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?
Chaos Trigger are based in South Wales, we’re actually spread out quite far now but originally we were a Merthyr Tydfil based band, but we range from as far west in Wales as you can get to Cardiff. We still consider ourselves a Merthyr bunch though.
How did you meet?
Lots of answers to this, Darren (drummer), Paul (guitars) and I (Mark, guitars) have known each other for 15 to 20 years, Brad (bassist) we met through a Facebook group, but he’s from the same town and shares a similar sense of humour to us, so we got on straight away. Ben (singer) was in bands we’d play with since we started out, he was a free agent and we needed a singer, he seemed the perfect fit as he’s into the same things we are.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
Chaos Trigger has been going on and off since 2006. The current line-up has been going for about 6 months.
Where does the name of the band come from?
We were at a Strapping Young Lad gig and the crowd was a bit static, Mark and Paul (guitars) decided it was time to get things moving and started one hell of a mosh pit. After the show had finished, Paul turned to Mark and said “You were like the Chaos Trigger in there” and it was instantly the band name.
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
We love all sorts of music from the absurdly heavy like Meshuggah to mellow tunes like Pink Floyd, this influences the way we write music, but we generally stay on the heavier side of the coin.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We’re heavy, we pack in lots of groove, we play 8 string guitars, but not in the way most bands use them, we’re not trying to be djent or anything like that, we just love low end and being able to use the extended range to create some truly horrible noises.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our live show is full of energy, full of smoke and lights and generally a rather heavy affair, we try and give our maximum at every show and to always engage the crowd, no matter how many are there.
We’ve played at least 25 shows this year alone, in the history of the band it’s in the 100s but I personally couldn’t quantify it.
When/how did you find out you’d been selected to play at Bloodstock?
We won the Metal 2 The Masses South Wales final, Rob from the Bloodstock team told us on the night and we were beyond happy.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
Our set-list is a mix of new and old material, muscular grooves and loads of head-banging. A few tracks from a concept album we put out a couple of years back about the film The Thing and completely new material that’s been written in the last 6-12 months. Low tunings, diverse styles and loads of energy.
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
For me it’s Opeth and Napalm Death, we already know our stage time so we know that we’re not going to clash with them, but there are so many bands who we love in Bloodstock that we’d love to be able to watch them all!
What are you working on at the moment?
We have a new album under way, it’s about 70% complete, still some vocal tracks to lay down and a couple of guitar tracks but we’ve been really busy on the gigging front so have decided to wait until after Bloodstock to get that finished.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
There are a few answers here. We played in an old ruined castle, that was up there among the weirdest/best things. There was once a shotgun fired outside a venue, everyone had to get rushed inside and the doors were closed.
What advice would you give to a young band just starting out today?
Be patient, learn your craft and as many skills that go alongside it as you can, sometimes you have to do your own management, your own photoshoots, your own artwork, imagery, promotion, etc. These are all things that need to be done beside being able to dedicate enough time to be good at your musical input. If there’s a more established band in your area, go to one of their shows, talk to them, ask them for advice on your local scene, who to talk to, the places to play. Start seeing your musical endeavours as a way to build a better community of music lovers and it’ll eventually find you rather than you having to go searching for it, whatever “it” is.
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!
- Chaos Trigger
- The Dweller
Chaos Trigger play the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage on the Saturday.