Insolace are an Alternative rock band based in London, guitarist Conor Hyde takes us through all you need to know about the band, as well as letting the cat out of the bag that they are fans of a certain marmite Canadian band.
What are the origins of the band, and how long have you been playing together?
CH: Insolace is the reincarnation that came after my old band, Oceans, broke up. The new outfit consists of Millie on vocals, Sam on bass, Onyi on drums and myself (Conor) on guitar. We’ve been playing together for a year.
How did you feel performing your first gig, and how was it?!
CH: I remember being so nervous! I was far too ‘in my own head’ when I performed my first gig, but with time I naturally started relaxing more and found myself focusing on enjoying performing. When I perform now I find it easier to turn that nervous energy into excitement.
What should people expect when they check the band out? How would you describe yourselves?
CH: I’d say we’re quite dynamic with our song writing, so people can expect to see a lot of versatility when they hear our stuff. I think we’re quite similar to bands like Don Broco and Lower Than Atlantis.
The new music scene is bursting at the seams with fresh talent. In what ways do you feel a band has to stand out from the others trying to build a name?
CH: Due to modern technology, it’s now easier than ever to join the music industry. This has resulted in a lot of music scenes being over saturated. I believe to have any chance of standing out as a band you need to hone in on what makes your band unique. I think it’s also essential to have a really strong work ethic and to be very driven.
What are you currently working on that people can check out?
CH: Along with all other bands, due to the current outbreak we are extremely limited in what we can do together. We’re taking this opportunity to all write music individually so when we next rehearse we’ll be more prepared.
What band out there at the moment do you feel that you would be best suited to open for?
CH: There’s a female fronted band from Wales called Dream State that have been killing it the last couple of years; they’re growing exponentially which gives us a lot of hope! They also cover a lot of the same lyrical themes as us, such as mental health and addiction.
Which band do you feel is the next likely to break out?
CH: Our buddies in Blue Eyed Giants! Our band is close with BEG; we gig a lot together, stay in regular contact and I can safely say we expect a lot of great things from them this year! Check them out on Spotify or YouTube if you haven’t heard of them; you won’t be disappointed.
What are your first musical memories? And what was the light bulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?
CH: I can’t really remember a time when I wanted to do anything other than music. I don’t really recall a light bulb moment; I’ve just always yearned to do music and I can’t imagine doing anything else.
What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
CH: I think it was Lower Than Atlantis’ last show at The Brixton Academy in London. It was a bit of an emotional one for me because I’ve been a loyal fan of that band since their early days.
What is the album that you have in your collection or Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
CH: Haha! Well a lot of people act surprised when they hear of a Nickelback fan, but I say with pride that Insolace endorse Nickelback. Our singer Millie has seen them five times, and I probably listen to them most days.
What are your plans for 2020?
CH: We’re hoping to get on the road this year, a UK tour seems more than plausible! You should also expect more releases coming from us as well as scattered gigs in London and Brighton. Everyday we work towards this band’s future, which means there’s always something to expect from us!
How active are you on social media, and where can people connect with you?
CH: We’re active on all the usual platforms or we can be e-mailed at email@example.com. I feel it’s worth mentioning that this band stands in support of anyone that has suffered with mental health issues; it’s almost become our mantra to encourage anyone, even if we don’t know you, to contact us if you ever feel you’re sinking; please do drop us a line.
Stream ‘Not Alright’ the latest single from Insolace here.