Screaming Beast - Our New
Narrative of Hate
by Dave Schwartz
We don't do too many email interviews but
sometimes email is the best way to reach out to a band and learn
about them. Screaming Beast is a young band from Manchester,
UK. They fuse heavy metal with the swagger of the deep south
and it resuts in a bluesy melodic metal.
Beast began as the project of vocalist Anton War and drummer
Daniel Mucs in the summer of 2013. Once songs took shape,
the band released the first EP “Blistering Lies” in February of
2014, followed by a second EP “To Assail and Conquer” in September
current line up:
Anton War (vocals), Daniel Mucs
(guitar), Arun Kamath (guitar, backing vocals), Rory Vallely
Jason Hartley-Smith (bass, backing
vocals) are about to release their first full length album - "Our
New Narrative of Hate."
I caught up with Jason Hartley-Smith by
DB: You’re set to release a new
record, “Our New Narrative of Hate,” on March 23rd, tell me
about it-- how was it written? Did you work with a producer?
JHS: The SB process is a bit odd
(based on other bands that we have been in) as we contribute our
ideas, anything from embryonic to fully written, then it goes to
Arun who is the keeper of the music where it is tidied up ready
for Dan. No matter what we send to Dan it always comes back
sounding like Screaming Beast and he won’t tell us how he does it!
When it came
to recording time we are blessed that 3 of us have home studios
allowing us to do a lot of recording and, using the cloud, share
them with each other which is really useful as Dan is based in
Sweden. So the recording and to some extent the
pre-production process was all done remotely, which when you are
used to the “band in a room” process can be a little bit odd. That
being said there were certainly fewer distractions. From a
production point of view we all had input but Dan was definitely
DB: Contrast the new album with your past two EPs, “Blistering
Lies” and “To Assail and Conquer,” where do you feel the band has
JHS : A band should always be growing in
the sense that it’s continually been exposed to new sounds, and
not being afraid to take risks and try something different. We
have grown immensely in terms of how we make "our" sound, we all
contribute our own unique funk to the process.
The first EP’s were predominantly from
Anton’s and Dan s, this latest album is truly a collection of all
Screaming Beast’s members. We feel this has paid off with some
sick tracks that we’re all very proud of.
DB: You just released a video for
“Despair,” tell me about it-- how did the video come
JHS : We expect that most
bands are looking for ways to make videos and using anything from
mobile phones to hiring pro equipment and we are no different.
It’s lucky that all of us enjoy the creative process and that this
is not limited to just music, so we all have GoPro’s and DSLR’s
and had started to film rehearsals and live gigs with a view to
editing it all together.
We also got in
touch with a local university that has a film production course to
see if they were interested in doing a video with us and, as luck
would have it, they were having an industry challenge where they
basically get to pick a job out of a hat and get on with it, we
were one of those jobs.
put forward a great vision for the video and we were very excited
to do this. We got loads of good footage from them and we had a
lot of fun recording it at Rebellion in Manchester but due to some
technical issues we were unable to finish the recording. We asked
if we could use the footage they had so we could edit together the
video for "Despair" with the footage we had and they were cool.
Massive thanks for that!
We are due to work with them again
later in March so we can finish their version of "Despair" which
we will release later in the year when its finished off. It
will be a little odd to have two versions of a video for the same
song but we think the end results will be worth it.
There was a
surprise for us as another team had got the challenge of filming a
documentary about the making of the "Despair" video which involves
interviews with us and some behind the scenes shots which is in
final edit at the moment.
DB: You previously released
a video for “Giving Into Fear” which is also on the new record.
Please take a moment to talk about that video as well.
JHS : We
recorded that in out old rehearsal rooms using a variety of
cameras and it was done in a few takes. The room looks
really good and we really like the editing which keeps the eye
interested when in reality there are a limited number of shots you
can do in a single room.
It follows in
the footsteps of many videos that are shot on a budget but we
still strive to do something interesting and get as creative as we
can in the spirit of doing the best job you can with what you got.
DB: Talk a little about the
challenges of being an unsigned band in Europe. Does being
signed matter anymore? And if so, how?
JHS : In many
respects it’s difficult, realistically there isn’t a mainstream
demand for a lot of the awesome metal out there and there are a
lot of bands putting out amazing music. If money is your meter of
success, then the challenges are vast. However provided you write
and make music for the passion of it, and on your own terms, then
the challenges aren't really challenges at all.
At a certain point of success I think
there is still value in being signed, but honestly it’s amazing
what you can do/organise without one nowadays. Self-funded tours
are almost routine now, and technology has it made it even easier
in many aspects to engage with your audience.
DB: You went out on tour in
November of 2017. Who with? Plans for additional
touring in 2018?
JHS : We played the Sophie Festival at
Rebellion in Manchester with a bunch of amazing bands (Evil
Scarecrow, Footprints In The Custard, The Heretic Order,
Prognosis, Skeletal Damage, Terralith, Atorc, Winterfire and
Chainsaw Penis) for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation (https://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com/)
which was our first outing with this lineup and it went down
Festival and the Foundation is a big thing in England, especially
Manchester and the North West of England, as she was a girl who
was beaten to death in 2007 for being different, so we all take
part and the proceeds go to the foundation.
In 2018 we are
looking to get out on some good support slots and play a few more
festivals but that's still all in negotiations but hopefully, we
can put some news out there soon.
Rest assured Screaming Beast will be
amongst you at some point.