ICEFIRE sound like something you’d find in the ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden and not in the UK but that is exactly what you get. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-So far the name has gone down well and people know what they are getting when they see posters etc we are a new band so the logo is very important to us .
What was it that made you want to do the band?
-Goes back to Winson Green Prison in Birmingham UK. Dave and Bill were in prison at the same time and got to know each other and got talking about music and that they were in bands in the past and so decided to get something going when they were released. Dave knew Steve from their time with Scarab nwobhm in the 1980s and they knew Steve lived in a forest somewhere in the rural part of the local area. They eventually found him and luckily had just finished with his previous band Agincourt. As for Deborah the singer we were introduced by a mutual friend from local metalheads Chemikill, we soon arranged a first rehearsal and that evening Steve met Deborah to fill her in …
What is your definition of the metal you play?
-When you see female fronted metal you think of the symphonic side of the genre like nightwish etc but we are more riff orientated with a more straightforward metal attitude, based on our influences as we come from the home of Sabbath ..Priest etc
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-Yes Dave has a studio at home where he writes the basic track idea and he emails the track to the band so we all have a basic idea when we rehearse. Deborah takes it away to write lyrics and melodies and we slowly change and build the track over time. when we record at the studio we leave it to Greg at the Priory recording studio to work his magic.
Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Really it’s a case of going through riffs and getting an idea in the head to put down ideas…..with the lyrics it’s a case of Deborah getting shit faced drunk on red wine. this brings out the inner feeling and mood for her to write to.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-We had ideas ourselves for the album cover and artwork, but we then got a company that Steve the drummer knew and we are glad we did. as they did a great job for us, they being Wolven Clause at the Crystallomatic art.
Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-In terms of getting the album out there it does help as we have sold it digitally via downloads eg iTunes Amazon etc and we also have the hard copy available ..it gives customers the option on what they want
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-We tend to get grouped together with other female fronted metal acts as the promoter promotes the gig as a female vocals theme ..they are well supported and there is a genuine market for this side of rock music. we would like to bring our show over to Europe in the near future to work and gig with other female fronted metal acts.
What does the future hold?
-We have just finished a good number of dates promoting our debut album and now we are writing our second album, the band are booked in the studio in January to start recording, we will be looking to release it in early 2017.
We will also be doing as many gigs as we can and to get further around the gig scene as we progress our live set.
That’s if Bill can stay out of jail ..!