FROM: LINCOLN | FOR FANS OF: COUNTERPARTS, HUNDREDTH
Upsurge festival, August 2018. A comment gets taken too far, and soon enough COUNTERPARTS vocalist Brendan Murphy is joined onstage during their set by one of the most invigorating vocalists in the new wave of British melodic hardcore.
Whilst this may have certainly turned a few new heads towards Lincoln’s RECLAIMER, the unit themselves have been putting in the hard work, with constant releases and heavy touring schedules to put their name into the mouth of every hardcore fan in the UK, with our without the backing of these major names. And now with the next 12 months set to be huge for them, we sat down with the band to find out just why RECLAIMER will become one of the most important bands on our shores this year.
“WE WERE DEAD IN THE WATER BASICALLY…”
FIRST OFF THE LAST 12 MONTHS HAVE BEEN RATHER DRASTIC FOR RECLAIMER. WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE HIGHS AND LOWS FOR THE BAND FOR THE LAST 12 MONTHS?
Bob (Featherstone, Bassist): Biggest high for me has been getting the band back on track and releasing Chapter II. We effectively had a hiatus 2017 which sucked. There hasn’t been too many lows, I’d just say cancelled shows and missed opportunities for me.
Harrison (Cook, Vocalist): One of my biggest highs this year with Reclaimer was being able to play shows with bands that I listen to regularly and bands that actually inspired the creation of Reclaimer. For example Fathoms, brilliant guys and was a real honour to play London on their Farewell tour. Also, Martyr Defiled who for me has given me a lot of inspiration coming from my home city. I had a little full circle moment where we opened their last hometown show because when I was around 13/14 we got to open for them in what was my first ever show.
YOU’VE ACHIEVED A LOT FAIRLY QUICKLY. WHAT HAS KEPT YOU GROUNDED AND HUMBLE?
Harrison (Cook, Vocalist): I would say it’s down to the fact at the start of 2018 we weren’t really doing much but writing songs here and there. Thankfully we decided to finally act upon these songs and get out there playing shows and start planning for something bigger.
Bob (Featherstone, Bassist): Pretty much what Harrison said, we’ve gone from doing very little to a fair bit in a short space of time. We’re more thankful than anything for those backing us and offering us opportunities as a year ago we were dead in the water basically.
SOUND WISE YOU CAN BE COMPARABLE TO BANDS SUCH AS COUNTERPARTS – YOU ACTUALLY JOINED BRENDAN ON STAGE AT UPSURGE FESTIVAL. HOW DID THIS COME ABOUT?
Harrison (Cook, Vocalist): I straight up slid into those DM’s. Basically a while ago Brendan and Trey dropped a zine which my girlfriend really wanted for her birthday so I went out on a limb and asked Brendan & Trey if they’d be able to leave a birthday message for her inside. They agreed and we got it sorted at Upsurge, I then just asked him if i could do some guesties and he was really cool with it.
“it gives you a sense of achievement knowing that they like your music…”
DO YOU FEEL THAT NO MATTER HOW MASSIVE A BAND GETS THAT THERE IS A SENSE OF ‘DUTY’ OR A SORT OF LOYALTY TOWARDS ALWAYS SUPPORTING, OR IN THIS CASE, BRINGING OUT THE NEW GUYS?
Harrison (Cook, Vocalist): I would agree just because to be understood and recognized by bands that you may look up to or draw influence from then it gives you a sense of achievement knowing that they like your music and what you’re trying to do on your platform
IN FACT OTHER THAN JUST THE MORE ESTABLISHED BANDS, HOW IMPORTANT IS IT FOR ALSO MUSIC FANS THEMSELVES TO SUPPORT AND PUSH BANDS AT A LOCAL LEVEL?
Bob (Featherstone, Bassist): Incredibly. Locally is where most bands fanbase begins and without that support, no promoter, agency or label is going to bat an eyelid. Like/follow your friends band online, go to the odd show, share their music. It goes a long way…
THEY’RE SAYING THAT THE BRITISH MUSIC SCENE IN TERMS OF HEAVY MUSIC IS THE STRONGEST IT’S BEEN IN YEARS. DO YOU AGREE?
Harrison (Cook, Vocalist): 100% agree. Your next Slipknot probably just played down the road to a 100 cap venue, and that’s why I love the music scene. Take a chance on band you like the look of because you’ll be rewarded with loads of new music to listen to and loads of new bands you’ll start supporting, sharing and enjoying their journey.
YOU’RE A BAND WHO IS CONSISTENTLY ON THE ROAD OR TOURING. IN A TIME WHERE ALMOST ANYTHING IS ACHIEVABLE IN POST PRODUCTION WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO BE A GREAT LIVE BAND?
Cameron (Corton, Drums): For me hearing a band live has always been the best part of the experience. Having been to local ‘heavy’ shows from my early teenage years, seeing how every band would interact differently with their crowds & create their own atmosphere really inspired me to want to perform in a band. Especially within the heavy genre. Watching a band live you’re getting the raw experience, you can’t get the energy that a live band gives off whilst performing something they’re passionate about via any other platform.
Bob (Featherstone, Bassist): It’s incredibly important to be a strong live band, it’s your chance to make a solid first impression on potential fans with your energy, enthusiasm and confidence. You get back from a show what you put in, so if you can nail your set consistently then you’re going to grow a lot quicker as a result.
“You get back from a show what you put in.”
GROWING UP WERE THERE ANY PARTICULAR SHOWS OR TURNING POINTS (FROM A LIVE PERSPECTIVE) THAT MADE YOU THINK ‘THIS (MUSIC) IS WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE? WOULD YOU WANT RECLAIMER TO HAVE THAT EFFECT ON OTHERS?
Harrison (Cook, Vocalist): There have been many moments that have made me realise that this is what I want to do. I think my first ever show I was 7/8 at Aerosmith and I just wanted to be that guy on stage talking to everyone, now I get it sounds a bit weird but I loved the interaction and it made me feel like I knew Steven Tyler. Also, a more recent occasion was at Slam Dunk Leeds last year, saw some massive bands that day, it was amazing. I still cannot get over seeing Loathe for the first time, their set and stage show has just been imprinted to my brain ever since. Crazy good.
FINALLY, WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM RECLAIMER IN 2019?
Harrison (Cook, Vocalist): you can expect Reclaimer to be coming at you fast and hard with new music, tours and videos. We’d like to thank everybody who helped us get to where we are and everyone we’ve worked with. It means the world.