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!
Tales of Autumn – Jägermeister Stage, Saturday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We were formed and play in Brighton. Singer originates from Cyprus. Rest from UK.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
About eight months now.
Where does the name of the band come from?
We were brainstorming names outside our rehearsal one day in the Autumn. We acknowledged that each of our songs were a separate story of a hardship someone went through, and saw some trees losing leaves. We combined the two and hey ho.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
It’s strange as we all bring different aspects to playing, from 80s metal to djent, and it affects the tone of the music. The best way to describe it would be progressive rock, with ballady melodic verses and huge hard hitting choruses.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
We always give 110% in every show, head banging and jumping around, but still giving thought to the music. Perhaps the main USP is the vocals, as they are unique and bloody powerful.
Have you been to Bloodstock before? What did you think?
Nope, this is our first major festival; we are a young band in terms of experience.
When/how did you find out you’d been selected to play at Bloodstock?
We played Metal 2 the Masses in Brighton and made it to the final, where we lost out to our friends Enslavement. But it was a great show with many great bands such as Dreamwaves and Verona. Simon pulled us over after the show and told us we had a shot of getting on the Jäger stage. And then he put us on a few months after. So that’s cool.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
Our setlist contrasts massively, from some short hard hitters to long drawn out melodic tales of awesomeness. The dynamics shift hugely throughout the set, and we try to keep it flowing from one song to the next.
Which other band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
Ghost, Hatebreed, Fallujah.
What are you working on at the moment?
We are currently in the process of planning to record our first album because of a successful kickstarter campaign. We are also already starting on material for a second album.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Seen – Steel Panther at Download, getting hundreds of women on the stage during their performance of “17 Girls in a Row”…it was manic and amazing.
Done – We covered Black Stone Cherry’s “Blame it on the Boom Boom” in full 80s gear with headbands and crop tops, and we went batshit for it. Everyone loved it.
Jäger, Hobgoblin Ale, Kraken, Kingstone Press Cider, Kaltenberg Beer or Bulleit Bourbon? And, yes, we’ll be counting all the votes!
Hobgoblin all the way!