Manchester post-hardcore quintet Pleiades are set to release their new EP All At Your Mercy on 31st May. We caught up with vocalist Andy Calderbank to explore the beautifully visceral sonic onslaught that’s coming your way…
Congratulations on the completion of All At Your Mercy. What emotions come along with releasing your music out to the world?
Thank you! At the moment there’s some apprehension, but also a great amount of excitement. What we’ve released so far has garnered intrigue and made people curious to see what we’re going to do next and we’re looking forward to building on this.
Thematically, what are the ideologies behind your craft – would you say that you have a story to tell?
It has to be interesting to the writer telling the story for it to have a chance of connecting emotionally with whoever is listening. ‘All at Your Mercy’ takes a look and the theme of control, stories of human behaviour and their relationship with control and whether it was historical abuses of power or the personal. I also looked at real-life examples of people really struggling to give up control in times where it would be for the best to not have any at all.
What fuels, influences and inspires your creative process?
History! Religious history and stories of human behaviour in mythology that still relate to behaviour and attitudes today. It creates a greater sense of imagery and is just more interesting to me that being too on the nose. Be vulnerable and honest… Let people interpret your work in ways that you wouldn’t have considered.
What makes Pleiades stand out from the crowd?
We exist between genres that we are inspired by and it means we have the opportunity to perform for different crowds with different tastes. We’ve been the band that’s too heavy for some and the band that is too melodic for others… We want to be the anomaly and create some genuine intrigue, keeping people engaged while guessing as much as we can.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
‘All at Your Mercy’ is the track that I would consider quintessentially ‘Pleiades’. It’s all the elements of the entire EP in a single song. Brutal and raw, then melodic and mellow. You can check out the video:
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
We’re playing with better bands every single time we play. The shows we’re playing with Pagan will definitely be a massive highlight for me. They are just great people who deserve to be making the waves they are. If you haven’t checked them out yet you most definitely should.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Like every band, it’s the balance between music and your life outside of it. The passion is there from everyone but sometimes the realities of life do get in the way but it only makes us hungrier to make it go further.
How bright is the future of Pleiades – what are the plans?
The momentum is building and the light is getting brighter all the time. We’re building towards finally having ‘All at Your Mercy’ out and we are gaging for the reaction. More shows are coming and we’re looking forward to introducing people to an intense live show
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
As a band, I hope we are remembered as an entity that had an organic growth regardless of how far we go. If we can capture people’s imagination and connect emotionally to them with music that is both uncompromising and unforgiving… If they find any inspiration from us at all…we’ll be happy.
Pleiades’ new EP “All At Your Mercy” is available digitally everywhere May 31st Via AWAL.