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!
Mordrake – Hobgoblin New Blood Stage, Saturday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
As a band we formed in Bristol, UK which is where we were all living at the time. However, Squire is the only Mordrake member to be a true born Bristolian.
How did you meet?
James, Chris and Squire all met at Bristol Institute of Modern Music studying on the same University course. Gordon was introduced into the band later on being an old friend of James’.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
As a band roughly four years with Squire, Chris and James and then Gordon has been a member for over a year now.
Where does the name of the band come from?
Mordrake is taken from a story of a man in the 1800’s whose name was Edward Mordrake. It was said that he had a second face on the back of his head that couldn’t speak, just laugh or cry. Rumours about the face whispering to Edward in his sleep also existed. He begged doctors to remove it but no one would risk it. He ended up committing suicide in his mid twenties.
What are your influences – individually or as a band?
As a band we all bring different forms of music to the table when it comes to our writing styles. This shows more so on our first release, Unhallowed Chambers, with the mix of old school metal and new sub genres being thrown in together. Individually we all have our favourite bands and a lot of these are shared between members but we will always be inviting each other to new things. A mix between classical, groove metal, black metal, folk/Nordic metal and melodic death metal elements are all present in newer material.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
To describe our music has always been a challenge to us. It’s a question that is asked a lot and in all honesty, without listing of a lot of sub genres of metal it’s one we still don’t really have an answer for.
We always try to put in 100% in our live performance, always growing together as a band and learning new things. We are a family as well as a band and what makes us special is being such good friends not just a group of musicians that decided to start a band. We like to make an impact, whether that is with the live music, recordings or the fact that we wear warpaint styled face paint on stage and make it look like we have been working down a coal mine for days. And of-course the fact that we have our very own brand of Chilli sauce called “Edward Mordrake” which is made by Squire. Our first CD was mixed and mastered in the Czech Republic and our second is being mixed and mastered in Norway.
What’s your live show like – why should the baying hordes troop over to the stage you’re playing on to watch you?
It’s going to be a completely new experience for us and we hope everyone else, with our new album Guardians of the Hollow due out very soon we will be playing new, unheard material along with new versions of all older songs which now include full backing tracks with orchestral and choir elements. There is still the old Mordrake in there with the heavy groove, blast beats and guitar solos. Everything we do, we do because we love doing it, you won’t see any bored looking faces but a force of energy, epicness, banging heads, war paint and good solid metal. And one lucky person will be the winner of some wonderful Mordrake merchandise. To find out more on that you can find us on social media.
When/how did you find out you’d been selected to play at Bloodstock?
We found out from Simon Hall way back in November 2015 as we got at him early to request playing on the Main Stage at Wacken as a headliner. He unfortunately declined our most gracious offer and said we could have a slot on the New Blood Stage at BOA. In all seriousness though it was because we asked Si nice and early, dropped over our CD and he knew of us and said alright we could have a slot… but we had to sit on that news from November to around April I think, when we finally announced it… which really wasn’t easy!!!
What sort of setlist can we expect?
Melodic, heavy, epic and divergent
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
What are you working on at the moment?
As well as always trying to improve the live performance we are working on our first full length album called Guardians of the Hollow and we have recently brought out a lyric video for “Bloodstained Winter”, the first release from the album.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
The price of beer in the Czech Republic !!!! The heat in the Czech Republic !!!!
What advice would you give to a young band just starting out today?
Make sure you are well rehearsed and know your parts before gigging. The worst thing is to see a band that have so much potential but unfortunately rushed into being on stage and ruin their reputation before it has even begun. Be respectful to sound engineers, venues and other bands. Don’t run over your stage time. Always take your time with recordings it will be worth it in the end and most importantly make sure you play in tune.
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!
Wintersun, Mordrake and (sorry to put you below us, brothers) Oakhaart.
What stage / time are you playing at Bloodstock (if you have your slot yet!)
Hobgoblin New Blood Stage on Saturday the 13th August, no stage time given yet, all updates will be posted on all our social media and the Bloodstock website.