It’s that time of year again, when in the run-up to Bloodstock we endeavour to interview every band gracing the Sophie Lancaster, New Blood and Jägermeister stages from 8th – 11th August 2019. This means you’ve got a chance to read up on all your favourite bands set to play over the weekend and decide which new ones you’ll want to check out.
As ever, we’re predicting some horrible clashes because, true to form, there are some great bands across all three stages so you should start planning who you want to see.
Our thanks to all the bands for taking the time out to answer our questions!
Fear Bound – New Blood Stage, Sunday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
The wonderful land of Cambridgeshire.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
The current line up was formed in January 2019, however the band was originally formed in 2013 after Will Smythe and Jack Harris decided to form a band after years of playing and recording as a two piece.
Where does the name of the band come from?
It’s a generic metal name for a generic metal band. Before the band formed in 2013 the music was recorded under the guise Terror Rising so it stems from that to some degree. In hindsight maybe we should have called ourselves Children of Dread or something.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Ample quantities of dread. Maybe accordions.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
Dreadful! Get it? Sorry. Our live shows are littered with terrible introductions and nonsense that we add every now and then for no other reason than to try and get a giggle. There’s an accordion lead break, an 8-bit introduction, and ample quantities of dread. I doubt they’ll be much else of that elsewhere, and for good reason!
Have you been to Bloodstock before? What did you think?
Between us we’ve been to Bloodstock a fair number of times, stretching back to the very first indoor events! We’ve always been in awe of its amazing community, and the sheer quality of the event itself.
Which M2tM region did you win, or did you come through other channels?
We competed in the Hitchin region for the second time this year and somehow made it to Bloodstock despite us unrelentingly flogging a dread horse. Considering the wealth of talent the region has to offer we were pretty shocked to make it to the finals, to then win it absolutely floored us.
Can you put into 10 words or fewer how it felt when you realised you were heading to Bloodstock?
The usual overwhelming sense of dread seemed to fade.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
Expect a set of riff heavy melodeath with ample quantities of dread. Maybe accordions.
Which other bands do you most hope you’re not squished up next to so you can see them play?
We’re pretty happy that we won’t be clashing with Children of Bodom and Countless Skies, however we’re hoping we don’t clash with Soilwork or Bloodred Hourglass on the Sunday!
What are you working on at the moment?
We’ve recorded two new tracks at Damage Recording in Hitchin and are looking at doing a new album before too long. Other than that, we’ll be looking for more gigs to fill out our calendar at the end of the year and into 2020.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Can’t think of anything really wild to be honest! I did once see a frontman instruct a member of the audience to lick his foot once. Think the foot got licked as well. That was an interesting one.
What drink do you throw back to get yourself fired up before going on stage?
A few beers and we’re golden usually. Any more than that and we’re no good to anyone!