British rockers Inglorious are set to play Manchester this week, so before that MM caught up with drummer Phil Beaver for an inside scoop on the new line-up and album.
The band – which consists of long-time member Nathan James alongside Phil, and newly introduced members Danny Dela Cruz, Dan Stevens and Vinnie Colla – released their much anticipated third album Ride to Nowhere at the end of January.
“The fans seem to be really enjoying it which is great, it’s a little bit different to the last album… this one is a bit more diverse,” exclaimed Phil.
“We’ve got three ballads on this one and a nice acoustic track, which is my favourite on the album. Then the heavier stuff is a lot heavier so I feel it will appeal to more in that sense.”
When speaking of the group’s success since forming in 2014, Beaver – who will be performing alongside his bandmates at Manchester Academy 2 on Thursday – admitted that the road to stardom has been slow and steady
Reflecting on their rise, he said: “It’s been a gradual progression.”
Inglorious performed on the main stage at last year’s Download Festival next to names such as Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne
“For some of the new guys though like Danny, who’s 19, he’s now going straight to playing on mainstages, that’ll be terrifying,” Phil told us.
The musician added: “But for me we started low-key and then to where we are now.”
However, in October last year ex-members Colin Parkinson, Andreas Eriksson and Drew Lowe announced their shock departure.
Looking back on them leaving, Phil revealed: “It’s sad that everyone’s left, especially Colin, as he’s one of my best friends.”
“I’ve learned everyone’s got their own lives to lead and things change for the better. I feel like everyone involved is now happier.”
Phil explained how it was a stressful time but he and frontman Nathan were lucky enough to know where to find some great people.
When asked about how they chose the new line-up, Phil said: “It’s no good being a virtuoso musician and being a recluse, it doesn’t go well with being in a rock band.
“If there’s no chemistry then you’re not going to make good music. It’s about finding a balance and that’s what we’ve got.”
It sounds like this year is so far so good for Inglorious.
According to Phil the new trio have been ‘well received ‘by fans on the first few dates of the tour, with future dates still to come in Amsterdam, Berlin and Hamburg.
*Inglorious are playing at Manchester Academy 2 on Thursday, February 7. You can buy tickets HERE.