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!
Resin – Sophie Lancaster stage, Sunday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
Initially Leicestershire but as the band has evolved over the years and members come and go we now encompass Leicester, Nuneaton, Telford and Manchester… which makes practice a long ass day for some!
How long have you been playing together as a band?
Resin in some form has been going since 2006. The current lineup is from 2015 with Emma joining in 2017 on violin.
Where does the name of the band come from?
It’s a boring story a paragraph should never be wasted on.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Violin-infused munge (metal/grunge). We have always tried to pull the metal and grunge elements together, since we started writing our own material, to create something that sounds like a modern take on the whole Seattle sound. With Emma’s strings and Dave’s soulful voice I think we hit the unique spot well.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
We’ve never really been about gimmicks or stage diving or circle pits, we’ve always been about the songs and want to engulf the audience in some kind of emotional state. That said given the opportunity to perform on such a stage at such an event really makes you want to step up from a club show, so keeping in mind we are about the songs we have enhanced the listening pleasure for the audience by working with and bringing to the party our string section. So alongside our own Emma we have on Cello Arianna, on 2nd violin David and on viola Nick. All amazing classical players and all metalheads. We’ve invested in some visuals, too, so we look as pro as we can for the photographers. I’d like to think we can produce a “I was there” moment for a fair few people and a “I wish I was there” moment for others.
Have you played Bloodstock before? If so, when?
Chez and I played the Jager stage with the original lineup in 2013 after reaching the M2tM final. We won M2tM in 2014 so hit the New Blood stage and were honoured to be invited to play the Jager again with our acoustic set the same year. So from starting to feel like the house band, it’s been a long wait to return in 2019. Emma on violin has played Bloodstock previously with Cadence Noir who won M2tM last year, and played the Jager stage in (I believe) 2014.
How/when did you find out that you’d be playing the SOPHIE stage?
Once our latest album was complete obviously the first thing I did was send it off to the “The Man” in the hope of a Sophie stage slot. This was last year before BOA 2018. The timing wasn’t right, the album wasn’t out yet and the festival was close to a full lineup, so we kept in touch and between myself and The Man hatched this crazy idea to bring a string quartet to the Sophie stage on a Sunday. I guess we both decided that Resin was the band that could make that happen, plus the album is ace which always helps! So we have known for quite some time which we needed to write and rehearse the score.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
An emotional journey through The Cycle of Need from heavy to uplifting.
Which other band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
From a personal perspective 28 Double on the New Blood stage as I’ve had personal involvement in them getting there, my good friends in Ten Ton Slug, Witch Tripper, Boss Keloid, Barbarian Hermit, Footprints in the Custard… to name a few gracing the Sophie stage, and I know we won’t be clashing with any headliners and they’re always a masterclass in performance. Any underground band should watch and learn something from those.
What are you working on at the moment?
Getting those strings right! Then after BOA it’s time to write again.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Me personally? Two black coffees rather than the usual one!