Interview with Joe Nally of Based Metal Band from London URNE
1. Can you tell us about your childhood? Do you remember when you first came into contact with loud music, and what were your first concerts ?
Joe: I am the only one in my family who likes rock/metal, So I had to find out about a lot of the music by myself. I would say I first heard Meat Loaf and that sort of put me on course, and then from there I was onto more classic rock like Aerosmith, Bad Company etc. From there it just got heavier, and I would say like many people my turning point was first hearing Metallica, that is when everything change.
First band I saw would have been Bon Jovi and then a big jump up, I saw Slayer next ha-ha.
2. Can you describe the local scene where you grew up, what bands and venues were important to you and can you share some of your greatest memories about these bands/places ?
Joe: I grew up in South London, and we had a few solid bands, but one really killer band called Gridlock Takedown. They had three guitarists playing technical music, and no one in our scene touched what they could do. The best venue was in Kingston, and it was called The Peel, sadly like many London venues it has shut down.
3. Did anyone play in any bands before URNE ? If so, can you tell us something about them? Were there any releases? Can you share some good memories about those bands?
Joe: Angus and I played in a band called Chapters, we released one record called The Imperial Skies. After that we both joined a band called Hang The Bastard, and we signed to Century Media records. With HTB we were lucky to play many large festivals and some unreal tours. But Chapters was our baby and that morphed into URNE.
4. How did you come up with the band name URNE, do you describe your musical style?
Joe: We had someone who was in the original early version of the band (We didn’t play a show or anything) and I said URN, and he said add the e on the end as that’s how most of Europe spell it.
We find it best just to call ourselves Heavy Metal. It is odd to us, some people waste a lot of time trying to put a name on our sound, and we just say Heavy Metal and then move on ha
5. Why did you want to play this genre ? Who or what inspires you to write songs. What bands have inspired you the most?
Joe: I think we each inspire each other when it comes to writing songs. Metal is our first musical love, but we all share a clear vision of how we want our version to sound. And regarding inspirations, I could write a large list, but I will cut it down to key bands: Metallica, Gojira, Megadeth, Rainbow, Mastodon, Nevermore and Death.
6. Can you tell us about your debut album “Serpent & Spirit” ?
Joe: We had written one EP, but we wrote it very quick just to get something done and out there, but I think back to it now and cringe about it, ha.
With Serpent, it was a collection of music we had from years back all the way up to the month of recording, Angus just and I just had to go through the riff library and pick the best ones ha.
Covid period was a real down point in our lifetime, but it helped with writing and practising this album.
7. Which places to play were important to you and why?
Joe: This year we have done our first Euro festivals and doing those are the things we have always dreamed of as kids. It is amazing to play our version of Heavy Metal to people from all different places around Europe and hopefully the rest of the world soon!
8. What was your Weirdest show you’ve ever played and why ? feel free to mention more than one, and don’t hold back on the details ?
Joe: Ha-ha, that is tricky as I try to eliminate all the terrible and weird ones from my memory!!
9. What is a URNE show like? What can somebody expect when they go to one of your concerts ?
Joe: I think angry, energetic and loud. We are still finding our feet live, we went from small venues to good venues and big festival stages. So it is learning what to do live on these larger platforms.
10. Are there other types of music you would like to play with a band ?
Joe: We all like a lot of different music, but I think URNE will always be a Metal/Rock/Prog band.
11. How was your performance at INTO THE GRAVE this year, and how was DYNAMO METALFEST ?
Joe: Into The Grave was great, but our flight got delayed so instead of having 3 hours to chill out and warm up, we literally walked to the stage and played as soon as we arrived! Stressful!
Dynamo was great! First Stadium type show for us, and it is something I certainly would love to do again
12. Which Festivals would you still like to play ,and Which festivals do you have the best memories ?
Joe: Well with being English it would have to be Download but outside of that I would love to play Hellfest and Metal Days. Best memories so far has been Bloodstock Festival (UK) as it was our first festival show and Copenhell (Denmark) as it just blew our mind and what a fantastic city!
13. What are your plans for the future?
Joe: We just finished up our shows for the year, and we are finishing writing for the album 2.
14. How can fans and future fans locate, listen to and buy your music. Is there anything else you would like your fans to know ?
Joe: Buying the albums, we have Bandcamp and Big Cartel pages, and we are on all streaming platforms.
Album 2 will be recorded very soon, and we can’t wait to see you all again next year!