Festival Flash

Interview: Dave Leese, Sworn To Oath

Today we caught up with Dave Leese, the guitarist in midland metallers Sworn To Oath who are on the verge of a huge tour supporting their awesome debut album Pillars.

Dave Leese, guitarist for Sworn To Oath

Yo Dave, what’re you drinking?
At the minute, coffee (milk, no sugar).

Give our readers an introduction to Sworn To Oath…
Sworn To Oath is made up of three best mates playing heavy music together. If you’ve not seen or heard us before it’s straight up no frills heaviness. Crushing riffs and fast paced tunes, but we try to maintain an element of melody and catchiness that will hopefully have you singing along with us at the chorus of each song even if it’s the first time you’ve seen us.

Tell us about your critically acclaimed debut album
“Pillars” is our first full length release. We’ve done a couple of EPs before this but the album is a reflection of a sound and style that the band has organically grown into since we first got together. It’s made up of 10 tracks that we believed were the best thing we’d written at the time but when you’re locked away during the writing/recording process and there’s only you plus the producer that have heard the tracks, heard them over and over and over again, you almost forget that it’s essentially for other people to listen to. It’s the public that are going to judge these songs and hopefully have them blasting from their car stereo. It’s a great feeling to finally have it released and for people to hear the hard work and passion that we’ve put in to it from beginning to end. The fact that it’s been so well received not only by our fans, who have been waiting for it for so long, but also by so many of our peers and reviewers makes me feel proud but also a little overwhelmed at the same time.

Sworn To Oath, Pillars

Where can we catch you live?
We have two UK tours coming up. The first one starts on September 19th at Corporation in Sheffield and is a co-headline tour with Surrender the Coast. Then in December we’re main support to Raging Speedhorn on their headline tour which kicks off on December 2nd in Norwich.

The night before our tour with Surrender The Coast we’re the main support to While She Sleeps in Chesterfield at Real Time Live. The show is already sold out so we’re looking forward to that one.

- Corporation, Sheffield (19th Sep)
- The Abbey, Kirkcaldy (20th)
- Downstairs, Aberdeen (21st)
- Opium, Edinburgh (22nd)
- Fruit, Hull (23rd)
- Social, Doncaster (24th)
- The Unicorn, London (25th)
- The Zombie Hut, Corby (26th)
- The Frog & Nightgown (27th)

- Waterfront Studio, Norwich (2nd Dec)
- Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes (3rd)
- The Sugarmill, Stoke-On-Trent (4th)
- Ivory Blacks, Glasgow (5th)
- Think Tank, Newcastle (6th)
- O2 Academy 3, Liverpool (7th)
- O2 Academy 3, Birmingham (8th)
- The Borderline, London (9th)
- Joiners, Southampton (10th)
- Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (11th)
- Exchange, Bristol (12th)

What festivals did you go to this year? What were the best performances?
I went to a few festivals over the summer. British Summer Time in Hyde Park was obviously brilliant because Black Sabbath are the best band in the world and they were amazing on the night! They opened with War Pigs but when Tony played the opening riff to Into The Void it was quite possibly the heaviest most crushing live guitar tone I’ve heard in my life!

Sonisphere was a blast too, I love that festival and always try to see as many bands as possible, I think it’s set out really well. I really enjoyed Ghost and Mastodon that weekend. I also caught a bit of Winery Dogs’s set which was cool but I’d say the highlight band of the festival was Alice In Chains.

I also went to Bloodstock and saw as many bands as possible but the highlight of that weekend was getting to meet Vinnie Paul from Pantera/HellYeah.

Are there any other up and coming bands you’d recommend to our readers?
People should definitely check out The Family Ruin from York and Bad Sign from Croydon. A couple of Stoke bands that people should definitely be checking out right now are Tussk and The Hiding Place.

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