Weeping Hour is a band that I found and was blown away. One thing that sold me was when Pastor Rob reviewed their song “Outlier.” That song has provided me with hope, conviction, and inspiration. I had to interview this band. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ethan, their vocalist.
Rob:Who is Weeping Hour?
Ethan: Interestingly, Chris Shifflett (Drums) and Corey McKnight (Guitar) were founding members of “They Will Fall.” Major life events resulted in them reaching out to long-term friends from a band called “Courier”with members Ethan Prudhomme (Vocals) and McCall Metz (Guitar)who joined the band. Hunter McBride (Bass) was also brought in and, aftera transitional phase of rebranding,“Weeping Hour” was formed.
Rob: Your new record “Hunger & Thirst” will be releasing soon. What inspired your new record?
Ethan: The inspiration for this record is an accumulation of many inspirations. Like the writing process, there’s no way to plan by what or when you will be inspired. As individuals, we are all driven by the same passion which is to communicate through music. We want to start a conversation that we believe needs to be had. The conversation we are hoping to start with this record is the conversation about how we view and deal with the universal experience of suffering. Not only how to deal with suffering but almost see it as a blessing because it builds character and perseverance. The album title “Hunger & Thirst” is referencing many of The Apostle Paul’s words in scripture where he talked about his suffering for the gospel as a blessing and something to be celebrated. He saw suffering as a mystery to be discovered and cherished. How does that relate [to] us today? That’s the conversation we hope to have through this music.
Rob: What are you wanting fans to get from this release?
Ethan: The record is about suffering in various contexts, whether that be how Christians deal with it, a narcissistic view, or just the simple fact that we all suffer. We want to present this unfortunate truth, but with the message of hope that Christ has given us. Suffering happens to the poor as well as the rich, the Christian and non-Christian. God not only manifested himself as a man, but suffered the weight of all of our sins as a man. There is fellowship and a chance to comfort others through our suffering. We can take comfort in the fact our Lord has experienced suffering just as we have.
(8) Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ (9) and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith – (10) that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, (11) that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Rob: Your band is a part of the next generation of excellent Metalcore bands. How does that feel?
Ethan: It’s good to know there are excellent Metalcore bands coming up, much less any that are Christ-centered. It’s a joy to be a part of both of those communities.
Rob: What bands inspire you?
Ethan: Our influences vary greatly from member to member. Bands like Meshuggah, Vildjharta, Oh, Sleeper, Structures, Barrier, Tool, and many more have influenced us through this process and our lives.
When you hear the record you can tell the major influence of composers like Jóhann Jóhannsson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Hans Zimmer. We wanted the album to have a cinematic feel. On top of us all being big into films, we found a love for how the scores for these films helped support the emotion of the visuals. Chris Shifflett worked diligently to try and provide that underlying fluid emotion with the mechanical nature of metal, which is a goal for us musically.
Rob: How does your faith impact your music?
Ethan: While I believe we would all be musicians whether we were Christians or not, I believe that’s whatdrives us the most. We feel we have a deeper purpose to the music we play. It’s beyond solely just playing music for us.
Rob: What is your songwriting process?
Ethan: One thing every artist learns is that the creative process is never linear. The product rarely turns out the way it was originally planned, and that’s the exciting part of writing music. This writing process in particular wasa bit scattered. As mentioned before, some of the new material was planned to be released under “They Will Fall,” as most of the lyrics are the working of the former vocalist. Songs like “Outlier” and “Foreign Flame” have been around since 2016 but would later become the first singles released under “Weeping Hour”. As far as our artistic mindset, we have always sought to push ourselves creatively. The saturation of bands makes it more difficult to be original which is why we try to never settle for “good enough.” We want to always bring something fresh to the metal genre as we are inspired by bands and artists that have done the same. Every member of the band derives inspiration from different styles of music which excites us for the future material. We look forward to writing together for the first time with the current “Weeping Hour” line-up.
Rob: What are the band’s goals in 2019?
Ethan: First off, releasing the record, then to play as many shows as we can manage. Looking to get back to writing and in the studio before the year is over. Considering the bones of our music were in place prior, writing from the ground up as a full unit is going to be quite the experience.
Rob: Describe music in 3 words
Ethan: Compelling, Emotion, Therapeutic