Review Fix: How did the band get together?
Evelyn Hart: The WINTYR got together in studio. We all came together to work on some material for a solo album for me, and over time it became clear that sound could best be expressed as a band instead.
Review Fix: What makes your brand special?
Hart: We feel that our brand is beginning to explore the dynamics of a dark, cinematic sound, combining electronic music with storytelling. It’s something still very new to us, and we’ve been influenced heavily by artists from places like Norway, Sweden, Germany & the UK.
Review Fix: What’s your creative process like?
Hart: Our creative process for this album took the form of Evelyn writing the initial material; the songs in their raw form of a vocal and one other instrument, mostly piano. Brendyn and Tristan then came on board as a production team and took everything to the next level, adding musical ideas and finding unique sounds. Because it was the first time we had all worked together, the process took about a year. We think the next one will be way faster now that we have a process to follow.
Review Fix: What’s your standout song on the album How was it written?
Hart: Each member of the band has their own favorite track that they love to listen back to. But I think we all agree that the title track, ‘Fury’, is the standout song. It carries a weighty mood and contains a the best mix of what we feel sets us apart as a band – moody, dark music with a real story attached. I wrote the track after watching a particular bombing episode in the Middle East, and the song became an expression of her sadness as well as a plea.
Review Fix: What are your goals for 2017?
Hart: In 2017, we will be playing a few shows together and also go into studio to work on new material. We like to stay creative and fresh, so we are experimenting all the time!
Review Fix: What makes your latest album special?
Hart: With Fury being our first album made together as a band, it will always be special to us. It was and still is a testing ground, an expression of our desire to make music that moves people. We only hope we can continue to do that as more songs come in future.
Review Fix: How do you want your music to affect people?
Hart: Much of my writing is focused on challenging people to examine themselves; to really ask the deep and difficult questions. Why are we here? What are we doing with what we have been given? What have you got to say about the world around you? Art should reflect the times. Music is also a place to escape to and find comfort in, and so our hope is to challenge people but also make them feel safe and encouraged, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Hart: Our plans for this year will see us continue to write new songs and just make art that hopefully inspires people who listen.