Harmed are a metal band from Hungary that having been making some noise since blowing up on the scene in 2017. After signing to Famined Records and releasing their debut EP ‘From Day One‘ which is a powerful onslaught of ferocity that doesn’t relent for a second. They’ve made quite the impression around Europe and recently made it to our shores playing six dates across the U.K. We got to catch up with vocalist Levente Spicze to ask him a few questions about Harmed and tour life…
For those that haven’t heard of HARMED tell us a bit about yourselves and your music?
We are a 5 piece modern metal band based in Budapest, Hungary. We try to create a dark atmosphere that catches the listeners attention.
How did your recent tour go?
It was really good. We all enjoyed it a lot! The response we received from people was overwhelming. I think the UK is a great place to tour, we played with a lot of great and promising bands, can’t wait to go back already. Speaking of which – if you’re not already aware, have your eyes on Lotus Eater and Centuries. Those guys are amazing and they will be going somewhere.
Is this the biggest tour you’ve done so far?
I’m not sure if the biggest, but we had the most fun on this one for sure!
How did you prepare for it?
Besides packing your stuff and sorting everything so you won’t have any unexpected “surprises” on the road, not very much beyond the standard. You have to prepare yourself mentally. For the next couple of days/weeks you’ll be with the same people every minute and you won’t have any privacy, you won’t see your loved ones, and you have nowhere to run when or if you argue. I think touring is more challenging mentally than physically. But besides this, of course we rehearsed, prepared a brand new set filled with 2 unreleased songs, etc – so if you came to the shows, you got a sneak peek!
Where was your favorite place to play whilst on tour?
There were three shows on our recent tour that I won’t forget – Brighton, London and Brussels. If I have to choose one then I’d go for Brighton, for sure, that city is crazy! The people seemed to be happy to watch us, they care about bands, and the artistic freedom shown here was amazing. Great energy overall.
What is your one tour essential item?
My pillow. Even if I can’t sleep in the van, I love to hug something all the time as it’s the only part of home I have with me.
What are some of your achievements you are most proud of this year?
We’ve been very busy this year. We played a lot of show all over Europe and made it to places we never thought we’d see as a band, especially not in one year after forming! Of course, recently I was proud to know we sold out our hometown venue, Dürer Kert, in about 2 hours after doors opened (when playing with The Royal, Of Virtue and more at Grindrise Fest). However, I think what I’m the proudest of is how we have grown as individuals, how we have learned to live and accept each other, how we have learned to be patient and work as a real team.
Have you any funny stories from previous tours?
Yeah, this summer during our show on Rockstadt Extreme Festival in Romania, Gabor fell on stage in a really funny way, the whole process was captured on camera. Luckily there was no injury. There are always a lot of stuff we laugh at, but I can’t share it all – you must come to a show and experience it for yourself!
What can we expect musically from you in the future?
Some weird stuff for sure. Might be heavy at times, melodic at others, maybe industrial even .. we try to create some very dark vibes. We want to make something weird that makes people leave their comfort zone and experience something wild and strange.
What you all listening to at the moment?
Well – we are forever in love with the legacy acts such as Deftones, Slipknot, Korn, Nine Inch Nails, and more, but also we are into different genres as well. For instance, we like electronic music and hip-hop a lot. My personal favorites at the moment is Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys and IOWA by Slipknot.
What do you do to keep entertained on the road?
Listening to music, conversing, playing games, watching some movies or playing video games. We do all of that. But on tour, a huge part of your entertainment is looking around the new cities if we have enough time. We like to try and eat local foods, meet people and experience the culture.
What’s your most memorable experience onstage?
My knee injury before our set on our last tour. I did a feature for one of our friends’ bands and somehow I ended up with someone on top of me and my knee dislocated. We managed to relocate it on the scene, the ambulance rushed me to the hospital and after they did all the needful tests I was able to go back and finish the show as planned. Everyone was super supportive, the way they cared about us and the amount of love we received before, during and after the show, it’s really hard to describe this feeling. So, yeah, I don’t think we will ever forget that show.
What’s next for HARMED?
New tours. New music. We are ready for 2019 and we hope our fans are too!