About More than Conquerors
Dynamic Alternative-Punk-Rock Quartet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. For Fans of: Manchester Orchestra, Brand New, Reuben & Twin Atlantic.
More Than Conquerors first met in their early teens as competitors in a local Battle Of The Bands heat. It became glaringly obvious to lead singer, Kris Platt, that his current acoustic pop trio wasn't the outlet he needed. However, the band he saw that day was just what he was looking for. From then on, Platt aspired to join them.
Fast forward to college, where the boys hooked-up again, and out of complete musical like-mindedness, More Than Conquerors was formed.
The band walked their first demo recording into the offices of local label Smalltown America (Fighting With Wire, And So I Watch You From Afar, Jetplane Landing, LaFaro) and were quickly signed to the roster.
The band’s name, taken from a bible quotation, evokes questions surrounding their personal and musical background.
“We were brought up within the church, so questioning religion, overcoming the fear of challenging leaders, and provoking the growth of new ideas are reoccurring themes on this record,” explains Platt.
Exploring these aspects is a central theme for the band’s debut album ‘Everything I’ve Learnt’, the title is taken from the lyric "...everything I've learnt amounts to nothing". Although sounding literal, the record's name holds a more profound meaning regarding the band's growth.
Reminiscent of early British post-hardcore (Reuben, Idlewild, Biffy Clyro and Hundred Reasons) and the harmony-driven US rock of Brand New and Manchester Orchestra, ‘Everything I've Learnt’ still manages to find its own place amongst these behemoths.
Whilst Northern Ireland’s political history hasn’t coloured the band’s work, its burgeoning music scene has shaped MTC's attitude.
"We wouldn’t be a band if it wasn't for acts like SixStarHotel and Panama Kings," drummer Jamie Neish points out. "Those bands meant a lot to us early on, they gave us the confidence to do our own thing. Growing up with big bands playing big stages made music seem untouchable, but after seeing local bands performing in tiny venues to crowds of die-hard followers, we felt like this was something we could actually accomplish.”
During live performances, MTC provides an enthralling, uplifting and participatory experience for all, from the smallest of European club shows up to the bigger stages, where they've already supported the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Feeder, Dinosaur Pile Up and Twin Atlantic.
“We love being in the studio and we love writing, but there’s nothing better than watching an audience sing along to something we’ve created," says Platt. "We're just singing songs, trying to be honest and hoping to find common ground with the people listening."