-Interview- In Peril (5/12/22)

In Peril talks about their eclectic signature sound, upcoming plans and much more.


Sounds like: Hard Rock
From: United Kingdom

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name "In Peril" and is there any meaning behind it?

The band was originally formed under a different name - '5.2.i' - which was an abbreviation of what amounted to a bit of an 'in joke' amongst the band at the time. However we didn't feel that this name was punchy enough and we found ourselves always having to explain it. After a long brainstorming session, we dropped on the name 'In Peril' - which we all agreed had a better feel to it.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

We try not to take ourselves too seriously and this kind of reflects in some of our tunes. While the lyrics of 'Bad Dreams...' do touch on the darker side of mental health issues, The Life Of Gary is an all out, hilarious ride through the 'exploits' of our drummer, Gary. We just want people to enjoy our tunes as much as we do!

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

Our sound is pretty much derived from a combination of our individual preferences - from old-school stadium rock vibes, through to heavier modern metal. Throw in a bit of a light-hearted punky edge and we think it works. Ultimately, we play for us - if others dig what we sound like then that's awesome.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

No limits? We'd love to do a big stadium tour with somebody like Metallica! Realistically? We just want to play live music. We'll play with anybody who would be happy to share a stage with us - be that for a one-off show or a short UK tour, we'd just be grateful for people putting up with our shit on stage!

5. How has Covid affected what you do?

We spent the majority of the UK lockdowns in 2020 writing and recording. We managed to get into a studio between lockdowns and record a few tracks, which we then focused on distributing ourselves as much as we could. We made the very best use of Zoom calls and our own, home studio set-ups to achieve this - and we're pretty damn proud of it!

6. What’s your take on the current state of Hard Rock?

We're all big rock and metal fans. We'll seek it out wherever we can find it. Sadly, it seems that this isn't what sells as much these days - modern 'rock' music seems to include a lot of what we would say is much 'softer' than what we're into. We just love the crunch of heavy guitars and distortion, which seems to be getting driven underground in the mainstream.

7. What’s the current music scene like locally there in the UK?

It's there - you have to work to find it, but it's there! Since live music started up again last year, we've played with some awesome bands on some awesome stages between Northampton and London - it's awesome to see what other bands are doing and how much variance there is amongst live bands these days.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

So we're all from the generation that, if you wanted to sell your music you'd have to spend ages trying to get people on the street to buy your CD. It was hard work and none of us got rich off it! Since streaming became a thing, from what we've read it seems like it's even harder to make money out of selling music. It seems to be that the best way to make money for bands isn't through selling their music anymore - there's more to be made in touring and selling merch.

9. What's next for In Peril?

So we're still picking up gigs wherever we can. We all have 'real-life' commitments and day jobs, which means that sometimes this can be difficult. We're in the final stages of polishing off some new tunes, before we head back into a studio somewhere to get them recorded - we plan to put out a 4 or 5 track E.P sometime over the next few months. When exactly we can't say - but we're mega excited to get more of our music out there!

10. Any shoutouts?

It'd be wrong not to give our families any credit for how we got to where we are - they've put up with a lot of our shit for the past couple of years, but still continue to support us and what we do. Also, we never would have been able to accomplish what we have so far without our previous Lead Guitarist, Matt - although he had to leave the band last year, he dragged us kicking and screaming to where we are now.