Due to the huge number of bands playing at Bloodstock this year, and the fact that our two roving reporters will actually want to watch some of them, we’re doing a little round of pre-festival interviews this year. We’re focussing on the bands playing the Jagermeister and Hobgoblin New Blood Stages so they get a chance to convince you to go and watch them. Remember, these guys and gals are the future of our musical world!
Jason and Conan (drums and vocals) answered our questions…
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
Jason – LEEDS
Conan – ….In West Yorkshire.
How did you meet?
J – Me and Conan used to drink in a pool hall when we were under age. And we met Joe through one of his older bands and quickly realised his party habits were similar to ours.
C – Known Jay for years now… he stepped in on the last second as a drummer for my old band when ours decided he wanted to try kill himself.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
J – Just shy of a year
C – I think it was September 2014 we got together….. we might have to have a band birthday party soon.
Where does the name of the band come from?
J – It comes from sitting in boozers for fucking hours spewing anything you can think of before you finally come up with a name that doesn’t sound too shit.
C – Band names are THE hardest thing to settle on… Think Jay came up with something with ‘Blind’ in, then I had something with ‘Haze’ in it…. we eventually gave up and just went for that.
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
J – I play in a sludge band as well, so draw a lot from bands in that genre. My two favourite bands are Eyehategod and Motörhead. They’re all you need really.
C – I’m a huge NWOBHM fan, and also Motorhead as well… so try to cross the power and speed of Motorhead with the song writing of a lot of NWOBHM bands. (to varying degrees of success)
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
J – Nothing unique about it. Everything has been done before. We just play what we love. I’d bet my left bollock if people were telling me to check out some new band cause they’re really unique that I’d think they’re turd.
C – Its Heavy Metal… nowt more, nowt less.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
J – We have a few shows under our belt now but we’re after more. The shows are loud, fast and drunk.
C – Our shows normally consist of us playing the songs ten times faster than they should be… myself trying to sound witty and interesting between songs, then making a swift retreat to the bar.
When/how did you find out you’d been selected to play at Bloodstock?
J – Ben Ward from Orange Goblin put in a good word.
C – Good ol’ Ben… He’s a good egg, must remember to buy him plenty of booze when we get there.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
J – All our best songs!
C – Our Greatest Hits set… blink and you’ll miss it!!
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
J – Orange Goblin. If you aren’t gonna watch Orange Goblin then what’s the point in going to Bloodstock this year? Also check out Pist on the Sophie Lancaster stage!
C – The Orange Gobblers… I heard they do a mean Val Doonican tribute.
What are you working on at the moment?
J – Liver damage…
C – Racking our brains for any more catchy pop hits to write… hopefully drum up a bit of interest from a label to release any of it.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
J – My other band BongCauldron went on tour with Pist earlier this year. Watching their vocalist Dave shit himself as he stepped out the van at the first venue set the tone for how ridiculous those 9 days were.
C – Highlight for me was the singer from Molly Hatchet disappearing off stage during a guitar solo to find me to see if I could get hold of any drugs.
What advice would you give to a young band just starting out today?
J – Always remember – There’s absolutely no point!!
C – Get Drunk, Have Fun, Be as Loud as possible, Piss people off….cos it beats working 9-5, right?!
If you could be part of any 3-band line-up (as support or headlining) who else would you have on the bill?
J – Orange Goblin, Pist and Blind Haze tour! Sounds like a fun suicide does that
C – Slade, Sweet, Blind Haze… That would be SILLY loud!!
Blind Haze play the Jagermeister Stage on the Sunday.