THORN. – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
T: We are a modern metalcore band from Switzerland
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
T: THORN. was founded by drummer Luca, guitarist Patrick and keyboarder Julian in 2016. Later on Mischael was asked to join on guitars as well. The line-up was completed by the end of 2016 with Ronnie (ex-vocals) and Josh on bass. As of 2020, Silvan, who has been a close friend in- and outside of music, took on the role of vocals.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
T: We are influenced by many things metal (e.g. Northlane, Invent Animate) as well as many other genres like retro wave/synth pop, 90s rap and 80s pop. Outside of music we are influenced by a wide range of things like gaming and movies, food and culture all around the world.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
T: Sharing our music on a larger basis and having the opportunity to tour and promote our music that way.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
T: Patrick is the soul songwriter. He’ll usually write and demo a song with our drummer Luca and present it to all of us. After that, details get finalized and a pre-production version is done on which Josh and/or Mischael write lyrics.
Lyric-wise we touch upon modern issues in society, culture and the environment. We question, criticise or encourage certain subjects we think are important these days and hope to provoke thought on our listeners.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
T: Typically through social media. We have platforms on Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp, Youtube, Apple Music and of course Spotify.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
T: It is a difficult subject. One way it brings many advantages, then again it has many disadvantages. Streaming services hinder income for bands today. Of course songs can be purchased online, but only the minority of people do that these days. An advantage to downloading is definitely the larger reach as a band and having access to basically everything as a consumer. It is an evolution we must adapt to and try to use to our benefit.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
T: Our goal is not to look at a song we should have written, but write the song other bands wish they had written.
But “Escape” by Rupert Holmes.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
T: We think manners have a lot to do with respect. You can’t be more Swiss than that.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
T: Probably the release of our first EP or having the opportunity to open for All That Remains
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
T: We just finished recording our second EP titled “Hypnotalk”. Set to be released in April, so keep your eyes and ears peeled!
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
T: On the 13th of March we get to be part of our buddies in No Kings No Slaves’ album release show. Be there or be square.
Also we’re fun to hang out with.