Mynas may be my favorite new metal band. They’re vicious, yet restrained. They’re hardcore and heavy, yet precise. Their vocals are throaty and intense, yet not full on screaming. Their sound is a healthy dose of thrash woven among some other strains of metal. But enough of my analysis of their sound.
Our interview touched on several topics, as always. I found it very intriguing that the members of Mynas listen to classical, specifically Hans Zimmer. As someone who enjoys classical, its always refreshing to hear this, especially from bands you would never expect it from.
You can jam out to Mynas new album Dead to the Unknown on all digital outlines, including Spotify. You should also follow them on Facebook and Instagram @mynasband.
• What are your biggest musical influences?
We draw a ton of inspiration from bands like Inflames, Metallica, At the gates, Dark Tranquility, Unearth, Revocation. To name a few…
• Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Let’s start off by saying. We have varying musical tastes between the four of us. There is a more than healthy amount of metal! But, we venture out of our genre and listen to film scores from Hans Zimmer. There is some country music like Hank 3 or even Jazz on occasion. Its safe to say between the four of us we listen to a little bit of everything.
• What’s next for the band?
We are staying quite busy. The big thing at the moment is filling up our calendar. We have some dates set, one up coming March first in San Diego, CA. Also we are writing for the next album.
• How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
It has definitely made getting your music out for the world to hear much easier. It’s about convenience for the listener, and finding the audience for the artist. We are living in a very exciting time.
• Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Of course! sometimes you watch a movie, or look at a picture, or just a conversation with someone can be so inspiring that you want to write something.
• Can you describe your sound?
The Mynas sound is fast rhythmic drums with intense double bass, accompanied by melodic heavy guitars, thick roaring bass and vocals that demand the listeners attention.
• What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Film scores have been in the rotation as of late. It’s a nice change of pace. As mentioned earlier Hans Zimmer is a favorite. As far as recommendations… You should check out our Friends in ‘Vatican Falling’ if you love it heavy and fast. You will not be dissapointed [sic]!
• What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
As individuals it’s safe to say we have always had a love and passion for metal music. Picking up an instrument is where it starts after that, all four of us have a different story for how that happened. Lol! But, Starting a band is just a byproduct of writing songs by yourself or wanting to play live. It one of the inevitable things that happens once you start playing an instrument. You will want to play in a group. It’s just more fun that way.
• How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
We are a very collaborative band. We jam ideas out and collectively and decide what is going into each song. If one of us doesn’t like a drum part, a guitar riff, a lyric, a bass lick, a guitar solo or even the way a vocal is phrased it is reshaped until everyone is satisfied. It helps us get the best performance out of each other. It really works.
• If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
This is really tough by the way….Metallica: Master of Puppets
• Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Unearth, Metallica, Inflames, Children of Bodom, Vatican Falling.
• What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
I think bands have become very impatient and feel like more content is better to stay in the Eye of the fans… Plus putting 10-15 songs together takes time and is a very intense process. It’s also very expensive. So, I understand why a majority of younger bands release singles to get the ball rolling.
Putting an album out is what everyone should shoot for. I think it says something for a band when they get a group of songs together that amounts to one cohesive piece of work. It’s a demonstration of work ethic and commitment to a body of work.
Thanks for having Mynas! We enjoyed talking with you.