After listening to The Great And Shallow EP from British hard-rock band In Remission, I got the privilege to have a small, yet informative interview with frontman Daniel Lillie. I am incredibly thrilled to have him take some time off to answer some questions for us here at HST, and for you all. Enjoy!
Alan: For my first couple of go rounds of The Great And Shallow, I tried to get what your sound is, and what it is like to new listeners. To a new listener, what would you call your sound, and who would you say you sound like?
In Remission’s Daniel Lillie: Personally for me, the best response we get to our sound is that there is no one clear influence or ‘tag’. Every show, or every time our EP’s are heard we get “Oh, you sound like this band” or “No, you sound like this band” we’ve been likened to bands from 30 Seconds to Mars, to Glassjaw to even The Cure and never is there a band that we are regularly likened to. I would say our sound is a melting pot, each member of the band is really strong in their own style and influence, I myself am in to classical/baroque and perhaps more electronica influenced sounds, whereas you’ll find our drummer is in to some really heavy deathcore stuff – whilst one guitarist is into Red Hot Chilli Peppers. This mix hopefully means we don’t come off as ‘influenced’ by other bands as sometimes many bands on the scene are – if everyone in your band loves All Time Low, you’re gonna sound like All Time Low for example.
Alan: There are many moments on the EP that sounds like giant escalating chants/sing-a-long sections (like the choruses to “Fractions” and “Discipline”). Is that an element you want to bring to your music, more specifically your live show?
Daniel: Totally. Thematically the EP at times represents us all uniting together against a glass ceiling or ‘other power’ that dictates our actions. Even if a track, like Discipline for example, focusses more on themes of love and relationships as opposed to the economic remonstration of Floodlights, getting to grips with those themes by uniting behind a singular mantra and all being part of that is a big thing for me, as a lyricist anyway.
Alan: Where do you guys see yourself in the next year?
Daniel: Recognised? We are getting such great props from so many great people and being really supported, we’re not the richest folks so life is hard trying to get things in to that stratosphere, but by plugging away we hope to be in a lot more ears and minds!
Alan: Of course, this is just an EP – a rather solid one at that. Are you already looking forward to a full length?
Daniel: Absolutely, and thanks!. I think you’ll be hard pressed to find any band who don’t dream of holding that full length work in their hands. We are quite prolific and always continue to write, we have in excess of two albums worth of material and are always adding to that, so when the opportunity presents itself we will grab it with two hands and hopefully produce an album that could be, in your words, as solid as the EP!
Alan: Lastly, in three words, describe your band to our readers.
Daniel: Determined. Open. Ballsy.
Isn’t that the truth. I’d like to thank Daniel again for taking the time out and answering these questions. I wish him and In Remission the best of luck, and I hope to one day see you guys on tour if you make it state-side. Best of wishes!