Interview by: Shaun Klet,
Photos by: Music Craft Concepts
How are you guys?
IHD: We are Doing good, thanks for having us for the interview.
Tell us what made you think that you guys came up to ‘If Hope Dies’ and how the band formed?
IHD: Having a strong or impatient wish to do something we came up with this name “IF HOPE DIES”.
HOPE plays a very crucial role in our band from the very beginning. We hope & expect a lot from us coz, we believe ourselves in what we do, keeping these in mind we work hard,overcome the hurdles. In short we can say “HOPE = DRIVING ENERGY” for us.
Formed in mid 2010. From a small place called SUKNA (foothills of Darjeeling). Was just a sharing idea between AAKASH (vox) and ABINASH (guitars) forming IHD!!! Having mutual interest on playing METAL. As we were close friends since childhood and grew up listening metal together… Later we started looking forward for filling empty line ups … and then ROHIT on Drums & PERSANT on Bass filled up.
This is the first time ‘If Hope Dies’ performed in Guwahati, how was the crowd? Tell us more.
IHD: Total/awesome epic experience, never gonna forget our debut gig in ghy, thanks to RITURAJ & RAJ SHARMA(ADRENALINE INDIA EVENT MANAGEMENT)for giving us the platform.
And a hearty thanks to the crowd for the energy and support. *they were like headbanging in each and every note*
For those whoever (from the crowd) is reading this… this one’s for you “YOU PEOPLE ARE AMAZING LOVE/SUPPORT us We need you guys.” *
Tell us about your music and previous releases.
IHD: We play metal. Its straight on your face. Think or name it what you people like J. For us its just a metal with loads and loads of our hard work and the time we took shaping it.
***We don’t boast ourselves like others do “we play UNIQUE shit”(lol WE FIND THIS VERY FUNNY, no offense!)
We did release our 1st official track “DICTUM MEUM PACTUM” few months back. It was totally DIY approach, we wanted to keep it raw & what not(lol) and yes production suxx big time. But still, we manages to capture a significant amount of atmosphere following good reviews & comments. J
Tell us about Darjeeling scene and your fan following at your hometown
IHD: Umm, we say Darjeeling/siliguri metal scenario. Well things are just getting started here. Talking about fans we have nothing like that, well there are few friends and senior musicians who support /love us in what we do. *cheers to that*
Oh!! Yes there are few bands from our zone who are doing extremely well such as MANTRA, SINISTER VIOLENCE,SYCORAX,GRUNGY MORPHINES & LAID BACK.
*Offcourse, not to forget us we are pushing ourselves hard too* LOL 😀
We heard from sources that there are controversies going on among Nepali bands and Bengali bands in West Bengal, is it true? Tell us in detail how this conflict started.
IHD: Naaa!!! Its nothing like that, we support all the bands whether they are nepali or some else. We believe in having a good relationship among other bands .
We all are under same family and i.e., INDIAN METAL(long live)!!! *bow down*
Any new releases that you guys are planning?
IHD: No!!! We are busy in our jam pad writing new materials, implementing/sharing our ideas, views everything, and concentrating more towards LIVE/PERFORMANCES. Cuz, we really want to be a good sounding live band first and then we will think about our releases and all.
Which are the hardest time that band’s had to face?
IHD: Mmmm, It was a week before MAHAKAL FEST where our Drummer(ROHIT) had to leave Kolkata, for some urgent work and than we had to look out for a session drummer(that was a tough job),thankfully we found saurav(CHAOTIC VISION) & jammed our 4 song setlist to the fullest. *We nailed that gig!
Since 2010 who supported you guys the most?
IHD: There are few people who helped/supported us in whatever we do… GYALTZEN LAMA (SINISTER VIOLENCE), DAVID LIVINGSTONE (DOSSER’ URGE), MKD (DARK CARNAGE). Love you guys *respect* \../,
Any message for your fans and IMM?
IHD: Thank you IMM. Keep supporting us.
People come talk to us, (before/after gig), we are really cool guys to hang out & we are sure you will not regret it. \cheers/
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