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!
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We’re mainly Birmingham based but our singer Andrew is from Coventry & Ed our Guitarist lives in Reading.
How did you meet?
We’ve all known each other for years. The Birmingham scene is quite tight-knit so we were usually gigging/drinking together in our other bands.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
2012 Burden was formed, so just over 3 years.
Where does the name of the band come from?
It was a term used for hanging back in the Victorian era…. and it sounds ‘orrible.
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
Everyone brings their own influences into the band but we all have a mutual love for Iron Monkey, Eyehategod, Speedhorn.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
No messing around! Play fucking quick or fucking slow. No middle ground!
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Loud, Energetic, Aggro. We’re in the moment, if the crowd are too, even better.
Way too many shows to mention. Every year gets better for us. We’ve played with Goatwhore, Vallenfyre, Speedhorn, Hang The Bastard, Desecration, Heart of A Coward etc this year alone… We came back from Ireland playing a few shows with Eyehategod a few months back. That was nearly the holy grail for us.
Did you enter M2TM thinking you could win it?
We believed we had a chance, otherwise we wouldn’t have bothered. It worked out well because we’d play to bands/crowds of people we would never usually play too. So it was beneficial.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
Very quick in parts and slow in others. We have got a lot of new material and throwing some of the old “classics” for the fans that know our stuff.
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
We’re playing on the Sunday so I fucking hope we don’t clash with Orange Goblin. Cannibal Corpse would be a pain too. Hopefully we’re on when Ensiferum are on, haha.
What are you working on at the moment?
We recorded with Eyal Levi which we were really chuffed about. Currently sitting on it looking for label interest.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
We’re a handful on tour at the best of times but I think Dirty our bassist wins. Had a show in Bristol and took a few band shots next to the river Avon. He was pissed sitting on the wall, knelt back then accidentally plunged 40ft into the drink! After a few failed attempts to fish him out the Police and coastguards arrived. He survived,unfortunately. Stupid twat, haha.
What advice would you give to a young band just starting out today?
Don’t bother!…. Nah, just enjoy it.
If you could be part of any 3-band line-up who else would you have on the bill? One band above you and one below – a chance to plug a smaller, unsigned act!
Headlining, Black Sabbath! To open?….. Brummy lads ‘Acid Goat’. Nice lads. Really good tunes.
Burden of the Noose play the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage on the Sunday.