Kent metallers Raised By Raptors cite influence from the likes of While She Sleeps, Architects and Pantera and are set to release a new EP in the Autumn! Following the reveal of new video Release, we asked the band to take on our A-Z challenge:
A song that made you want to make music?
Joe: Chop Suey – System of a Down
Craig: Second Heartbeat – Avenged Sevenfold
Alex: Detroit Rock City – Kiss
Sam: Wonderwall – Oasis
Ben: Duality – Slipknot
Best rider you’ve ever had?
Beer and biscuits
Craziest thing you’ve experienced in the band?
Playing Face Down
Deepest lyric one of your songs features?
“I wish the dead would tell me what it’s like”
Easiest song you wrote?
Favourite song in your set?
Past These Gates
Guest you’d most like to feature on your record?
Loz Taylor – While She Sleeps
Hardest thing about being in a band?
Sam and Craig – the ultimate wind up merchants
Interesting fact about one of your members?
Ben’s friend from an old band is the son of the bassist of The Cure
Jokes you have in the band?
Alex’s hair, Ben’s impressions of everyone, Craig in general.
Key to writing a song?
Be persistent and patient.
Longest distance you’ve travelled to play a show?
Victoria Inn, Derby
Most inspiring musician you’ve experienced?
Joe: Misha Mansoor
Craig: Jimi Hendrix
Alex: Bruce Dickinson
Sam: Andrew Tkaczyk
Ben: Ilan Rubin
New band you’d recommend?
Opening for this band would be ideal?
While She Sleeps
Place you’d most like to tour?
Quote you’d like to pass on to our readers?
Reason for the title of your recent/forthcoming release?
Release is a song we think a lot of people can relate too because the lyrics are based around family feuds/conflicts, and how that can lead to mental health issues. But it also dabbles in the thoughts of people who believe they have authority over you for no good reason but then can’t handle you fighting back or challenging their authority.
See us live at?
July 1st – The Fighting Cocks, Kingston
August 19th – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
The old days of music were better than the current, do you agree?
Today’s music wins that one. There are so many varieties of bands and genres. Some people prefer the simpler times, but we have to side with these days.
We have the usual merchandise of EPs, tees and stickers. Although we have thought about getting bottle openers.
Variations you’d like to do of any of your songs?
Oxygen in acapella
What do your fans mean to you?
Without fans we would be nowhere. They give us the drive to keep on writing and playing gigs.
Xrays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries?
Sam had to get his knee looked at after he sprained it jumping off stage at Crowndale, London.
You’re late for a show, whose fault is it?
Probably Joe. He’s always going missing.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band?
An enraged baboon