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!
MARW – New Blood Stage, Friday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We are from a few places in the North West, but meet centrally in Liverpool.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
Formed in late 2017, but functionally at start of 2018.
Where does the name of the band come from?
The name (spoken “ma-ru”) is a welsh word that denotes death or dying.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our thoughts suggest blackened atmospheric metal, but as with what makes us unique, we prefer to let the listener decide for themselves.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
Roughly 30 unrelenting minutes of smashed riffs, blast beats and harsh screams. Bring the kids, it’ll be fun.
Have you been to Bloodstock before? What did you think?
All of us are Bloodstock veterans and always enjoy the experience.
Which M2tM region did you win, or did you come through other channels?
We were successful in the Merseyside M2TM despite some strong competition.
Can you put into 10 words or fewer how it felt when you realised you were heading to Bloodstock?
Very surprised, but equally grateful for the opportunity.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
Five tracks played as part of a whole.
Which other bands do you most hope you’re not squished up next to so you can see them play?
So far the clash curse has not fallen on us. Here’s hoping it stays that way.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently gearing up to record a full length recording, as well as new tracks for future releases. We also have two shows with Hexis (18th and 27th August) after Bloodstock and more incoming. Time waits for no one as they say.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
That’s a tricky one to answer. All of us have been in various bands and witnessed a lot of crazy around the world. Stage dives from balconies, on stage fights and more on the road. Humans please.
What drink do you throw back to get yourself fired up before going on stage?
Probably not rock and roll, but generally water. The liver abuse starts after.