Experimental London band TAYNE initially started out as a satire on contemporary pop music that aimed to test the limits of the genre’s ideologies. It’s evolved into a sonic fusion of atmospheric vocals over industrial soundscapes and overproduced sounds that the band describe as “intense, raw and cathartic.”
The Irish/UK noise rock trio started with Matt coming up with the concept, which he showed to Tom, who’d been part of a “failed band that didn’t get past the first hurdle” with Paul.
And on the sound they’ve honed since, they tell us: “We label ourselves as ‘Experimental Noise Rock’ but really Experimental Noise ‘Pop’ is more interesting. As a heavy metal / rock act, the most radical thing you can do is try to create music that sounds like pop music. As a pop act, the most radical thing you can do is make music that destroys pop music. We sit somewhere in the realm. Acts such as The Armed and Poppy channel this similar ethos and it makes for far more interesting music. Pop and Hard Rock has been done, pushing past that seems like a logical place to be.”
Our latest taste of this in action is Silence, which was released last month. It opens up with funky bursts of electronic noise that continue to form a haunting atmosphere under drawn-out vocals. Piercing electronic sounds and quicker drums kick in and are joined by big guitar chords as the intensity increases.
Just before the two minute mark a twinkling electronic noise comes in and is joined by heavier guitars and drums that continue under high-pitched vocals. That ends on big screamed vocals and vicious guitars and cymbal crashes to bring the track to a close.
On the track, the band tell us: “So far so good, lots of good shout outs and lucky enough to have Spotify help with feature playlisting alongside many of our favourite bands. The track to me feels fairly claustrophobic, it sucks you in, I’d love to hear what others get from it. I don’t like giving narratives so much, music is subjective, it’s always better when people get their own thing from it.”
Silence comes from the band’s upcoming EP Coherent, which is out on 2 July. Also on that EP is the title track Coherent, which offers a little darker insight into the Tayne sound. Heavy drums come in from the off with big stabs of guitar under high-pitched atmospheric vocals, which return after a section of huge driving drums. Twisting electronic noises continue as driving drums kick in and the atmospheric vocals continue then huge blastbeat drums bring it to a dramatic close. Check it out below:
On the upcoming EP, the band says: “We spent a lot of time working on the new material with Wayne Adams of PETBRICK, in his studio in London. We really wanted the new material to sound like a live band as much as we could, so we live tracked as much as possible in the studio.
“Our first album was much more of a ‘bedroom project’ transitioning to a live band. We were very aware of that and embraced the production and turned it into an almost overproduced sound. This time around we wanted the live instruments to dominate the tracks, so that was a big focus going into the studio with Wayne.”
Said first album Breathe was released in 2018, and from it we particularly love the sound of Heartbeat, which gives you a good taste for how the band go about fusing pop, rock and electronic elements. Give it a listen here:
Tayne’s music is influenced by an eclectic mix of artists like The Armed, Health, Nine Inch Nails, Poppy, My Bloody Valentine and Lady Gaga.
And on what inspires them to write music, they explain: “Our need to write music comes from a compulsive obsessive necessity. That’s our driving force to create. Lyrically and thematically speaking they are a little bit self-serving. I find it hard to write lyrics that don’t come from an honest position or a first-hand perspective, so it’s always a bit therapeutic in a sense.”
Tayne’s new EP Coherent is out on 2 July and is available for pre-order on Bandcamp. The band promise a lot more is in the pipeline following the EP’s release, so stay tuned. You can see Tayne for yourself with a few London dates upcoming, including at the Shacklewell Arms on 17 July, and more UK shows in the works.