Battle Born – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
BB: Tom O’Dell (guitar): We are a Skyrim-themed power metal band! We play fun, hook-driven metal, all wrapped up in lyrics dedicated to reclaiming our lands from the evil Imperials.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BB: Tom: Battle Born was founded on the long drive back from Wacken Open Air in 2018 – after a long weekend of drinking and partying in the home of power metal, we were inspired to write a song about “bringing the metal back” to the UK. Some of us had always wanted to form a Skyrim-themed band, and it all sort of fell into place. After a lot of hard work writing and arranging a mighty collection of songs, we have eventually forged our debut EP… and are ready to let battle commence!
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BB: Tom: Musically, we draw most of our inspiration from Finnish power metal acts like Dreamtale and Beast in Black, and traditional acts like Judas Priest or Blind Guardian. We all individually listen to a huge range of other types of music though, so there’s traces and nods to all sorts of styles throughout the EP.
Jack Reynolds (vocals): Obviously we love the world of Skyrim. We’ve based our songs and our band on it, but it’s also a place we like to visit when spending time away from music.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
BB: Tom: From day one, our dream has been to play one of the main stages at Wacken. Without that festival the band wouldn’t exist, so it would be a triumphant homecoming of sorts. Of course, that’s something of a long term goal!
Charlie Lamacraft-Perrett (drums): In the short term, we plan on touring the UK and Europe to play for as many people as we can as we work our way up the ranks. We can’t wait to meet and make new fans on our journey.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BB: Tom: The epic quest of writing our EP was a really collaborative process. Individual members brought early ideas to the table, but we are ultimately all companions in battle. We refined the songs as a group, and we’re ultimately all invested in them more because of that.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
BB: Charlie: Right now we’re focusing on our online presence, given we can’t have much of a physical presence under current circumstances.
Jack: Nobody can say when, but we will have an incredible show for all of you as soon as the siege lifts!
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
BB: Tom: It’s the future of music in a lot of ways. Nearly everyone streams their music out of convenience, and we think that’ll be the case for most of our fans. That being said, physical copies will always have a place in our hearts. There’s something immensely satisfying about holding a copy of an album you love, and that’s an attitude held by metal fans more than most.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BB: Tom: I think we’ll all give different answers here… for me, “Sons of Winter and Stars” by Wintersun is pretty much the perfect song. It has everything! Riffs, atmosphere, orchestras, bombastic choruses… It’s just unskippable.
Jack: For me, it’s “Infinite Dreams” by Iron Maiden. It’s criminally overlooked, and it really shows a side of the band that had been seldom seen prior to 1988. It’s got bluesy leads, dripping synths, a brooding melancholy, time changes galore, and an incredible scream that is just two strepsils away from being a black metal moment.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
BB: Jack: Passionate songwriting, performed impassionately. What a waste! You can’t expect anyone else to pay attention if you’re zoned out and going through the motions. Show us your orgasm face or make way for someone who will.
Charlie: Karate in the pits. Be excellent to each other out there!
Tom: I’m really not a fan of those times when people try to stop me worshipping Talos like a true Nord… Other than that, it’s probably when people skip a banger at a party. Unforgivable stuff.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
BB: Tom: Got to be when I sold out of all the CD copies of my first solo album (“The Sons of Fëanor” by Dwarrowdelf). I’m hoping Battle Born takes that personal success to an even greater level!
Jack: Not to brag, but this EP is pretty great. We took our time to collectively savour some key milestones along the way – perfecting the songs, approving the final mix, hitting the big red button that puts our music on streaming platforms.
Charlie: I gave Herman Li a chip at Sonisphere Festival.
Jack: And look at him now!
PD. So what are you working on at the moment?
BB: Tom: We have some great songs that didn’t make it onto the EP, and we’re always coming up with new ideas. Once the EP is released, we’ll set our sights on a full album. We’re all really looking forward to getting stuck into the process again; the early ideas are sounding great, and it’ll be a lot of fun to start collaboratively working on these tracks.
PD. What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
BB: Tom: Our EP is currently available for pre-order at our Bandcamp (https://battlebornuk.bandcamp.com/album/battle-born) – you can get it digitally or on CD, and the lead track “Battle Born” is available for streaming/download there too! The single is also available on all streaming services; our Spotify page can be found at https://open.spotify.com/artist/0JM8io5wCngAiifWS8nhqe?si=11VAfcugRJOLZ1qfyc73tw