I’m going to be as transparent as possible here with my opinion. Loathe are going to be the next big thing in British metal. The band have slowly been building up an army of fans, creating a universe through their music that feels very much like you’re in the middle of Silent Hill (Watch the video for the track ‘In Death’ from their ‘Prepare, Consume, Proceed’ EP and you’ll see what I mean), but also making the listener paint their own picture of events in their head. The band have even been asked to play Knotfest before, amongst other big festivals like Techfest.
I was lucky enough to have Feisal El-Khazragi, the bassist of Loathe, answer some questions that I had about the band. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Feisal used to play guitar in Holding Absence, but joined Loathe on bass after the This Is As One tour cycle across Europe had come to a conclusion. Loathe have since played Slam Dunk festival on the Impericon Stage and they also played Download Festival this year, where I saw the band for the first time and was instantly hooked by just sheer live brilliance alone.
This is what Feisal had to say when I asked him a few questions surrounding Loathe, and what he’s excited for the rest of this year and into the next regarding music:
What is the message that you guys as a band try to put across with your music? Any examples of clear inspirations?
The aim with the music is to create a universe that the listener can immerse themselves in whenever they listen to Loathe. There is a clear concept with ‘The Cold Sun’ but going forward things may be a bit more ambiguous and down to the listeners interpretation, lyrically. Concepts will definitely play a part in future music, but they may be a little more cryptic.
Musically, the influences range far and wide. From house music, to movie soundtracks and scores. Drab Majesty, Tame Impala, Deftones, Radiohead, Meshuggah and ‘Silent Hill’ (Video game series) to name a few. There’s always something new to catches your ear that’s hiding in the mix somewhere, whether it’s a subtle melody or percussive elements that you wouldn’t normally hear in the context that it’s being used in.
What are some incredible up and coming bands that you’re excited for, in the UK, or even further afield?
‘There are many bands right now doing amazing things. God Complex and Lotus Eater make up the heavy up and comers that I’m excited about. Sleep Token, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard and Igloo Ghost are some other bands that I can’t wait to see take over.’
‘There have been some really amazing experiences already that I will treasure. The one that comes to mind first, was playing in Cardiff with Sikth. That show completely went off and it was the first time my father saw me performing live. Though it wasn’t the biggest of shows, it was most definitely one of my proudest moments thus far.’
‘This was rivalled by the time Shayne (former bassist) played his last show with Loathe at Download Festival. I got to watch my future band for the last time as a member of the audience play one of the most incredible sets I’ve ever seen, to so many people. Not that I needed any other reassurance that I was about to become part of something very special, but it certainly did back it up.’
What releases are you looking forward to most in the next year?
Well, the new The 1975 record comes out in just under a month as well as the other record that they’re currently on coming in the new year. Architects new record is just a couple of weeks from releasing, and hopefully Tame Impala, Foals and Drab Majesty bring out records next year too!
You can find all of the bands that Feisal has recommended via Spotify, Apple Music, etc, or by popping into your local music store (Yeah I still buy CDs… And what?)
Loathe are currently in the motions of creating a new record, which I’m sure will be released next year, further letting us into the bleak and desolate universe they’re creating and I cannot wait to see what they’re going to do next.
You can find all of Loathe’s social media pages here should you wish to follow them, and a huge thank you to my dude Feisal El-Khazragi for sitting down and taking the time to answer some questions for me!
I have also created a playlist picking my favourite Loathe tracks from their back catalogue which you can find on Spotify via the link below.
See you in the pit.