Cumbrian alt-rockers Religion Of Tomorrow recently made a triumphant return with their killer new single, ‘United We Fall’, and the band were on hand to fill in the blanks on our “Introduction to Religion Of Tomorrow”…
What are the origins of Religion Of Tomorrow, how long have you been playing together?
Richard: We have come through many line-ups since our beginnings in 2012, mostly changing drummers but also losing and gaining guitarists, including our singer eventually deciding to play rhythm to stop the hunt. In our current setup though we’ve been together almost 3 years, though it doesn’t feel it thanks to Covid taking a year away from us!
How did you feel performing your first gig as a band? And how was it?!
Karl: We’d all been in various other setups before this, so the stage wasn’t a new scenario for us. The first gig as an outfit though, performing our own songs I think was in our hometown in a well-attended (and now sadly no more) rock venue, The Three Tuns. It was packed out and as I recall I had sank a few too many drinks and rambled on way more than I should have in between songs! It’s not a recording I’d like to watch back haha, but it was a great night and quite enjoyable to have that support from day one.
What should people expect when they check Religion Of Tomorrow out? How would you describe yourself?
Jordan: Expect the unexpected. Honestly, I’ve no idea, probably the best way would be to think of blindly putting your hand in a pick n mix. No two songs sound alike and I think we’d like to think that’s refreshing for the listener. Didn’t like the last track? Don’t worry, stick around, the next one’s completely different!
‘United We Fall’ has just been released as a single, what was it about this one that made you choose it as a single, and going by the title, it’s quite a call to arms?
Richard: It’s basically a play on two sayings. United We Stand and Divided We Fall. Kind of a “let’s all go down together” type of vibe. The song picks up on quite a lot of what’s going on in the world right now and I think that’s the only way to sum up in one line where it’s headed.
It’s the first new music from the band this year, any nerves just before you hit upload and the track went live on all the streaming sites?
Karl: Absolutely. This track has been around since before Covid and the restrictions as a result held it back for so long. When you’ve held onto a track for that long it becomes part of the family and it kind of builds the tension even more than usual. At the same time though, it’s been so long, it’s just a relief to finally get some new material back out there at long last.
The artwork for the single is pretty damn cool, who designed it?
Sam: That’s Richard, he’s the artist behind pretty much all our visuals and has come up with some great designs over the years and also our last few music videos. I think it feels a lot safer in our own hands, rather than have something incorrectly interpreted from an outside source.
Are you working on more new music now that the new line-up seems settled?
Jordan: Yeah, we have actually recorded 5 other tracks that are all in various stages of post-production. Like I said before, all 6 are completely different and bring their own feel and presence to the table. No idea in which order we’ll be releasing yet, but stay tuned to our socials as we could drop a release date at any point!
What band out there at the minute do you feel that Religion Of Tomorrow would be best suited to open for?
Richard: I think you’ve got to say someone you feel is close enough, varied enough, and have a crowd you feel would also pay attention to your music. I think to that spectrum (and one that is well known) we’d most likely fit well with Foo Fighters. I’d like to have a longer think about that one for future, but I think that’s the obvious choice that popped into my head.
Who do you feel is the next band to break out?
Karl: Unknown Refuge. They’re already making waves throughout the scene. They’re young, have great appeal, and have a cracking classic but modern metal sound to boot. Give em a lookup.
What are your first musical memories? And what was the lightbulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?
Sam: This is gonna sound bizarre, but Madness. As a drummer, you like to pick up on sounds that stand out and for me it was Madness. I wish I had a better story but that’s it for me I’m afraid haha.
What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
Karl: I was at Bring Me The Horizon in Glasgow. First real concert back after Covid and it was amazing to be in amongst the scene again. Honestly, it was breathtaking. BMTH really brought it too, great show.
What current issue are you particularly passionate about?
Rich: I don’t think we got too passionate about one issue in particular. We write songs about various issues and I think that comes across in our lyrics, but to say we or I felt strongly about one specific thing alone would be inaccurate.
The album that you have in your album collection/Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
Karl: I bought Dizzy by Vic Reeves and the Wonderstuff a long long time ago.
Richard: Bruce Willis: The Return of Bruno.
Jordan: Cartoon Theme Songs.
What new albums have you been enjoying in 2021?
Karl: I’ve been enjoying Badflower recently and their new album was just released. Really enjoying that so far, and the rest of their stuff is definitely worth checking out if they’re new to anyone.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2021?
Richard: Well we have the rest of our songs to get final production sorted on, we’ve got a gig coming up on November 13th in Whitehaven Civic Hall and I’m planning on seeing Santa at some point in December so there’s always that to look forward to!
How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?
Karl: Very active recently, and we’re always happy to talk to fans, answer questions, interact, you name it. You can find us in all the usual places (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter... etc). It’s the best way to keep up with our releases and find out where we’re playing next. Hopefully see some of you at our live gigs though, always the best way to interact!