Introducing: Virtue In Vain

Virtue In Vain are a four-piece Progressive Metalcore band based in Cardiff, South Wales. Vocalist Hywel Thomas joined us to talk about the background of the band, as well as discussing his own musical background.

What are the origins of Virtue In Vain, and how long have you been playing together?

Hywel: I decided to start a band to play the music genre I love which is metalcore. Over time I found members to join and write with until the lineup we have today. We have been playing together since 2016.

What should people expect when they check the band out? How would you describe Virtue In Vain?

Hywel: Our music sits within the Metalcore genre, however, we lean more to the progressive side of metalcore with our latest music. Our sound is heavy, raw, and energetic which we feel comes across in our music both live and recorded. We believe that we put on a performance when we play live that you will remember.

How did you feel performing your first gig as a band, and how was it?!

Hywel: We felt complete as a band playing a show in the globe supporting Ice Nine Kills and Shields. For me, it was a feeling of just being at ease while also enjoying the set so much more. We were all in sync and it has to be one of my favourite gigs I have ever played.

The new music scene is bursting at the seams at the minute with fresh talent, in what ways do you feel that a band has to stand out to build a name for themselves?

Hywel: For us, the amount of talent in the scene we think is a huge motivator. We constantly see all these amazing artists innovating and creating top-tier songs. So for us in Virtue In Vain, we always make sure we only put out our best and never settle for anything we don’t truly believe in. I feel if we put out good music and also are able to put on a show that really entertains, then that will be memorable.

What are you working on at the minute that people can check out?

Hywel: We have just released our latest single ‘ The Whispers Of Sleep’ which you can listen to on any platform you use to listen to music. We are currently working on our next EP which we are excited to finish and release for everyone to hear.

In terms of a similar audience, which band out there at the minute do you feel you would be best suited to open for?

Hywel: Make Them Suffer. For me, I feel our styles would work perfectly together. The band has really inspired our approach to writing music plus the guitarist Nick also has taught both myself and our guitarist Emyr guitar.

Excluding yourself, which new band would you like to see break out and become a success?

Hywel: FRCTRD. They are an amazing band, and really deserve so much. They have released really brilliant music and are worth a listen.

What are your own first musical memories? And what was the lightbulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?

Hywel: I remember when I was young that my mum played a lot of music around my family, the likes of Depeche Mode, Genesis, Phil Collins, etc. The lightbulb for me was after I listened to The Devil Wears Prada. That was the band that when I heard them, I knew I wanted to make music and I have ever since.

 

What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?

Hywel: My Chemical Romance in Cardiff. It was great as they were the first band I ever saw live so years later it came around full circle.

What current social issue are you particularly passionate about?

Hywel: Mental Health Awareness. All of us in this band are huge advocates for taking care of your mental health and supporting others who need support. We all have reached out to each other during periods we need someone and all speak openly about how we feel. It’s good to talk and we fully support mental health awareness in any way we can.

The album that you have in your album collection/Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?

Hywel: Yung Gravy – Baby Gravy 2. I love Yuny Gravy, it’s so unlike my normal music taste but I do enjoy his music.

 

Although 2021 was another year to forget, there were some amazing new albums released, what would be your album of last year? And, what new music have you been enjoying so far this year?

Hywel: Album last year would be Spiritbox – Eternal Blue. Such a great album. This year I have been into Until I Wake recently and Crystal Lake a lot more.

What does 2022 hold for Virtue In Vain?

Hywel: we are currently working on our next EP as well as having an unreleased tour we are excited to announce later down the line.

How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?

Hywel: We are always active on social media and we would love to connect with all of you and discuss the music we all love. If you would like to talk to us, check out our social media below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VirtueInVain

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/virtueinvain

Twitter: https://twitter.com/virtueinvain

Website: www.virtueinvain.co.uk

Music: https://streamlink.to/VirtueInVain

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