For those unfamiliar with the band, please give us a brief history of the band and its members.
We're Spawned From Hate death metal band from the Midlands. Were currently a four piece with Dan Phipps on Vocals, Lee Foley and Scott Smith on guitars and Dave Hudson on Bass. Dave and Lee and started the band back in November 2011 originally as a side project. Line-up changes meant slow progress at first but with Scott and Dan joining in mid-2012 things started to gather pace resulting in releasing our first demo/EP. Finding a suitable drummer has been problematic but rather than hold us back we took the decision to move forward with programmed drums until we find the right person.
You have recently released your e.p. WITHERED AND DECAYED. What has the reaction been to this new offering?It has been mostly positive, we have had a couple of reviews that provided some constructive criticism on aspects of the EP, mainly regarding the production. This is understandable as we recorded and mixed the E.P ourselves as we are a self funded band and haven't got a label providing us with a recording advance, however we have taken this on board and will be looking at booking some studio time for our next release to improve the production side of things. That aside we are thrilled with all the positive responses we have received from people and critics on the EP. Another element of the E.P that was really well received was the cover design which was produced by Phil Tolfree (www.facebook.com/PhilTolfreeArt), we were really pleased with what Phil created and people's reactions to it have been awesome.
Musically, who influences you, if anyone at all?We draw influences from Death, Grind and Thrash, but our main influences would have to be Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Death, Deeds of Flesh, Dying Fetus, Defeated Sanity, Cryptopsy etc. We just really enjoy heavy music with groove, the type of stuff you can't stop banging your head to, everyone in the band brings their own influences to the table.
What themes and topics do your lyrics deal with?
The lyrics themselves are very classic, we deal with murder, torture etc. A lot of new bands try to move away from these topics nowadays which is all good but the best way to write effective lyrics is to write what you are comfortable writing about, however saying that we're not serial killers or gruesome torture freaks, haha).
Composing songs can often be a frustrating process, how do you go about it?
This has changed a bit as we’ve gone on but for the most part the songs are initially developed by individual members who then present it to the band. We then play around with it as a whole, adding changes as we see fit, It’s very much a collaboration effort. The majority of this is done via email and good old guitar pro rather than wasting time and money in the studio. Rough recordings are usually sorted at this stage and once we're happy with the structure and sound, they are then sent to Dan so he can work on the lyrics and vocal patterns. We then go away and learn our individual parts before booking studio time to rehearse as a band and put it all together.
How often do you guys get together to practice and write new material?
Dan’s recently moved to Nottingham and Lee has a new shift work pattern so were getting used to that as we did practice once a week. At the moment, the band (minus Dan) meets in Birmingham fortnightly and practices. Were tight on the old stuff so we’re working on the new material at the moment. We then head up to Nottingham for regular practices at least once a month. Everyone practices away from the studio and learns their parts so this combined with playing the shows seems to work well for us.
What could we expect from one of your live performances?
We are still maturing as a live band as we have only been gigging since November 2012 and you can practice all you want but playing live is a whole different kettle of fish but anyone who sees us play can expect to see people on stage having fun but still maintaining a professional stage presence. We just enjoy playing our music to people and it's always good to look up and see the crowd headbanging, you kind of know that what you're music is getting a positive reaction, which is all we can ask for really.
Plans for the future?We have been working with a drummer over the last 2 months who is learning the material and we're looking forward to completing the line-up. We are also in the stages of writing some new material which we will be recording and sending out to labels to hopefully get released, at present we're looking at 5/6 new tracks in total, this may be more if the creative juices flow. From then we are just looking to promote the band and our music by playing live as much as possible to help spread the word.
What merch do you currently have available and where can we get it?
We have just had a shirt design finished by Nev (www.facebook.com/Nevdoesartforbands) who has done artwork for Cattle Decapitation, Devourment and Scatorgy to name a few, so we're definitely in good company there! The shirts will available for pre-orders via our big cartel (www.spawnedfromhate.bigcartel.com) and band camp pages (www.spawnedfromhate.bandcamp.com), as well as the 'Merch' tab on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SpawnedFromHate) while we sort out getting them pressed.
Any final words?
We’d like to thank UKEM for giving us the opportunity to do this interview and the support you have shown us. We also need to say a huge thanks to everyone who’s helped us and supported us so far, we appreciate people taking the time out to listen to our music and putting us on stage and we hope it continues!! We’ve made a good start and have a nice platform to work from. Were really looking forward to the new material and how things are progressing as a band and were looking forward to a successful 2013. Cheers!!!