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!
I Saw The World Burn – Hobgoblin New Blood Stage, Sunday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
Hi there! Well, we are Midlands based as we rehearse near Stoke, but Graeme (drums) and Don (bass) are from North Wales and travel a couple of hours each way to practice every week! We do have a great following across the country too, with the main focal point being the North West.
How did you meet?
We have all been great friends for a number of years and we feel that helps us massively as a band.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
I Saw The World Burn have been a band for about a year and a half.
Where does the name of the band come from?
Lots of brainstorming and discussions really – no fixed meaning, just lots of thought!!
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
As a band, we have such varied influences including everything from Dillinger Escape Plan, Dream Theatre, Gojira, Metallica, Machine Head, Monuments, Killswitch Engage and more.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We have no egos, we just have fun and believe we are the happiest band in metal! Music-wise we love groove, with thrash influences and have been compared to a cross between Arch Enemy and Unearth, which we are flattered by.
What’s your live show like – why should the baying hordes troop over to the stage you’re playing on to watch you?
Brutal, intense and powerful is the way we would describe our live set. We think that we have enough to turn heads and get people to stop and listen.
When/how did you find out you’d been selected to play at Bloodstock?
We went through the Metal 2 The Masses process in Manchester and although we didn’t win the final, we were selected as Simon Hall’s guest band, which we were flattered by. So massive thanks to Simon Hall!
What sort of setlist can we expect?
We have a full on thirty minute set, which will feature tracks from our new EP (released on 5th August 2016).
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
As we are playing the Sunday, there are a good few bands we hope not to clash with, but we think Heart of a Coward would be awesome to see, so we hope to catch them.
What are you working on at the moment?
We have put a lot of work into our EP, Barren, so we have been tied up getting that sorted and ready for the release date – we also have a fantastic video lined up, which we hope to get out there very soon!
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
What goes on tour, stays on tour! You know how it works!
What advice would you give to a young band just starting out today?
Just give it your all, don’t pretend to be something you’re not and support your local scene. There are other bands out there that need your support and vice versa. Help the scene thrive and look after each other.
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!
This could be an interesting lineup given the band member’s influences, but as an overall band consensus, we think that Headlining should be Gojira, followed by us, and supporting would be the hardest part. We have so many friends that we have supported, but a real bright flame in the industry for us at the minute is This is Turin who are flying the flag at the moment. They are playing the Sophie stage on Saturday at Bloodstock and it’s great to see them doing well.
What stage / time are you playing at Bloodstock (if you have your slot yet!)
We play the New Blood stage on the Sunday but we can’t announce the time slot as yet, so keep an eye out on our facebook page nearer the time.