Not to be confused with the naff Italian metal band of almost the same name, Basingstoke’s Artemis are a growly blend of the kind of ever-so-slightly-wonky math-y, hardcore-y, doesn’t-really-fit-that-well-into-nice-compartmentally-definable-genre-y thing that we really, really like here at Thrash Hits. We shouted a loud of questions at them via email.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Heavy, fast and chaotic.
How did you meet?
Mainly through knowing Kurt [Philips, drums]. Kurt and Mike met when Kurt fell into a bin in a toilet drunk and a few years later through our original bassist when the band was formed. Brandon and Jamie [Venning, bass] were on the same music course at college as Kurt. Brandon just randomly turned up at practice one day to all our surprise and by the end was in the band and Jamie give us sex appeal. Dan [Strachan, vocals] worked at a department store with Kurt. Kurt seduced Dan by asking “can you scream?” to which Dan replied I’ll give it ago. Somehow it works and here we are!
What made you want to start a band?
For all of us growing up in Basingstoke and watching bands such as Chronicles Of Adam West, Chaos Blood, For Those Lost, Arameus and Dead Sea Scrolls and seeing them get to play shows all over the country inspired us to get in a band and try and achieve the same and have fun while doing it oh and watching countless band touring videos – especially Every Time I Die.
Where did the name come from?
We were looking for a name for a while and while lost in Berlin, Kurt and Mike kept ending up at the same road with a brothel on one side called Artemis and a field full of nude german people on the other. Literally every time we tried finding a new route we would end up at the same place. If you look up the name Artemis, she was the Greek goddess of the hunt, wild animals, wilderness, childbirth and viginity (according to Wikipedia) its pretty ironic considering.
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
We’ve all grown up in Basingstoke which can be dull as a town and a night out, but the music scene for us has always been thriving. It isn’t biased to just one style of music so I think it made us quite open in the way we write, and not too concerned with fitting in.
With which band would your dream support slot be?
It goes without saying that it would be Converge or the Dillinger Escape Plan. Both bands massive influences on all of us. Their live performances and music have probably the biggest impact on us as a band more than any others.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Employed To Serve, Stallone, Palm Reader and The Catharsis. We’ve played with these bands multiple times and they always kill it live and awesome guys to hang with.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
Playing and writing songs that we like not necessarily what’s popular or “in”and we try and get a lot of energy into our live performance. But its not something we consciously think about. We don’t set out to be different we play what we enjoy; we try to be open to ideas when writing and try and make it exciting for us.
What’s the best – or the funniest – show you’ve played?
The best show we played was in Utrecht. It was our first European show and we weren’t expecting much but as soon as we started playing people we jumping around and pushing each other. It was definitely a wow moment. The funniest show we ever played was in High Wycombe with Employed to Serve. It was a Sunday night with zero turn out, so we ended up playing to each other so the drummers of both bands decided to have a drinking contest drinking shots in between songs. It ended badly and at one point everyone was playing in each bands doing cheesy rock moves! The night ended with some drunk guy telling everyone he just shit his pants.
What have you got planned for the future?
We have a small touring stint with Ithaca and Grindhouse in March, then off to Europe with Ilenkus in April. We’ll be releasing our new EP soon and eventually start work on our first album.
Tell us a joke.
I once heard a joke about amnesia…but I forget how it goes.
Artemis release their new EP, Nothing Left To See, on 30 March 2015 – check out their official Facebook page for more details of how to get hold of a copy, and for details of their forthcoming tour dates.