One single goal: to bring the listener to their boiling point!


We haven't missed the opportunity of asking powerful skinbeater Ross Standen more details about his creature Embryon, the new British torch-bearers of Raw rock tinged with Punk and Metal



-Please write a short bio for those who still don't know your ex bands and experiences. Where does your monicker come from?

Embryon is made up for 4 musicians from all musical backgrounds which gives the project a diverse and different sound. The meaning however remains the same. We couldn't decide on a name as most band names are either geniric or stupid or both, so we concentrated on the imagary. Dave (Singer)  liked the idea of a monster that lived in a bubble, this developed in to a evil spirit that lived in a child's balloon and was taken everywhere by a devoted kid. We drew the child holding the balloon and the monster in the balloon, the monster looked like an Embryo, we added the n for the French oddity; the name was simple yet peculiar at the same time, so it stuck.

-Your debut is a versatile album; is that because you all write in an equal manner or because the main songwriter owns a large background?

The majority of the first album was written by Dave and JC before they started recruiting the other members of the band. This was mainly due to them having a clear picture of where they wanted the project to go. Now there is the full line up it is more of a collaborative process with everyone bringing ideas to the table.

-As it's your first effort, I suppose you had lots of time to compose songs and little in the studio...

The guys spent ages going through ideas and putting them down in the studio, before finally coming up and deciding on which songs should appear on the album. Lots of ideas and songs didn't make it. It was a long process but we're happy with the final product and hope everyone else enjoys listening to it.

-I know you live far from each other; how often do you rehearse a month?

We rehearse every Tuesday evening for a couple of hours, going through the set for the next gig and working on some new song ideas and riffs. We also try to meet up every week to discuss where we are heading and what is next. We try to keep the business aspects of the project and the creative side separate so when we play we can concentrate fully on the music.

-For a new band the internet is a positive means; when you get signed, are you still going to see it like this or are you gonna regret for the unsold copies due to (il)legal downloads?

To me the internet has been a positive creation for the whole music industry. It just means it has changed the way the industry now works. It acts as a huge promotion tool, so that far more people can now listen and enjoy music that bands create. I think the amount of money lost to illegal downloads is fairly irrelevant if those people that download your music come see you at a show which they might not have done before and this is really what it's all about.

-What's the British Rock scene now like? Are there still many opportunities for recently-formed acts of playing live?

The scene is very active compared to some other European countries. The problem is whereas the pro scene is well structured and very active and efficient, the unsigned scene is mainly filled with so-called promoters who put on bands and ask them either to pay to play, or sell tickets or bring a certain numbers of punters through the doors themselves. Not mentioning the pub circuit where you play in front of a man and his dog. So to answer your question, yes there are plenty of opportunities for new bands to perform live but interesting gigs are still difficult to find.

-If you happen to open for an important band, what will you do to involve the audience which are there for the others and don't know your songs?

We always try and involve the audience in our songs. If no one has heard our songs we try to teach them simple bits so they may sing along in chorus. The last show we played we got a guy up who had never heard us play before but sang the chorus of "Voyager" with us on stage. Dave's constantly interacting with the audience keeping them involved and making sure everyone has a great time. We are there to entertain after all.

-In a band like yours the guitar has a vital role. Ever thought of including a live rhythm guitarist for guitar player JC to be freer live the way Steve Stevens did in Billy Idol's recent tour for instance?

The band is all about us four having fun and creating music that both we and hopefully the audience enjoy. At the moment we don't feel any need for another guitarist to free up Dave. He manages okay if he starts getting lazy and not playing the guitar parts properly maybe its something we will have to look into haha..

-Besides the bassist line-up change, would you introduce us your next plans and the video on the cards?

We are currently preparing for the video which we are recording for our debut single "Clone". "Clone" has been remixed specially to this effect by Dan Goudie, who just mixed the last Depeche Mode Live album. We have decided to work on the video with Sue Andor, who is a very talented director from London and we trust it's gonna be a relly cool video. We worked hard on preparing this video as we wanted something special, with effect, special angles and textures and mixing codes which we like. Sue really understood us and has put together a great project .We also have a number of shows lined up in France in November and a Uk tour in December, so stay tuned!

MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - October 2nd , 2010

Line-up on this record:
Dave Frawley - vocals and guitar
JC Cothias - guitar and backing vocals
Standen - drums
Gary Friend - bass guitar and back-up vocals

Ashford Kent - UK

Official sites:!/embryon.rockband?ref=ts

-Embryon (cartoon-CD - 2009)