Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The initial formation of the band happened back in 2013 when it was Alyssa (Broere) doing all the writing and demoing. Over the years there have been quite a few line-up changes and even a name change but at the core of it all, it's pretty much always been just us. I joined as the drummer at the start but felt much more confident as a guitarist. That was also when we decided to change our name to Within Nostalgia just due to the fact that our sound had totally morphed into something else.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
I’ve always felt we were sort of a strange mix of styles, not necessarily trying to be one thing or another. We’ve jokingly referred to our music as “Bleak Metal” as of late just because we do have a lot of Black Metal influence but it’s so melted in with everything else I would never call it actual Black Metal or even Doom really. We certainly do have bands that influence us, though it doesn’t always show through our music. As a band I’d say Agalloch, Alcest, and Enslaved are probably our bigger influences above all else.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
If someone wants something different or just something maybe a little stranger than your standard in your face Metal then I’d say we might be a good band for you. Again, we play to reach an emotion or feeling, not a particular sound and style but at the same time, I think it’s distinct in its sound overall.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
So far we’ve released one full length back in October 2019 and that was our debut as Within Nostalgia. Currently, we’re promoting our newest EP called Void & Decay which will be out mid-December. We’ve put two singles out on this release, that being Desideratum and Beneath Unworthy Presence. Back when we put out our first album Conjuring A New Reality we really started to see more of an online presence of the band and that brought in more interest from the media side of things in forms of reviews and interviews etc. With Void & Decay, we’ve seen a great response thus far and I’m interested to see how it’s received when it’s finally released.
Do you play live as well? How’s your live activity so far?
We do love to play live when we can but everything is still very much shut down here so the opportunities just haven’t been there. The last time we played live was in December of 2019 where we did a few dates so it’s pretty much been a year since. We really hope to play live in front of people again one day soon though. We’ve been toying with the idea of a live stream recently so that’s something that could be in our near future.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
I think they should know we’re a hard-working band that’s always trying to put our best efforts forward and play live with a good energy that is hopefully memorable to people. As I’ve mentioned before, if there’s one thing we aren’t, it’s generic cookie cutter music and I think that’s something that’s missing today. In a time where so much music is accessible, it is important to try to do something different, and by doing that it can make peoples’ heads turn and maybe introduce something new to them that they didn’t even know they liked.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Well hopefully we can get back to playing live as soon as we can but aside from that we plan just to continue writing and forging new music and further developing our style. A live stream is possibly in the works as well so maybe stay tuned for further info on that. I feel another album is inevitable at some point, I’m just not sure when yet.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Anyone can check us out at our Bandcamp where all our releases are but we’re also active on other popular platforms like Facebook and Instagram so definitely check out any of those.