‘5 Minutes Alone’ with Not the Girl Next Door and Dissonants
Written by Angela Mockbee on February 24, 2020
Slaaaaaaaaying! Hitting you in the face with melodies and maladies, comes the band Dissonants. With melodic and harsh vocals, the band’s addictive sound, is guaranteed to draw you in at first listen.
I had a chance to spend ‘5 Minutes Alone’ in an unadulterated, unedited interview with the lead singer, Reece Hayton to learn more about Dissonants and their enslaving sound.
Tell us a little about the band, where are you from? How did you meet?
We are an alternative rock / post hardcore band based on the south coast. We formed in 2017 after our previous individual projects ended. Mike joined Reece and Ben’s previous band, and brought in Aaron on guitar whom he had played with before in a band. Chris had auditioned for that band and we asked him if he would be keen to get involved with Dissonants.
What kind of music would you describe your sound as? Who are some of your musical influences?
Our sound is forever developing and changing. We pride ourselves on utilising both heavy and melodic elements and blending it all in to what Dissonants songs present themselves to be.
We all have different influences as well; Reece is a classic rock fan, Ben loves alternative rock and emo, Mike loves metalcore and pop music, Aaron loves alternative and indie, and Chris loves more progressive styles of metal. We all dabble and experiment with everything each other likes. We are fairly open minded and that’s why it works so well.
Let’s talk about the newest release song, “Empty Hands”. What can you tell us about the song and the video?
Empty Hands was written from a perspective of a friend who was going through a tough break up. He was intent in seeing the positive in a negative situation and had a hard time accepting the fact that it was over. We see it as almost admirable to be so positive about someone who isn’t positive about you anymore. Isn’t that what loves really about? Caring for someone through everything and anything?
How does the collaboration process work as far as writing/composing music?
On our current release a lot of the base ideas for songs came from Ben. He wrote demos and then Reece sat with them and developed lyrical ideas and then we all came together in a room and put our ideas forward for different parts and the songs built from there.
How does it feel when you put all your hard work to the test and perform live? Do you have any crazy performance band/fan stories?
Our live show is the ultimate test for us. Releasing good music is one thing, but if it doesn’t present itself well live there’s a problem. Luckily we’ve yet to have that problem. We pride ourselves on our live show and breaking down the barrier between audience and performer, and when we see people responding so well to the songs we’ve put so much work into it really makes us put on a better show. We believe in these songs and it’s overwhelming when people believe in them too.
Most of our shows end up with injuries – if one of us isn’t bleeding by the end of a set we could have done better! We’ve been blessed with fans travelling 100+ miles for shows. Climbed venues like scaffolding. Reece even broke a venue ceiling once (sorry!)
Let’s shake it up a little. Tell us some strange facts about the band, that virtually no one would know.
We all have a pretty dark sense of humour, we’re all pretty big Whitney Houston fans and we can quote Friday Night Dinner and The IT Crowd to each other like a second language!
What do you have planned for the rest of 2020?
We have recently finished in the studio recording our third EP. We’re currently planning all the timelines and content ready to release it and make this record bigger than the last!
This record is definitely a progression from our previous work and we’re super excited to get it out there and get back to playing shows and showing the world what Dissonants has to offer!