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Interviews: Bleed Again

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Metalcore band, Bleed Again, from the UK. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

We all contributed band names onto a long list and Bleed Again was the only one that was on there, that didn’t already exist on MySpace! It sounds silly but that’s the truth. This was many years ago with old members and way before we started to take this seriously.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Me and Simon ( lead guitar ) listened to endless amounts of Killswitch Engage and 36 Crazyfist's and other bands like that, that had heavy yet melodic parts as we were growing up. It just felt natural to go in that direction as it’s what we loved listening to.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Yes, me and Simon went to college together and began a friendship there. We didn’t meet Sam, Jordan and Chris until a much later date after several line-up changes.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Id say that me and Sam have a similar love for Linkin Park, although i steer more towards Killswitch these days and him to Architects. Simon would likely say Metallica as an all-time favourite, with Chris going the other way with Megadeth. Jordan tends to have quite a wide musical taste so I’m not sure what he would say his favourite band was.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

My brain. I have never communicated my thoughts well with others, especially when it’s a sad or negative subject. Writing lyrics helps me express myself fully. I live live shows and shouting those lyrics at people, it’s quite cathartic. Also it’s just fun. It’s great to create something with friends over a period of time and watch it come together.

6. Where was your last gig?

We played at The Boulevard in Wigan the Saturday before lockdown. It was a great show. We played with some great bands and met loads of new people and fans which is what its all about really.

7. Where would you like to play?

We have been fortunate to tour around several European countries, but I think it always comes down to the classic, Download Festival. It would be an absolute dream come true.

8. Who would you like to support?

Id loves to do a full UK club tour with a band like Bleed From Within or someone similar. A band that is known for being very tight and heavy. Playing with a band/bands like that would only push us every day to perform better, and I have no doubt we would put on a great show. I’m fortunate to be in this band with very talented musicians.

9. Who not?

Tough one. I’m not sure I would turn down any tours to be honest as id likely see the advantages to Bleed Again to be touring rather than worrying about my dislike for the other band.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

I know I have. My very first show was in 2007, I was 20 years old. I’ll never forget drinking a warm can of fosters and worrying about forgetting my lyrics afterwards. I have never been so scared in my life. However, as soon as we started and the crowd was cheering, I was instantly hooked. I got nervous for our first big show supporting Soil in Brighton but the same thing happened again. I don’t tend to get nervous anymore, even as the shows get bigger as I just love playing live so much. As far as advice is concerned I would say to fully prepare for the show. In my case a vocalist, I will listen to our set several times a day leading up to shows and that way I know I can relax and try and put on a show knowing that I’m not going to forget anything, most of the time haha.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Linkin Park for sure. Hearing Chester on One Step Closer all those years ago turned me onto this kind of music. He was and will likely be my main inspiration for my entire career. I was devastated when he passed as his music, voice and lyrics have helped me through some very dark times in my life. I'll be forever grateful to him and the band for creating music that I think has saved my life if I’m honest.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

A job. We met a guy on tour in 2017 who loved us so much he offered to be our driver, manager, security and artwork designer all in the space of 5 minutes. We have had some weird requests and been sent some strange messages during and after shows, but its to be expected really.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Not sure what to say apart from how much we all appreciate them. We have played some great shows and tours and supported bands that we looked up to as kids and that’s all down to them. If they didn't turn up, buy merch and share us on social media, we wouldn’t be anything, we wouldn’t be having this interview. Class, all of them.

14. What do you think of our site?

It's a great place for people to find new bands ( new to them ) We have heard of you for a while and know of several bands that have been fortunate enough to receive coverage on your sites. Sites like yours help keep bands alive, which is just nothing but positive for the numerous scenes.

15. Something to add?

Thanks so much for the interview

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