Geschreven door op 2010-05-15 16:33:42

Interviews :: Interview met Emily van Pythia

Na het optreden van Pythia in  Hedon Zwolle, heb ik met Emily afgesproken haar wat vragen op te sturen. Hieronder is het resultaat te lezen.


Hi Emily how are you doing?

I’m a bit tired as I’ve just got back from a tour of Lebanon, but apart from that I’m great!


For our readers who haven’t heard of Pythia yet, Can you introduce the band to them?

Well here’s the official line …


PYTHIA (pronounced pie-thee-ya) are a group of classical and Metal inspired musicians who believe that music is a lifestyle that should be lived only by the brave and true of heart.


Fronted by Emily Alice Ovenden, a published novelist and member of the number one selling band Mediaeval Baebes, PYTHIA were brought together by a love of gothic literature and Metal.   


Photocredits : Mo Ali

Emily Alice grew up in a mock gothic castle in Cornwall as the daughter of infamous Ruralist artists Graham and Annie Ovenden and began singing and writing ghost stories at an early age.  The themes that she grew up with have naturally influenced her songwriting but, says Emily:  


 “PYTHIA is a band dedicated to making music which not only incorporates gothic themes but also the themes of power metal which we feel help to give strength and positivity to the darker side of our stories,”  


Musical pedigrees within the band stem from UK rock and thrash metal projects such as Descent and Head On.  Drummer Marc Dyos and guitarists Ross White and Tim Neale are joined by relative newcomer, bass player Andy Nixon-Corfield and their combined power metal riffs and palpitations are embellished with epic keyboards from Richard Holland.   


With just a handful of live shows under their belt, PYTHIA have already supported some impressive acts such as Tarja (ex Nightwish), Ministry and Fields Of The Nephelim.  After a series of spectacular shows at some of the UKs most prestigious venues, including Shepherd’s Bush Empire, The Forum and The Electric Ballroom, PYTHIA represented the female Gothic community at one of the UK’s largest Metal festivals Bloodstock Open Air 09. PYTHIA performed on the new Sophie Lancaster stage, as a tribute to the murdered teen on Saturday 15th August 2009.


photo credits : Hayley Madden

Bloodstock founder and promoter Paul Gregory said:  


"Adding PYTHIA to the festival was a natural choice to represent the female Gothic community and the launch of the Sophie Lancaster Stage. This stage is in memory of a young girl whose life was needlessly cut short by intolerance and mindless brutality. Sophie celebrated life through the music and lifestyle she chose, PYTHIA's ideology mirror this perfectly".  


PYTHIA’s debut single entitled ‘Sarah (Bury Her)’ was released on 12th August 2009, which was shortly followed by their album ‘Beneath The Veiled Embrace’.


The album quickly received a plethora of fantastic reviews from the rock and metal press. Classic Rock Prog made album track “Sweet Cantation” their Track of the Day on their website, Metal Hammer made Emily was “Miss December” in the magazine’s Maidens of Metal 2010 calendar and their album launch was sponsored by Terrorizer and Jagermeister. The album also received favourable reviews in Kerrang! and a respectable 8/10 review in Powerplay.


“… [Beneath the Veiled Embrace] is about Emily’s siren-esque contribution [to the metal scene], never descending into a vacuous vocal masterclass.”  - Metal Hammer


“… a truly mesmerizing mix of thrash, power and ladylike class.” – Terrorizer


The band have recently completed a photo shoot with acclaimed photographer Clive Arrowsmith who has photographed many iconic stars (Kate Bush, Jeremy Irons, Christian Slater…) and album covers including that of Band on the Run for Wings plus photos for bands like Chthonic. He has also directed music videos, including the video for Def Leppard’s “Long, Long Way To Go”. They aim to release these photos exclusively in conjunction with a tour and single release next year.


This is the sound of a band flying the flag for female fronted metal in the UK. In a time of stylized rock, sappy emo and marketing ploys, Pythia are amongst the last few hard working metal bands fighting their corner and doing a damn fine job. Mark our words - Pythia will rule 2010.


You just Toured with Pagan’s mind, how did you end  up with them hitting the road?

Our fantastic NL Agent put us on the road with them and if was a great billing as we got on well and respected each other’s music.


In Holland you guys gave an amazing show in Holland in de Hedon Zwolle. How did you guys experience the show?

We had a great time at all the shows. There’s a level of professionalium at the NL and Belgium venues that you don’t get in the UK. Friendly crew, clean dressing rooms and great sound gear. In the UK you can often be treated really badly but it’s not like that in NL. We had an awesome time and thanks to everyone who helped make that happen.


After the show you gave a lot of attention to the fans, are you guys always that open with the fans?

Yes were are, so much so that we took 7 fans along with us on the tour. They’re part of the PYTHIA family now.


You got a beautiful voice and looks. What made you decide to front for a Band like Pythia.

I love heavy metal and I am a strong independent woman so when Marc (drummer) approached me, it seemed like it would be a good opportunity for me to show what I can do as a composer and singer.


I noticed at the merchandise stand that you guys got very cool professional merchandise. Who made the artwork for the nice calendar, which was at sale at the show?

The calendar is the artwork from our album, which is by Hayley Madden who is one of my favourite photographers. My mum who’s an artist put it together for us as a calendar and I think it turned out really well.


The Album “Beneath The Veiled Embrace” is out recently, how do you look back at recording this album?

With great pleasure, it turned out really well and we’re all proud of it. I loved writing the songs and enjoyed it from beginning to end.


Are there any plans for recording a new Album in the near future?

We’re working on a new album now, which is due out in Feb 2011. We’ve got five songs written so far and they already sound great, I think it’s going to be a masterpiece.


What are the future plans for Pythia? 

Well apart for the new album, which is what we’re really concentrating on and general world domination we’re playing a few shows your neck of the wood in October. 22 Oct 2010 – Waerdse Tempel Heerhugowaard Netherlands With Arch Enemy
23 - 24 Oct 2010 – Metal Female Voices Festival OKTOBERHALLEN Schroverstraat 18 9280 Wieze Belgium


Thanks for the interview

You got anything to share with our readers?

Thanks, check out our website and join the PYTHIAN ARMY NOW!





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