Ifreann – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
I: Ifreann are a Thrash Metal band from Edinburgh, Scotland.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
I: We formed in mid-2015, played our first show in early 2017, and since then have recorded 3 EPs, toured Scotland, England and soon to be Ireland.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
I: Musical would have to be the classic Bay Area Thrash bands like Testament & Megadeth. We also take influence from bands like Death & Iron Maiden.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
I: We just want to make and play heavy music to people who listen to and enjoy heavy music.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
I: Our lyrics are primarily written by our vocalist, Ian & our drummer, Euan. Ian takes lyrical influence from fantasy and horror, whereas Euan’s lyrics are much more politically and socially driven.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
I: We have a strong Facebook presence, and rely mostly on interactions with friends and fans on that site. Be it about merch, shows or new music. Our drummer is also a promoter and knows the scene well and the best ways to promote shows in certain cities.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
I: It’s foolish to deny that downloading music is how most fans listen to their favourite bands. We’ve never expected to make any money from physical format sales so we don’t have an issue with people downloading our music.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
I: Personally I’d love to say I wrote the tracks on Megadeth’s ‘Rust In Peace’ because it’s the best album of all time.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
I: Personally I dislike when one member of a band writes all the music, lyrics, plays all the solos (if they’re a guitarist). I feel most bands would be stronger if they all added their own equal influence.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
I: I guess it would be playing our first show and most people who were there being in utter disbelief that we weren’t a more seasoned band.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
I: We’re about to release our 2nd full EP ‘Desecration’ in February, and we have a lot of shows planned, in new and old places, to promote it’s release.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
I: Our next show is the new EPs launch gig. We will be playing the entire thing, alongside some KILLER support from Crossfire (Ireland, Thrash), Sundrown (Scotland, Groove), Bhas (Scotland, Death) & Hellfekted (England, Thrash).