EMQ’s With Raised By Owls

EMQ’s With Raised By Owls

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with UK Satirical Extreme Metal band, Raised By Owls. Huge thanks to their Lead Vocalist, Sam, for taking part. 

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Sam and I’m the lead singer for Raised By Owls. We’re a satirical Extreme Metal band from Derbyshire, England. Alex (guitarist), Lee (drums) and I started the band back in late 2015 by ripping off Carcass riffs in Alex’s bedroom, much to the despair of his mum and dad. 

The first year was mainly online. We’d periodically release absurd music videos from our debut album ‘The Great British Grind Off’ before taking to the stage in 2017. To complete our line-up, we were joined by Mark (Guitars) and Toby (Bass). 

After that we hit up the UK circuit (including festivals such as Bloodstock) and released our 2nd album ‘Dreadful’ in 2019. 

During the pandemic we made use of the downtime by creating short comedy skits about the idiosyncrasies of the metal sub-culture. They’ve become a huge part of how we continue to operate as a band. 

We’re now back with our brand-new album, Vol.3: (The Satirical Verses).

How did you come up with your band name?

I’m afraid to say that none of us can remember. I think it went along the lines of us wanting to take a ‘metal’ sounding name and subverting it with something not quite metal. Like taking ‘Raised By Wolves’ and changing ‘Wolves’ for ‘Owls’. 

Since this I’ve done some reading on Owls and it turns out they are quite Metal!

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

We hail from a small town in Derbyshire called Ashbourne. There is no Metal scene here whatsoever. Fortunately, we’re in central England so getting to various major cities is quite easy. There are many thriving scenes across the UK – the first one that springs to mind for me is Manchester. 

What is your latest release?

We just dropped our brand new single and music video for ‘The Dark and Twisted Realm In Which Fred Durst Resides’. It’s on our upcoming album ‘Vol.3: (The Satirical Verses)’ which will be released on Friday 3rd May 2024.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We mentioned Carcass earlier, that’s a big one. Another huge one for me that’ll be very easy to hear is The Black Dahlia Murder. They were my gateway into the world of Extreme Metal and have been one of my favourite bands ever since. 

Other Metal bands that have been a huge influence for me are: Every Time I Die, Cattle Decapitation, Strapping Young Lad, Napalm Death, Pig Destroyer, Cannibal Corpse, At The Gates, Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan. I could sit and list bands all day, but I won’t. 

What first got you into music?

There are two answers to this question. The first that got me into music was the film School of Rock with Jack Black. It made me want to listen to Rock music and start a band. I watched it on a plane. 

The first thing that got me into Metal was Slipknot. They completely changed my life in that regard. I remember my friend’s sister had their debut album and I kept staring at the cover with morbid curiosity. It scared the hell out of me, but I kept going back to it. Eventually I asked to borrow it and now here I am… 

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Dolly Parton. She’s awesome! I’d love to do a Death Metal ‘Island in the Streams’. This isn’t a joke answer. 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

It’s got to be Hellfest in France. I’ve never attended but heard so many cool things. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad line-up from them either, which is insane. 

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I once made the mistake of putting my mum’s home address (where I lived at the time) on the return sticker of some merch I sent out. For the following 6 months I would receive all sorts. A Barbie t-shirt, a David Beckham figurine, a Bob the Builder back-pack, plus loads more strange stuff. 

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Go outside and touch some grass. Also buy our new album if you haven’t done so yet – call yourself a fan?!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Easy. Fred Dibnah. 

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy getting to spend time, having a laugh, and creating music that I enjoy with my mates. Hate is a strong word, but the ever-changing social media algorithms are very tiring. One-minute TikTok wants short videos, the next minute they want 10 minute videos. It probably serves us right for being on TikTok. 

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

It’s a super cliché answer but the way in which independent artists are paid for their output on streaming platforms. The current business model does absolutely nothing for the artist and makes it substantially harder for bands to make money off what they do, which obviously then has a direct impact on the fans. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This is really hard to answer. There are far too many. That being said, the first that popped into my head when I read the question was ‘Rust In Peace’ by Megadeth, so let’s go with that. 

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

CD or Vinyl. There is something very cool about physical media and being able to explore the artwork/information of the inside booklets/sleeves. 

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Bloodstock Festival in 2021 on the Sophie Lancaster stage was very special. It was our biggest show to date and our first one back after the pandemic. It was a night we’ll never forget. 

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’d probably try to do something in comedy. I’m not sure how I’d fare at stand-up, but I’d like to write something. I’d probably be making online sketches, like Raised By Owls, but about more general things. 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The main cast-women from Sex and the City and Corpsegrinder. I don’t wish to elaborate any further.

What’s next for the band?

We’re going to continue releasing weekly comedy sketches ahead of our big album release at the start of May. The release is anchored with another music video, which we filmed in January. After that, we’re playing some album release shows with Red Method. We’re playing: 

Rock City, Nottingham – Friday 24th May 

Star & Garter, Manchester – Saturday 25th May

299, London – Sunday 26th May

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

You can check us out on the following platforms: 

  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RaisedByOwls 
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raisedbyowls 
  • TikTok: @raisedbyowls 
  • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/RaisedByOwls 
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaisedByOwlsUK

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun, a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

This is a great question! I go for either Bap or Cob. For years we’ve been doing the most British Wall of Death at our shows where each side picks their preferred pronunciation of Scone (Scone as in gone, or scone as in cone). We might have to up our game and implement this instead – a very British octagonal wall of death.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Don’t take life too seriously, none of us are getting out alive. Check out our new album, Vol.3: (The Satirical Verses) on Friday 3rd May and come see us live! 

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