ISAAC HEALY ON HIS 3 YEARS WITH KAINE AND THE FUTURE OF THE BAND: “It would be great to get to play some larger venues, even as a support act for some more well-known bands. Of course, a tour or two wouldn’t hurt either.

Colchester Arts Centre, 2019

What have been your favourite moments from your three years in Kaine so far?

For me, the highlights of my time in the band have probably got to be the 10-year anniversary show at Colchester Arts Centre and Burr Fest at The Dome in London with my favourite of the two being the 10-year show, which has been the gig with the best crowd so far.

I also got a dent in my new car trying to find somewhere to park at night in the rain for a crappy hotel that was possibly also a drug den so there’s that too.

How have you changed since joining Kaine?

I own more shirts without sleeves and more music equipment.

But seriously, I feel that I’ve become more confident and comfortable when performing on stage. Before joining Kaine, I pretty much stood still, not doing much. Obviously, I’ve still got room for improvement but I’m getting there. For the next album, I’ve adopted the use of a pick for most of the new songs as I feel the sound of it suits some of the material much better. It’s also given me the chance to get more familiar with a pick as I never really used one in the past, with the only song prior having me sometimes use a pick was “Loudwire” on Reforge. Also apparently a lot of venues have crap monitors for bass players, If I even get one that is. I recall one venue claiming that they can’t put the bass through the monitors, so that was fun.

What were your experiences recording Reforge The Steel?

Most of the main writing for Reforge had already been done prior to me joining the band. I mainly just worked on my own basslines. But I feel that a lot of the time everybody is subtly changing what they play over the course of weeks or months of playing the same songs. Even some of the songs that we have recorded already are played differently than what’s on the album versions.

Recording Reforge was fun as we hadn’t really been working together as a band for very long, although Rage and Liam had been working together for a little while before Toby and I joined. And Toby and I were previously in another band together for a couple of years.

All the rehearsals and gigs leading up to the recording of the album did not prepare me for the seemingly endless guitar harmonies that were added to the songs on Reforge, however.

How about The Waystone Anniversary EP? How did you find working on that?

The Waystone was pretty fun to record, as a lot of the album had subtle changes with everyone throwing their own takes and different influences on the original versions of the songs.

The title track was probably the most difficult to learn and remember each part, what with how many different sections the song has and the different time signatures for certain sections. We also came to a decision of changing the original bass focus intro and making the song more concise. I think it’s the only time in any of the songs we’ve recorded that feature bass tapping except for my version of the bass fill in “Fall of Jericho” when we play that live. Even so, the final recorded version was different from the original version I initially wrote. As I initially wrote it on the six-string bass, utilising the high C string but In the end, I recorded it on the five-string and decided to not go as high.

What have you contributed to the new Kaine album?

On the new album, I’ve got a song that I wrote most of but had some input from the rest of the guys, I also have another couple of ideas that I just haven’t put into music yet.

And obviously, I’ve been mainly writing and playing my own basslines for each song but have been simplifying them somewhat to suit the different nature of the new material. The new album has been a different experience to write, as most of it wasn’t written beforehand with us learning how to play it.

Are you looking forward to hitting the studio in the coming months to record it?

Well, I can’t really say I’m not at this point, can I? Anyone want to take bets as to how many extra harmonies Rage and Toby add to the songs?

In all seriousness, being in the studio can be frustrating when you keep messing up the same take, over and over but at the end of the day, it’s great fun.

Are you excited to play live again, now the band is clear to play again?

Since March 2020, we’ve had a total of 1 gig, which was a Livestream only gig a couple of months ago. I can’t wait to be back out playing especially with the 13 or so gigs we have booked for the next few months this year. It’ll also give me a chance to use my new Spector that has been in the past few rehearsal videos in a live setting for the first time.

What are your ambitions with Kaine moving forward?

Well hopefully, as well as all the gigs we currently have booked, it would be great to get to play some larger venues, even as a support act for some more well-known bands. Of course, a tour or two wouldn’t hurt either.

I’d also like to try and get an endorsement of some kind from one of the brands I use, even if it’s just cables.

What would be your dream gig?

For a dream gig or scenario, think it’d have to be headlining a sold-out tour, not even necessarily in massive stadiums or venues. Just decent-sized venues with great crowds, doesn’t even matter where in the world they are.

TOBY WOODS ON 3 YEARS OF BEING WITH KAINE: “I think the ultimate goal for all of us is Rockstar, isn’t it?  Why would you be in a band and not want that?”

Colchester Arts Centre 2019

What are the highlights from your three years in Kaine?

Obviously, the first two that come to mind are The 10th-anniversary show at Colchester Arts Centre and Burr Fest last year.  The Arts Centre has always been one of my favourite venues and after seeing Dragonforce there on the Maximum Overload Tour I made it a goal of mine to play there at some point.  The 10-year show was a really special night.  I remember looking out from behind the curtain at the back of the stage just after Osmium Guillotine had finished and then being completely lost for words at how many people were in that room.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen it that full before!

Then Burr Fest last year.  I mean what a last gig before gigs were made illegal.  Isaac and myself have been to the Dome a couple of times to see Band Maid and Man With A Mission.  They were great shows and I always thought it would be great to play there.  It was a little daunting being the first band on of the day as there were thoughts of no one being there when we started but luckily the place was nearly full when we started playing.  It was a great feeling standing and playing on the same stage that I’d seen some of my favourite bands play on and was a great night overall.

Burrfest 202 – The Dome, London

What are the main differences from when you started in Kaine to now?

I would say my stage presence has greatly improved.  When I first started with the band I would worry about getting the notes right more than actually performing.  Over the last three years, I’ve become a lot more confident on stage and have found the gigs go better if I just have fun rather than trying to make everything “perfect”.  I’ve also come a long way as a guitarist.  I’ve found that if I write solos that I can’t play then I have to get better so I can play them.

Other than that, I’ve got longer hair and some different guitars.

In Cold Light, Norwich (2019)

What was it like writing and recording Reforge The Steel?

Well, I think Reforge is a testament to how well the four of us work together.  We had been playing together less than a year when we started recording.  To have all the songs written and well enough rehearsed to start recording all within a year of meeting each other was quite impressive I think.  The writing process was a lot of fun.  We spent a while just jamming the songs that Rage had put together and adding our parts in until they were fully formed songs.

The recording was equally as fun.  I really love when you start to hear the songs coming together as you gradually add more parts until the finished product is there.  Obviously, some of the songs could have done with some more harmonies but they’ll have to wait for the next album!

What was it like recording The Waystone anniversary EP?

It was a great time reworking the songs in rehearsal to fit the current line-up.  We have different styles to the line-up that was the album so it was fun putting our own spins on the songs.  I’m really happy with how it turned out in the end.  It was also great to throw the new song Monument on there as well.  Whilst it was written a while ago it had never been recorded so it was good to be able to record it and put it out. That one’s also a lot of fun to play.

What are your contributions to the new album?

I have written two songs for the album and contributed my own ideas and guitar parts to the rest of the songs.  This album has been a much more collaborative effort with some of the songs being written as we just jammed in the rehearsal room which has been enjoyable.  My two songs are very guitar-heavy and I tried to make them faster paced so that they’re harder to play.

Are you looking forward to recording again?

I am.  I always love going into the studio as it always inspires new ideas.  You think you know everything that you’re going to record but then once you’re there, you find different things that you can add to make the songs heavier or add more harmonies.

Are you looking forward to playing live again?

Of course.  The lack of gigs has been frustrating to everyone so it’ll be great when we can play loud for some people again.  It’s been really exciting seeing all of the gig offers coming in recently and it’ll be wonderful being on stage again with my amp up too loud and unable to see the fretboard because my hair’s in my face and the stage lights are shining in my eyes.  What a good time that’ll be.

What are your ambitions moving forward with the band?

I think the ultimate goal for all of us is Rockstar, isn’t it?  Why would you be in a band and not want that?  Whilst that would be nice I’d love for us to play some bigger venues with some bigger bands possibly.  Would be nice to do a tour or two to see how that is.  Another thing I’ve always been interested in is writing a concept album.  I think it would be a challenge to try and get the whole album flowing with itself almost like one long song with one theme.  I might have to give it a go.

What would be your dream gig, tour or festival to play with the band?

Absolute dream situation, I’d love to play the Budokan in Japan.  So many of my favourite bands have played there and it would be awesome to be there playing.  A sold-out world tour in sensible sized venues would also be nice.  Just anything with a packed room of people who have come to see us really.  We got a little taste of it when we played the 10-year show but I can only imagine the feeling of having that every night.

NEW ALBUM REHEARSALS CONTINUE AT UNIT ONE TODAY + NEW DATES ADDED TO 2021-22

Last weeks Unit One sessions

The band are back at Unit One studio’s in Colchester today rehearsing the new album and preparing for their return to gigging on May 22nd in Ipswich. The band is also working in a brand new song which will be for an exclusive Patreon EP later this year. You can see the work on the new song on the latest rehearsal footage on the link above.

Kaine also has more shows announced for 2021-22 which are:

  • May 22nd, 2021  – The Music Room, Ipswich [Tickets]
  • June 25th, 2021 – Hanger 18, Swansea [Tickets]
  • July 9th, 2021 – The Victoria Bikers Pub, Coalville [Tickets]
  • July 14th, 2021 – CODA, Colchester [Tickets]
  • August 28th, 2021 – TBA
  • September 25th, 2021 – TBA
  • October 1st, 2021 – The Victoria Bikers Pub, Coalville [Tickets]
  • October 2nd, 2021 – The Venue, Southend 
  • October 18th, 2021 – The Layton Institute, Blackpool
  • October 23rd, 2021 – The Victoria Bikers Pub, Coalville [Tickets]
  • October 30th, 2021 – Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend
  • October 31st, 2021 – Trillian’s, Newcastle
  • December 23rd, 2021 – The Queens Hall, Nuneaton
  • April 16th, 2022 – Dirty Rockers, Dudley

More details are going to be added soon for each gig and more dates/venues will be announced soon.

KAINE: UPDATE ON NEW ALBUM, EP ORDERS, NEW GIG DATES AND PATREON

Last Weeks Sessions at Unit One

Kaine are about to finish the rehearsal stages on their new album and are preparing to enter the studio ASAP. They will be at Unit One Studios, Colchester again today to continue work on the new album. The band is also getting a number new of the new songs ready to play live when they return next month at The Music Room, Ipswich.

So far Kaine will be performing at the following dates with more to be announced:

  • May 22nd, 2021  – The Music Room, Ipswich [Tickets]
  • June 25th, 2021 – Hanger 18, Swansea [Tickets]
  • July 9th, 2021 – The Victoria Bikers Pub, Coalville [Tickets]
  • July 14th, 2021 – CODA, Colchester [Tickets]
  • August 28th, 2021 – TBA
  • October 1st, 2021 – The Victoria Bikers Pub, Coalville [Tickets]
  • October 18th, 2021 – TBA
  • October 23rd, 2021 – The Victoria Bikers Pub, Coalville [Tickets]
  • October 30th, 2021 – Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend
  • October 31st, 2021 – Trillian’s, Newcastle

There will be an update on the new album recording sessions soon. In the meantime the EP CD’s and T-Shirts are being printed. Shirts have been limited to those who have pre-ordered the CD with a limited number being available once they go on general sale.

The bands next project will be to write and record a new EP which will be exclusive to Patreon members.

KAINE REACHING THE END OF REHEARSAL STAGES – PREPARATIONS HAVE BEGUN TO RECORD THE NEW ALBUM

Last weeks session at Unit One

Last week the band finished the studio scratch tracks for the 9 songs that will feature of the bands, yet to be titled, brand new album. Drummer Liam Etheridge also recently purchased all of the breakables required to begin tracking the new album and will be looking to be booking into the studio to begin recording the new album as soon as possible.

The band will be heading to Unit One Studio’s in Colchester today to continue rehearsing the brand new songs and preparing to play them live from May onwards. There is still some work to do on lyrics/vocal melodies for the new record.

Finally, in case you missed it, the band released a 12 track EP this week which is limited to just 100 copies on CD. Once these have sold out the EP will become a Bandcamp members exclusive. You can pre-order the CD with a limited edition shirt in your size here.

SCRATCH TRACKS COMPLETE AS KAINE PREPARES TO RECORD 5TH ALBUM + EP UPDATE

April 4ths Rehearsals

Kaine has finally recorded all of the scratch tracks and is now ready to book into the studio to begin recording their 5th album, and the second from the “Reforge The Steel” line-up of Sadler/Etheridge/Woods/Healy. The album will have 9 new tracks written by all members of the band. The album has been postponed several times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however the band is hopeful that the album can be recorded without further delay with vaccination rates increasing and the infection rates decreasing across the board in England.

The scratch tracks are the base tracks the band will record to in the studio, so its important that these are absolutely accurate to make the recording process as smooth and accurate as possible.

On the EP, which was recorded by back in December, the second version has finally been mixed and the release is now ready to be printed to CD. The EP will contain 2 versions, the first being the “Gallow Wood” mix by Talon Payne and the second is the “Twisted Illusion” mix by Matt Jones with both mixes being very different from one another.

KAINE NEW ALBUM + EP UPDATE

I am writing this blog as a general update on what we’re doing as a band and where we are at with the new album.

We actually began writing this new album during the rehearsals for Reforge The Steel, with the song “Train” being written during those sessions and even played live back in 2019. We started writing and putting together a big chunk of the album in 2019 after Reforge The Steel was recorded and between working on The Waystone anniversary EP.

We were making good progress with the Waystone EP and the new album until the COVID-19 pandemic hit early on in 2020 and we have had to suspend the recording of the album and do the remaining work on the Waystone EP as and when it was safe and legal to do so. The album initially was suspended on April 4th last year, until August most recently on January 6th 2021 before resuming at the end of February. Despite all of the delays the band is reasonably back on track and all we need to complete now is three remaining scratch tracks for the studio, get a few tracks up to speed in rehearsal, along with revising/wringing of the lyrics and vocal melodies. There is however a large amount of material that is unfortunately unused for this album due to the delays which we will revisit later.

Unlike Reforge The Steel which was largely written by myself immediately after the A Crisis of Faith line-up split, this album has song writing contributions from every member of the band as well as a number of songs we wrote together in rehearsals. So far we have exciting song names such as Chasing the Train, I’m in a Bath (Swedish Bath time), Stainkiller, Cheesy, Bright, Isaac, Green to Grey, Malwarenius and Steggameth (or Megasteph) as working titles for the tracks, most of which will likely change before the album is released.

On the new Kaine EP. The bulk of the tracks were recorded at The Smokehouse in Ipswich at the December livestream with additional tracking done at Gallow Wood Media at the back end of 2020 and then again this month to complete the release. The EP is mixed and mastered from the Gallow Wood end of things but a second disc of mixes by Matt Jones of Twisted Illusion from the same sessions is currently being worked on for the release.

We have also been uploading regular practice footage and a weekly Podcast onto YouTube to keep people engaged and updated during the pandemic, we’ve given our logo a facelift and have a new shirt/patch design on Patreon. We’ll also be recording an EP later this year for our 2021 Patreon subscribers.

In short this year we should hopefully see the release of a brand new Kaine album and two EP’s! I am very sorry about the delay and I hope you enjoy the final products. In other good news we have two gigs booked for 2021 one in May in Ipswich which is nearly sold out, and one in July which is in Colchester.

In the meantime stay safe and we’ll see you soon!

Rage

KAINE TO RETURN TO NEW ALBUM REHEARSALS AT UNIT ONE THIS WEEKEND

Our very last session at Pioneer Music

Kaine, who suspended their new album writing and rehearsal sessions last month due to the increasing risk of COVID-19 will be returning to rehearsals and writing for the new album this Sunday. Since the bands last rehearsal Pioneer Music in Colchester has closed down, so the band will be moving their rehearsals to Unit One studios, also in Colchester to resume work on the new album. The writing and recording of the new album has been suspended twice since the start of the pandemic. This weeks rehearsals will be filmed for YouTube and will be a very much get back up to speed session for the band.

KAINE COMPLETE TRACKING FOR NEW EP AND ARE SET TO RESUME NEW ALBUM REHEARSALS THIS WEEKEND

Yesterday Kaine finished tracking the new EP at Gallow Wood Media’s new location in Margaret Roding in Essex. The EP was originally recorded live at The Smokehouse in Ipswich, with additional tracking taking place AT Gallow Wood Media’s original Danbury location late last year. The EP is now being edited, mixed, and mastered by Talon Payne who has worked with the band on their previous two live album releases and The Waystone EP.

The tracklisting will be:

  1. Reforge The Steel
  2. Black
  3. Rebirth
  4. Loudwire
  5. Master of Mankind
  6. Monument

It will also be the first Kaine release to feature the new logo and it will be self-titled. Artwork can be seen above.

The band will also be returning to action on Sunday when they hit Unit One studios in Colchester to begin rehearsing the new album ready to begin recording the album in full later this year.

PIONEER MUSIC CLOSES AFTER 13 YEARS

Kaine’s last ever rehearsal at Pioneer Music

Kaine’s regular rehearsal rooms, Pioneer Music in Colchester have now closed after 13 years of service to local bands and musicians. It is an end of an era for the band who will be returning to rehearsal in a few weeks to resume work on the bands new album.

“Hi all, to those who don’t already know, I am closing Pioneer Music in the next week or so.

I’ve been thinking about moving on for a couple of years now, and having a pretty empty studio for almost a year has helped me make that final decision.

I’d like to thank everyone for their support over the past 13 years, I won’t start naming names because there are so many and I am bound to forget important ones!

Also I’d like to wish everyone good luck with their future plans, whether it is music or not, I wish you all the very best. It’s been a blast and I have tons of great memories of working with you all, for which I am eternally grateful.

So long and thanks for all the fish.” – Matthew Abbott

Kaine started rehearsing at Pioneer Music back in 2011 and every line-up of the band has rehearsed there, bar the original since the original band formed in 2009. We would like to thank Maz for his many years of excellent service to the local music community as well as treating us exceptionally over the past ten years, which included collecting Liam’s keys from the roof of Bartech!