Employed To Serve Tickets
A rock band from Woking, Employed to Serve is a five-piece outfit with a taste for hardcore and post-hardcore in their recordings and live work. The band first started making recordings available in 2014, having built up something of a following in the years running up to that point. Fans of groups such as Converge or the Chariot have found something in Employed to Serve's ability to deliver heavy rock and frenetic riffing that marks them out for great potential.
Employed to Serve's early career
Begun as little more than a home-based recording project, Employed to Serve started when Justine Jones, the group's lead vocalist, put some tracks together with guitarist Sammy Urwin. This occurred in 2011, after Jones and Urwin had been dating one another for a while. As Jones puts it, the group was intended to put out recordings only, without the expectation of it turning into a live setup. Nevertheless, Grindcore Karaoke and Wooaargh Puzzle Records started to promote their EPs and – in the end – the duo was persuaded that there would be sufficient interest to stage live performances.
Before the other members of Employed to Serve were recruited, the sound of Jones and Urwin was very much in the drum-machine grindcore style of artists such as Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Nevertheless, as the duo's songwriting capabilities increased, so they increasingly turned to other forms of rock music for inspiration. Urwin has gone on record as saying that he had an elitist approach when the band started out, which really only had time for thrashing death metal, but that this changed from around 2012.
The songwriting pair took a trip to Hevy Fest that year, which exposed them to a wider range of heavy rock styles. Urwin said that they watched performances of acts such as Rolo Tomassi, the Chariot, and Brotherhood of the Lake, which helped to inform the future sound of Employed to Serve. As Jones puts it, they were both opened up to these bands, 'like being in a toy store'.
Employed to Serve's recording career
As a somewhat untamed technical hardcore band, Employed to Serve's earliest singles were “Watching Films to Forget I Exist”, “Bones to Break” and “That's Interesting But Let's Talk About Me”. An EP called Change Nothing Regret Everything came out in 2014, showcasing Jones' signature vocal style. A full album, Greyer Than You Remember, followed in 2015. Then Warmth of a Dying Sun was released two years later, pleasing their many fans with its high production values.
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