A Q&A with Next Stop Olympus

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Post-hardcore rock ‘n’ roll – here are Matt and Conor from Next Stop Olympus…

What’s the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
Our new EP is called ‘Heart, Mind & Hell’ and it means a lot to all of us because we put alto of ourselves into the tracks, each song is written about something that has happened to one of us or something we have dealt with and it’s a massive step up musically for us from our previous releases.

What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
Covid was probably the biggest problem for us with this release. We were sat on the EP for ages because trying to get music videos done around the lockdown and all the others bits behind the scenes was quite difficult at times.

Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
We recorded at Innersound studios in York, they brought a lot to the table because they’ve got a lot of experience and knowledge so they can look at parts In a way we might not think of.

What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
We mainly just want the songs stuck in the listeners heads however as I said earlier they are quite personal songs so if someone can listen to our lyrics and take something away from it then that’s awesome.

How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
Normally someone will bring something to the table, whether it be a riff, a skeleton of a song, an idea or lyrics then we just build on it from there when we’re all together.

What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
We’d have to say The Amity Affliction because they’re the main reason we became a band but since we’ve developed our sound we’d probably have to say bands like Atreyu, Beartooth and Escape the Fate because they’re the bands that have got that rock ’n’ roll vibe to their music too.

What countries would you like to tour? Are there any standout venues you’d like to play in?
Matt: I think Germany would be great because you hear loads of good things for shows there but Australia and America would be great too. Australia because I’ve always wanted to go there and America because I’d love to play a show somewhere on the sunset strip.
Conor: Pretty much the same as Matt, it would just be amazing to hit the road all over the world. Japan would also be awesome, I’ve seen a lot of rock bands get a lot of love over there.

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If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
I’d pick ‘My Affliction’ because it hits hard straight away with a big rock ’n’ roll riff and its got a nice mixture of rock ’n’ roll, heavy sections, big melodic parts and a huge ending.

What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
We’d love to get to the point where we can call the band our jobs and get to see more of the world through the band.

Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Follow us on all our socials because we have a lot coming up and we are very pumped to hit the road very hard once the restrictions open up a little more!

For more info visit: facebook.com/WeAreNSO

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