Among the burned out wreckage of cars and buildings in a secret location, I interviewed the band Written In Ashes. The backdrop seemed strangely fitting as they stepped up to the barrel that I had set ablaze to write my notes beside.
G&C: Tell us who are you and what do you do for the band?
KDH: Kevyn Douglas Hay lyricist, vocalist, poet, centerfold.
Sancho: What do I do?! I am Sancho!
TJH: I am T.J. Hamilton. I play bass and sing backing vocals.
G&C: How would you categorize yourselves?
KDH: WIA is so many different things. It's almost easier to say what it isn't, rather than what it is. Recently, we've been labeled as 'dark wave.' The media has always told us what we are. We create what we feel, and let our fans and critics decide.
Sancho: A bunch of hoodlums!
TJH: Darkwave seems to be the most appropriate classification at this time...but I like Kevyn's description of "Dark sex rock".
G&C: Explain the name of the band, who came up with it.*
KDH: After I have breathed my last breath,
And this life has left me, Burn my body...
After the flames have gone out,
And the embers have cooled,
You will see my name...
...Written in Ashes
its from a poem a wrote I long time ago.
G&C: I know, everyone always asks, so I might as well too, what influences you, not necessarily bands... and what lately has inspired you?
KDH: I draw my influence from life as it happens around me. People, places, events, and emotions of everyday life. My lyrics are a tapestry and a testament to my experience in this existence. The successes and tragedies, the observations and ignorance fuel my creative passion.
Sancho: I'm most heavily influenced by PBR and Jaegermeister!
TJH: My writing is mostly influenced by the other members of the band, the energy we generate when we get together, and however I feel at the moment.