Introduce us to your band!
We are Call To Arms, a 5 piece metal band from Dublin, Ireland consisting of Dean Donnelly (Vocals), Niall Ennis (Rhythm Guitar), Daniel Tyrrell (Lead Guitar), Alex Caffrey (Bass) and Kevin Twomey (Drums).
How did you guys start out?
We started in the summer of 2013, when Dean joined with former bass player Jordan Conway to create the band. They quickly recruited Niall and Daniel along with former drummer Ben Deane. After our first show Alex replaced Jordan on bass, and since then we’ve replaced our drummer twice to now end up with Kevin.
Describe your band’s sound.
When people ask us what sub-genre we’d describe ourselves as, we never know what to say. We like to just call ourselves metal, as from the start we have consistently tried to take influence from any band/artist’s we like, which ranges from pop and rap, to almost every sub-genre of metal.
What influences your craft?
When it comes to writing, we take most of our influence, at least with the latest album, from our experiences with people, their day to day life style, the reality of how most people will never really amount to anything.
What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
I think what differentiates us is the fact we take so much influence from every aspect of life and music, obviously we love heavy music, and that is what we want to play, but I think we bring a little breath of fresh air into the metal scene, we try not to limit ourselves in our music.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
As we haven’t yet released our debut album, there is only two songs to choose from, I think both give a very good representation of what will be found on the album. If you’re looking for faster, more kind of main stream metal, I’d go with The Reaper Never Sleeps, if you’re looking for a more mid paced, darker sound then I’d go for Vultures.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
I think the biggest struggle for us has been trying to stay productive when things get hard. We got very lazy for the past few years, and we did a half assed job on everything to do with the band, and made silly excuses so we wouldn’t think we were lazy.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
There has been a lot of very cool highlights in the past 4 years, a big one would be supporting Avatar in 2014, or getting to the final of Bloodstock Metal to The Masses 2 years in a row, but I think the biggest one, is probably getting to play Aggressive Fest in the Czech Republic with two of our good friends This Place Hell and Words That Burn this July.
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
As it is in the music industry its hard to say how bright the future is, but we’re hopeful, we’re planning a lot of exciting things, the release of our debut album Fallacy, lots of new merch, as stated above getting to play Aggressive Fest in the Czech Republic, and many other things in the works that can’t be discussed just yet!
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
I think we’d like to be remembered as a band who were nothing but themselves, we let our vision and personality shine through our music, and we were always a band who put on one hell of a fucking live show.