Can you tell us a bit about the band?
Conor McEniry – Vocals
Harry Ellis – Guitar & Vocals
Matt Gray – Bass & Vocals
Jeremy ‘Skips’ Scheepers – Guitar
Josh Williams – Drums
“We are Next Stop Olympus a five piece Metalcore / Post-hardcore band with out own twist of rock ’n’ roll influences in our songs from the Salisbury / Southampton area, we have released two EP’s and had the joy of touring up and down the country with some incredible bands”.
How did you all meet?
“Matt and Conor had spoken about being in a band for years and nothing really came from it but Matt met Josh through a friend and found out he played drums, they started talking about putting a band together then they found Skips on a musician website and ask Conor to come along and we starting working on songs from there, after trying out a couple of people for a second guitarist and them not working out Matt remembered Harry was back from University and that he sang and played guitar so asked him to come along and it all fell together from there”.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“Matt: For me personally I only really got influenced by music later in life, obviously I was always a big music fan but I didn’t really get influenced by anything until I saw my first live show which was Asking Alexandria during the ‘Reckless and Relentless’ tour cycle, with incredible support from Blessthefall, Chelsea Grin and With One Last Breath and that’s where it all started for me really.
Conor: Growing up I was mainly into pop punk stuff like Fall Out Boy, Mayday Parade and The Maine, however it was Scary Kids Scaring Kids that got me into the heavier vocal style that I now do”.
What made you want to be in a band?
“Matt: Again I think it was that show, I was obsessed with live shows after that to the point Conor and I were going to several shows a month at a time and it just made me want to be in a band from that point onward.
Conor: Pretty much the same as Matt, seeing the amount of fun these bands were having on stage and thinking ‘I fancy some of that!’”
What has been your best gig?
“Our best gig to date would probably the last show we did on a tour with Chuggaboom in Huddersfield, the support band we’re really cool guys and very welcoming and the crowd was incredible and everyone stuck around for all the bands”.
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“We’ve just released our second EP ‘Heart, Mind & Hell’ in April, we had the incredible experience of recording at Innersound Studios in York, we released three singles ‘The Ignorance Of Us’, ‘My Affliction’ and ‘To Bite The Hand That Feeds’ which all had the best reception we’ve ever had, this EP was a very personal release for us because the lyrics were extremely close to home about situations we’re dealing with or have dealt with and we managed to put the songs into an order which tells the story of someones downfall and we tried to make the music feel as personal as the lyrics which is something we hadn’t really touched on before so we’re very proud of how it turned out”.
Can you describe your music in 3 words?
“Rock ’n’ Roll (we’re counting this as one word), Emotional and melodic”.
What makes your band stand out from others?
“I guess if we were to try give some examples it would be that we want that old style of rock ’n’ roll to come across in our music in our chorus’ and riffs and the fact we aren’t trying to be as heavy as most bands seem to be going, so many of them are incredible but it’s just to what we want to do”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2021?
“We unfortunately didn’t get to do much for 2020 however we used the time through the lockdown to prepare the release of our new EP which we’re looking at pushing as much as possible for the. Rest of the year by playing shows to as many new people as possible”.
If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music, what would you want it to be?
I think we’d all agree it’s that we want everyone to have a good time, whether it’s being in the pits at shows or at the back of the room enjoying a pint, the memories you make while listening to our music with your mates, whatever it be for the individual so they’re having a good time”.
Do you have any gig’s coming up?
“We’ve got a few things in the works at the moment and we’re still trying to sort out a decent EP release show being that we released it at the back end of the lock down but follow us on all social medias and we’ll put stuff up as soon as we can!”
By Siân Parker