London-based metallers She Must Burn are a band that have recently been on the MOSH new music radar, so we were stoked to have a chat with frontman Joe Sinclair before their show supporting Cradle of Filth at Camden’s KOKO. Read on to find out more about one of the hottest new UK bands to have caught our attention and what it felt like to be handpicked by Dani Filth to support them on tour!
MOSH: So you’re supporting Cradle of Filth tonight at the iconic venue of the Camden KOKO – have you ever played here before?
Joe: We’ve never actually had the opportunity to play here before so we’re really excited for tonight!
MOSH: What’s it been like touring with Cradle of Filth?
Joe: It’s been good, it’s exciting touring with Cradle of Filth and to work with Ne Obliviscaris as well combined it’s just been fantastic, like the guys have been so humble, you know they’ve helped us and we’ve definitely made friends so it’s been a great experience. They’ve helped us in every aspect of our band, whether it be giving advice on equipment, technique or anything along those lines.
MOSH: How did it come about that you would be supporting them on this tour?
Joe: We were actually – I didn’t even know about it – we were actually put into a competition. So we won it through a competition basically and what they’ve done is they’ve selected bands from each country that they’re touring throughout this tour and we were fortunate enough – well blessed enough – to be the ones from the UK.
MOSH: So did Cradle actually pick you or was it their fans?
Joe: They chose us!
MOSH: Wow, that must have felt amazing!
Joe: Yeah it did. It was quite overwhelming to be honest, I was actually in Portugal at the time and when I heard the news I couldn’t speak – I was really quite touched.
MOSH: How did She Must Burn come together as a band?
Joe: We’ve all been in different bands before, we’ve known of each other and played shows together in other bands, some of us are more local than others so we’ve been friends from the past and we just kind of …now we’re mature – well, matured shall I say – I guess we were just looking at making something we were really into and we weren’t 100% sure on the sound we gonna come up with as such but we had all of our ideas together and this is basically what it’s created. Since the band started members have come and gone, but it’s not damaged us whatsoever as a band – it’s only made us stronger.
MOSH: What are your influences?
Joe: Literally it ranges from anything – like everyone listens to different stuff we all have similar tastes like black metal obviously Cradle of Filth, not to namedrop them in it, but they’re a massive inspiration to myself – I’ve been listening to them since I was like 15 as well as bands like Behemoth, Burzum, like all the old black metal bands. we all like different types of music so it’s really hard to put a finger on it, we just kind of played with what we wanted to play with, blended it together and it works.
MOSH: You call yourselves “blackened deathcore”…?
Joe: We don’t try to brand ourselves as such with it, I mean there’s that typical “branding yourselves with a genre”, it’s not that we’re afraid to, but we just don’t really…care. Do you know what I mean? If people want to call us like you know…we’ve been getting called Nu Grave at the moment…
MOSH: I didn’t know about that phrase until recently.
Joe: (shaking head in agreement) Yeah, I’d never heard of it before myself.
MOSH: Apparently the term’s been around for a couple of years now.
Joe: Has it? Yeah you know we’re cool with it, whatever happens.
MOSH: Have you started writing any new material for your debut album?
Joe: We’ve got some stuff lined up definitely. We’re still in the similar kind of sound, hopefully people will enjoy it and will be pleased to hear we’re switching up slightly but it’s something that we’ll just have to wait and see, you know but we are working hard, like even though we’re touring we’re still writing on the road and we’re recording as well as much as we can, trying to put as much together as possible. But we’re really excited to continue with the writing process and getting it down and 100% nailed, and obviously releasing is the best part of it so I’m really looking forward to that.
MOSH: Do you have any idea at this point when you might be looking to release the new stuff?
Joe: It’s hard to say, we’re just gonna have to take it as it comes and when we’re happy with it that’s when we’re gonna get it out. But we will work as hard as we can and push ourselves for the people that do enjoy our music, to make sure that we get it out as soon as possible.
MOSH: Well, I’ll definitely look forward to it!
Joe: Thank you.
MOSH: Was it always the plan to have the contrast between yours and Aimy’s vocals, and to have a girl in the band?
Joe: To have Aimy (Miller, keyboards and clean vocals) in the band… I mean she brings a different dimension to it and that’s something we knew we wanted to achieve. I know Aimy personally, before music we’ve been in the same kind of area and we’re close, we’re good friends, so yeah…it’s just something we wanted to do, it was the case of mixing my vocals with her vocals to create the difference between us.
MOSH: You employ a few different vocal techniques in your songs. Who are your screamspirations?
Joe: My screamspirations haha…to be honest with you I listened to a lot of Suicide Silence when I was younger. Mitch Lucker was a huge inspiration to me and I met him as well, he was so lovely which made me want to pursue what I’m doing now even more so. Erm…everyone do you know what I mean? Everyone’s different and you pick up different things from different people, it’s hard to put a finger on it as such, you never want to imitate someone.
MOSH: Yeah, you want your own style.
Joe: Yeah of course, you wanna figure your own style out. I’m a punk as well, I’ve always been into punk growing up, I was brought up on punk so I try and incorporate a bit of the British hardcore sort of side to it in a sense, some of that punky side to it. You know, you don’t wanna be fake. We don’t wanna be fake and be anyone we’re not. We want to play and express what we’re saying and feel it and mean it.
MOSH: Yeah, you wanna make something authentic to you.
Joe: Definitely, definitely.
MOSH: What advice would you give to young bands starting out?
Joe: At the end of day, just be patient. I’m 25 years old now, I’ve been in bands since I was about 16 and you know, things just don’t happen the way you want them to always, so just be patient, take your time and don’t give up. At the end of the day, it’s not about becoming someone you idolise as such, it’s about enjoying yourself and creating something. Music is an art so just create it, enjoy performing it and just express it the best way you possibly can and you know, just go from there pretty much.
MOSH: You’re also supporting Heart of a Coward in November – Have you got any plans to do a UK headline tour, maybe next year?
Joe: You know, it’s hard to say, we’ve got a lot on – just going back to writing the album and stuff, we’ve got a lot of work to do. We will do our best to, not necessarily headline but you know it would be wicked to definitely, but you know to play as many shows to as many people that want to come and see us as possible in the UK, because so far the people we’ve met have just been insane. They’re so so cool and we’ve made good friends, fans and we’d love to see those people again, so whether it be a headline tour or support tour, no issue, as long as we’re playing, that’s all that matters.
MOSH: Thanks for taking the time to chat to us Joe! Really looking forward to seeing you guys play later tonight.
Joe: Not at all, it was my pleasure. Hope to see you again soon.