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!
The Parallax Method – SOPHIE stage, Saturday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
We are from the Midlands, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
How long have you been playing together as a band?
We have been playing together in The Parallax Method for 4-5 years but we have been in bands with one another in the past. The band scene tends to be rather incestuous at times.
Where does the name of the band come from?
The name of the band came from Danny’s sister in law, Claire. She works in the space industry and helped choose a name. We still don’t fully understand the meaning so if you need further explanation, you would probably be better to ask Claire.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our songs are structured with multiple transitions, guiding the listener from A to Z in one long roller coaster ride. We prefer to think of our music as compositions. We mess with exotic scales, off time signatures and combine different genres. Our music is confusing and exhausting, but we enjoy pushing our limits as composers and instrumentalists.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
We aren’t the energetic type that’s for sure. Basically because there too many notes and sections to remember, it takes some concentration. We appreciate that now we’ve made it sound like a veritable yawn fest. That being said though the way we compose forces us to interact through the set. Each instrument takes a lead at some point whilst being reinforced with the others. This band is about teamwork and hopefully that comes across at our live shows. Sometimes it’s nice to mix things up a little.
We can pretty confidently say that we will be the odd one out at Bloodstock for sure, but if you enjoy watching passionate musicians pushing their abilities to the limits, then we might be a band you’ll enjoy listening to. This band was started as a creative outlet to help remind us of why we wanted to be musicians in the first place, for the love of it!
Have you played Bloodstock before? If so, when?
Yes we have. It was only our second show back then. We played on the Jagermeister stage back in 2015. The same year Ben played with his former band Spirytus on the New Blood Stage and in 2017 Danny performed with Beholder and Chronicles.
How/when did you find out that you’d be playing the SOPHIE stage?
Danny received a phone call from Simon Hall. It’s safe to say it was a massive surprise and we did wonder if there had been a huge mistake but obviously we kept schtum and prayed we wouldn’t be rumbled. So far so good…it seems its all go! Seriously though, it is a genuine honour to be playing the SOPHIE stage. We are all huge supporters of the work the charity do and are pleased to be a very very small part of that.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
We assessed and tried to shape up a heavier set list but in honestly we will never be heavy enough for Bloodstock. We are however hoping our eclectic mix of Jazz, Funk and Prog Rock will keep the audience adequately entertained.
Which other band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
Collectively we are big believers in finding the hidden gems of any festival so we are hoping we don’t miss anything new and exciting, we’ll be on the lookout.
What are you working on at the moment?
We have 2 EPs out but we are currently finishing up our debut album. Dave is busy tracking drums and production work will start very soon.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
More mild than the wild! Sorry! Rock n’ Roll.
What drink do you throw back to get yourself fired up before going on stage?
Please refer to previous answer. We are pretty much addicted to coffee. You just can’t beat a top notch coffee can you?