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Scottish band who carry on the traditional metal of bands like Saxon and newer bands like Intense but with a greater emphasis on keyboards and even some progressive leanings. Already they have recorded a very fine demo CD and hopefully soon a label will sign them up.

What are you currently up to? (recording, gigs, plans)

We're currently recording a new release which be available later this year, which you can follow the progress of on our myspace page where we will update regularly with photos, blogs and hopefully a few videos.

We also have two upcoming gigs in Glasgow in May which will be our first gigs with our new drummer.

Brief history of Concept Of Time and how you all met etc.
We got our first complete line up about September 2007.

Since then we have recorded and released our first demo and have been playing gigs around Scotland supporting bands such as Korpiklaani, Sabaton and Thunderbolt.

At the start of 2008 Chris (our original drummer) decided to leave which is when Phil became part of the band.

How we met:

Scott and Alan lived in the same street for years so always knew each other.

Tom was invited to a practice as we were original forming to try out for guitar and ended up singing as well.

Scott had known Phil for a few years and was an obvious choice to become our new drummer.

Could you take us though the songs on your demo CD please e.g. ideas behind the songs, song writing process etc.

Suffer In Silence - We wrote this song at the studio within a day and the lyrics came after. Lyrically its about not dealing with your problems and letting them build up inside.

I Walk Away - Scott was bored in uni so wrote some random chord sequences which he played at a practice and it ended up turning into the full song very naturally.

Desolate Wasteland - Scott had stuck a load of random parts together and it was always pretty average until we started recording and we created the middle section which we felt made the song much stronger. The lyrics are based around post apocalyptic themes.

No More Light - Scott had wrote the main outline for the song but we felt it was always missing something until the piano hook was written for the chorus during recording. Lyrically this is Tom's favourite, which he wrote about a war veteran returning home from war being consumed by guilt for what he has done.

Have you seen an upswing in interest in metal and rock music over the past few years? How easy/hard has it been to get the music of Concept Of Time out there?

In general yes, as you now see a lot more rock and metal bands in the mainstream media. It has been reasonably easy for us to get the music of Concept Of Time out there using the internet but because its now so easy to do that it means its still hard to get the right people to hear our music.

What have been the live highlights so far for the band and who ideally would you like to tour with & why?
All live gigs are great but the ones that stand out so far have been the times we have been supporting bigger bands.

Tom would most like to tour with Manowar because he wants to learn their pickup lines and how to charm the ladies.

Alan would most like to tour with Behemoth because he thinks it would be a good contrast with our music (what the hell?) and he think it would be funny to have a laugh with Nergal.

Phil would most like to tour with Wintersun because he wants to see how they perform every day of the tour.
Scott would most like to tour with t.A.T.u :)

Who have been influences on the band musically?

We all listen to different styles of music which comes together to create our sound.

How do you view the internet and downloads etc. Does it help bands like yourself get established?

In many ways the internet helps you become established as its easier to organise gigs and promote your music to potential fans but it has also created the generation of wanting something for nothing which means its harder for you to try and make any money from music as most people expect to get it for nothing.

Any good rock 'n' roll tales to tell?

Scott tore his retina from headbanging too much/too violently while performing and had to get laser eye surgery to get it fixed.

Where would the band like to be in a year's time?

Hopefully we will be making progress to record our first album on a label and also starting to look at playing gigs further a field.

Message for your fans...

Don't fall over and cheers for the support.


Interview © 2008 Jason Ritchie.
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