Face to face with Religion Of Tomorrow

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Religion Of Tomorrow were born in 2011 in Cumbria with the intention to make different music. The band’s debut album ‘In Theory’, full of anthemic, soaring tunes, came out in May 2013 and drew a lot of attention to the promising collective. Moreover, the end of 2013 was marked by the addition of a new drummer for a fully rounded line-up and signing to LMC Records. With such a big 2013, the coming year 2014 promises to be even more massive for Religion Of Tomorrow. Rock Britain discusses all the latest news and happenings in the band’s life with their vocalist Karl Christian.

– What is the story behind Religion Of Tomorrow’s formation?

– We are all children of other bands and projects and were either friends beforehand or contacted through social media. Richard was only meant to be a temporary fill but he found the pull of what we were trying to achieve too much, and now he’s in too deep! That said we’ve had many line up changes until we finally got to the stage where we were happy.

 – You’ve been through some line-up changes, the most current one being the addition of the drummer. How have these changes influenced Religion Of Tomorrow?

– The changes have only ever been for the progress of the band. We did have a period where we carried on without a drummer, programming our own tracks as we couldn’t find the right man for the job. This was a good experience and gave us some great ideas when it came to the writing side of things, but it did limit live performances and spontaneous creativity at times. Now Lewis is on board we can get beats we would never think of when programming and live performances have far more punch. 

– What were the most important qualities for you in a person you’d been looking for as a drummer?

– We had a very specific idea in mind of what we were after. We tried out many, many drummers – none of them bad, as such, but they didn’t have the complete mix of what we were after. We needed someone who had the technical abilities to match what we had previously created, but also someone that had the creative mind to take our songs further and develop new material. On top of it all, it needed to be someone on our wavelength. We have an odd sense of humour but it creates a bond between us, and Lewis fit right in from the first practice!

– You’ve recently signed to LMC Records. How did this signing come about and how do you feel about getting signed? 

– The signing came about through a little back and forth contact between ourselves and various connections at LMC. Eventually we were approached by the CEO and arranged a meeting. From there it was clear that we both had a lot to offer each other and the deal was set to record and distribute two singles and two videos, with the vision to record a full album in the future. It means a great deal for the progression of the band and with LMC now in partnership with Absolute/Universal it means that we can globally distribute our material at the highest level and be available to a wider audience. Expansion is always a good thing for a band in our position and with everything falling into place, it’s going to be an exciting 2014 for Religion of Tomorrow!

– Your debut album ‘In Theory’ is out. What was the way of this album from the very beginning to the final stages?

– Wow. How long have you got? I’ll give you the condensed version! Some songs on there were written some time ago, but the majority were written during the ‘no drummer’ phase. Using primitive drum beats and pre-producing our own tracks, we took those tracks to our first producer who then constructed a way forward – unfortunately that way forward was not for us, and production was halted. We then approached producer Dave Roberts, who re-worked the drums and gave us a sound we were impressed with, from that point additional ideas were flying everywhere and eventually with Dave’s magic and a few extra ideas from ourselves, ‘In Theory’ was born. It was a fairly lengthy and often stressful process, but at times, a hilarious and ultimately very rewarding one too.

 – What were the main sources of inspiration for ‘In Theory’?

– Our inspiration comes from everywhere. A real life experience altered, a fantasy, a warped view on everyday life, hell, even a phone ringing can spark off an idea for a riff! Generally though, our inspiration is the love to make music. When you hear your track, that came from nothing, suddenly bursting out of the speakers as a finished product and watching others’ reactions – that’s what inspires not only ‘In Theory’ but us as a whole.

– Debut albums have the reputation of being very important for any band. Did you feel any pressure of a debut-album-importance?

– Of course there is going to be pressure, as there will be with any album we plan to do in the future, but we had plenty of previous recording experience putting out odd songs and E.P’s so the nubile element was taken away. But yes, we obviously put a lot of hard work into this album and were risking quite a lot, so when it was well received by fans and critics, you can’t imagine the relief!!

 – What’s your secret to making your live shows unforgettable?

– There’s no big secret. We go and watch bands all the time, so when we’re in the crowd we just think ‘what would we expect here?’, and that’s what we put in our shows. When we turn up to do a show we are always tight and prepared, which allows us to have a bit of fun with it and get the crowd excited – if you don’t do that as a band, the crowd may as well be at home listening to a CD.

– Have you got any traditions or rituals that you keep up to before your shows?

– Like forgetting something? Or being late? Haha, no we don’t really have any rituals as such. We need to hang out beforehand and get a bit of morale up, maybe a couple of JD and Cokes. Other than that we don’t really have any, sorry! We could start one for you if you like? Maybe check back in a year, see how it’s going?? Haha.

– Religion Of Tomorrow come from Cumbria. What’s the music scene in Cumbria like? How did your home place help to shape the band?

– It pains us to say it, but the music scene in Cumbria is dying… that’s why bands like us, from there, need to keep strong and power on. We’ve seen so many bands come and go, it’s saddening. This may be down to the lack of suitable venues, or maybe the lack of venues is down to the lack of willing crowds – or simply a vicious cycle of both. Either way that doesn’t stop us, we will continue to power through and hopefully we can ignite the scene and inspire some up and coming bands in the area.

– How do your music backgrounds influence the way Religion Of Tomorrow sound now?

– To be quite honest, I’m not entirely sure that they do! What each of us listen to at home sounds nothing like what Religion of Tomorrow sound like, when we get together a different sound is born and the reasons behind that are a mystery to us too! But in essence, all of us listen to some form of rock and perhaps the infusion of all the different mixes is how we create the sound we do – I think every walk of rock could appreciate some part of us.

 – What are the traits that make Religion Of Tomorrow stand out?

– Following on from the last question, probably our sound. It’s so unique and in every review or passing comment, no-one has been able to categorise us! It’s as if we are genreless! We take that as a positive though, as it is so easy to become a clone of a band that is currently on the scene and to avoid being compared is something we are very proud of as becomes clear that after all our hard work, we really do have something original on our hands.

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