LAY SIEGE is a new band to me. But as I live to discover new bands I knew I had to interview them to get to know more about them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-We came up with the name so long ago now that it’s hard to remember! Our old vocalist suggested the name and we were all happy with it. It sums up the way that we approach live shows, I think, and probably our sound a bit as well. It’s just about giving it everything you have.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-I think that our sound is rooted in the underground scene from the UK in around ’07/’08 sort of time, which I think was a bit of a golden age. There is also a heavy Deftones influence and we also have a bit of post-metal creeping in, I think.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Our approach to writing is always pretty much the same, and that is that we want to have ups and downs in all of our songs so that they take you on a bit of a journey and you end up somewhere different to where you started. So if we have a slow song then we like to take it up somewhere in the song, and if it’s a fast song then we like to bring it down somewhere. For me, impact and feeling in songs comes from good dynamics and that is one of the most important things for us.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
.-We always have playing the songs live in mind when we’re writing so I think that our songs possibly work better live than on recording. We like to tailor our set list to the venue and audience that we’re playing to, so in small sweaty rooms we like to keep the energy up and thumping, and on bigger stages we can play our more expansive songs to give them justice.
Everybody seem to be disappointed with something once they have released a recording. What would you have liked done differently the last time around?
-We are honestly not disappointed with our album. There are definitely things that we will do differently next time, but we wouldn’t change the one we just did at all. Next time I think we will change our approach to writing to try and get away from the inevitable classic first album mistakes. It will be less of a mix tape, I think.
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-It is hard, and a lot of the time using the internet is as useful as shouting in to a vacuum. The best place to get people interested is to jump in the van, get out there and play your music to new people. Potential fans rarely come to you, so you have to go to them instead.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-You want you album to be striking, memorable, easy to make out and reflect the mood of the album.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-We actually find it very hard to place ourselves in any scene. We deliberately try to steer away from what other bands are doing, and whilst that can help us stand out, it can also hinder us as it’s harder to find gigs that we’re suitable for! In the UK right now hardcore seems to be the thing and punkier sounds seem to be making a resurgence. There isn’t a massive appetite for metal right now, but as always in the UK, these things go in circles.
How do one promote one self the best possible way?
-Always make sure that you have something interesting to say, time it right and make it as easy as possible for people to interact with whatever you are showing them. People don’t like to put the work in so you have to hand it to them on a plate!
What does the future hold
-We will be touring the album as much as we can and trying to get our faces about and then we will get to work on album number two and see if we can make any improvements! Maybe we will get to play in Sweden? Who knows?