respect and has similar tastes and ideals about music.
How do you guys write songs? When do you have the feeling a song is finished?
A typical Inherit song goes through a few specific stages. First of all I sit at home and write the music for what I feel is a complete song. Next Dave and I get in a practice room together and jam the song through a bunch of times to see if everything flows correctly. We’ll probably tweak a few things which aren’t working at this point and then record a practice version of the song which is then sent round to the rest of the band. Everybody else then listens to it and adds their own comments which we then take onboard before Dave and I make rough Garageband demo for Adam to add his vocals too.
After being in a bunch of bands before for me this is definitely the easiest and quickest way to get things done. Also the advantage of using a programme like Garageband to record rough demos is that it speeds things up once you get to the studio and as you can clearly hear all the different parts in advance to make sure everything fits together.
As for when we think a song is finished? For me personally I try to always make sure there’s one unique part in each song which makes that song interesting. It doesn’t even have to be the focal point of the whole song but I know in all the songs I love by other bands there’s always that part be it a riff, vocal hook or just that certain something that makes you want to come back and listen to a song again and again. I’m not saying that we always manage to do this but that’s our goal and hopefully once all these elements are put together we get a finished song that we all like.
What do you think of the current hardcore ‘scene’? Has it evolved or perhaps changed much the last couple of years for your feeling?
I can only really speak in terms of the UK because that’s the scene I’ve had the most experience of. Hardcore like anything else is a constantly evolving entity. Sometimes it’s more popular than others but there’s always new bands and people coming along combining positive energy with creativity to push things forward. I think it’s very easy for people who have been around the hardcore scene for a long time to start to drift away from it and then bemoan how it’s not as good as it used to be. For me this argument is really tired, the best thing about hardcore is that you pretty much get out of it what you put into it so if you think things aren’t as great as they used to be then it’s more likely your fault rather than anyone else’s.
If anyone who’s reading this doesn’t know too much about hardcore in the UK then please take the time to check out the following bands all of whom either have releases out now or will be available shortly: Abolition, Iron Curtain, Final Rage, Wayfarer, Moat, Tyburn and Unholy Majesty.
Inherit is a straight edge band, when did you guys claim? Can you share a bit about your beliefs?
Straight edge for me has never been a numbers game so I’d rather not list off how long we’ve all been straight edge. Obviously one of the main points of starting this band was that it was going a straight edge band but we never wanted to use how long we’ve been straight edge as some sort of badge to make out we’re better than any one else.
As a band we believe in having a positive message and combining this to heavy music. Straight edge should never be an end to itself but instead can and should be used as a starting point to achieve other goals that you have in your life.
Which bands are big influences to you? Any band in particular that you would recommend?
There aren’t any specific bands which influence us and I’m loathe to list a bunch of band names because as soon as a band does this you end up with a specific picture of how the band should sound. Inevitably the idea you have in your head never matches the songs you hear when you finally get the chance to check the band out. I’ve noticed this happening a lot recently with some new bands that are listing influences which have almost no correlation to the songs they eventually release.
As far as bands we’d recommend the list is endless but if anyone who’s reading this is new to hardcore then these following records are all timeless classics and worth checking out: Judge and BID 12″; Cro-Mags – AOQ is great but please don’t ignore both Best Wishes and Alpha-Omega both full of great riffs and very good lyrics; Killing Time Brightside 12″; Threefold Misery by 108 and finally almighty Bad Brains – including Quickness and Rise. We could list a whole bunch of others but by getting mentioned titles you should be able to get a picture of what we love about hc.
What do you all do besides play music and tour?
I’m a freelance graphic designer, Dave is a Teaching Assistant who also plays bass in Iron Curtain. Roman is a trainee Enginering Architect and also plays bass for Final Rage. Adam works for a solar energy company and also sings in an awesome band from Poland called Pain Runs Deep. Pat is studying for his PHD whilst somehow managing to fit in running Carry The Weight Records and being in the following bands Wayfarer, Final Rage and Sectarian Violence.
What lays in the future for Inherit? Are there any goals or dreams you want to pursue?
Due to us all either having full time jobs or being full time students we are realistic about the goals that we can set with Inherit so those that we have are fairly simple. In the short term we are planning on playing as much as our other commitments allow to promote the 7 inch. In the medium to long term we plan on writing more songs which will hopefully come out later in the year.
Once we come back from Europe we have some more shows lined up as well as a couple of shows in England with Cold World which we’re all really looking forward too.
Thanks for answering our questions! Anything you’d like to add?
Thanks for the interview and if you haven’t heard us before then please check out our 7inch available now from Reflections Records. You can also listen to the songs online via bandcamp page at www.inherit.bandcamp.com.
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