MØL (Interview)

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MØL are rising swiftly in the blackgaze scene, a genre-bending niche that fuses black metal and shoegaze into one overwhelming onslaught. Shortly before MØL were due to hit ArcTanGent 2018, I caught up with guitarist Nicolai to chat about his band’s current goings-on, early crowd walkouts, and Read more…

Posted on 25 August 2018

Monuments (The Phronesis Interview)

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On October 5, tech-metal fans can look forward to the long-awaited unveiling of Phronesis, the latest collection of groove-heavy tracks from the band who unleashed The Amanuensis about four years ago. For now, let’s just say that you need to pre-order Phronesis immediately via this link, and read on to dig into an epic-length chat with Monuments guitarist and mastermind John Browne about his band’s post-Amanuensis issues, the story behind standout Phronesis track Stygian Blue, onstage flashers, a ton of advice for up-and-coming musicians, and Read more…

Posted on 14 August 2018

Boss Keloid (Interview)

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This interview contains one of my favourite answers of all time. Boss Keloid open the Yohkai Stage at ArcTanGent in about a week’s time – so check out the video below to see why they should not be missed, and read on to see if you can guess which response was the clear winner… Read more…

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Posted on 08 August 2018

Black Futures (Interview)

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Black Futures thrive on chaos and confusion – and appropriately enough, this interview is going to get a little bit bewildering. Since the enigmatic Space took exception to five questions in a row, I changed two of them retrospectively using the benefit of hindsight and Read more…

Posted on 11 July 2018

Fatherson (Interview)

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Since 2000 Trees is an alternative festival, Fatherson fit right in. With a double appearance planned for said event and an album release on the horizon, drummer Greg Walkinshaw and I talked about super-crowded venues, stage invasions, and more… Read more…

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Posted on 10 July 2018

The Xcerts (Interview)

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With their recently released album Hold On To Your Heart, Scottish expats The Xcerts managed to snag the Top 40 spot they’ve deserved for years. Well known for their mastery of singalong-inspiring songwriting and all-encompassing live shows, these guys are now bringing it all to the Main Stage at 2000 Trees. I talked to frontman Murray Macleod about mid-set marriage proposals, avoiding dental cavities, and his band’s very Read more…

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Posted on 10 July 2018

SikTh (Interview)

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Standing out has never been an issue for SikTh. Even surrounded by alternative minds on bills from Tech-Fest to 2000 Trees, the Watford sextet just keep pushing the bar to even more extreme heights. Following on from an interview last December, guitarist/producer Dan Weller and I talked about secretly supporting Metallica; the ultimate fantasy band; and SikTh’s next Read more…

Posted on 09 July 2018

Arcane Roots (Interview)

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Arcane Roots know how to throw a musical curveball. Evolving swiftly from Left Fire’s Biffy-meets-Muse approach to Blood & Chemistry’s dynamic diversity and Melancholia Hymns’ cinematic expansiveness, these guys never fail to shock and awe. With sets at 2000 Trees and ArcTanGent approaching fast, I talked to bassist Adam Burton about Arcane Roots’ plans for both festivals, the importance of spare socks, and Read more…

Posted on 08 July 2018

Grumble Bee (Interview)

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Grumble Bee – aka multi-instrumentalist Jack Bennett – has been busy making underground waves for the past few years. His reputation for sick live shows continues to grow, and his star is guaranteed to remain on the rise for a long time to come. With 2000 Trees kicking off in less than a week, we got talking about formative festival experiences, dodgy mics, and lasers…

You’re playing the acoustic Forest Stage at 2000 Trees this year. How are the preparations going?

Great, thank you! I just need to work out how to Read more…

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Posted on 06 July 2018

Black Peaks (Interview)

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2018 is shaping up to be a great year for alternative rock, and Black Peaks are representing its more technical and mathy end with some classy festival appearances and the imminent October 5 release of their sophomore album All That Divides. These guys (including today’s interview subject, drummer Liam Kearley) are one of my favourite bands of all time, and I’m not alone in that opinion – which is why… Read more…

Posted on 05 July 2018