1/ Thanks for sharing your time and letting me do this interview Sam! How are you since you recently played – If I’m right – in Edinburgh and of course during latest Ieperfest Winter 2015 in February? How were these shows? RENOUNCED seems pretty overbooked in England until 4th of July!
Yeah, I’m pretty good, thanks. We played Edinburgh just over a week ago. It was an extremely long drive, but definitely worth it. A lot of people seemed to be really into our set and we played with some great bands, especially our good friends in tongues, who, due to geographical reasons we rarely get to play with. Ieper fest was a totally different experience. We played with much bigger bands and to a much bigger crowd. I think due to the fact crowbar (who, by the way, were incredible) were headlining, we played to a more metal audience than we are used to, but they seemed into it, so it was all good. There is such a good vibe there and if anyone ever gets the chance to go to ieperfest, they should. We have been playing shows practically every weekend lately, but it’s good to get up and down the country more than we were able to in the past and play to new people.
2/ Can you introduce yourself (age/ occupation / how have you been introduced and involved into hardcore…)?
I’m Sam, I play guitar. I am 26 years old. I was recently an English teacher in Japan, but am just doing a bit of art time work at the moment, while I focus on other things, such as studying and writing music for various projects. I was introduced to hardcore at the age of 11 where I attended an offspring concert. AFI were one of the support bands and were one of my favourite bands for years. I got into sick of it all a few years later after a friend made me a video of some stuff they taped off MTV and I guess it went from there…I first got involved properly when I started a band called xnihilox. We only played two gigs, but it got me hooked on playing in hardcore bands.
Now concerning the band: how and when RENOUNCED was born? Why did you chose that name (what does it means to you)?
RENOUNCED was born in the early months of 2013. Me and Danny (Vocals) had been trying to start this band for something like 5 years, but for some reason we could just never get the members together. Me and Martin (bass) were doing a band prior to renounced, that sadly never amounted to anything, so I was after starting something new. I asked Danny about trying again with this band and he asked two of his old school friends (Jack and Rayner) to join. I bought Martin in and renounced was born. We had two names the first was condition, but we did not all agree on it and found out there was already a band going by that name anyway. RENOUNCED was proposed by our vocalist and it just seemed to work. We were surprised that no one had taken it. RENOUNCED means to formally declare your abandonment of something. Love, hate, the system, anything. I think it fits with us trying to keep the band as free from labels as possible.