We recently spoke to Mikey Lord, the lead vocalist of As Sirens Fall as they were about to head out on their UK Tour. We spoke about a multitude of things, from their days off to their collaboration with Benji Webbe. If you want to get to know As Sirens Fall a bit more here’s what he had to say!
First things first how did you all meet and what was the moment that made you think, “Yes, these are the people I want to start a band with”?
We’ve all been playing in different bands as part of the same music scene for years, and there just came a point where we were all band-less. We gravitated together to make this project happen. As soon as we were all in a room together, something just gelled like never before. We knew it was special.
Who/what are your main musical influences?
For me personally, it’s David Bowie, MyChem and I love to listen to musical soundtracks and imagine them as a rock record. At the moment the soundtrack to ‘The Greatest Showman’ is on in my house all the time. It’s a bit of a curveball as a musical soundtrack, and I think that’s why I love it so much. I also take a lot from films. I think that’s probably got something to do with why our music videos are always so theatrical. a. Which artists do you listen to regularly, any guilty pleasure artists/songs? That changes all the time! I’m really into Dead and Creeper at the moment. Also I’m not averse to putting on some Take That to get me out of bed on a morning. Never Forget is a jam. When we’re on the road it’s a constant stream of Billy Joel, Queen and Elton John. Oh yeah. We’re wild.
When it comes to writing the songs and lyrics what are your main influences and inspirations?
We all come from really different musical backgrounds, and it makes for a really fun melting pot when we write songs. Everyone brings something very different to the table. a. What is your writing process? We get in a room together and just write. Bounce ideas off each other until something sparks, and then we build on it. I think the only song that was mostly written before we’d gotten in the room together was Getaway. We pretty much always write together. b. What get’s your creative juices flowing? Finding something new is always a kicker for me. A new record or a really interesting film will always make me want to start making something. If I’m in a bit of a rut creatively, I go back to old reliable. I put on a heartbreaking film, ideally post-apocalyptic, get myself good and sad and just start to write. Coffee is the lifeblood of creativity. Words come first for me, then the music just sort of happens.
‘In My Mind’ features Benji Webbe, how was that to work with him and how did that collaboration come about?
We knew from the beginning that Benji’s voice would really help complete the track. When we recorded it, we just got in touch and before we knew it we were making a video with him. He’s just a great person and a great musician. a. Did you write the song and think featuring another artist was needed? Or did you have Benji in mind the whole time? We had the song written over the course of a few days, and during one of the first play-throughs of it, we said to each other how amazing it would be to have Benji Webbe on the track. I had this sound in my head of him singing with me over the bridge, and it came out so much better than any of us could have imagined.
Speaking of featuring artists, generally within the music scene do you feel having an established artist feature on a track helps promote the band? Or do you feel like it’s almost like a shortcut to being recognised by tapping into another artist’s fan base?
That’s certainly not why we did it. It is a done thing, though. ASF and Skindred are very different bands. We’re big Skindred fans, but the reason Benji is on that track is because we knew that he would bring something to the song that it needed – and he did!
If you could collaborate with any artist from any genre, dead or alive, who would it be?
I think a night in with paper, pens, a guitar and Leonard Cohen would be incredible.
When you’re on tour what do your days typical consist of?
Honestly, we’re pretty boring. We try to sleep as much as we can. We went wild on our first tour and I went three or four days with no rest. I learned very quickly how important it is to crash. So we’ll leave wherever we’re staying once we’re all up, drive to the city we’re playing, and if we have time we’ll explore the place. Then we’re in the venue all night. We don’t really go out after shows, unless it’s a celebration. I imagine we’ll certainly be going hard after our EP launch. a. Some of the Pros and Cons of touring? Everything about touring is great, and that’s including having no money, nowhere to sleep, nothing to eat and getting ill all the time. I absolutely love the grind!
What’s the most embarrassing/awesome thing that has happened to you guys on tour?
We’re generally very good boys on tour, so it’s always hard to answer the tour-stories question. I’ve said ‘hello’ on stage to the wrong city on numerous occasions, if that counts as embarrassing! As far as awesome stuff, fans come out to shows dressed up as us and have tattoos of our lyrics, which to me is just mad. I still well up when I see people with tattoos based on us.
Looking to the future what can people be expecting to hear/see from yourselves?
We’re about to head out on The Lily Tour, the first tour we’re doing to support our new EP ‘Where Lost Things Go’. It includes our first European shows. We’re so so excited to get over there. We’re always working on the next thing, there’s so much more to come.
Finally anything else you’d like to say?
Thanks for talking to me and thanks for checking out the EP!
Here at Midlands Metalheads Radio we would just like to thank Mikey Lord for taking the time to talk us.
As Sirens Fall’s EP Where The Lost Things Go is out now!