Hello everyone and welcome to another instalment on the Band Interview Of The Day! Today for you we have the UK Quintet Next Stop Olympus, a metalcore quintet who’ve been on the rise for a few years now. Let’s dive into the chat with the band.
If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
We are Matt and Conor from Next Stop Olympus, we as a band are a five piece metalcore/ post hardcore band from Salisbury/ Southampton.
2. How did you all meet?
Matt: Conor and I became friends through my brother years ago, I met Josh and Harry through friends and then we found skips on a musician website and just came together from there.
3. How long have you been playing?
Matt: I first played bass when I was about 11 but didn’t take it seriously until I was around 17/18.
Conor: Likewise, I started doing harsher vocals in my late teens so you’d expect me to be better by now!
4. What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Conor: Rock ’n’ Roll
5. What are your musical influences?
Conor: I’d have to say I’ve got many different musical influences in life but when it comes to the input I have for our music I’d have to say; The Amity Affliction, Vanna and Scary Kids Scaring Kids.
Matt: I’d say my musical influences have probably changed abit since we’ve found our sound so I’d have to go with The Amity Affliction (Ahren Stringer particularly) and Atreyu is another big one for me now.
6. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
Conor: We haven’t really had too many weird things go on at any of the shows we’ve played over the years, aside from the usual drunken antics that come with playing rock/metal venues. We have had a fair few guys who certainly don’t like our music but have joined the mosh pit after they’ve got a few beers down!
Matt: Yeah like Conor said we’ve not had anything to weird happen yet, though we did sound check in a pub once while people were still eating and when Conor was checking his levels we upset a few people.
7. Being away from the stages since last year, where is the one place you’d visit when the restrictions are lifted?
Conor: I’m just desperate to get back on stage and play music with the guys, I couldn’t really give a flying monkeys where that is.
Matt: At this point anywhere, I just want to be at a show again, whether it’s playing or watching.
8. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
Matt: I’m not really bothered about admitting what stuff I listen too, I have a wide range from really heavy bands to Buddy Holly and Phil Collins vinyls and even some Elton John and a lot of country on my phone.
Conor: Same here really, I don’t believe in ‘guilty pleasures’ as I’ve certainly never felt any guilt when putting music on whether it be Lionel Richie or Motionless In White.
9. What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
Matt: Conor recently introduced me to Holding Absence and they’re phenomenal.
Conor: The original Vanna members have got together for a new band called Inspirit which I’ve been really enjoying, also a lot of Dance Gavin Dance, The Maine and Adept.
10. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
We actually just released our brand new EP ‘Heart, Mind & Hell’ on 9th April, which we’d been sat on ready to release over the lockdown so we’re really happy to have finally been able to release that.
Check out the video for ‘My Affliction’ below.
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