Q & A: Project Metropolis

How long have you been together?

Scott (Guitar): Since March 2005

Mark (Drums): Longer than we care to remember…

In one word, can you describe what Project Metropolis sound like?

Jordan (Vocalist): Spontaneous

Carl (Bass): Raw

Mark: Spunky

Scott: Lazy

Do you think that there is a large metal scene in Leeds?

S: Leeds has a good metal scene; it’s diverse with all the styles of metal and rock music. It’s just a shame Leeds gets tagged with the Kaiser Chiefs all the time. It annoys me when people say “Oh, you’re from Leeds, you must like the Kaiser Chiefs?”. No, I do not.

You released your self-titled EP at the end of 2009. Do you have any plans to make a full-length?

J: Yes. We have enough songs in the bank to do it and each gig donates towards our fund. Our good friend Simon Elvin did our last EP, which turned out great.

You played Ghostfest in 2009, what was that like?

M: It was one big party! Where most bands would jump at the chance to make connections with touring bands, we found ourselves drunkenly frolicking around the merch stands harassing the sales staff! Logical!

Jordan, is it true that you sang “Milkshake” in a high-pitched voice, pushed your ‘moobs’ together and did a ‘dance’ on stage?

J: Yes it is true. I would like to say I was pressured into doing this…well when a crowd of about 500 people start chanting “Milkshake” at you, you kind of feel obliged to do it.

Guys, what was it like watching your lead singer do that on stage?

C: It was funny for about 10 seconds and then embarrassing, we just looked at each other and decided to start playing the next song without him, a tactic used every time since. People seem to love it, god knows why.

M: Both amusing and embarrassing. People either get it or they don’t.

What’s the best gig you have ever played and why?

S: The best gig we’ve had so far was when we won the Battle of the Bands to play Ghostfest. Everyone was fired up for it and the crowd was equally up for it as well. There was a lot of energy in the set and I don’t think we fucked up at all, which is very rare.

M: The Well with Book of Job. There were both bands and one other person…the sound tech! I would be inclined to call it a dress rehearsal…

Do you plan to tour outside of Leeds any time soon?

C: It’s kind of hard with everyone working full time and money being tight for everyone, for us to just ditch everything and set off. It’d be cool to play somewhere afar where nobody has heard of us and just see how they would react to a semi naked Jesus lookalike playing with his breasts, but at the moment it’s hard enough to play one gig a month let alone go on a tour.

If you could tour with any band in the world, who would it be?

C: Every Time I Die, just cos they seem like a right laugh when you see them off stage.

M: Most certainly Parkway Drive or Emmure…Possibly Architects! But they lick BMTH arsehole and that shit is just not cool!

S: Sick Of It All without a doubt, we would learn a great deal from those guys.

J: Devil Sold His Soul or Architects.

Where would you like Project Metropolis to be in 5 years time?

J: Still plodding on, creating loud heavy riffs, having fun, destroying people’s evenings and being four guys playing for the hell of it.

C: In 5 years I’d like to think we would be good enough to pack in our jobs and play music for a living.

M: Ideally world famous, that’s the obvious answer…however a more likely prediction is face down in a gutter or dead and buried. Life imprisonment is very likely for some of us!

S: Who knows, only time will tell.

How long have you been together?

Scott (Guitar): Since March 2005

Mark (Drums): Longer than we care to remember…

In one word, can you describe what Project Metropolis sound like?

Jordan (Vocalist): Spontaneous

Carl (Bass): Raw

Mark: Spunky

Scott: Lazy

Do you think that there is a large metal scene in Leeds?

S: Leeds has a good metal scene; it’s diverse with all the styles of metal and rock music. It’s just a shame Leeds gets tagged with the Kaiser Chiefs all the time. It annoys me when people say “Oh, you’re from Leeds, you must like the Kaiser Chiefs?”. No, I do not.

You released your self-titled EP at the end of 2009. Do you have any plans to make a full-length?

J: Yes. We have enough songs in the bank to do it and each gig donates towards our fund. Our good friend Simon Elvin did our last EP, which turned out great.

You played Ghostfest in 2009, what was that like?

M: It was one big party! Where most bands would jump at the chance to make connections with touring bands, we found ourselves drunkenly frolicking around the merch stands harassing the sales staff! Logical!

Jordan, is it true that you sang “Milkshake” in a high-pitched voice, pushed your ‘moobs’ together and did a ‘dance’ on stage?

J: Yes it is true. I would like to say I was pressured into doing this…well when a crowd of about 500 people start chanting “Milkshake” at you, you kind of feel obliged to do it.

Guys, what was it like watching your lead singer do that on stage?

C: It was funny for about 10 seconds and then embarrassing, we just looked at each other and decided to start playing the next song without him, a tactic used every time since. People seem to love it, god knows why.

M: Both amusing and embarrassing. People either get it or they don’t.

What’s the best gig you have ever played and why?

S: The best gig we’ve had so far was when we won the Battle of the Bands to play Ghostfest. Everyone was fired up for it and the crowd was equally up for it as well. There was a lot of energy in the set and I don’t think we fucked up at all, which is very rare.

M: The Well with Book of Job. There were both bands and one other person…the sound tech! I would be inclined to call it a dress rehearsal…

Do you plan to tour outside of Leeds any time soon?

C: It’s kind of hard with everyone working full time and money being tight for everyone, for us to just ditch everything and set off. It’d be cool to play somewhere afar where nobody has heard of us and just see how they would react to a semi naked Jesus lookalike playing with his breasts, but at the moment it’s hard enough to play one gig a month let alone go on a tour.

If you could tour with any band in the world, who would it be?

C: Every Time I Die, just cos they seem like a right laugh when you see them off stage.

M: Most certainly Parkway Drive or Emmure…Possibly Architects! But they lick BMTH arsehole and that shit is just not cool!

S: Sick Of It All without a doubt, we would learn a great deal from those guys.

J: Devil Sold His Soul or Architects.

Where would you like Project Metropolis to be in 5 years time?

J: Still plodding on, creating loud heavy riffs, having fun, destroying people’s evenings and being four guys playing for the hell of it.

C: In 5 years I’d like to think we would be good enough to pack in our jobs and play music for a living.

M: Ideally world famous, that’s the obvious answer…however a more likely prediction is face down in a gutter or dead and buried. Life imprisonment is very likely for some of us!

S: Who knows, only time will tell.

Original article first appeared on Vibrations website on 26/10/11

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