This will wake you up on a Monday morning. BIMM Birmingham‘s Insurgent are making waves in the metal music scene, which makes sense considering they’re from the home of heavy metal. Watch the music video for their latest release ‘Dogma’ and discover more about the track below.
What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?
The track is meant to be a little heavier than some of our other releases and it showed that we have a bit of a darker side if we want to expose it. Dogma is told from the perspective of an egotistical individual who believes only in having things the way they like, regardless of the consequences to themselves or others.
The quietened, sadistic vocals exemplify the temptation that is faced by many to act in a negative, self-interested way despite knowing that, in the end, nobody is better off from this behaviour. The selfish attitude of the lyrics is mimicked by the chaotic nature of the song.
Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
We’re all big fans of the bands that blend ‘heavy’ with ‘melody’ and we are often compared to Alter Bridge, Jinjer and Tesseract, all of whom inspire us massively.
What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?
“We always aim to have a profound message behind the lyrics.”
It’s hard to put a finger on what the ‘key’ to our sound is, but we always strive to create unique music without alienating the listener and this is something that is becoming increasingly hard to achieve with the amount of great metal bands out there nowadays (especially from Birmingham!). Blending heavy riffs with catchy melodies isn’t exactly ‘new’, but we always make sure that whatever the song is, it sounds like ‘us’. We always aim to have a profound message behind the lyrics, and although we always have our own meanings behind what the words mean, we hope listeners can take inspiration from them in their own way!
How does your songwriting process work?
The songs normally start with a riff and then form themselves around that central idea. However, the real magic happens in the studio when we can start to hear the songs come together in full. We are always excited to hear how our songs will sound after they’ve received the studio treatment and we wouldn’t feel right if we didn’t give a shout-out to Tom Gittins, who has really helped us to make these songs into what they are today.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
We couldn’t narrow it down to three words, so we just picked three that we like because they’re funny: Jentacular. Defenestrate. Absquatulate.
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
A massive part of studying at BIMM has been the sense of belonging and community. We all met at BIMM and we have all met so many like-minded musicians/industry folk that have supported us every step of the way. We can’t overstate the importance of that!
What’s next for you?
We’ve just been confirmed for Bloodstock Festival this year, which will be our biggest gig yet, and we have our debut EP ‘Sentient’ coming out on the 6th of August. We’d like to get back into the studio as soon as possible to get some more material sorted to share with the world!