I took some time out with Richard Kane vocalist and dictator from progressive death metal band ‘Then The Wave Came’, some things we spoke about were their music, where they like to perform and what they do in their spare time, so sit back,relax and enjoy…..
RK: T’is Richard Kane, vocalist and dictator.
Laura Neale: Alrighty sweetness! Well hey there, thank you for taking time out for this. How are ya?
RK: Can’t complain. Well, I could but I shan’t. And no probs! We’re extremely grateful for this.
Laura Neale: Haha! That’s okay and awesome! You’re welcome! Glad I can help out.
RK: As are we heh. Interviews have been most elusive for us. As in this is our first.
Laura Neale: Awesomeness! This is also the first interview for me as well, and you’re the first band I’m interviewing. So here it goes, first question; How long has the band been together?
RK: We became TTWC back in April 2009 so yeah, a good 4 years and counting.
Laura Neale: How long have you each other? How did you meet?
RK: Me and Luke (drums) have known each other for many, many years as we started our musical endeavours in the same band, Seven Year Kismet. It was through this we met Ben (guitar) and Sam (bass), who used to play in a band called Silent Skies. We weren’t really buds or anything back then, we just knew each other vaguely through the gig scene. Hell, I didn’t really know them at all when I joined TTWC. 4 years later and we’re all boo’s so s’all gravy.
Laura Neale: Who can drink the most?
RK: Hmmm… I’d say Sam. He’s a monster.
Laura Neale: What inspired you to make music together?
RK: That’s a big question. To be honest when me and Luke were in our former band there was no real musical inspiration. We just seemed to be playing heavy music for the sake of being heavy, influenced by whatever we were listening to at the time. It was “fun” for a while but as years went by I found myself really not enjoying any of it. I left the band, they continued. I’d never intended on getting back into the music scene, felt I’d failed and that was it but next thing I know I’m being approached by Ben and Sam. I had no idea what to expect but I knew from seeing them play that they could offer me something different, more “mature.” I obviously inspired them to continue after Silent Skies broke up and they in turn inspired me to dust myself off and give it another go. From the first practice I could see this band actually meaning something. It wasn’t fully complete until Luke joined us though. He and I have always naturally gelled when it came to music so when the opportunity arose to have him return to drums for us (he’d taken over vocal duties in SYK after I’d departed) I jumped at it. Since then our collective inspirations have both crippled and elevated us. For a while our influences were leaning too heavily on what we were writing but as of now we’ve reached another stage of maturity, more inspired by the feel and story of things as opposed to whether it’s got a hench breakdown or not. I think we inspire each other more than anything now.
Laura Neale: What are your favourite and least favourite venues to perform at?
RK: We don’t ask much really, just decent sound more than anything. Our favourite venues would be the ones where they understand the importance of the aforementioned. We’ve played a fair few where the sound man didn’t seem to give the slightest bit of a toss. It’s less about the venue and more about who’s there I think. As long as whatever crowd there is can make out what we’re doing and get the vibe s’all good. As the vocalist though I absolutely require my own monitor. Any venue without such a thing usually equals a less-than-comfortable experience. Oh, and a special shout out to The Ivy in Sheerness. That place has shown us many a good time and has always been there for us so yeah, sick venue.
Laura Neale: Yeah, The Ivy is a pretty good place to perform at.
RK: Ant’s a swell guy. He’s been my musical guardian angel for a ridiculous amount of time.
Laura Neale: What’s your most embarrassing moment?
RK: Any time someone gets something wrong (I can’t not notice) it throws me off my game a bit but fortunately we’re pretty tight. For me personally when I hit a bum note or start under key during a clean section I could quite easily jump into a black hole. Embarrasses the shit out of me. As a unit it’s only really embarrassing if you cock up to the point where you stop mid-song. That also sucks. At the beginning of our tenure we were embarrassed quite a lot heh.
Laura Neale: Do you ever play any covers?
RK: Nope. We’ve talked about it before but ultimately we want to make a statement with our own music, not reiterate someone else’s.
Laura Neale: Thats cool, so you want to make a mark in the music world with your own music rather than use someone else’s music?
RK: Definitely. I’ve done my time playing what we thought people wanted to hear. Don’t see the point in trying to sound like another band to get popular when people could just listen to the band in question. I can’t see us ever becoming massive, s’just reality. That’s why the music’s so important. We’d rather be remembered for doing what we do rather than what everyone else is doing. We’re not breaking boundaries, we’ve just got our own identity. That’ll either make or break us but at least it’ll be going down on our terms.
Laura Neale: What’s your ultimate direction for the band?
RK: We just want to create something that means something. We’ve completely changed direction and turned everything towards telling a story with our music. No self-contained material, literally an ongoing story. Lyrically I was doing the whole end of the world/politics/angry-at-my-dad shit for a long time but I grew very tired of it. Now it’s more personal and as such the lyrics and the music have got to complement each other to the best of our abilities. We’re hoping that in the end people will hear our songs and think “yep, that’s TTWC alright.”
Laura Neale: What do you get up to in your spare time?
RK: I do love my videogames, must be said. I find them to be a nice little escape. I watch a lot of series (mainly HBO) as well. I think I just like being wrapped up in a different world for a while. Other than that though mostly everything I do in my spare time is music-related. Consumed, one might say.
Laura Neale: I do have to say videogames do rule, my friend got me into them and yep, they are good.
RK: Heh, agreed. Quite a solid source for inspiration as well if you play the right game.
Laura Neale: Haha! Quite true that one. Who causes the most trouble?
RK: We’re pretty good, actually. Sam gave us a bit of bother when he went and broke his leg but the boy skanks hard, what you gonna do?
Laura Neale: What advice do you have for people who want to form their own band?
RK: Try not to be talented, we don’t need more competition. In all seriousness though if you’re going to form a band do it for the right reasons. If you’re intending playing metal there’s no real point aping someone else’s success. Forge your own identity. You should want to stand out. You could just slightly alter Parkway Drive songs but you’ll never be as big as them, you’ll never be rich and you’ll be forgotten in the annuls of time as soon as another band doing the same thing comes along. It’s like this weird rotating door policy with bands sometimes. Hell, if you just want your 15 minutes and want to make some quick cash go ahead but don’t fool yourself into thinking it’ll last. Also don’t just jump at record deals if they come along. Been burned in the past, trust. There’s a lot of smaller labels now who seem to be in it more for the music, check them out if getting signed is what you’re after. Above all though just be realistic with yourselves. Set a path, stick to it. Some paths will offer more “success” than others but whatever path you choose just remember you’re playing metal. It’s not the easiest of genres in any respect. Also just bear in mind that respect is earned. Don’t expect it just because you sound like so-and-so.
Laura Neale: Any last words?
RK: We just want to say thanks to anyone who has been with or since joined us on this journey. We can only endeavour to repay your faith with our very best. Believe me when I say we’re working our skin off on an album and when it finally gets here we’re hoping to deliver something that stands on its own, something you’ll remember long after listening to it. We can but try.