As ever, we’re going to try and cover every single Jäger, New Blood and SOPHIE stage band before Bloodstock kicks off on August 10th. Your chance to check them out and start planning which bands to get there early for!
Trust us when we tell you that this is bound to result in some frustrating clashes because, as ever, there are some great bands on these three stages.
Our thanks to all the bands for taking the time out to answer our questions!
Wretched Soul – Sophie Lancaster Stage, Sunday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
The band originally hails from Canterbury in Kent, but we currently all live in different parts of the UK so we prefer to think of ourselves as a UK band, rather than belonging to any particular scene.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
This current lineup has been playing, touring and writing together since 2011.
Where does the name of the band come from?
The name Wretched Soul comes from a TV show about haunted UK landmarks called Most Haunted. I remember it stuck out because it was dark yet ambiguous and open to numerous different interpretations, we felt that these characteristics fit our music really well.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I think one of the things that makes us unique is the fact that our music is quite difficult to actually describe! Wretched Soul’s music is an amalgam of everything that we as individuals appreciate and enjoy. If I have to describe the sound specifically then I guess it leans heavily towards 80s thrash and classic heavy metal with smatterings of black, death and doom mixed in. We don’t exclude any influences from our writing process and we have a massive, bubbling cauldron of different influences, so it leads to some pretty interesting and unique results.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
Our shows are loud, wild and energetic; we like to move around a lot, and we like the crowd to move around a lot, it’s hard to catch a breath sometimes, but that’s how metal should be! Anyone attending our live shows can expect to see a ten-foot, three-headed werewolf and a thermonuclear explosion of untamed energy to match!
Have you played Bloodstock before? If so, when?
Yes, we played on the New Blood Stage in 2012.
How/when did you find out that you’d be playing the SOPHIE stage?
We were invited to play via a phone call on Valentine’s Day – Bloodstock loves us!
What kind of setlist can we expect?
Our setlist will focus mainly on our latest album The Ghost Road. We love playing the new material live and can’t wait to blast it out at Bloodstock.
What main stage band do you hope you’re not clashing with so that you can see them play?
Sunday’s main stage lineup is looking immense. I hope we don’t clash with Possessed or HELL as we’d like to catch both of them if possible. Megadeth is probably my favourite band of all time, so as long as I can see them headline, then I’m happy.
What are you working on at the moment?
We’re currently working on new material for our third album and preparing for a UK/European Tour with Demonic Resurrection in October. We have a special exclusive Bloodstock T-shirt – with awesome artwork by renowned artist, Dan Goldsworthy – coming soon, too.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever seen or done at a live show?
We’ve seen some pretty crazy and interesting things over the years, I remember seeing a guy in a dress leading a massive conga line at a show that we did at The Garage in London a few years ago. Probably the wildest thing I’ve ever seen was when a guy unfastened his own prosthetic leg – complete with Slayer decals – and threw it into the centre of the mosh-pit, before throwing himself in after it! That was pretty fucking metal!
Jäger, Hobgoblin Ale, Kraken, Kingstone Press Cider, Kaltenberg Beer or Bulleit Bourbon?
After our recent tour with Norway’s Blood Red Throne we’d have to say none of the above: Give us Honey Jack Daniel’s in copious quantities with all its magical throat-preserving properties! It was the most vital thing on the booze-rider…