Into the Unknown is a UK rock band that mashes together a number of influences to forge a unique sound. Naturally, they don’t believe they fit squarely into a genre, however, they classify themselves as “melodic rock”, which basically means they combine a lot of really intriguing elements from various genres.
We discussed a number of topics during our chat, and the band dropped some exciting news about a new album and tour. In the meantime, they can be found on Facebook and YouTube if you are interested in following them. You can stream their music on Spotify and YouTube.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
Rupert: Nightwish, Within Temptation, Marillion, most good rock bands!
Ryan: Biggest influence would be the band that inspired me to pick up a guitar, AC/DC. From discovering them it moves out to other classics such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, The Doors and onto more modern bands such as Halestorm and Black Stone Cherry.
Lucie: Growing up I would listen to anything and everything, mainly pop and musicals tbh [sic]. I got more into Rock when I started working with Ryan and Rupert. Some of my influences would therefore be Adele, Guns N Roses, Halestorm and Within Temptation
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Rupert: It probably wouldn’t surprise anyone, but we all listen to different things, classical, pop, 80s rock, metal etc.
Ryan: Studying music since college, I listen to everything from jazz to opera, but rock is where my heart is so can’t say anything that would surprise anyone!
Lucie: The fact that I love musicals could be a surprise for our fans I guess.
- What’s next for the band?
We have just finished recording our second full album, which will be released later this year, and we have just welcomed a couple of new members into the band, so we will be hitting the road for some shows in the not too distant future.
- 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 changed things, but it changed the whole industry. There are aggregation services which allow anyone to upload their songs, some better than others, so that’s made it easier, but it’s also made it a lot harder to earn from your music. As a new band releasing music, getting the exposure is more difficult as you will only be promoted if your ‘known’.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Some of the big films over the last few years have probably influenced us, some of our lyrics have influences from literature, for example, the song on our first album “Demons and Angels” is our retelling of Milton’s Paradise Lost (written as we are based not far from where Milton lived). And James Bond!
Ryan: Originally growing up as an artist, I think my sound is sometimes more felt than heard. Painting a picture with music rather than following any Pattern’s or sweeps.
- Can you describe your sound?
Our sound… We think the mix of our diverse influences, from Lucie’s pop, to Rupert’s opera rock to Ryan’s classic rock gives us a hard rock backing with an edgy vocal that sets us apart from your standard female fronted rock band. Melodic Rock?
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Rupert: I’ve been listening to Halestorm, Northward, The Dark Element – I would definitely recommend the Dark Element album to fans of melodic rock. I also recommend Trevor Horn Reimagines The 80s, for fans of 80s pop and classical music. And Vixen, Live in Sweden, as I produced it!
Ryan: Just been catching up on the classics recently.
Lucie: I have been recently listening to songs from the film “A Star Is Born” as they are brilliant songs from my point of view and what I also enjoy singing apart from singing rock songs.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
Rupert: Personally, I’ve been involved in music for a long time, and spent a long time not being in a band, but working behind the scenes with other bands … we never really decided to start this band as such, we were involved in a recording project that evolved into the band when we realized that we had great chemistry, we all had similar outlooks, and the resulting mesh of ideas created what we think is good.
Lucie: I’ve always loved singing! Can’t even describe the feeling when I sing that’s when I feel it’s ME! Starting a band just happened while working with Ryan and Rupert.
Ryan: It all started for me when my brother lent me a live music dvd as I said I heard a band earlier that day and it sounded cool. It turned out what I heard was AC/DC, watching the opening to live at Donnington, the high hats of Thunderstruck starting to tap away then Angus appearing with that iconic riff. Since that point I’ve known what I’ve wanted to do. Get a band and make some music to make the world scream and that’s been the dream ever since.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
For us I think we all bring our elements. One person brings an idea but we all then start rolling with it and the end result sounds nothing like the original idea, but it works well for us and we (I think) make good music! There’s no hard or fast rule about how we write, the songs just evolve!
- If you had topick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Rupert: Very Hard choice, probably Imaginaerum by Nightwish.
Ryan: Pick one album?… Well, it would have to be by the band from down under. ‘let there be rock’. It’s hard and fast, with good classic rock and roll riffs and instant classics. It would be the type of album I want to generate.
Lucie: I don’t really have a favorite album as I can’t narrow it down to just one! I listen to a variety of different songs, rather than albums.
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Well, could say any of the greats but to be more realistic, maybe Nightwish or Elaine would suit us well.
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
I get why bands do this, in these times of streaming and track downloads, but I think they are missing out on a big thing by not going the traditional route with albums. There is something extremely satisfying about hearing an album, in the form that the band intended, complete with artwork etc. A huge amount of thought goes into the track order for example, to make it flow properly, and true, some songs will be stronger than others, but often you will ‘get’ the song better after a few listens and in context, something that will be missed if you only have a single track available. We’ve also discovered that you cannot second guess what people really like and nearly everyone has a different favorite track on our first album (Out of the Shadows) so just releasing single tracks would have meant a lot of people missing out. An album is always an album, singles are only ever a taste. Can’t keep doing small bites of a cake when you just want to stick your whole head in! That said, it’s great that people can sample single songs via streaming etc, and basically create their own radio experiences.