RYL: “For all you know is the mask I wore” is the title of your debut EP, which was its main achievement?
Virtue in Vain: The main achievement was writing both ‘My Heart Is Bruised But Never Broken’ and ‘For All You Know Is The Mask I Wore’.
These two songs capture the main essence of what the EP is trying to portray, and are the songs that we are all very emotional invested in.
RYL: Tell us everything about “Left Behind”…..
Virtue in Vain: ‘Left Behind’ is all about losing aspects of your life due to a change of your own behaviour.
It goes through the idea of seeing your life change around you and blaming everything but yourself, and coming to release that you are changing it someone you are not happy with.
The music throughout the song flows through the changes with the clean section, being the moment of clarity, and looking back at yourself and what you have become.
All of this leads into being alone and essentially ‘Left Behind’
RYL: Is there a common meaning/theme between all your songs?
Virtue in Vain: ‘For All You know Is The Mask I Wore’ is a concept EP about loss of identity. Each song describes a different element of what goes into that happening, and drawn from experiences we have been through.
Martyrs – A loss of trust in friends
In Faith, In Ruin – Battling with your faith
Left Behind – Abandonment due to a change in your own behaviour
My Heart Is Bruised But Never Broken – Losing someone you loved, be it romantically or your own family.
For All You know Is The Mask I Wore – This song is about how the above events effect you, changing how you look at the world and yourself and the overall loss of identity.
RYL: Do you remember how the lyrics of “Martyrs” have been written?
Virtue in Vain: Originally Martyrs had a completely different set of lyrics, but we felt that it did not fit the song, and didn’t portray what the song represented.
Martyrs took a few weeks to complete, trying to come up with ideas about losing trust in friends takes a toll out on you and so over time the song became what we preform today, which shows with how the lyrics are very raw and aggressive.
RYL: how do you, usually, write the lyrics and music of your songs?
Virtue in Vain: We usually come up with a concept of what the song is going to portray, then write music and add the lyrics. All of us pitch in to same and mold the songs to what we play today.
RYL: “For all you know is the mask I wore” is also the title of one of your songs; what this mask represents for you?
Virtue in Vain: The Mask is basically describing, how you only know so much of a person by what they look like and what you may hear or they tell you.
Never quite knowing what everyone thinks on the inside and how they really feel and the struggles they go through in their life.
Someone could portray themselves as strong, brave, arrogant, cocky etc but really could be someone else completely and just trying to pretend they are something they are not.
RYL: Which is the most important thing for you while doing music?
Virtue in Vain: For us, it is getting across the meaning the behind the song, showing what the song means to trying and us to help others in doing so.
RYL: Which is the best verse you ever wrote?
Virtue in Vain: Honestly, that is a difficult question to answer. For myself (Hywel), I am attached to everything I write as I do emotional invest in everything I write.
The chorus’s for ‘My Heart Is Bruised But Never Broken’ and ‘For All You Know Is The Mask I Wore’ I am very proud and feel these are the most honest I can come across in describing my thoughts, and honestly the most real and raw parts when we preform them.
My Heart Is Bruised But Never Broken
Whisper my sweetest torment
For the hole inside, is nothing to your eyes, to your eyes
Picture frames and memories
Holding so close to what should be mine
For All You Know Is The Mask I Wore
They keep calling my name, but it’s not me who answers
For all that they know, is the mask that I wore
Demise seems like a blessing
When I’m tying my own noose
How can I smile back when I am decaying away
RYL: Which is the last song you wrote (not published yet)?
Virtue in Vain: We are working on a few parts right now. Nothing has become a song right now, just writing lines and bits as we go along which will later form into songs.
RYL: Tell us about your projects of touring this summer…
Virtue in Vain: We are currently organising going round the UK, as well as release a music video in the near future.