Aspiring Sydney metalcore act Stories have returned from hibernation to wreak havoc across Australia. Taking inspiration from the likes of Misery Signals and Born Of Osiris, the Northern Beaches five-piece released their debut EP ‘Void’ for free download from Bandcamp earlier this month. Stories recently sat down with Killyourstereo.com to talk about their plans for 2013.
How did the band originate?
Stories started when Nick (guitar), Morgan (vocals) and Sean (guitar) started jamming together a few years back. This soon developed into a band and I joined pretty soon after on bass. We’ve had a couple of member changes since, but we are now really happy with the lineup.
What are some of the main influences behind your sound?
To name a few bands – Misery Signals, Born of Osiris, Underoath, Cloudkicker and Circa Survive.
In your opinion, what makes Stories stand out in the Sydney metalcore scene?
What went into the EP was meticulously thought out and refined until we were happy with it. We also work very hard on perfecting our live sound. In that regard, I think our hard work shows and (hopefully) leaves a good impression and stands out to all the people who watch us play live and hear our EP.
Stories have been inactive for quite some time. What drove the decision to take a break?
We decided that we would take time off from playing live to really focus on writing, perfecting our sound, and getting out a solid release.
What have you guys been up to during your time off from the band?
Since taking a break from playing shows and touring, there has been a lot going on behind the scenes. We’ve all been working really hard writing and recording, as well as working to pay for the EP and new gear.
The band is set play at BUBAFest in April. Are you excited to break your performance drought?
Yeah, we are all incredibly keen to play. We head up to Queensland for a run of shows just before it, but BUBAfest is definitely a show that we are all super stoked to be a part of and play for, especially because it’s a free show and our first show back in Sydney for a good while.
What other touring plans does the band have for 2013?
You can expect to see us on the road again in winter.
Can you tell me a bit about how ‘Void’ evolved?
As songs began to develop, we knew right away the sound we were trying to capture was something powerful and progressive. The songs definitely come out dark and heavy, with the lyrics based around a realistic view on the earth and the crooked views society holds.
Has the band been approached by any labels?
The band has been lucky enough to grace the stages of major events, including Shorefest and Strike Hard Fest. What has been your favourite show to play at to date?
I think it’s pretty unanimous for all of us that Shorefest has been the best show we have played so far, such an awesome show and we couldn’t of asked for a better response.
What are your goals for the band’s future?
To have a full length out and hopefully head overseas on tour!
Who are some bands, from the Beaches and abroad, that fans of Stories should look out for?
Definitely check out The Storm Picturesque and Elegist, who are semi-local, as well as Glorified! and Graveyards from interstate who are also killing it at the moment. Abroad, the new album from The Plot in You is pretty sweet.
Thanks a lot for your time. Are there any comments you’d like to finish on?
Thanks for checking us out, make sure you head to our Bandcamp and download our EP ‘Void’ for free.