Answered by Rupert, bass player for Into The Unknown    18.05.2022


MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences

Into The Unknown has been described as Symphonic Rock, based the UK, and we try to blend classical influences and instrumentation with heavy rock guitars and drums, and melodic female vocals.  We’ve released 2 full studio albums, a mini covers album, and a couple of singles/Eps.  The band members have very different tastes so the influences are varied … I love symphonic metal such as Nightwish, Within Temptation etc but also have a background in Classic Rock such as Def Leppard and Poison.  Ryan, our lead guitarist is influenced by Slash and ACDC, whilst James, out rhythm guitarist is more into death metal and bands such as GWAR and Lordi.  Compare that to the pop/Jazz influences of Natalie, our new vocalist, and Paul, keyboards, is influenced by acts such as Bruce Hornsby, Bon Jovi, and Meatloaf.


MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from

Inspiration can come from anywhere!  Lyrically we don’t stick to any one style, we try and avoid overtly political or religious leanings, but we’ve written about standing against terrorism, through feel good songs, break up songs, to songs about monsters under the bed!  Musically we all come up with ideas and riffs and then the ideas get amalgamated together to form the finished songs.


MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?

I’m sure that we all have different ones … although I do think that everyone likes the ballad “Breaking My Heart” (possibly a strange choice for a heavy rock band to give on this question.  “Why Me?” and “Monsters” always seem to get played at rehearsal early too. 


MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020

After the pandemic, and with the restriction due to Brexit, we have no definitive plans for any festivals this year, as we’ve missed the festival diary, but we do hope to do some next year.  There are talks of some shows at the end of this year for us but nothing confirmed as yet.


MM: What can we expect from Into The Unknown live

Hopefully an enjoyable, kick ass live show,  with a mix of songs old and new (although we are aware that most of the songs will be new to a lot of people!)  We appreciate that people have made the effort to pay and come and see us, so we want to repay that as best we can.


MM: What do you like best and worst abt touring

Best thing about touring is seeing new places and playing in front of, and meeting the fans.  For me, the worst thing about touring is actually the travelling, hours on a plane or a bus (or in a van) can be very uncomfortable!


MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies

The dream pairings for me would be either Within Temptation or Nightwish, and I know that Ryan would love to tour with Slash.  I’d also like to tour with bands such as Eleine or Visions of Atlantis, or friends of mine from Sweden, M.ill.ion.


MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why 

Probably the first time that I saw Marillion, My dad took me, it was my first ever gig, and kudos to my Dad for taking me as he wasn’t a fan!  It lead to a lifelong following of the band, and was also one of the rare occasions that I did anything like that with my Dad.  Other than that, I love Sweden Rock Festival, and one year I was actually invited on stage with Sammy Hagar, to be part of the ‘clientele’ at the back of the stage, drinking at the bar on his Cabo Wabo set.


MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with

Biggest accomplishment with the band was probably the release of the debut album, “Out Of The Shadows”, but also to be honest, the way that the members of the band have come together, and everyone gels together.

MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time

Tough question and almost impossible to answer … I probably should say our previous 2 albums!  That said, I love Imaginarium by Nightwish, and Fugazi by Marillion was probably my favourite growing up.


MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?

Long time ago ….  As a personal thing rather than with this band .. and the over riding memory of my first ever performance was one of abject terror at the start leading to an amazing buzz during and after the show, but the actual gig going so quickly that I couldn’t believe we’d done it!


MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.

Probably Marillion and Bon Jovi


MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person

Wow, one person? I’m not sure that theres just one stand out person, and it may not even be a famous musician … there are a lot of people behind the scenes that do a lot of work, and influence the way things go, for example Tommy Vance did a lot of work to bring metal to the masses.


MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?

I think the most important thing for us is finishing the new album, it will be our third studio album, but our first with Natalie, Richard, Paul and James.  Hopefully we will be able to release it either at the end of 2022, or the beginning of 2023.  It’s an evolution from our previous albums, not least due to the addition of new influences and new members on the writing process, but I believe it still has our sound, and still has the diverse selection of songs that we’ve become known for, some nice acoustic ballads (including one with a viola solo!), some very heavy tracks, and some feel good, riff driven anthems.


MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?

We’ve actually just done a cover and released it as a single.  A few years ago, we did a covers mini album, consisting on possibly some unusual choices of songs, but one of them was a heavy version of “I Wanna Be Like You” from Disney’s Jungle Book.  So when we heard that the big song from Frozen 2 was “Into The Unknown” we took that as Disney throwing down a challenge to us!  So we thought that it would be a great way to introduce our new singer Natalie, and did a rock version of it (and she did us proud!). 
We are getting known for doing a few covers, and some off the wall choices … such as Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball, and Chris DeBurgh’s Don’t Pay The Ferryman which we put on our first album, and a version of the 80’s pop star Howard Jones’ What Is Love? Which was on our second album.  The covers mini album was called “The Other Side of the Wall” and we are considering doing a  volume 2!


MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band

You never know, you might like it :p


MM: Four words to describe Into The Unknown

Female Fronted symphonic rock


Final Words for your fans and our readers

 Please check out our previous albums, “Out of the Shadows” and “Breaking the Silence”, as well as the single “Into The Unknown”.  The ‘b sides’ of the single are a couple of acoustic tracks that we did live during lockdown.  Have a listen, and hopefully we’ll see you on the road soon!