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!
Gutlocker – Hobgoblin New Blood Stage, Sunday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
Woking, in Surrey.
How did you meet?
We’ve all been friends for years, or either in previous bands together.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
The band formed at the end of 2012, but after a few lineup changes, we’ve been playing right now since the beginning of 2014 with the same members.
Where does the name of the band come from?
Our vocalist Skippy has a very dirty mind.
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
We’re all inspired by a wide range of different musical genres, anywhere from Kate Bush to Cannibal Corpse. In Gutlocker we try and be varied, but strictly groove based. Occasionally stretching out towards thrash, stoner and sludge. People usually don’t know how to pigeonhole us, we find it pretty hilarious. The other day we were described as grindcore funk, rather amusing.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We try to keep things stripped down and simple, with some nice meaty riffs. I think it’s our un-technical-ness that makes us a bit of an ugly duckling at gigs, but some people just find it too hard to headbang to polyrhythms, you definitely shouldn’t have any trouble tapping your feet to us.
What’s your live show like – why should the baying hordes troop over to the stage you’re playing on to watch you?
We promise there will be lots of noise and sweat, with a great potential of falling over and gurning.
When/how did you find out you’d been selected to play at Bloodstock?
We entered Metal 2 the Masses in Reading. We made it to the final 2 years running, but this year Simon Hall very kindly awarded us with a guest slot, what a nice chap.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
I think we’ll be a bit too nervous to introduce any new material, we’ll be playing it safe with some songs we know inside-out.
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
Evil Scarecrow! Saw them the last time they played the main stage, absolutely magnificent stuff, just fantastic! Also our chums in Cambion, bunch of lovely lads, so glad they got the opportunity to open up on Saturday.
What are you working on at the moment?
News songs, new album. Jolly good, watch this space.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
Not much really, everyone is very well natured. Not every gig is an episode of Jackass unfortunately. Sometimes there are bands that drink too much before their set and the result is usually fairly entertaining, although a bit abysmal.
What advice would you give to a young band just starting out today?
Nothing profound really, be well rehearsed and punctual, and don’t stand on any amps or drums that don’t belong to you!
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!
For a headliner, there’s two bands I’ve fallen in love with the past year; Ohhms and Conan. To support them would be a dream come true. Regarding an opener, we’ve also played with far, far too many other bands to single out just the one. When Gods Burn, Kill For Company, Remnant… don’t make me choose!
What stage / time are you playing at Bloodstock (if you have your slot yet!)
7:30 on the New Blood Stage, last band playing. What an honour!