Band of the Day: Impavidus

By on 21 September 2016

Manchester’s Impavidus (from the Latin for ‘fearless’) self-released their EP early this year (each of these three videos is a different track). We asked them how the band came about, their vision and their plans for the future…

How did you get started, where did you form, how did you meet and when did you begin?
Chris, Patrick and Michelle all played together in another band which went on Hiatus, but decided after a conversation they wanted to continue to work together and maybe start something new. Chris who had also worked with Gavin and was recruited for Guitar. We quickly realised that after one session we had the right chemistry.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
When we started playing our motto was “There are no rules, no restrictions and no preconceived ideas of how the music should sound”. So we never decided on a style, we just jammed and what you hear on the EP is everything we wrote together as band.

What kind of stuff are you and the rest of the band into? Who would you cite as influences?
Influences : Machine Head, Gojira, In Flames, Soulfly, Arch Enemy, Mastodon
We are also infuenced by our local bands such: Deified, Vice, Amethsyt, God Shaped Devil, Bloodyard, After The Abduction, Beyond Salvation
Band Interests: Photography, Cycling, Watersports, Horror and Sci fi Films, Plus we Support the Scene

How does your writing process normally work out? Will you meet up with song ideas pretty much fully formed beforehand, or do you tend to jam stuff out a bit more?
The songs generally start with riffs being brought in from home and then we jam stuff out, finding out what works, what to keep etc. We have a whiteboard full of riffs and we’re well on our way. Sometimes though, as happened recently we’ll go into the jam room to work on a song and someone will play a riff or a drum pattern and before you know it a whole new song is being created which didn’t exist in our minds or on the whiteboard! Those are the most exciting moments in the jam room.

What are your mbitions for the band?
Play some major festivals next year Bloodstock, Download, Damnation Festival, Wacken Open Air, Hellfest, Grasspop etc

What’s been your best moment as a band? And on the flip side, what’s been the worst thing to happen to you in music?
The best moment is the 4 of us getting together and creating music we all enjoy. So far we haven’t encountered bad things about being in the band.

What’s next for you?
The plan now is continue writing new material, playing more gigs, spreading the word and produce a music video.

Impavidus are:

Michelle Adamson- Vocals
Gavin Smith- Guitar
Patrick McBride- Bass and Vocals
Chris O’Rourke- Drums

You can catch Impavidus on the following dates:

8th Oct- Temple of Boom- Leeds
15th Oct- The Fenton- Leeds

Follow Impavidus on Facebook and check out the Impavidus Bandcamp page.


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