Battalion of Flies recently released their new EP In Dark Meadows… Chaos Reigns (reviewed last week). A long-standing act, but a while since they released new material – and with notable lineup changes – it seemed the perfect time for them to shed a little light on their current activities.
How did you meet?
Through music and being in other bands.
How long have you been playing as a band?
As this lineup around 18 months, but as a band 16 years.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
A drunken conversation about what you call a lot of flies.
What are your influences?
Alice In Chains/Soundgarden/Stone Temple Pilots/Audioslave/Slaves To Gravity.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I’d say we take those influences into a melting pot and add our own special sauce. We have a hard modern grunge edge but with a throwback to the heyday.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
On the new EP they’re quite varied but very current. The state of the world, social media, the pandemic…
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our live show is explosive. We’ve actually never played a show with this lineup due to Covid.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Tom Morello fighting with a bouncer at Barrowlands’ Rage show.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Mapex Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Balbex Drumsticks, Code Drum heads, Mesa Boogie, Ampeg, Kemper, Gibson & Status guitars.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our brand new 5 track EP In Dark Meadows… Chaos Reigns.
What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?
To promote the songs and hopefully plan some shows, watch the profile grow.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Alice In Chains headlining, us in the middle with Sauza Kings opening.