Here we go again… Last year we covered every band on the Hobgoblin New Blood and Jagermeister stages in the run-up to Bloodstock 2015. This year, we’re going one better and aim to have interviews from all the bands on those two stages as well as all of those on the SOPHIE stage prior to the event kicking off on August 11th. That’s almost 100 interviews to get online for you lucky people over the course of the next couple of weeks. I bloody love this job, but you lot owe me a beer at Catton Hall, right?
Thanks to all the bands who’ve taken the time to respond!
Black Ink Sun – Hobgoblin New Blood stage, Saturday
Guitarist Leigh did all the hard work answering our questions…
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
Northampton & Milton Keynes.
How did you meet?
That’s a tricky one, I am the only original member from the original band… when it changed up and became BIS, Ross (the drummer) joined. We went through lots of folks till we eventually took on Azz (guitar) and found Brian (bass) after lots of bassists came and went! Then, as a result of a sequence of not so savoury incidents, we had to find a new singer… in steps Jamie!
How long have you been playing together as a band?
Black Ink Sun has been in existence for approximately five years. This line up though, which is when it finally clicked… just coming up to one year.
Where does the name of the band come from?
I think it came somewhere between me and a band name generator as I vaguely recall!
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
LoG, Machine Head, Sylosis, Dethklok, Periphery, Within the Ruins, Krysthla…
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Funnily what stands us apart if that we are just METAL! We don’t drop into sub-categories, we get described as old skool but that’s only because we don’t have skinny jeans and floppy hair do’s. We have a good cross section of different styles within our music so we hit ya traditional metal heads through to getting ya beatdown kids going!!
What’s your live show like – why should the baying hordes troop over to the stage you’re playing on to watch you?
We always aim to give a show. Stage presence and energy are important to us, the music is tight but we want to give more to the fans. We aim to get even those who have never heard of us moving and participating! Make people remember they saw us long after the music has faded.
When/how did you find out you’d been selected to play at Bloodstock?
We battled through M2tM. Defeated all to win the Northants heats.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
It’ll reel you in slow, then it’ll take ya head off, spin you round and then finally release you into the final drop which will leave you shaking where you stand!
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
Oddly it’s Cambion as we’re main support for them in a few weeks and want to see and support them!
What are you working on at the moment?
All eyes are firmly focused on our BOA campaign. We want to connect with as many folks as possible, bands, promoter and of course fans.
Then new material for future release.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
Watch this space, tours are in the pipeline!
What advice would you give to a young band just starting out today?
Get a solid lineup! Don’t rush into anything, you’ll regret it and it’ll cost you more time in the long run.
Get solid songs that you have listened to 1000 times to make sure they are good as possible!
Record your songs as well as you can as they will represent you when you start looking for gigs!
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!
- Lamb of God
- Black Ink Sun
- Point Of Extinction
What stage / time are you playing at Bloodstock (if you have your slot yet!)
We’re on Saturday on the New Blood Stage… time TBC