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!
Foetal Juice – SOPHIE stage, Friday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We are from a small town in the north west called Ramsbottom near Bury.
How did you meet?
We all met at high school and developed an horrendous taste in music together over the years.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
About 11 years now, we started in mid 2005.
Where does the name of the band come from?
Like most of the best things in life the name was a drunken mistake! we were batting around some serious death metal band names and they all seemed so bland and boring, then Ry (guitarist) said Foetal Juice. We all laughed at it and then just thought fuck it, why not keep that name.
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
We have varied influences, I think thats what makes us blend different genres together. We are influenced by anything from horror films to take-aways. Musically we probably go for the more Vomitory, Desecration, Lock Up, Skitsystem route. We are also really influenced by bands like Frank Zappa, Enya, Rainbow, Mr Bungle, Snoop Dog, Caravan Palace, and anything that’s done well really. There are great bands in every genre.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I think the thing that makes us unique is that we blend influences from everywhere rather than just going for the elitist single genre approach. Our new album has influences from Death Metal, Black Metal, Grind, Punk, Crust, Rock, but still sounds like Foetal Juice.
What’s your live show like – why should the baying hordes troop over to the stage you’re playing on to watch you?
Our live show is really aggressive and funny, it makes crowd want to fight (pit) and laugh at the same time. We like to get the crowd as involved as possible. Hecklers are always welcome!
When/how did you find out you’d been selected to play at Bloodstock?
We found out a couple of months back via an email, we were absolutely over the moon about it. Then to find out we were playing the Sophie stage was unbelievable.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
We are going to try to mix up a lot of old songs like; “Service Station Masturbation”, “Brewkakke” and “Twisted Fister”, and we have got a full album’s worth of new songs that haven’t been played live before too, so we will be airing a number of them for the first time.
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
We haven’t been given a set time yet, so by the look of how high we are up the list of bands on the friday we are really hoping we don’t clash with the top 4 main stage acts. COC and Venom are the most likely clashes that we will be a bit bummed about.
What are you working on at the moment?
We are just working on our debut full length that should be out really soon. Everything is written and we are booked into Skyhammer studios in late July/Early August. We can’t wait to show everyone these new songs, we are all so proud of them.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
I don’t think we really do that many “wild” things but we have seen a lot of crazy fans do a lot of crazy things that we probably shouldn’t say on here.
What advice would you give to a young band just starting out today?
Don’t get disheartened if you don’t think you are getting anywhere, one day something will happen that will make you extremely happy that you carried on plucking away.
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!
Jesus this is a difficult one, there are so many bands I would love to tour with! Probably Entombed and Famine.
What stage / time are you playing at Bloodstock (if you have your slot yet!)
We are on the Sophie Stage on Friday but we haven’t been given a time yet.