Harrowed: Band Of The Day

By on 22 September 2015

Harrowed

There are so many bands currently taking inspiration from the likes of Trap Them, Nails and other HM2 addled “dark hardcore” (or whatever the hell we’ve decided to call it) outfits that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to try your hand at this style without just sounding like another clone. UK trio Harrowed, however, have certainly managed to carve out their own distinctive sound within this little sub-genre. There’s a lot more happening on their debut full-length ‘Into Inferno’ than just Entombed worship and d-beats (although you’ll find that in abundance too, naturally); the plaintive ‘Empty’ is a miserable slowburner, whilst the mid-paced imposing title track is centred around a huge sludgy riff that sounds more like High On Fire’s ‘10,000 Years’ than it does any of the previously mentioned bands. And when they do stick their heads down and charge into full on d-beat rampage mode (‘Raw Boned Witch’, ‘Fallout’), they’re a damn sight better at it than many of their peers.

After a recent triumphant tour with Nothing Clean, the trio are hard at work on their next full-length and a split with Art Of Burning Water, so we thought this would be a good time to catch up with drummer Jason Frye to find out what the band have in store over the next few months…

WHO ARE THEY: Harrowed
WHERE ARE THEY FROM: Margate, UK
FOR FANS OF: Trap Them, Nails, Converge
LATEST RELEASE: ‘Into Inferno’
WEBSITE: Facebook, Bandcamp

Could you tell us briefly how you all met and formed Harrowed?
JF: “Seb and I were in a band together, when they disbanded we started Harrowed, we were looking for a bass player and we knew James from various friends and bands and the rest they say is history.”

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
JF: “We did have a specific sound in mind when we were recording ‘Into Inferno’, we were getting into the whole Entombed sound but wanted to do something different with it. Over time we’ve shaped a sound we’re happy with and that’s a little different from the Swedish influence but it’s still razor sharp and aggressive.”

What kind of stuff are you and the rest of the band into? Who would you cite as influences?
JF: “We all listen to all sorts of stuff, anything from The Beatles to Decapitated. As for influences for Harrowed, we always just wanted to create an aggressive and powerful tone throughout, like Cursed and Trap Them.”

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?
JF: “With ‘Into Inferno’ Seb and I mainly wrote the record over the space of a year, we get a song idea and structure down pretty fast, then spend some time after that fine tuning and tweaking it until we’re happy. For us this process takes quite a long time. With James now in the band we have been jamming and bouncing a lot of ideas between us.”

It’s been a couple of years since ’Into Inferno’ was released – how happy are you with the album looking back on it? Have you got plans to record any more stuff in the near future?
JF: “We are very proud of ‘Into Inferno’, it was a culmination of two years of writing and jamming. We’ve recorded two songs for a split release with our friends in The Art Of Burning Water, that will be out Autumn this year, and we are looking to write and record a new record for release early next year. We’ve started to write for that already and its sounding great.”

You guys have been doing a fair bit of touring recently too, where have you found you’ve been getting the best crowd reactions? Any tall tales from life on the road?
JF: “We have been really lucky when we play as the reaction has been great, even if its just someone who comes up to us at the end who enjoyed our set. We did recently play a house show in Brighton where people were doing air flips off the kitchen side and just generally going mental, that’s always good to see. Touring with Nothing Clean recently was an absolute blast too, they are a truly awesome set of individuals and destroy live. Buy their new 7″!!”

What’s been your best moment as a band? And on the flipside, what’s been the worst thing to happen to you in music?
JF: “Just being able to play shows, see good bands and hangout with cool people is the best, the worst is almost dying on motorways due to careless dicks that don’t know how to drive… and not being able to tour enough.”

What does the future have in store for Harrowed?
JF: “We plan to write and record a new record, and to keep on playing as much as we can, which will include getting over to Europe some point next year.”

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