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!
Abhorrent Decimation – Sophie Lancaster Stage, Saturday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
As the years have gone by, we are now a little more spread out. Our drummer is from Dorset, I’m from Croydon, and the rest of the guys are from a little further South: Brighton, Lewes, etc.
How long have you guys been playing together?
Abhorrent Decimation have been going since 2013.
Where does the band name come from?
Not a great deal of thought went into it really, ha! I knew we wanted to have a two word name. The first word I was set on was ‘Abhorrent’ and then we made a list with a bunch of possible second words ending in ‘tion’, someone else in the band at the time plucked ‘Decimation’ from the list, and that’s it really.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We are a death metal band that leans on more of an American, modern influence. I’d say we are deeper and little more adventurous in our endeavours than other bands of our ilk. Before, I wouldn’t have said that much separates us, other than our drive and ethic to keep pushing the band out. But now, I feel we really sit on a strong body of work.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
Well it can’t be all gloom and doom. We try to strike up the balance between delivering the riffs and being entertaining. We have fun with each other on stage and we want to interact with those who watch us. You’re going to watch us as if you’ve not seen us live before. You’ve probably heard the name, are interested in seeing and hearing what it’s all about.
Have you played Bloodstock before? If so, when? And tell us about the experience.
We played back in 2014 on the New Blood Stage. It was great. A pivotal moment in projecting us ahead a little in the scene and within the associated media, we gained a lot of support from that event. The tent was rammed out of the door when we were on. To walk out to that… A beautiful moment in all honesty
How/when did you find out that you’d be playing the SOPHIE stage at Bloodstock?
We really wanted to come back this year and our agent had been keeping in contact with the guys at BOA to make sure we were not forgotten. We found out quite early in the year if memory serves me well, we were in one of the first waves of announcements. Our agent gave us a call and told us. We were like excited little kiddies getting the news!
What sort of setlist can we expect?
We are going to be showcasing an all new set this year. Playing some choice cuts from our upcoming album, The Pardoner, that is being released by Prosthetic Records on the 27th of July. You can listen to a few of the singles and pre-order a copy here.
Which main stage band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
I know our guitarist, Lenny, really wants to catch Havok, so I hope for his sake there is no clash.
What are you working on at the moment? Can we expect any new releases in the future, or perhaps sneak peaks at Bloodstock?
We only just finished writing The Pardoner at the end of 2016, that is being released at the end of July 2017. Since finishing the writing and recording of that, we had a load of promo stuff to do. So we have been shooting videos and doing all the other parts of the creative process to put that record out. We started demoing ideas for our next album a few weeks back as it goes.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done on tour?
We’re a super chilled bunch of guys and as a band we don’t get up to anything particularly rock and roll. But I’ve seen some pretty crazy people in crowds, displaying next to no care for their personal safety when we are on.
And finally, if you had to pick one drink, which would it be: Jäger, Hobgoblin Ale, Kingstone Press Cider, Kaltenberg Beer, or Bulleit Bourbon? And yes, we will be counting all of the votes!
No water? If a gun was to my head, I’d pick Jäger.