September means only one thing here at Mytacism Music, it’s time for Worcester Music Festival. WMF is a weekend of music in the center of Worcester (obviously) from the 18th till the 20th. But it’s better than being just that, volunteers spend the weekend collecting money for charity (this year for Worcestershire Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre) and no matter what venue/artist you go to, you won’t be forced to hand over any currency. So, while we wait for that weekend to approach, what better way to deal with our excitement than to go through every act on the line up and find the very best for you to go and see. For our last post before the weekend commences, we got chatting to Royal Ascent to get an idea of how their performance is going to go down.
WHO: Royal Ascent | WHERE: Worcester Arts Workshop | WHEN: Sun 20th @ 9pm
Hi! How are you feeling about Worcester Music Festival? Are you excited?
We’re all so excited! Although recently the local scene has really taken off again, the Worcester Music Festival has been a constant source of great local acts even if the scene for bands like ourselves disappeared over the last 2 years! This will be our first time playing the festival and we’re very excited to experience the good things we’ve been hearing about it!
How would you like to introduce yourself to new fans?
Well we’d like to start by saying hi! We’re a metalcore/hardcore band that formed about 18 months ago, and we’re about to go off and record our debut EP which we’re going to self-release; we’re really proud of the fusion between heaviness and melody that we’ve achieved on it. We pride ourselves on always giving 100% at our high-energy live shows, and we love to see the audience giving the same energy!
Have you played at other festivals before? How was your experience?
We’ve never played a festival before, but we’ve had great experiences playing around locally; not long ago we had a great night playing The Marr’s Bar’s Jam Night with another local hardcore band, Flatline, and it was great to be supported by the local scene as we went down surprisingly well for a night usually dominated by blues bands!
What was your first live performance like? How has your act developed since then?
Royal Ascent made our debut at a school show, where there were only 2 bands and the rest of the acts were acoustic singer/songwriters, to say we were unexpected was a huge understatement! Despite that we seemed to go down, on the whole, really well, and even then we still gave the same energy we do now in our live performance.
How has your local music scene affected the way you play live?
For us, the local music scene is basically ran by Lee from Faithful City Shows and Dan from Shot In The Dark Promotions as they’re the only guys in Worcester who put on the heavy shows that we get booked for. The guys they bring in are most often incredibly heavy, and fantastic live, so seeing and playing with these bands really spurs you on to be a better live performer. Next month we’re opening for a band called Palm Reader, who are infamous in the hardcore scene for being complete nutcases when performing, so we know we’ll have to crank it up to compete with them!
Have you got any tricks up your sleeve for your performance?
As I’ve said before we just give our all and pour our hearts and souls into the music: we usually all come off stage looking like like we’ve done 10 rounds with Mike Tyson! But for real, the key to a good live performance is to be energetic – if you’re going nuts on stage it’s hard for the audience not to react, and you end up having more people interested in your set because they want to join in. It also helps that we don’t take ourselves too seriously, we just wanna have a great time and make some new friends and fans when we go out there, you know?
Are there any other acts you are looking forward to seeing or any that you’d recommend?
Definitely. The lineup this year is so diverse, there’s literally something for everyone: our good friends in The Purple Shades are playing the Cellar Bar on Friday evening – if you like energetic, edgy indie rock you’re in for a treat – and our friends and local bruisers Flatline are opening up the Faithful City Shows stage at the Arts Workshop on Saturday; if you’re into heavy music then definitely check them out, and pick up their new single Stranded before and get learning the words! Other than that I’d say that if you like heavy bands like ourselves, spend Saturday evening at the Arts Workshop, Lee from FCS has booked some incredible punk/hardcore bands.
And finally, do you have any tales of the road you’d like to share with us?
We’ve not really had much experience on the road, but we do have the odd occasion where one of us will have a bit too much to drink and end up massively embarrassing themselves… Nothing too major, but I guess the best stories will probably come with more time!
Royal Ascent are recording their debut EP later this year.