Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
(Kynan Scott, bass): There was apparently a long search for a permanent bassist... Me and Tom met at Uni and bonded over a shared love of the ‘Metulz’ and I joined Husk in early 2014 and played my first gig with them in a brewery in Cornwall. It was the most insane gig I have played to this day. It was super loud, there were bottles coming off the walls and the venue was packed. The line-up hasn’t changed since! We have a strong dynamic and our individual styles meld together to create our own weird sound. We recently changed our name to Sail to reflect a more focused, matured approach to our music. The process behind the name change was long and laborious and a story for another time!
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
It’s quite difficult to say, we try not to pigeon hole ourselves too much and we all have a wide range of influences from pop to extreme metal. I think we settled on glitter sludge as a good descriptor for our sound but it’s vague enough to not mean too much and not very serious! It’s clear to those that listen to our music that we are strongly influenced by bands in the American sludge scene such as Mastodon and Baroness. These are the influences we wear on our sleeves but delve deeper and the more obscure influence becomes apparent. Poppy hooks melding with sludge riffing and spacey sections. There’s a lot going on in our crazy world and Slumbersong is just the tip of the Iceberg.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Riffs... Because who doesn’t like riffs? Oh and twinkly bits. Metalheads love twinkly bits right? I feel that our sound is very approachable and will appeal to many different people so buy it for your Mum, call her, she worries!
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
As Sail this our first release but as Husk we had an album and split release which were received very well by our fans! The album [Seven Pyramids] had a straight up doom vibe whereas our split EP [Upon His Mountain]with Striga was a bit more experimental as we started playing with post-rock textures and clean vocals. Since we decided to change the name to go with our more matured approach/sound there has been nothing but positive response.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We have solidly been playing live for years. Our gigging activity has increased exponentially since our last release as Husk. We have had a quiet start to the year but the rest felt well deserved after our 2016 gig calendar. We are looking forward to playing more shows this year with the release coming up.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We’re not like the other kids! Something different, a change to the formula. We don’t do ‘Sludge by numbers’ so it can be hard for people to know what to expect. We would like to think that the music speaks for itself though. It may be useful to know that as a band we are really into Nerf.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
The immediate future will be full of promotion for the new album. Physical release and a short run of dates in April to support this. We will probably continue with writing new material too, the recording process inspired some synth sounds which will feature a bit more in new material/live sets.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can listen to our music on-line through social media outlets. Our Music video filmed by Red Dog Productions can be found on YouTube and our new album Slumbersong will be available to buy March 10th.