Fires of Freya
Answered by Cheryl Reynolds of Fires of Freya, Lead Vocals and Keyboards
MM: Which two tracks would you play me to introduce us to your Band
My favourite songs are “To the Bone” and “Bullet”, “To the Bone” is a new one, it’s bass heavy and grungy so it shows our heavier side and “Bullet” is keys and synth heavy with a blinding solo and strong vocal line, influenced by bands such as HIM and Evanescence but with an overall sound that clearly all our own. I believe the guys would lean towards “Take a Bow” though, it was our 1st single, it’s on the heavier side and probably would be classed as blues rock, completely full of attitude!
MM: Can you give us details on tours/festivals for the rest of the year and going into 2020
We are planning a mini tour around June time, likely to be a Northern tour of England and possibly Glasgow. It’s in the works. We have Bear Fest in Berwick in August and also Scoop Music Festival in Durham, also in August. We’re not doing a crazy amount of gigs this year as we are focused on completing ou debut album.
MM: What can we expect from Fires of Freya live
We do love a nice big stage to perform on, we played a large music competition last year (Soundwaves music competition) and made it to the regional finals and got to play on the Newcastle O2 mainstage. The judges likened our on-stage energy to bands such as Bring Me the Horizon, so that was a compliment indeed! We are energetic and love performing our music, I mean none of us crawl about the floor or stage dive, but I do sometimes get myself into the crowd if the stage is smaller. We try and create energy and excitement, suspense in places and let our songs build. We have an eclectic mix of rock songs and so we think our sets out and make sure there are no points where our listeners could possibly loose interest.
MM: Can u tell me what do you like best about touring And worst?
I’m not the best traveller (travel sickness!) so that’s the worst thing for me about touring. The best thing is taking our music to new people, getting to play new places and making new fans and friends! Staying out after our gigs and spending time with the guys in the band and other bands is always great fun too!
MM: Who would be your ultimate bands to tour with
Halestorm, Lzzy’s voice is unreal, she’s my musical idol for sure!
MM: With so many Bands out there..How do you intend to stand out from the others?
I think this is something we are constantly working on but essentially, we plan to standout with our music. At our stage, a small local band with limited funds, there really isn’t much else we can do. We can’t put a massive stage show on and often are playing with other bands so there isn’t time to set much up. We don’t want to be any sort of gimmick band, we want our music to draw people in and create fans for us and so our focus and efforts go into creating music that is unique to us and awesome.
MM: When did you first realise you had such a musical talent and do you remember your first ever performance
I’ve sang my whole life but have also always suffered with stage fright. I remember singing “My Heart Will Go On” in my room for my parents, refusing to be in the same room as I done it. My parents were encouraging, my dad especially and realised I had vocal talent. He had the house full of instruments in the hopes I would pick something up too! I knew I could sing but never had the confidence then at 27 years old, my marriage fell apart and the numb feeling I gained from that at the time sort of eliminated that stage fright. Now I don’t even get nervous before a show, I just enjoy it so I guess I have a lot to thank my Ex for! My first performance was with a cover band a few years ago, I was nervouse but it went well. My first original performance was at a community festival in Boldon. We played in a gazebo in a park where all the families there were sitting miles back and their kids where playing with footballs near the stage area. It was very much sing a line, dodge a football coming towards your face!
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why?
Biffy Clyro I think put on the best live shows of any band I’ve ever seen. I remember they played the Hydro and had these big white lengths o material hanging in the middle of the crowd and their faces were projected onto them, it was really cool! I think if we ever make it big enough to afford it I’d love to really think about our shows and make sure of weird and waky idead such as that. Think of different ways to present our music as it should be viewed, create an experience! Biffy also played an outdoor gig a few years ago, at Bellahouston park I believe and they have Fall
Out Boy as support who had girls dancing on suspended poles breaking out fire. That was also rather cool!
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far
Making the regional finals of the Soundwave music competition and playing the mainstage O2 Academy was a pretty big achievement. We also had our 1st single played on Planet Rock multiple times, we all listen to that radio station and have since we were teens and so it was surreal hearing ourselves. I was getting messages from friends saying they just heard us on the radio, it was awesome! We’ve also managed to get over 32k streams for our debut single, given we have only released one song, this is really awesome too!
MM: Which are your Two favorite albums of all time and what they have meant to you personally
I grew up listening to Bon Jovi so Slippery when wet would have to be one of my favourite albums, the’ve made a career on basically that one album but it is so good! I also love Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, the 1st album released in 1975, what an album! It makes me happy any time I listen to it, “Catch the Rainbow” is one of my all time favourite songs.
MM: Where would you like to see yourselfs in 5 years time ?
With a large and dedicated fan base so when we tour, we have full rooms and can create an amazing show, sell merch and hopefully make a living off of what we love to do most, write and perform our music. The dream really is to pack in the day jobs!
We’d love to get the change to play some major festivals by then and tour outside the UK.
MM: Four words to describe Fires of Freya
Our music would be described as: eclectic, emotive, melodic, powerful.
The band members would be described as: fun-loving, crazy, passionate, talented
MM: Can you tell me why we should check out Fires of Freya
We’re a band that put’s our all into our music and live shows, we love what we do and we love working together, we have an eclectic mix of rock songs that take you on an exhilarating ride from moody grunge tracks to powerful rock ballads to smooth blues rock tracks. Our lyrics are true and from the heart, they speak of real-life feelings and we hope people can listen to our tracks and draw strength from them, happiness and whatever else they need from their music. Our music is a way for us to express ourselves, but we hope in doing so we can connect with our fans and give them music they can use to get through their own daily struggles or highs. Interview By Seb Di Gatto