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!
Doomsday Outlaw – Sophie Lancaster Stage, Sunday
Interview with Phil Poole (Vocals) and Indy Chanda (Bass) from Doomsday Outlaw
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
Phil: We’re a Derby based band but I’m Leicester, so all very local to Bloodstock
Indy: Yeah, I live in Sheffield now, but grew up in Derby.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
Indy: The band’s been going about five years. Steve and John brought it together originally and recruited Gav as they needed a shit hot guitarist to work with Steve. I joined about four years ago and we had a different singer but things weren’t working out there so we took the plunge and made the change we needed to progress.
Phil: I’ve been with the band for around 3 years now. A lot has happened in the time and we’re hopeful things will get even better into next year.
Where does the name of the band come from?
Indy: Good question! Shrouded in the mists of time from before mine and Phil’s involvement. It does hark back to when our style was a bit more doom-laden but it’s kinda stuck now and still fits now that we’re a lot more versatile.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Indy: Our music is more than the sum of our parts. We all listen to different things from the rock and metal you’d expect to Phil’s love of Motown (that I share) and the blues, and my influences from country to punk. The songs generally get a good going over in the rehearsal shack and we come out with a ‘Doomsday’ mix that feels right to us.
Phil: What makes us unique is us our attitude to what we create, it means the world to us. And nothing makes us happier than sharing it with people
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
Phil: Our live show is all about the attitude and enjoyment we have on stage. We love what we do and the audience can see that straight away – not in a contrived way at all but completely natural. It’s about letting go a little and taking the crowd along with you.
Have you played Bloodstock before? If so, when?
Indy: First time for us, in fact, this is our first step up to the ‘big’ festivals having played many of the smaller festivals around the country. We can’t wait!
How/when did you find out that you’d be playing the SOPHIE stage?
Indy: Last year, I got a call from Gav asking for our details because Bloodstock wanted to get in touch, and then it all happened incredibly quickly. I think we nailed the whole thing in a day and then we had to wait months before it was actually announced, which was excruciating!
What sort of setlist can we expect?
Phil: We’ll primarily be playing things from our latest album, Hard Times. We’re so happy with that album and the response has been incredible to it. So now to be able to playing all these songs to people is an amazing feeling.
Indy: Yeah. We’ve only got a short time onstage, so we’ll be keeping it direct and heavy. Half a dozen shots of riffs and adrenaline to obliterate those morning hangovers and get people set for the day.
Which other band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
Phil: Mr Big were a band I loved as a kid, I’m really looking forward to seeing them for the first time.
Indy: Mr Big for me too. First saw them when they came over on the second album (I think) with Enuff Z’nuff and The Throbs. Amazing band all the way through with great songs and, being a bassist, I can’t wait to check out Billy Sheehan again.
What are you working on at the moment?
Indy: We’re always busy. After Bloodstock we’re heading out with Graham Bonnet, so getting ready for that, and I’m busy trying to sort more shows across the UK and, hopefully, Europe. Watch this space! And we’re honoured that Frontiers are putting out our previous album, Suffer More – the one that got us signed on 9 November, so we’ll have a few bits to prepare for that too.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Phil: You couldn’t print the wildest thing I’ve done in all honesty! I’ve not always been the professional I am today.
Indy: I have fond memories of Terrorvision at Donington Monsters of Rock where someone crowdsurfed from the back to the front in a tiny inflatable dinghy!
Jager, Hobgoblin Ale, Red Bull, Kingstone Press Cider, Kaltenberg Beer or Bulleit Bourbon? And, yes, we’ll be counting all the votes!
Phil: Gotta be bourbon for me, always.
Indy: Yep. Bourbon!