There is something special to the tales of yester. And especially the tales of old England. And then there is the music. From punk to NWOBHM to… Yeah what has the newer British bands like HRYRE to offer to us? Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-We had several names before we settled on Hryre. The Anglo Saxon meaning of the word translates to ‘Ruin’, which depicts our view of an English society long, lost within the confines of the modern materialistic world. This also reflects our nations current political state and the insignificance of capital gain.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have? Who are your house Gods and how have they coloured your music?
-A wide range of British Metal bands such as Wodensthrone, Winterfylleth and Akercocke heavily influence us. They for us set the tone of what has become identifiable in terms of the current British metal style. We also tip our hat towards the more experimental bands such as A Forest of Stars, Voices and The Water Witch. These bands push the envelope of the current style and as we are also heavily influenced on Prog Rock this gives us a fantastic basis in which to root our own sound.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Not at all, we write slow sections to compliment the fast and vice versa. We think of the bigger picture of the piece and recognising the contrasts and transitions between sections as the most important factor. Everything has to exist together, as part of one another, as part of the whole.
How does your music work in a live environment?
-At the moment we are a studio band and due to personal situations outside of the band going live isn’t something we are able to do at the moment though we are confident of taking our music live in the not-too-distant future.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-It depends on the label you’re working with really. It’s an investment in itself signing to a label so you need to make sure you work with the right label for you. We are lucky to work with such a label that supports our musical vision and gives us the freedom to explore that. Working with Aural has also out us in touch with some wonderful people across Europe as well as bringing our debut album to the international stage.
I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-Not at all, having never played live we have still managed to develop and international fan base and we have regular interactions with them. The way music is accessed these days makes music from a studio project such as ours far more accessible and we feel that is great thing. There are negatives in this of course but then again there are negatives in band travelling hundreds of miles struggling to cover the costs of food and travel. You do it because you love it either from a studio, stage or both.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-A great front cover should capture a visual of what the music is giving. Attention to detail is very important and should met with the same attention to detail as the music itself.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-I would say that music in Britain has always been thriving in one way or another. For example, without bands such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin & Deep Purple among others Heavy Metal wouldn’t exist or at least in this capacity. I feel connected to the scene even though we don’t perform within it as such, we share the enthusiasm and dedication to many of the great bands in the British scene and we are proud to consider ourselves friends among them.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-You can never beat the real thing and owning your own physical copy. Having said that technology is changing and it allows us to access a wider world of music from small devices and it is in no small part down to modern technology as to why we are talking with you now. I think those that really care about their music will always buy physical copes as part of an extensive library or collection. A Train enthusiast wouldn’t build models solely on an iPad so the same could be said for a music enthusiast.
What does the future hold?
-We are already in the throws of writing our second album and we are looking forward to making further progress with that. We hope to arrange some live events around the release of our second album to finally bring our music to the stage. All in all, the future is looking promising and we are looking forward to sharing it with you and our fans.