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Unyielding Love | Interview


Formed last autumn, Belfast newcomers Unyielding Love have certainly made us sit up and pay attention.

From playing gigs with noise outfits like Wet Nurse and Knifedoutofexistence, right down to getting on the bill for the Siege of Limerick and the Dark Arts Festival in Galway.

Reviewing their first gig in the Warzone Centre, I concluded that they “could be the most exciting band to come out of Belfast since Nomadic Rituals.”

And, with the news of them making another live appearance in Belfast, the time has come to hear from them.

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What are your motivations for starting Unyielding Love?

I think we had different issues that we felt the need to express, and in short, that’s the reason this band exists. We wanted to create something genuine and honest, using a culmination of the influences that we all appreciate.

What sort of “different issues”?

It’s different for everyone. Suicide, depression, anxiety, dissociation, isolation, frustration.

The name conjures up images of hidden power within. But also works as an oxymoron (having a word so sinister sounding stuck with the word love). What does it conjure up for you?

For each us it’s very different, which I think is really important. Whatever each person takes from it is as valid as the next, which goes again for the music or art we create. One interpretation is that it’s sarcastic. Sometimes ideas or feelings that you thought were important need to die, to create new ones.

What other bands have you been in?

Our drummer played in a few bands (Abbatoir, Steady Decline) being the more notable ones. Our guitarist used to play in Katabolisis. Our bassist used to play in Abbatoir, and a bunch of projects with our drummer over the years. This is our singers first band.

What’s different about UL from your previous bands?

We spent a lot of time focusing on our sound, and trying to create something that we felt was “us”. I think one of the big contributing factors is the noise element of our music.

I think that the reason that we were drawn to noise was the fact that there are absolutely no rules. The possibilities of experimentation and expression with this are limitless.

We remember the first noise acts that we saw, and it struck us as one of the most uncompromising forms of artistic expression and sound, that we had ever come across.

No limitation of genre, instrument or subcultures seem to be an issue, which is really refreshing. We will be fulfilled if we can achieve this with our music.

First gig memories?

We really appreciated the reaction that we received from knifedoutofexistence and Wet Nurse. They are doing some really interesting things with extreme music.

It was a pleasure to watch them perform two nights in a row. Our first time in Tenterhooks (Dublin) was really welcoming, and we loved the atmosphere of such a small venue. Luxury Mollusc put on that show, and it’s amazing to get to play with musicians of that calibre.

At the first gig, the noise was mainly reduced to a 5-10 minute segment, which seemed to make the grind even harsher. Could you see the band doing 30 minute noise sets at some point?

Definitely. We’re already incorporating a lot more noise and electronics into our live performance. I think with the nature of this band, we don’t really want to force any ideas, and try and keep it as organic as possible. Whether that means that we do a set completely consisting of noise, or something entirely different.

In terms of the grind, I hear influences from the likes of Phobia, who would be closer to the crusty end of the grind spectrum.

Was that the intention with UL, to make it much more human than a bunch of technically accomplished grind acts?

I don’t think that we really had an intention in regards to that with UL, but definitely we are influenced by the DIY/ hardcore punk ethos.

We try to have as much contact with ever facet of our music as possible, our singer does all our art, and we’ve built some of the pedals that we use live, and we turned our practice space into a recording studio.

Saying this we are not adverse to getting help, or advice from other people or bands. I think one of the big reasons that our music has a human element is because this project is a necessity, not a want.

Do you see yourself as ‘outsiders’ in the Belfast scene, as your music has much more in common with certain Dublin bands?

We can appreciate things that people are trying to do North (Ceaseless Blight, Nomadic Rituals, Disconnect, Slomatics) and South (Malthusian, Zom, Putrefaction, Fag Enablerz).

I think that the reason that we have more in common with Dublin bands, is due to the fact that we’ve been to a lot of Hardcore, Death Metal, Black Metal etc. shows, put on by the likes of Invictus Records.

We are really fortunate to have labels and promoters like this in Ireland, because they are making the scene flourish, especially in Dublin.

Is the apathy of the Belfast scene as good a reason for creating a racket?

There are still some really interesting acts in NI, and we’ve had a history of great bands in extreme music and in other genres. I think living in a backwards country such as NI is enough to make anyone want to fucking kill themselves, so we write music instead.

What is the long term goal for live performances? Are you prepared to play with anybody and everybody in order to further your message, or are you choosing to be more selective?

We simply want to travel and play a lot of weird places. We are up for playing with all sorts of bands. We have only played with metal and noise bands but we are up for playing with punk and industrial/electronic bands too.

What is happening with studio recordings? Will they be given a physical release?

We are in the final stages. It should be released by Autumn and it should be then out via cassette and bandcamp following.

Christopher Owens ::: 14/07/15


2 Comments
  1. Good interview. Seem like a bunch of cool dudes, look forward to hearing the recordings. Apathy of the Belfast scene, though? It’s a tiny place with a lot going on.

  2. ui-mod-29 Says:

    good stuff, looking forward to seeing ye at dark arts festival

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