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?
Sam – North East Derbyshire, in a little town called Chesterfield. It’s not really famed for heavy metal, but it is the birthplace of Nick Barker.
How did you meet?
Sam – We met at school when we were 15, 16 years old. We went through a couple of line up and name changes, had a couple of year’s rehearsing and then started playing the local scene.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
Reece – 11 years altogether. The guys started when they were 16 and I remember watching them play in the school hall and I was blown away. A few months later they had a position available and the rest is history! Forgotten Remains, in its entirety, has been together for just less than 4 years.
Where does the name of the band come from?
Sam – When we were playing under the name Nylis, I wrote a song called “Forgotten Remains”. When we reformed we decided we needed to come up with a new name, and Forgotten Remains felt the most natural and represents us quite well I think.
What are your influences-individually or as a band?
Reece – I’d say we all have a general interest in the Scandinavian melodic death metal scene. For me personally, The Haunted and Sylosis are great influences.
Sam – Slayer and Cannibal Corpse also form a big part of our influences, there’s quite a mixture when I think about it.
Describe your music, what makes you unique?
Reece – I guess it’s like Sam described, the range of influences we have contributes to our overall sound and we strive to make our music as different as possible.
Sam – I think we’re quite old school compared to the upcoming bands I’ve heard recently. The mixture of thrash, death, melodic/groovy midsections is a great balance for me and it works really well.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Sam – To date we have played 25 shows and have a further 10 booked between now and the end of the year. We’re actively looking for more too! Last year we only played a total of 20 shows and it’s fantastic that venues have asked us back time and time again. We’ve covered the majority of the country now and it really is the best way to get out there.
Did you enter M2TM thinking you could win it?
Sam – This year’s M2TM was the third time we had entered the competition. We had managed to get through to the final on the other two occasions, but this year was our year! We have worked so hard to get where we are now, so to be announced as the winners of M2TM it couldn’t have been any more rewarding. There are some amazing bands in the East Midlands so every year the competition gets tougher!
What sort of set list can we expect?
Reece – The set will be hard-hitting from the offset – two of the songs will be released online on the Friday of Bloodstock, immediately after we have played. Those watching us in the New Blood Tent will be the one of the first audiences to have heard these played live!
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with / are you glad you aren’t clashing with so you can see them play?
Sam – I’m happy that we’re playing on the Friday, as my favourite bands are playing on the Sunday. If we had somehow clashed with Cannibal Corpse, that would have been highly emotional for me!
What are you working on at the moment?
Reece – We’re looking to record a new E.P by the end of the year, so a lot of work will be going into that to ensure it is the best it can be.
Sam – Definitely! We’ve worked really hard on pushing the profile of the band this year so we are just trying to keep the momentum going and continue to increase our exposure.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
Reece – Wild? I think we’ve been pretty controlled so far actually! Although there was that time when we nearly got thrown out of a hotel in Norwich for attempting to steal a goat…?!
Sam – Haha. Yeah I’d say that’s the wildest thing to date.
What advice would you give to a young band just starting out today?
Reece – Keep at it. It’s very easy to give it up when you first start out because you are all getting to know each other, and are still figuring out how you work together musically. My only advice is to keep an open mind, share responsibilities evenly and help each other out!
If you could be part of any 3 band line-up (as supporting or headlining) who else would you have on the bill?
Sam – Cannibal Corpse as headliners, and then a great band from Mansfield that we have played with a few times this year – Gods to Fall. They are a great bunch of lads and I imagine they would be great company on tour!
Forgotten Remains play the Hoboblin New Blood Stage on the Friday.