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!
Red Method – SOPHIE Stage, Saturday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We’re from North and South London, Norfolk and Brighton. All over the place really but we make it work.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
We announced ourselves in November 2018 – we’ve been playing shows up and down the country since then.
Where does the name of the band come from?
It was a collective decision based on a concept our singer came up with to do with the process of bloodletting – which was considered an accepted practise in ancient times and the de-regulation of human behaviour i.e what happens to us as we use our survival instincts in broad terms. We all thought it sounded cool and went with it.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our music is pretty hard hitting, aggressive, dripping with dark emotions, melodic and full of grooves. The main focus in making our upcoming debut album, For The Sick, was to serve the song. There’s something for everybody on there.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
It’s pretty frenetic. We have a take no prisoners kind of attitude and I guess it comes across in the show. You could argue that we “see red” when we hit the stage. As a new band, we can’t afford to not make an impression so we put our heart and soul into our show as well as everything else we do. I think that’s enough of a reason to come watch us.
Have you played Bloodstock before? If so, when?
We have played Bloodstock in other bands so we’re no strangers to the magnitude of this festival, dating from 2006, 2008 and 2016. The prestige of the festival goes back with us a long away, and I think our singer and keyboard player had met there many years ago. You might say that Bloodstock had a hand in us coming together.
How/when did you find out that you’d be playing the SOPHIE stage?
We found this out towards the end of 2018, after we’d played a few shows and released our debut video “Split”. We are truly honoured to be included on such an amazing bill with some of the best metal/rock bands in the world.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
It’ll be quite varied with a couple of surprises that you’re going to have to wait and see.
Which other band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
I don’t think we are clashing with any of these bands but looking forward to seeing Children of Bodom, Cradle of Filth and Tesseract. There are so many killer bands so we hope to catch a fair few of them while we are there.
What are you working on at the moment?
We are working on the release of our upcoming debut album called For The Sick. It’s been a long time coming and we’ve spent the last 8 months steadily releasing singles and video content to build somewhat of a buzz and can’t wait to finally have it out.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Me, personally, probably watching Lamb of God in 2003 at The London Astoria where they opened for Slayer. They had broken instruments and instigated a wall of death that I got caught right in the middle of. Good times.
What drink do you throw back to get yourself fired up before going on stage?
Recently, it’s been Fireball or Jägermeister or beers. Anything that gets us fired up to play.