Stalwarts of the Hampshire metal scene, DENDERA smashed their headline gig at the Joiners at the end of July – I caught up with them for a brief chat beforehand.
Your first album, ‘The Killing Floor’ was well received; what can we expect from album no. 2 and when might it be released?
The album will hopefully be released in the first half of 2015. We are really excited about the new album, the new material is sounding heavier, bigger and maybe a bit more modern, but still has a distinct Dendera sound.
How do you keep your writing innovative and fresh when people come to expect a certain style from you?
Our influences are always developing and changing with what we are into at the moment, but when we write together the end result is consistent with the sound we are aiming for.
You cite many influences as a band, including Iron Maiden and I’ve heard many people say that you sound like them. Does that bother you or do you take it as a compliment?
Any comparison to one of the best metal bands in the world can only be taken as compliment. We write music that we love and like to play, and so our influences will always come into the music. But that’s not to say we will always sound the same as we are always striving to find our own niche.
Have you any touring plans for the rest of this year?
If an opportunity arises we will definitely take it, however our priority is making the best album possible.
You’ve played with some big names, including Saxon, Soulfly and Gloryhammer. Who have you most enjoyed sharing a bill with?
We’ve loved sharing the stage with all those acts and the Gloryhammer tour was definitely a highlight. I think we will all have our own personal favourites for example, Steve playing with one of his guitar heroes Vivian Campbell with Last in Line.
If you had to choose one Dendera track to introduce a new fan to the band, which would it be and why?
If we had to choose one it would be Senlac Hill, we feel this shows our own sound and where we come from and our influences in one package.
You already have an existing, loyal fan base; how do you engage with people to promote the band? Do you think social media helps or hinders bands’ growth?
Social media is a valuable tool and allows bands to directly connect with their fans all over the world. It’s helped us to grow our fan base and reach people that would never had, had the opportunity to see us live at this point. In terms of engaging with fans we are a very social band at live shows and always try and interact with our fans.
What’s been the biggest Dendera highlight so far?
It would be hard to decide between releasing our debut album or the UK tour with Gloryhammer.
If you could tour or record with any band or artist (current or past), who would it be and why?
You would probably expect us to say Iron Maiden and that would be amazing, but we all have our own particular favourites! Whilst Tony would say Van Halen, Steve would say Dream theater.
I watched the Gloryhammer tour diary from last year – most amusing! You’re like one big family; who throws the toys out of their pram the most when you’re touring?
Thanks for watching our tour documentary! Others can watch it at the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpIZnbzc5Jc . In all honesty, on the road we all get along so well so there aren’t many toys being thrown. If we were to pick something though Andy doesn’t seem to enjoy falling flat on his arse in the shower whilst hungover!
What’s your opinion of the state of the local/national music scene?
Based on our most recent headline show the local music scene seems to be doing well. That being said, it takes a lot of effort from bands and fans alike to keep it going. We all need to pull together to help it thrive.
What’s next for Dendera?
After recently joining AMP Management, the new album on the horizon and big tour plans for next year it’s a really exciting time. We can’t wait to show everybody what we have got coming. Can we also take this time to thank everybody who has supported us so far. We love you all!