As ever, we’re going to try and cover every single Jäger, New Blood and SOPHIE stage band before Bloodstock kicks off on August 9th. 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!
Abduction – Jägermeister Stage, Sunday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
I live in Derbyshire.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
Abduction has been a project since October 2016, it is the artistic output of solely myself.
Where does the name of the band come from?
It’s a word I chose because it conjures up images of both the mysterious and otherworldly and of horrendous brutality. I also hoped to choose a name that sounds as if it’s been a band for years already. All good new band names are already chosen, so I thought long and hard about it and went for it anyway. It was only supposed to be a demo tape on Bandcamp and its gotten quickly out of hand.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Uniqueness of art and music is something that’s fairly objective, so I’ll let anyone reading decide that for themselves. In terms of presentation, I am a solo-project so to speak and I perform live alone too. That’s fairly unique I suppose. Musically, I write what is considered black metal but it covers a fair amount of ground in itself. I’m not interested in adhering to genre holes or stereotypes, but my last 2 records have fallen into the experimental / depressive sub-genre or black metal. I’m more concerned with getting out what I need to get out and as a bi-product, negatively affecting the lives of those listeners that follow me.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
I hope it succeeds in being an oppressive cathartic ritual of aggression. A journey into that deep abyss that we all share. I hope that we as a collective mass can become one with the void.
Have you played Bloodstock before? If so, when?
Abduction has not.
How/when did you find out that you’d be playing the Jager stage?
I was summoned to the festival through a mutual friend. It seems that Bloodstock had heard about the project and were keen to offer me a slot.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
A mixture of material from my debut To Further Dreams of Failure and my new album A Crown of Curses.
Which other band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
Thankfully Emperor are playing Friday and I’m playing on the Sunday so there’s no chance of that happening.
What are you working on at the moment?
Promoting my latest album A Crown of Curses, released July 20th by Death Kvlt Productions and Clobber Records on all formats.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
I’ve seen thousands of shows and played hundreds through the years, it’s hard to pick a single thing. I recently saw Antilife from France play in Nottingham to about 3 people. They were physically harming each other and putting on quite a show. There was a hell of a lot of blood by the end of it!
Jager, Hobgoblin Ale, Red Bull, Kingstone Press Cider, Kaltenberg Beer or Bulleit Bourbon? And, yes, we’ll be counting all the votes!
All of them, at once, intravenously