June 30, 2017 |

Download 2017 interview: The Raven Age!

Download 2017 interview: The Raven Age!

June 30, 2017 |

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The Raven Age headed to Download following the Kerrang premiere of new single The Dying Embers Of Life. We caught up with Michael Burrough, frontman of the London based metallers, to chat Download, debut album Darkness Will Rise, getting arrested for stealing his own car and singing along to Blue on the tour bus.

You’re at Download! Are you excited to be here?

Yes! Every time. It doesn’t get any less exciting, especially when you get to play the second stage which is kinda nuts!

You played earlier on, how was your set?

It was great, it was fun! We had a good turn out, a couple of tech issues here and there but the crowd seemed to love it. I have no complaints!

Is there anybody you want to see? I know you said earlier (prior to the interview starting) that you want to see Five Finger Death Punch.

I do. To be honest, I’m useless when it comes to actually looking at line ups and doing anything I should. I really, really wanted to see Rammstein but we weren’t in the right place and it got evacuated anyway when we were over at Rock Am Ring, that was bad but I just want to get Five Finger down and just chill out and just hang out.

That’s fair. You recently released your debut album Darkness Will Rise back in March, how has the reaction been towards it? It’s a great record!

Thank you! It’s been pretty good! We can’t really argue! It’s always nice when you put up a new video or something on Facebook and people go “love the album! - Brisbane” or “Tokyo” you know? All these people saw us live on the Maiden tour and they’re actually sticking by and enjoying and to watch your name get bigger on the Download poster is something else! It’s a really good feeling!

I bet it is! You premiered your new single The Dying Embers Of Life on Kerrang a few days ago, it’s really melodic and a great track, can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind it?

Yeah. To be honest with you, obviously it was written by George (Harris, guitar) and Dan (Wright, guitar) I think had a lot to do with it as well. I always had it in my brain that it was really about a book that George read once about a prisoner from Alcatraz, he sees the city from the shoreline kinda thing, that’s the vibe it got. Obviously the video’s a bit different from that as well, We try as much as possible to not tell people what things are about because I and the rest of the guys are a firm believer in making your own interpretation of things. A good example of that is a band who’s name just totally eluded me with Drown, who sings Drown? Well when I actually read the lyrics, they weren’t as I thought they were and the song meant more to me when it was wrong. Bring Me The Horizon that’s who it was! So I think it’s much better to just listen to a song, decide whether you like it or not and interpret it in your own realm. Obviously you have videos and stuff which lead people some of the way but I think the best thing to do is interpret it as you want.