10 Questions we ask every band...
1). What are the names of your members?
Michael Hardman – Vocals, Stuart Armriding – Guitars, Arun Kamath – Guitars, Luke Jones – Bass, James "Mac" McMurrough - Drums
2). When did you all get together?
Stu and Mac first started jamming in summer of 2008, working on ideas that Stu had been writing over time. Shortly after, in about October 08 time Arun came along and joined the fold. Through various bassist/vocalist shifts and changes, the line up of today was solidly set in the summer of 2010. Recording for "Begin" was already well underway so the transition for Mike and Luke into the band was thus quite easy!
3). How did you all meet?
A couple of us have been friends for several years, but then also we met through advertising for musicians on the web. For example I (Arun) found an advert that Mac had put up for seeking another guitarist. Whereas Mike and Stu have known each other for several years through friends and local neighbourhoods, so we've a nice mix of personalities!
4). How would you describe your music?
Heavy, melodic, dark, crushing, groovy, catchy, twisted, beautiful, structured, chaotic, eerie and epic.
5). Who are your major influences?
Oooooh.... where to start....
Devin Townsend, Machine Head, Rush, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Fear Factory, Deftones.... to name a few....
6). Complete the sentence: One day as a band we hope to…
Travel the world spreading our message globally and playing our music to different crowds all over.
7). Why should people listen to your music?
People should listen to our music because it's brilliant! Isn't that why any band wants people to listen to them after all? But people should especially listen to us because somehow we have something for you no matter what you like. If you like brutality and crushing heaviness, we got it. If you like soft melody, we got it. If you want a bit of in between, we got it. And of course something we have truck loads of is pure unadulterated GROOVE! Who doesn't love a bit of that??
8). What are your plans for the upcoming year?
Tour the UK and possibly Europe to continue promoting and getting our debut album "Begin" out there. We've got another album's worth of material written (and we're constantly writing new stuff), so we'll start recording that part way through the year, hoping for a Christmas 2012/Spring 2013 release. So spread the word! And stay tuned
9). What albums/EP’s have you released so far and where can people get hold of them?
We have released one full length album so far through Casket Records. This album is entitled "Begin", and is available through iTunes, Amazon, HMV, Spotify and all other usual retailers as well as by going on to our website www.somadark.com and ordering from there!
10). Finally – say something profound that will make everyone think:
Quote: "It is not the size of the man in the fight, but the size of the fight in the man."
Soma Dark websites:
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Debut album "Begin" out now!!
Check out our review of the album from Soma Dark HERE to find out what we thought.