It’s that time of year again, when in the run-up to Bloodstock we endeavour to interview every band gracing the SOPHIE, 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!
Pemphigoid – Jagermeister Stage, Saturday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
How long have you been playing together as a band?
We have been in bands together before, but as Pemphigoid we have been jamming for two years.
Where does the name of the band come from?
That is all down to our drummer Richard. The name of a rare autoimmune blistering skin disease, PEMPHIGOID was chosen as the band’s moniker. This medical theme features prominently in the bands lyrics. Songs telling stories of disease, mental illness, surgery and various clinical institutionalised horrors…
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We desired a return to the Old School Death Metal sound of the late 80’s and early 90’s. We aim for an emphasis on songwriting over speed, and a prominence of brutality rather than technicality.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
No nonsense, straight up Death Metal.
Have you been to Bloodstock before? What did you think?
Ash and Bill have been going to Bloodstock for many years. It will be Richard’s first time so what a way to go about it.
When/how did you find out you’d been selected to play at Bloodstock?
It was at the Nottinghamshire Metal 2 the Masses final. We have said from day one we aim to play Bloodstock, so it took a while to sink in.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
In your face brutality.
Which other band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
Well we know our day now so it would have to be Skeletal Remains and Anthrax. So many awesome bands. Small price to pay missing them, if it means we get to play at Bloodstock.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently working on our second release, the follow up to Where Compassion Comes To Die. Ideas are flowing nicely and things are coming together.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Seen some pretty mad stuff at live shows but for me (Ash) it has to be the Society 1 singer performing his entire set at Download whilst suspended from meat hooks.
What drink do you throw back to get yourself fired up before going on stage?
Usually at gigs we just sink a few beers.