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!
Eradikator – Sophie Lancaster Stage, Saturday
Simple things first – Where are you guys from?
Birmingham, UK. Although we aren’t all born and bred Brummies. We got to know each other whilst studying at Birmingham University and Digbeth has been Eradikator HQ since 2010.
How long have you guys been playing together?
We first formed in Spring/Summer 2009 when Andy, Jon, Glen (former bassist), and myself (Liam) joined forces to start a crushing heavy metal band. We honed our chops for the first few months covering loads of Lamb of God, Metallica, and Pantera tunes before having a crack at some original ideas. A hunt for a vocalist led us towards Pat and after another couple of months’ practice together, we felt ready to hit the stage. Our first gig was in November 2009 at The Public in West Brom.
Where does the band name come from?
We all put our ideas together and submitted a load of band names each, but of the whole list, the one we could all agree on was “Eradicator”, which was Andy’s little gem. After a quick scout we noticed there was an independent thrash band called Eradicator based in Germany, so to avoid confusion and in a stroke of (self proclaimed) genius, Liam recommended we replace the ‘C’ with a ‘K’, because ‘K’ is way more metal than ‘C’.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our music is a mix of heavy metal and hard rock with thrash elements and a splash of prog. Sometimes we feel metal as fuck and want to rip everyone a new arse, but occasionally we discover something elegant and beautiful that needs to be released. After the thrash assault of our first album, Dystopia, we really wanted to slow the tempo down a little so we could allow more room for dynamics and melody. That broadened our options and enabled us to be more creative with the song’s mood and variation on the second album, Edge of Humanity. We don’t really consider fitting to a certain criteria unless it serves the music, but honestly we just write the kind of stuff we like to hear. I think our vocal harmonies and melodies are what help us stand out from the crowd though. When it came to the vocals, we set out from the start to achieve something more interesting than what we were hearing in a lot of metal at the time. Incorporating that desire with a broader musical direction has definitely helped us grow into a more eclectic band, more so than we were 4/5 years ago anyway.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
We’re tight as a gnat’s chuff and so sexy it hurts. Difficult question… Basically, if you like your metal fast, heavy and catchy with atmospheric prog elements and numerous guitar solos, you’ll probably dig it.
Have you played Bloodstock before? If so, when? And tell us about the experience.
We last played Bloodstock in 2014 on the New Blood stage after winning the Midlands Metal 2 the Masses competition. Bloodstock was the largest crowd we’ve ever played to and it was just a breathtaking experience. Our set went off without a hitch and the whole weekend was just a dream come true for us all. We couldn’t believe our luck when we got invited back this year!
How/when did you find out that you’d be playing the SOPHIE stage at Bloodstock?
Pat got a call in June from Simon Hall offering us a spot on the Sophie stage.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
We’ll be playing songs from our current album Edge of Humanity, but we want to throw in a brand new one that should be appearing on the third album we’re due to record next year.
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
Thankfully we’re playing early on Saturday morning before the main stage opens, so there won’t be any clashes with the main acts. I want to check out Ghost as I’ve heard great things about their live show. Amon Amarth, Havok, Municipal Waste, Brujeria, Decapitated, Fallujah, and Megadeth are just a few of the main stage acts I’m going to watch, but I’m really looking forward to checking out the New Blood and Sophie stages to see what magic I’ve yet to discover.
What are you working on at the moment? Can we expect any new releases in the future, or perhaps sneak peeks at Bloodstock?
We’re currently in the writing process for our next album. So far this summer, we’ve gigged a couple of the new songs and we plan to play a new one at Bloodstock this year. By the end of 2017 we should have enough songs together to hit the studio with.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
One time in Leeds after a gig, I was enjoying a smoke in the car park when three drunk women stormed around the corner and stopped right next to where I was standing. Two of the women then proceeded to help the third lift up her skirt and squat down, where she then began to piss like a horse in front of me. Obviously not realising I was standing right there, they quickly looked around, saw me and (mid-piss) screamed bloody murder. They then had the nerve to tell me to fuck off. I told them that I was there first and they should fuck off instead. So needless to say, I watched her finish up and offered her my gentleman’s hanky to wipe down. She politely declined, and that’s how I met my second wife.
And finally, if you had to pick one drink, which would it be: Jager, Hobgoblin Ale, Kingstone Press Cider, Kaltenberg Beer, or Bulleit Bourbon? And yes, we will be counting all of the votes
The beer is good, if you’re buying.