Fires of Freya Talk of Rockin Out Now and Forever More!

Fires Of Freya is a rock band with such energy, it's truly electrifying of how exhilarating their music presents tends to be. With that said, the band has a debut single out, with newer music in the form of a debut album, expected real soon. The band caught up to talk of themselves and the music tat they create.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Fires of Freya was formed in December 2017 by Cheryl Reynolds (Lead singer and keyboards). We’ve seen several member changes, our current guitarist, Shaun Evans, joined the band in May 2018 and played his 1st gig with us only a few weeks later – it’s a good job he’s a fast learner! James Withington joined most recently in May 2019 as bass guitarist and his first PRACTICE was a Battle of the Band gig – he was definitely thrown in the deep end with that start, but he was excellent! Dan, our drummer, along with Cheryl are our original members.

We’ve been a band a relatively short length of time but have already achieved great things. We reached the final of the Soundwaves music competition and played the mainstage O2 Academy Newcastle. We’ve recorded 2 live EP’s (Crash and Burn and, Muddy Waters). These are no longer available to stream, but copies can still be bought on our big cartel online shop. We released our 1st proper single in September 2019 ‘Take a Bow’ which is available to stream and download in all the usual places. This track has been well received with plays on Planet Rock, Top track of the week on Valley FM and is currently playing on numerous radio stations worldwide. It’s reached over 13k plays on Spotify alone.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The name comes from Cheryl’s love of all thinks mythical including Norse mythology. Freya is the Norse goddess of love, war and death (among other things). She rides a chariot of cats and so the bands logo is a flaming lion (his name is Monty)

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are based in the North East of England (James and Dan live in Sunderland, Shaun lives in Washington and Cheryl lives in Durham although she is originally from Wishaw, near Glasgow in Scotland)

4. How would you describe your style?

Eclectic Rock. We don’t follow genre rules and have no plans to. We write what we think sounds good and what we enjoy performing. We lean towards the blues rock sound for quite a few of our tracks, we also have more keys-based tracks and tend to go a bit on the grunge side on occasions. We just class ourselves as rock! We write powerful emotional tracks with impressive solos and smoky powerhouse vocals.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

"Take a Bow" is our debut single. This has a blues rock sound to it with an impressive solo, powerful vocals and tempo changes to create excitement. It comes with a message, that people will try and put you down, try and control you and make you theirs but they will not succeed, you can remain your own person and achieve great things if you put your mind to it.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yes, we are currently working on our debut album. We’ve a long way to go yet but our next single "Complicated" is due to be released at the end of the year.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We mostly play locally at the moment and on occasions go to other parts of the UK to play. We’ve played successful gigs in Edinburgh, Hawick and Leeds to date as well as the North East of England and we have plans to do mini tours of the UK once we have built up enough presence to do so. We’ve supported some top UK up and coming bands including Glasgow based Neshiima and As December Falls.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We’re focused on recording our music at the moment, we are looking to record an album hopefully by the end of next year. We have so many ace tracks that we want to get recorded and released onto the world. We plan to play more gigs outside the North East, more festivals if we can and just to continue doing as we have, we’re doing well and being well received so just more of the same push.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

We have a big cartel shop where fans can buy our live EP’s and merch. (New merch coming soon!)

Our debut single, "Take a Bow" is available to stream on Spotify, Google, Apple, Deezer and all other major streaming services and available to download on iTunes etc. We’ve also created a music video for the track and is available to view on YouTube – just search Fires of Freya!

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

We create emotive Rock and so we hope people can connect with our music. See themselves in the lyrics and pull strength from them. The music is created as an outlet for life's struggles, it helps the band express themselves and deal with life and so we hope it does the same for our listeners and energies them to be their best self and let no one put them down! We also hope listeners think our music is catchy and they hear talent in the creation of the songs.

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