Vocalist Brendan Frey of Hostile Array Interviewed

Hostile Array (formerly known as My Ransomed Soul) have just released their debut single “Devoid”. If you are into Architects, you’ll love the vocals and if you’re into Silent Planet, you’ll love the groovy guitars and ambient sounds “Devoid” has to offer.

Outspoken and message driven about the major conflicts in the world, the band is passionate about current political and social issues. Each song off the upcoming album is about a political topic, such as war, immigration, privacy rights, to even things like the government influencing the media and performing unknown human experiments.

How did you first get into music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?
My parents had me start taking piano lessons when I was about 8 or 9, but I wasn’t really that interested in playing music until I started playing bass at about 11 or 12. My older brother, Garrison, who plays guitar for Hostile Array, was into some heavier bands at the time. He was really the one who sparked my interest in the genre.

Were you forced to go to church as kids and did you participate, sing in choir, altar boys.
I don’t know if “forced” is the right word, but my parents made sure we were in church most Sundays. I played bass guitar and drums at my old church throughout high school. I still play bass at my current church every once in awhile.

How did you become a vocalist and are you proficient in any other instruments?
When I was 12 I got my hands on a copy of Underoath’s “They’re Only Chasing Safety”. I was hooked. I had never heard anything like that before. I then started trying to imitate the sounds I heard. I also started searching the Internet for different vocal techniques. As I mentioned before, I also play bass guitar, drums, and guitar, but I’m pretty sloppy on guitar.

What was the local scene in Frederick like in the beginning? Was there a particular band you aspired to be like? Favorite local bands back then? Favorite local bands now?
I’ve only lived in Frederick for about 2 years now. I grew up about 25 minutes away in a town called Mt. Airy, which had a pretty unique scene of its own. I started going to local shows around age 13. Most of the shows took place at the local Fire Hall. A lot of deathcore and metalcore bands would come through like Texas in July, Despised Icon, and Molotov Solution just to name a few. Back then I was really into a local band called In Alcatraz 1962. Some of my favorite local bands now aren’t even in the same genre as my band. Samuel Powers from Frederick is doing some really cool stuff, kind of has a Weezer meets Jimmy Eat World vibe.

How did the band form and how did the band name come about?
The 5 of us all played in another band together called My Ransomed Soul. After talking it over in the fall of 2016, we all agreed that we were getting tired of what we were doing, but none of us wanted to stop playing music together. The next thing we knew were writing for a new project and booking studio time with our good friend and producer, Chris Galvez. We really struggled coming up with the band name at first. We threw around a bunch of ideas, and most of them were either just awful, already taken, or just didn’t have the ring we wanted. Our name comes from the idea of standing in “hostile array” against anything that undermines our freedom or suppresses justice.

How would you best describe your sound?
Heavily influenced by early 2000’s post-hardcore and metalcore.

Does the current political climate in America scare you or make hopeful?
Both sides of the political spectrum have been disappointing for years. I’m neither scared nor hopeful. I’m an individualist. Everyone one wants to focus on who should be in power, when we should be pushing to limit how much power our leaders have.

Do you have any conspiracy theories about current world conflicts such as in North Korea, Syria or the endless Israeli/Palestinian dilemma?
I think a lot of the reports that are accepted in the mainstream are used to manipulate the average person into supporting things they wouldn’t if they were fully informed. The US intervention in Syria is a perfect example. I don’t buy the story that Bashar al-Assad gassed his own people. There are way too many conflicting reports, but yet you still hear the war drum beating.

Where do you go for real news?
I don’t trust any major media source. Everyone is trying to sell you something. Stay skeptical, do your own research, look at various sources, and come to your own conclusion.

Is Jesus the answer?
What’s the question?

Are the production of IPhones contributing to misery around the world?
iPhones are cool, sweatshops are not.

How important are presales for a band as opposed to letting a promoter do all the work?
Promoters and bands should have an equal interest in making sure people show up. Pay to play is a terrible model though.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once on different formats?
It was most likely a Relient K record when I was about 10. I don’t think I’ve ever bought an album in more than one format.

What’s the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?
We once played a show at Sonar in Baltimore opening for Parkway Drive several years ago. That was kind of a surreal experience at the time. I don’t really get nervous anymore before shows, but I think I just got used to it overtime.

Is commercial rock radio dead and do you listen to any local radio shows?
I think radio rock is slowly being replaced with alternative rock. I’ll tune into DC 101 sometimes and listen to Elliot in the Morning.

Do you ever go on Blabbermouth or other music news sites and argue your opinions with strangers in the comments section?
I definitely go through and read the comments sometimes, but I usually try to avoid getting involved. It never seems to be a productive use of time.

How has the recent suicides of famous musicians affected you and do you have a theory on them?
As someone who has been in some dark places myself, I can say depression and suicide are no joke. If you are having suicidal thoughts, talk to someone, seek help.

When can we expect the full length to drop and what is your writing process like?
The release date is still TBD. As far as the writing process, our guitarist usually write the foundation for our songs. After they have something worth tracking, we usually pre-pro the tracks and go through several revisions. Once we get to the studio, more revisions occur, some songs are barely touched, and others are completely dismantled and reconstructed.

Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it?
“Herd Instinct” is one of my favorites to play live. There’s just a lot of good energy whenever we play it.

Where do you see the band in 5 years?
It’s hard to say, but I would to love to get a couple more albums out by that point.

What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want?
None at the moment, but we would love to work with Orange.

Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?
Silent Planet. I love their music and they seem to be really genuine with their message.

Top 5 albums or songs released this year so far?
“DAMN” by Kendrick Lamar, “few” by He Is Legend, “If I Don’t Make It” by Ghost Key, “Forever” by Code Orange, and “Heatwave” by Trapped Under Ice.

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave or cremation?
Funeral song: Another One Bites the Dust by Queen. Albums to be buried with: Underoath’s “They’re Only Chasing Safety”, From First to Last’s “Dear Diary, My Teen Angst has a Body Count”, and Fall Out Boy’s “Take This To Your Grave”.

What’s the rest of 2017 look like for Hostile Array?
We just finished shooting a music video for our next single, “Herd Instinct”. Keep an eye out for that. We are also working on some tour dates for the fall and winter.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?
If you like what you’ve heard so far, you can stay up to date with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, @hostilearray

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