Meet: Melodic Doom Metal Band Petrichor

Georgia Fordham

Give us a potted history of the band

The band formed about 6 years ago. We had a VERY different sound then and a different lineup. We were more “pop rock” then. Comparable to The Band Camino. However, we were never fully satisfied with our music output. Until James (guitar) bought a 7 string. The riffs started pouring out. Isaac joined on vocals and we were set. Within 3-4 months we had 20+ tracks written and demoed that we were really happy with. We selected a few of those tracks to begin production on and here we are!

Who inspired you to start making music

ISAAC: The moment I knew I wanted to write/make/perform music was as soon as I heard the intro for Beast and the Harlot by Avenged Sevenfold. And the only reason I listened to it the first time was the fact that I thought the artwork for it looked cool.

EDWARD: From a very early age my father would have Def Leppard blaring through the house. One day in his music collection, I found a DVD of Def Leppard’s live show “In The Round In Your Face”. I watched it religiously. That Christmas I asked my parents for a guitar for Christmas and my music journey kinda began from there.

JAMES: My first introductions into music were from my older brother the three most prominent artists I can remember him showing me are Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Eric Clapton. I used to go into his room and watch him play guitar along with tracks such as Importance of Being Idle – Oasis, Wet Sand – RHCP and Wonderful Tonight – Clapton so these songs will always hold the place as the catalyst for my musical journey.

JACK: I can pretty much boil this down to one song. Blink 182’s First Date. More specifically, the music video to the song. I don’t know, Travis has a way of making playing look so fun. Well at least to me at least.

And the one or maybe two records that inspired you artistically

ISAAC: In all honesty, I don’t think I could possibly pick a record in specific as I would say, for me, all the records I’ve listened to have somewhat inspired me artistically in one way or another.

EDWARD: I never really began writing my own music until I heard Fightstar’s “Behind The Devils Back”. The production on that record is fucking amazing. From then on I kitted out a home studio and started dabbling in production. Now, years later I am producing for other bands and doing a lot of production of our tracks.

JAMES: One record sticks out to me when it comes to being inspired not just musically but in all aspects of life and thats Born and Raised by John Mayer. Every time I put that record on I automatically want to grab my guitar and write. As for a record that inspires me in our own genre, there are 2. Holy Hell by Architects for the riffs and lyrics and well, just everything! The second is Amaryllis by Shinedown, from the first time I heard this record in 2012 to when I listen to it today I go through the same emotions of sadness, anger, and happiness. This is down to Brent Smith and the way he has with words and delivers them with such feeling and emotion.

JACK: I think me and Isaac have a lot in common with our answers. I don’t think I could pick any single album as an inspiration. Everything I listen to eventually shows up in my writing and playing. However, if I had to pick one, Youmeatsix are a band I always come back to when it’s time for practice.

If you’re trying to explain who you sound like to someone who’s never heard you, what do you say

We would say sonically were a mix of Architects and Fightstar with bits of of all our inspirations
thrown in there!

Tell us about your new track

It is about the struggle of which some people have with just merely existing. It is also about the unease that many people feel with all of ‘this’, the world around us. Finding someone with whom you are able to share in your discomfort and disdain with the current state of the world.

Where can we get hold of it

You can get it on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Apple music, if you can stream off it you can
get it.

Tell us how you write

We always start with an overnight writing session with James (guitar) and Edward (Bass/Vocals). By the end of it, we usually have a fleshed out instrumental track. Which is then handed over to Isaac (Lead Vocals) to write lyrics for. After that, Jack (Drums) gets his hands on the track to finalize the drums.

Tell us about your live show What would be your dream gig

We all went to see Architects play at Alexandra Palace in London, with support from Malevolence and Sleep Token. Being on that lineup would be a real buzz.

What can we expect from you in the near future

We have a couple more singles in the works coming in early 2024 with live shows to follow!

Tell us your favourite record(s) (apart from your own) that’s rocking your headphones/tour bus/stereo

ISAAC: The first record that I am constantly listening to the whole way through is Life Is But A Dream by Avenged Sevenfold, mainly because it’s an experience when you’re just laid or sat there listening to it. And the second one is the classic symptoms of a broken spirit by Architects. I can just listen to it no matter what mood I’m in.

EDWARD: I am currently obsessed with Sleep Token’s “Take Me Back To Eden” for obvious
reasons. One of the only albums I can listen through from start to finish without skipping any
tracks. Euclid makes me well up every time. BANGER!

JAMES: Anything by Alice in Chains at the moment for me! I’ve recently gone back and listened
to them for the first time and was completely blown away. Layne Staley’s lyrics hit differently with
me for many reasons and mixing that with Jerry Cantrell’s beautifully haunting riffs and melody is
just perfection to me.

JACK: Got to say, Spiritbox’s The Fear of Fear has been on repeat non stop for the last month.
Genuinely cannot get enough of it! Too Close / Too Late and The Void have got to be my
personal favourites!

Check out the bands track, How Does It Feel? below:

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