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?
Norwich East Anglia
How did you meet?
I (Errol) work in a rehearsal studio and have also been a promoter in the East Anglia area for many years now, so have known the other guys from other bands and socialising at gigs.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
We have had several line-up changes over the years, Nathan , Matt and I have been together for about two and a half years, Johnny has been standing in for about a year now.
Where does the name of the band come from?
When we started, we just picked a name each, stuck them in a hat and Killer Hurts won.
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
Slayer are a major influence for Nathan and myself, Matt is a massive Cliff Burton fan and loves Nuclear Assault. Bay area thrash is a big influence for me with Exodus being one of my favourite bands. Johnny is probably more into death metal and more technical bands, apart from Chas and Dave which is his all time favourites
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Old school Thrash influenced by Bay Area and all things NWOBHM, Saxon/ Maiden/ Priest etc.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our shows are pretty intense and full on, Nathan who also plays for thrashers Shrapnel is an awesome guitarist and is always one to watch at gigs. Over the years we have probably played a 100+ shows
When/how did you find out you’d been selected to play at Bloodstock?
We have been trying to get to Bloodstock since we played in 2012, last year we released our debut album in time for an August release, but unfortunately were too late to secure a slot on the back of it, this year we message the organisers again and were fortunate in securing one of the last remaining slots. Hope fully this may be a springboard to playing one of the other stages next year.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
The set is pretty fast and we have 2 new songs for this set so fingers crossed.
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
Nuclear Assault, and we have missed them thankfully.
What are you working on at the moment?
At last we are starting to write songs as this line-up, so it is nice to have different inputs and everyone can put their stamp on things, hopefully a new EP or album will be in the near pipeline.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
We haven’t actually done a full tour with Killer Hurts, mainly individual shows.
What advice would you give to a young band just starting out today?
Just work hard , practice hard and work on the finer details of songs, transitions ,starts and endings. It is also good to be able to compromise and work well with promoters/sound engineers and especially other bands.
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!
Tough one… probably Slayer and Incinery (great hardworking band and good mates).
Killer Hurts open the Jagermeister Stage on the Sunday.