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!
Filip took over answering duties for these questions…
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We are from Copenhagen, Denmark.
How did you meet?
For our original line-up our drummer and I met each other through our previous bands. Our drummer knew our guitarist through some friends, while I booked our bassist’s other band for a show and when he saw that I searched for a bass-player he contacted me. Our second gutiarist I found through a website for musicians searching for bands. But since then we’ve had tons of changes to the line-up.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
We started to practice together by the beginning of 2010 and recorded and played our first shows later that year.
Where does the name of the band come from?
Our ex-guitarist came up with the name, which we aren’t totally sure about the meaning of, but I think it means that you are doing something without actually knowing that you are doing it.
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
We all listen to a lot of different music, but I guess some of the bands we took inspiration from are Celeste, Shora and Psyke Project.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
That’s a hard question to answer. I would let our listeners decide that.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We are usually playing in total darkness only using strobelight and a smoke machine. Our show at Bloodstock is pretty early, so it would not be dark when we play, but I think we are playing inside a tent, so hopefully it would still give an effect if we use our lightshow. In total we have played 290 shows of which 128 of them were last year.
When/how did you find out you’d been selected to play at Bloodstock?
We played at a showcase here in Copenhagen called ‘When Copenhell Freezes Over’ where a woman called Sharon saw us and really liked it. Sharon runs a management/booking agency called ‘Factory Music’ in the UK, so she asked us if we wanted to play Bloodstock.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
We will mainly play songs from our latest full-length, ‘Abalam’, but we will also play one older and one newer song.
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
Raging Speedhorn. They were one of the first bands I ever saw live back in 2003, so it would be great to see them again.
What are you working on at the moment?
We have a few different plans for next year. We’re talking a about touring Asia and Isreal by the beginning of the year and then Australia and New Zealand a little later, but we’ll see how everything pans out. The band is going through some big line-up changes after our shows in August + the first priority is to write and record a new album before we going totally crazy with touring again.
The new line-up is going to include people from other countries for the first time, which means the band members are going to be located all over Europe. But we’ll meet up for 20 days in September/October and practice like crazy every day, so I guess we’re going to have a more clear idea about the bands future when we figure out how fast/slow the writing process is going to be after the first practice marathon.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
I got a fractured skull at a show we did in Serbia in 2011… that was pretty crazy!
What advice would you give to a young band just starting out today?
I guess it depends on what you want to achieve with your band. But if you want to get out there, then work hard.
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!
I would love to go on tour with Nine Inch Nails, even if the audience would hate our music. But to see Trent Reznor perform every night and hang out with him would be a dream come true! I would bring our friends in LLNN as an opening act, even if the audience would also hate them, haha!
Hexis play the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage on the Friday.