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State Of Ember – Interview

We caught up with STATE OF EMBER and asked the Brit hard-hitters a few probing questions, ahead of the release of their new EP, Broken Horizons, which arrives on Friday 11th January 2019:


What is the full band line-up, who plays what? Chris Tamburro – Vocals and guitar; Mike Landreth – Bass; Chelsea McCammon – Drums.

How and when did the band form? The band formed when our previous band broke up – but we decided we weren’t finished with music just yet! Chris used to only play guitar in the previous band – but due to the number of vocalists we had auditioned, he decided he wanted to try singing himself for this project.

Tell us anything interesting about your hometown. Our hometown of Redditch is the birthplace of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham – we recently had a memorial statue instated in the town centre! Redditch helped make the world’s first jet engine when it was still a Top Secret; Royal Enfield motorbikes also used to be made here.

When and how did the band really start gelling and solidifying? We’ve all known each other for many years but we started to find our own sound and style when writing our first EP. As time goes on, the more comfortable we are with jamming together and feeling tighter as a unit.

Who are your musical influences?
Between us, we’re influenced by many sub-genres of rock. Chris likes hard rock and pop punk – but takes his biggest influences from Shinedown and Alter Bridge. Mike is massively into prog and tech metal with Dream Theater, Karnivool – and Jaco Pastorius being some of his influences. Chelsea listens to rock, punk, metal and anything in between – Gavin Harrison and Brann Dailor are two of her favourite drummers! InMe are a band that all three of us have a soft spot for.

Where did the name of band come from? We used be in another band some years ago, “Khaos Theory”. State of Ember makes sense of us, because of the concept of the ashes being left behind from that band.

How far back does your history with each other (the band members) extend? Chris and Chelsea have played in bands together for around 11 years, although never before to the level of success of the current three-piece. The three of us have played in bands for the past 7 years – between State of Ember and our previous project (Khaos Theory).

In your opinion, how is your band different from all the other bands out there? We’re not trying to be any particular genre(s) just to fit into certain cliques. We create music that fits in with how we’re feeling at the time, rather than writing to fit to any one style.

If a deaf person were to ask you to describe the sound of your music, how would you describe it?
It’s like eating freshly baked bread while watching the sun set on the beach. Saying that just made me feel pretty hungry!

Do you have a tour on the horizon?
We plan on doing an extensive UK tour during the first few months of 2019, but would also love to go a little further afield later on in the year!

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