What is your name?
The Survival Code
What is your genre of music?
Rock, Alt rock, punk rock.. depends who you ask and how specific they are on their definition of each of the above :). We’d say we’re rock
Give us a little bio about you.
We’re a rock trio based in London known for sharp melodies and big drops. We have been going since 2011 and have 3 major releases so far, the current one being our EP “Broken Strings” which we have been promoting for about 4 months and our new single “One” is from. We got going in earnest in 2012, released an EP “Everything but today” followed by an album “MMXV” in 2015 interspersed with dozens of gigs. We’re in the studio next month to start our second album
What made you go in to music?
It chose us, wasn’t a choice, just something we all had to try for our own reasons
Are you a signed?
We are associated with a label that help with our releases and distribution but no, we are an independent band
Your brand song ‘One’ , Tell us more about it.
One is our second single off our new EP “Broken Strings”, you should probably queue the violins haha… It’s a reflection of some of the strife we’ve come across in the band so far with numerous things going madly wrong, people and members disappearing. Despite all that, we always have to remember that every chance could be the one that makes it happen, no matter what went before so it’s a self motivation song that works for us.
Take a listen to ‘One’ right here:
What was the writing process like for ‘One’
It was great actually, it came together very quickly. As you can hear the main riff hasn’t much to it but is quite rhythmic and it just won’t stop haha. That main riff sticks around most of the song with slight nuances. Once we had the main riff, the other parts just fell into place. It was one of the those where it was just meant to be
You have also released a new EP ‘Broken Stings’ what is the meaning behind the title
Oh yes, we haven’t mentioned that yet haha, the title and main song is inspired by a poem in an old indian book of poetry called the “Gitanjali” by the poet Rabindranath Tagore. I sing and play guitar in the band and became obsessed with the main line and it became the basis for the release
Describe each track in three words.
One – Strong, relentless, passionate
Broken Strings – Energetic, Moorish, insane
Lost Cause – Melodic, powerful, dynamics
Do you have any gigs or tours coming up?
We’re actually keeping gigs on the down low for the next few months until we get the album recorded, but have a one in Brighton on the 16th of March and worthing on the 17th
Do you play any instruments?
A good few, but I play guitar and sing in the band
Who are your influences?
Deftones ,Alkaline Trio, Cohered and Cambria, Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
It’s addictive to be honest, and becomes a way of dealing with life generally. This means there’s always a hundred reasons you should pick the guitar up and start strumming away. Either to emulate one of your favourite songs you’ve always wished you wrote, or to forge a random and unique path. It’s everywhere, but as they always say, it’s easy to write songs! good songs are the question
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Recording our next big release in a studio in the US while planning which festivals we can fit into our busy Summer schedule 🙂
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Not very rock n’ roll I’m afraid, I work in property
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Tonight, Tonight – The Smashing Pumpkins (that whole Disc 1 of Mellon Collie and the infinite sadness tbf)
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
If you want something done right, do it yourself
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Network well, and talk to as many people you can. Never a wasted hour when you can learn about who and who to to work with.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Straight to the outcome, skip all the steps
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Clontarf in Dublin Ireland, first thing that comes to mind is the Castle. You have to spend a night in Clontarf Castle – it’s stunning (should be getting paid for this haha)
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Vocalzone for my throat
My won mic – can’t be using the house mic
my wireless system
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?