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!
Drummer Tats McGee took on question-answering duties for Loft.
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
Loft are a band from Cornwall.
How did you meet?
Guitarists Denn Leavy and Bob Barnes got talking, last year, about forming a band. They brought in myself on drums and Phil Rollason on bass. The four of us started jamming and material came quickly. So auditions were held for a singer and in walks Rob Summers,a man with a massive voice and the full front man package!!
How long have you been playing together as a band?
Loft will be celebrating their first year together at Bloodstock Festival!
Where does the name of the band come from?
The name was suggested by Bob and stuck.
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
Influences are everything really, as a band we all play what we want so influence can come from anywhere.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Loft are a heavy progressive rock/metal band,we are not that unique,in the sense we do nothing that hasn’t been done before. That said, Loft do have a sound that stands up and demands to be heard,light and shade, groove and heaviness,all takes you on an adventure from start to finish, both live and recorded.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
The live show is what you see is what you get, 5 strong musicians, no weak links , an old school Zeppelin, Sabbath approach with modern vibes thrown in.
Loft have only played about 20 shows so far, so we are even more delighted that we find our next outing is Bloodstock festival!
When/how did you find out you’d been selected to play at Bloodstock?
Loft entered M2TM as a ‘See what happens’ type thing, and we won!
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
As far as bands to see go at Bloodstock, Loft have a few: Opeth, B.L.S. and Rob Zombie… the list goes on.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment Loft are working on videos to back up our first release Empires, available through download on Band Camp.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
What goes on tour stays on tour lol! That said, Loft haven’t been on tour as of yet so, maybe next interview.
What advice would you give to a young band just starting out today?
Advice for young bands is simple: record your rehearsals and listen to them. It’s a great tool to speed up learning and improving material.
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!
OK… a three band line up… Well I’m sure the others would have their opinions on this but I’ll say, (Tats McGee), top of the bill Clutch, then Loft, then Cybernetic Witch Cult,who are a band from Cornwall. They have been going a bit longer than Loft, and were in the Finals of M2TM Devon and Cornwall, with us.
Loft are playing the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage on the Friday.