It is the last date of the “Female Metal Voice Tour 2018”, what are your impressions about it ?


Chloe: It’s been so good! I mean, the response that we’ve had as well as being on that tour, full of amazing female metal of all kind. I think that it was probably the best tour that we’ve done so far.

It’s been good for us to visit new places throughout Europe and finally meet fans which we haven’t met before. They’ve been on our Facebook and social media like “Come to Spain” or you know “Come to Italy” and it was just a couple of places that we’ve never visited. So, it is giving us the opportunity to meet our fans from across Europe who we haven’t had chance to physically meet face to face.

So, it’s been so good, everyone is so warm and welcoming and we’ve had gifts from fans as well. They’ve been bringing things, makings things, bringing chocolate and yesterday, someone even made me a handmade Simba from the “Lion King” because I absolutely love the “Lion King”, it was so amazing. The response has just been so good, and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

What was your favourite place during the tour?


Chloe: I think it might be different for all of us to be honest, but Vienna was loud and Barcelona as well. For me, I mean last night (Arnhem, Netherlands) was sold out and it was fantastic, but the loudest crowd was probably Barcelona. I like when I come singing lyrics and the fans are singing back. Because I wear earplugs for all set, things are a lot quitter here on stage for me, anyway, but for Barcelona and Vienna, they were just so loud for the all show that I didn’t even need to take my earplugs out. I could hear them like roaring so. Yeah that was the highlight for me.

Luke: For me, Vienna was just amazing. I’ve loved the entire tour, the crowds every night have been great. Vienna it was just something special about it. The venue is very special, you go down about fifty stairs to reach the scene, bringing all the gear was hard. It was a weird venue, but the crowd was just so loud! It was such a beautiful city as well, we had the chance to visit it and to see a few sights. It was a beautiful place. In Arnhem, the crowd was fantastic, you know when you go to the venue and the show is sold out, it just amazing.

You said that Vienna was a beautiful city. I was wondering if you really had some time to visit cities you tour in?


Chloe: Well, we had a day-off in Barcelona, so we just managed to be able to walk around for the day. It was really nice. We’ve been quite lucky because we were like the support band on the tour, we’ve had a lot more time to explore. We’ve been on the bus with the headliners, so we’d arrived quite early: 12 or 1 o’clock and we’ll help them on load. So, while they were sound checking we would be looking around and sightseeing.

Luke: We got like an hour a day to explore so if you could jump in a taxi quickly or run quickly, you could see a few things and sometimes explore the sightseeing’s. Obviously, we are here for a reason and sightseeing is an extra experiment. So, when we get to see cities like Barcelona on a day-off, it’s cool ! We went to the top of this church from where we could just see the entire city, the ocean or the mountains. Those days are special.

You said that Vienna was a beautiful city. I was wondering if you really had some time to visit cities you tour in?


Chloe: Well, we had a day-off in Barcelona, so we just managed to be able to walk around for the day. It was really nice. We’ve been quite lucky because we were like the support band on the tour, we’ve had a lot more time to explore. We’ve been on the bus with the headliners, so we’d arrived quite early: 12 or 1 o’clock and we’ll help them on load. So, while they were sound checking we would be looking around and sightseeing.

Luke: We got like an hour a day to explore so if you could jump in a taxi quickly or run quickly, you could see a few things and sometimes explore the sightseeing’s. Obviously, we are here for a reason and sightseeing is an extra experiment. So, when we get to see cities like Barcelona on a day-off, it’s cool ! We went to the top of this church from where we could just see the entire city, the ocean or the mountains. Those days are special.

Your album “Regenerate” was released about a year ago. How are the feedbacks about it?


Chloe: It’s all been so positive. Everybody likes the heavier sounds that we’ve got as well. Compare to previous releases it is more polished and mature, a little bit heavier and everybody is loving the sound.

The reviews that we’ve had so far on this tour have been great. I think the heavier sound has probably helped us fit in with bands like “Butcher Babies” and “Kobra and the Lotus” a lot more.

We haven’t really had anything negative from it. I think the only negative comment we’ve had would be “maybe a slower song in the middle of the album to break it up would have been nice cause it’s quite hard and heavy all the way through. Maybe next album when we start writing again will put something softer on there.

Could you tell us a bit more about the title “Regenerate” what does it mean to you?


Chloe: It’s quite personal and it’s kind of like a message to the fans, as well: to never give up. For us it was like a fresh start, we were regenerating our sound and the image.

We had like a couple of years were things weren’t going the way that we wanted it them to go. things weren’t moving as quickly as we wanted. We know it takes time to build but it wasn’t the way we visualised it. So, we figured out what can we do about it. So, we started writing like fresh music and fresh sound, going to a new place to reconquer a new image, got an album that we signed to Despotz Records in Sweden.

They released it worldwide and we got like press in America, in Germany, in Spain which has really helped with tours like this because more people have heard about us and it has just been great, the tour about this album has been good.

It was kind of a message to say, “no matter what life throws at you, it is never too late to have a fresh start and rebuild, regenerate everything in life”. You know if you’re having a rough path or things are going bad just don’t give up and try and see the positives in every negative situation.

About Despotz Records, are you happy with this partnership?


Chloe: Yes. I mean a good thing about the label is that they give us full creativity. So, they don’t interrupt with the song writing. They let us write what we want, and they love what we’re writing, so they’re passionate about what we’re doing they leave us do that. They just help and support us. They made us more well-know and aware of in other countries. It has been fantastic to get out of the UK. I mean the UK is fantastic but it’s good to branch out and have fans all over the world. I mean we’ve got quite a few American fans now.

Luke: about 25% of the stream or sales of the album was from the US. It seems that that’s the next adventure.

You are sometimes compared to “Paramore” in a more metal way. How do you feel about comments like that?


Chloe: Well, I mean, it used to bother me. I used to think “Oh, gosh”. You know, it’s just a lazy way of thinking. To be honest Paramore is successful and people love “Paramore”. If we can be related to something that successful, then that’s fine by me.

Luke: What annoys me more is the typical “you’re a female fronted band” and they only know one female fronted band, so they are just going to say we’re like “Paramore”… I join Chloe in the sense that if people think of us as successful as them, it is a good thing for us.

Can we say that your music vehicles important messages with a dark background?


Chloe: The albums have different themes but there is like a general message of like “mental-health” in the lyrics. It is quite deep and meaningful. Songs like “Warrior” were written about being bullied at school and like how it felt to feel to be alone and isolated at that time. So, I kind of like writing my lyrics to help over people. So, when they are maybe feeling the way I felt, they can listen to the music and feel a bit more empowered and like they’re not alone. We’ve had so many fans, as well, reach out to us saying like “your music helped me for really dark time”, “I was going through a bad relationship and your music helped me feel happier”. To do that, that makes me feel good to be able to help over people with my lyrics.

About the song “Warrior”, could you tell us the story behind it?


Chloe: That one was written about being bullied at school and it’s pretty much to say to the bullies “For whatever that means, it doesn’t matter you know because words don’t hurt and at the end of the day everything that they did back then has made me a stronger person now”. So, it’s like taking the negativity and turn it into a positive thing again. It was written for people living something similar not only at school but also at work, because they look different or they like different music. It was just written so people could listen to it when they are going through a rough path and feel more empowered.

Finally, what are your future projects?


Chloe: We are going to come off this tour and then we’re going to start writing again for a few months and then we’re going to get a date to get back to record the next album. So, album 2, next!

Any last words?


Chloe: Just, thank you for reading and check Skarlett Riot out. If you like what you hear from us, then follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We’re always on there talking to the fans and stuff. So, if there’s any questions that haven’t been answered today then throw them up on our page.

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