It all started for me in Britain. So it is with pleasure that I on an irregular basis return to check out new bands, like ORPHEUM. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
– Hi, we’re Orpheum, a Gothic Progressive Metal band based in London, UK. To describe our sound, it’s more of a symphonic, melodic metal sound. Fronted by Erin Johnson, brothers Fin Thomson on guitar and Andy Thomson on drums, Mars Martin on keys, SFX and backing vocals and last but not least, Phillipe Dutra on bass.
How does this new album compare to the previous ones?
– This will be our debut album, having released an EP back in 2012. It’s a jump in many ways, from how we recorded it, the production and time we have put into it. It won’t include all the songs from the EP, but a couple will be making a return as new album versions.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
– I think we were all pretty much on the same page when it came to the sound. We knew what sound we were after when we wrote the songs, so had a solid idea of how we wanted them to sound on the album.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
– The main topics are failed relationships and betrayal from past experiences, so the lyrics are a big part of the songs. Some lyrics tell the story in a more dramatic way, creating more of a theatrical world, but still express the same feeling.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
– We’re all very artistic and like working our style into something visual, so it’s always a big thing for us to design something to capture the essence of the music. That goes for what we are working on for our stage show too. We always have ideas that we bring to the table, either inspired by DeviantArt or something theatrical or cinematic, then we bring all ideas together to create our own.
Where outside of your country have you had success with your previous albums?
– We have been lucky enough to have had some interest for our EP in countries such as Japan, Canada, Australia, Germany and other countries across Europe, so we’re hoping to build on that for the album, as well as here in the UK.
Why is it that we do not see more metal bands from your country making it big internationally?
– The metal scene doesn’t seem to be quite the same in the UK compared to countries in Europe and elsewhere, especially for our style, which does seem to be more popular in European countries. We’ve heard great things about playing the other side of the water, so that’s definitely a goal. There have been some great metal bands that came from the UK and there are many that we know or have played with that deserve to get bigger, so perhaps one day that’ll change.
What is your local metal scene like? What status does does your band have in the national metal scene?
– Our metal scene is perhaps more focused on the heavier/death/thrash metal. Just recently we were told that it was rare to see a band like us on the UK underground metal scene, rather than in Europe. We’re still in comparison quite a young band, having only started gigging again in 2015 after taking a gap since the end of 2012. Even then we had only gigged for that year to promote our debut EP. With that in mind, some of the bands we’ve been lucky to have been asked to support including November-7, Edguy and Theatres Des Vampires who we’ll support this coming April at the Northern Symphony Festival, we feel very grateful to be in that position and it makes us hungrier to push more.
What is the general populations opinion on metal? Is being a metal musician a respectable choice?
– Metal is more of an underground style of music in the UK on the whole. Having said that, there are very enthusiastic fans of metal here and lots of people who really appreciate it. With us being on the melodic metal side, some people who might not listen to metal normally, listen to our music or see us live, are surprised to find that they like it. Slowly but surely that has to be a good thing!
What does the future hold for you?
– The near future, as of 2016, will see us release our debut album, tour in the UK, starting this April alongside two European bands, play at some great festivals, release more content online and start writing for the next release. Our burners are fully lit and we’re looking forward to see what the world makes of us.
Thank you Anders and Battlehelm.com for interviewing us and thank you to you who are reading this. If you liked what you read we hope you check us out, drop by our website at www.orpheum.co where there are links to all our social sites too. Drop by to say hello and we hope to see you at the front at a venue near you!
Gothic Progressive Metal, London