Begin The Rapture certainly unleash a mighty assault to the senses that will leave you wanting a whole lot more. Based out Glasgow, Scotland, this collective cites bands ranging from Asking Alexandria to Pantera as influences, and yet their own distinctive sound represents a destructive intensity that is all their own. Begin The Rapture recently self-released a dynamic EP entitled Empire, a solid selection of hard hitting tunes that should gain them a good deal of worldwide attention, Here is a recent interview we conducted with front man Conor Haining to find out more about this raging new band on the rise. Read on and discover your new soundtrack to the end of the world…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Begin The Rapture, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Conor Haining and I am the vocalist, we have been a band since mid 2011 but have only just started taking things seriously to see where it can take us.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are from a small town in Scotland called Dumbarton which is about 25 miles away from Glasgow, we have a pretty diverse music scene and you can find anything from pop-punk to death metal. If there was one band you would have to hear from our area, it has to be Exile The Traitor. They are so talented it’s a little frightening
Is there any story or concept behind the title Empire?
Over the time that we have been a band, we’ve tried our best to develop our own unique sound that can’t be replicated, while still sticking to blending elements of traditional and modern metal into our music. In a sense, we’ve built our own musical ‘Empire‘ over that time which is where the title comes from.
Select two songs from Empire and what inspired the lyrics.
Monuments: Monuments has this one line that I’m really happy about, ‘We don’t follow a scene, we don’t follow a crowd, we follow our hearts, and for that I am proud’ That one line sums us up perfectly, every other band is doing constant breakdowns now, and we’ve deviated from what’s becoming the norm from our genre, we still enjoy doing breakdowns, but everything in moderation.
Empire: Sometimes when I write songs I like to take a story to base the lyrics on, and then throw in some personal things that are hidden within the lyrics. I had just finished reading all the Game of Thrones books when we were writing Empire, so I used that as a base for the song, then added all my little personal touches. It’s not obvious when you listen to the song what is based on Game Of Thrones and what is personal, and that’s what I like about the song. It requires some thought to break down lyrically.
Who did the artwork for Empire and how much input did you have on it?
The artwork for Empire was done by an amazing guy called Paul Wood from IthinkIdesign. We came to him with the idea of a destroyed city showing slight hints of a zombie outbreak, but without going too overblown and having hundreds of zombies taking up all the artwork, and he nailed what we wanted on the head. We had total input over what the artwork looked like, and he brought it to life.
What could one expect from a live Begin The Rapture show?
30 minutes of in your face metal and enough headbanging that anyone even watching it will sustain whiplash.
If Begin The Rapture could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Bullet For My Valentine. These guys were one of the soundtracks to our childhoods, and helped influence the music we still listen to today. It would be an incredible experience, plus I’ve always personally looked up to Matt Tuck so it would be surreal to share a stage with him.
Are you or any of the other members involved with any other bands outside of Begin The Rapture?
Our bassist Connor McFall has a Post-Hardcore project called Through My Words, but aside from that the rest of us all focus completely on Begin The Rapture.
The Queen of England invites Begin The Rapture to play a song for her and guests at a Royal Command Performance! What song would you play for Her Majesty and why?
I think we’d have to play Monuments. It’s our most ‘pop-friendly’ song, plus if we played Empire we may be accused of Treason!
What would you like someone to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
I’d like them to have a chorus stuck in their heads and not be able to think of any song other than that!
What’s up next for Begin The Rapture?
We’re planning on taking on as many dates around Scotland and possibly Northern England as we can while still writing new material.
Any final words of wisdom?
Don’t let your guitarist drink a whole bottle of Jack Daniels and then go on stage. We made that mistake once and it was messy!
Begin The Rapture is:
Conor Haining – Lead Vocals
Conor McCune – Lead Guitar
Ciaran Devine – Rhythm Guitar
Connor McFall – Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals
Ewan McLeod – Drums/Percussion
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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