Johanna Ray – Interview

Interview with Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: Tell us a brief history of yourself.

JR: We’re a 4 piece band based in Birmingham UK, We write chaotic and raw mathcore drawing inspiration from, The Bled, Converge, The Dillinger Escape plane, Botch to name a few.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

JR: I think our biggest non music influence comes from art, I’m personally a big fan of Jacob Bannon’s work and have a few of his pieces in my studio. Alec also comes from a family were his grandad was always painting. When we’re not writing or recording we are typically working on artwork for future releases, updating logo’s and merch designs. Its a common ground a lot of us have in the band.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

JR: We write songs in different ways, its never really too planed though. Sometimes someone might demo out a track and present it to the band and we all as a collective take the idea and elevate it into something. Sometimes we might start jamming in a break at practise and fall on a riff or groove that just feel right and we then work and develop it. Our songs tend to focus on subjects such as mental health, politics, and manipulators that all account for the reality fallacy we find ourselves observing.


PD: Tell us about this current video release

JR: Trial By Choice video was shot and edited in less that 24 hours. The idea was to turn around something that has the energy and pace of the track and the idea worked perfect. We also were very keen to shoot all of this in our home city and any local will easily spot locations and even could plot out the route we took.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

JR: I personally think downloading and streaming services are great for quick access and exploration of music but I feel the pay off  for the artists needs addressing. I feel I see a lot more people using Bandcamp as a way to really support bands they love and with so many people now buying Vinyl again theres so many way to back your favourite bands.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

JR: Theres so many tracks I wish I had written, but one that jumps to mind instantly is The Dillinger Escape Plane – Unretrofied. There’s something about this track that resonates with so many people. I have been in house parties were only me and a few other pals are into anything remotely heavy and you can still get a group of people up dancing to it. Its a gateway for many people and for that reason I think its perfect. Its a bit of an anthem of our youth and will always be that way for me personally.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

JR: Ok where do we start?…. nah Im a pretty chilled out guy but I massively hate when people are late to something. Its somewhat of a running joke now as Leigh (Drummer) is culprit of this but we love him regardless.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

JR: I think for us its getting “Reality Fallacy” finished at all. We had a lot of line up changes, lockdowns due to covid. We had a lot of shit going on which were out of our control and to come out the side with a body of work that we are stoked about is something special. A lot people talk about doing things but rarely act on their initial impulse which I thinks a shame.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

JR: We working on a bunch of shows for next year which we are going announce, tours and also a load of new music. We’re ready to start recording some of this. Next year is looking super busy for us.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

JR: We have music available on all streaming services, but if you head over to our band camp theres merch and stuff you can buy as well as paying for downloads.

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