Band Interview: In The Company of Souls

In the Company of Souls Band Photo

So first of how did you all meet?

We were both active in the local music scene working with different bands in a similar genre and eventually decided to try out writing together. We both grew up listening to similar music and the first few songs we wrote together went so smoothly we decided that we should form the band.

Where are you all from?

We are from a little town in the Scottish Borders called Hawick.

How long have you been playing your respective instruments?

We have both been playing for around 20 years.

What genre of music do you consider your work to be?

I think we bridge quite a few genres appealing to lots of tastes. Possibly sitting around hard rock.

What are your influences?

We are heavily influenced by grunge era bands and take influence from aspects of progressive rock. Bands like Rage Against the Machine, Alice in Chains, Coheed and Cambria and Tool are among our heroes.

Do you do covers and if so what’s your go to?

No we just do our own music.

What if anything does your name mean/why are you called that?

It’s a nod towards the theory that souls live on forever, meaning we are always in the company of souls.

Do you have a process for writing your songs? /Which of you writes the songs?

We tend to start with a simple idea like a guitar riff or drum groove. We then usually bounce ideas off each other until we build up to a finished song.

What are your rehearsals generally like?

Shit hot, we usually always have a good laugh.

What song do you remember most from your childhood?

A lot of UB40 and Bob Marley as my mother was obsessed with them.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

None really, we are a two piece so makes life a lot simpler.

How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?

Our music can be accessed from either our Website or our Bandcamp.

Have you released anything yet/if you have how has it gone down and are you planning anything for the near future?

We have not that long ago released our debut EP When Society Falls, which is currently live on our website and bandcamp page. It has been doing pretty good so far, feedback has been pretty positive to date. We are in the process of doing some music videos and are also in the studio writing for our next EP.

What do you think about downloading music online?

It’s a good thing, so many artists can now be heard by anyone from anywhere in the world without relying on music labels and promotion deals.

What’s your outlook on the record industry today?

It seems to be dead on its feet, there is a lot of regurgitated nonsense in today’s chart music.

And let’s end with something a little different…Which famous person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with and why?

That’s an easy one would have to be Chris Cornell. Just because he seemed like he would an interesting guy to have a blether with and he was a musical genius.


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