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Interview with Rainshadow


Rainshadow is one of the surprises coming from Australia. With a mix of Gothic Doom and Dark Rock, the band just releases a new EP called Cold Years.

For those who haven't yet had the chance to discover Rainshadow, here is a good follow-up session along with Ben Williamson (vocals)!


Metalship : Hello Ben, how are you?
Let's start off with a little background information. Could you tell us a bit about the history of Rainshadow?

Hi, I’m great, thanks. Rainshadow began sometime in 2006 when I showed a friend of mine, Mark Kelson from The Eternal a couple of demos I’d written. I had no real plans to do anything with them, but he convinced me to re-record them and that turned into the Old demo that Mark and I did together.
The next logical step was to go ahead and do a full album, which Mark and I did together again and that became End Songs. So it was all very unofficial early on.

photo : http://www.olisansom.com


Metalship : A rather classic question: the name of your band is quite mysterious. Could you explain its origin and its meaning?

It’s actually a meteorological term to describe rain falling on one side of a mountain range to leave the other side parched and dry, which I guess could be a metaphor for life somehow. At the very least I thought it sounded like a name quite fitting for a gothic metal band. I have no idea how it popped into my mind initially though.


Metalship : Lets talk about music. By hearing your albums, we can define your sound as a mix of a Melancholic Dark Rock and Gothic Metal. Do you agree with this?

I think that’s pretty accurate. I’m a massive fan of those genres and while I started writing more doom based songs early on they all tended to become more rock orientated and melodic.


Metalship : End Songs and Waters Imperium reminds me of Paradise Lost, Katatonia and The Eternal. Which bands have the biggest influences on you as a musician?

I guess my influences are pretty easy to see hahaha. Katatonia was definitely my biggest influence early on from a musical perspective. Their Last Fair Deal Gone Down album is still my favourite of all time, and when writing End Songs I guess I had that style in the back of my mind.
Paradise Lost, definitely, but even bands like Sentenced and Anathema have an influence.


Metalship : The Eternal is linked to Rainshadow cause Mark Kelson participated in each album. Can you tell a little more about this collaboration? Are you going to work with him again in the future?

Rainshadow would not have existed without Mark and The Eternal. Firstly, they were the first Melbourne band that I’d seen playing this type of music. I attended a show of theirs by chance in about 2003 and couldn’t believe what I was hearing. The friendship came about from that night.
Mark has had a huge impact on the sound and direction of the band, and I’m sure we’ll work together again, no doubt. He’s had some amazing ideas that have really shaped the songs and sound.


Metalship : Have you ever thought of creating a band with Mark?

Not really. Mark is busy with Alternative 4 with Duncan Patterson (ex-Anathema) and of course his own band. He’s filled in on guitar for us live once, but that’s about it. Who knows in the future?


Metalship : Your band has known some changes in the line-up. How many members are currently playing with you? Are you still in touch with old members?

We’re a five piece at the moment and it’s working out really well. We’ve definitely had plenty of people play with us over the years. Actually our two current guitar players were both once in the band, then left, and now are back! So I’m still very close with these guys for the most part. I bump into other past members at gigs and social events in Melbourne sometimes.


Metalship : End Songs was released in 2007, Waters Imperium in 2011. Why has it taken so long?

I left Australia and lived in London throughout 2008 and that slowed things down a fair bit. I didn’t start writing for Waters Imperium until 2009, so it took a while to get things going again. That’s why I was conscious of getting the Cold Years EP out as soon as possible.


Metalship : Now, how do you see these two albums? What are your favorite songs in each one?

I really like both albums, they remind me of good times. End Songs was a real stab in the dark because Mark and I weren’t sure exactly how Rainshadow should sound initially, so it was interesting to see it all come together. It has a nice, big production. Waters Imperium is more rocky and modern I think but with some doomy breakdowns here and there.

My favourite tracks would be "Omega" as that is the song that made people take note of us initially, and "Frost Bite" from the first album, plus the title track from Waters Imperium and "Exit Wounds". Obviously I’m fond of them all in certain ways though.


Metalship : Rainshadow just release a new EP called Cold Years. Can you tell us more?

I’d been thinking about the possibility of something like this for a while, but it was only once Chris Doig rejoined the band that it really took shape. The EP features the track "Cold Years" from Waters Imperium but we’ve also re-recorded some songs from End Songs as well as an alternative version of "Cold Years".
Chris is a cello player as well as a guitarist and is quite an amazing electronic music composer, so we used cello, piano and dark trip-hop style beats for some of the tracks. It’s definitely experimental but I think the atmosphere is great. Hopefully people enjoy hearing different versions of those songs.


Metalship : Have you received much attention from labels & management companies since End Songs? Or do you plan to stay independent?

Initially I was interested in pursuing labels and there were one or two superficial discussions early on that came to nothing. With the internet and facebook making things easier, it’s a valid option to stay independent. It all depends on whether the right deal comes along, but at the moment independence is working out ok.


Metalship : Do you plan any show or tours outside Australia?

We would love to do this at some stage but it takes a lot of organising. We’re all busy with work and study, but who knows?


Metalship : What are the professions of the band members?

We all do different things. I’m a teacher, Chris is studying medicine, Scott works for an environmental conservation group – we all work in some capacity or other. We’re all very busy with life really.


Metalship : Do you know some French bands?

I know a few French bands. I was following the black metal scene there a few years ago, such as Blut Aus Nord, but not so much anymore. Alcest is a great band.


Metalship : As tradition dictates, I let you the final word!

I definitely want to thank metalship.org for your support. We really appreciate it. Anyone who is interested should check us out on facebook. Keep up the great work guys! Cheers.

photo : http://www.olisansom.com


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