We catch up with the guys to find out more about them, what they are about, the festival and what you lucky Bloodstock go-er’s can expect from them!
Can you give the readers a quick introduction to the band?
Killer Hurts are an old school type thrash band, influenced by bands such as Slayer, Testament, Exodus, Priest, Iron Maiden etc. With the aim of trying to get people to remember our songs, we have big anthemic choruses to compliment the fast riffs.
The band was started as a side project by myself, (Errol Watson), and drummer Jason Thompson, mainly because we wanted to play around with some riffs and ideas for songs that were not really useable in our main bands at the time. After calling in a couple of friends to help out, it wasn’t long before Killer Hurts became the main band. After the usual band member changes we have eventually found our most reliable line-up, and have not looked back since.
Errol Watson – guitar, vocals
Jason Thompson – drums
Matt Furze – bass
Gary Vescio – guitar, backing vocals
Have you ever been to Bloodstock before?
This will be our first time at Bloodstock, but hopefully not our last.
Why did you want to become part of the New Blood Stage lineup?
Killer Hurts has wanted to play Bloodstock for a few years now, initially we tried the unsigned video competition route but that seemed a little random. Then last year we missed out on entry, so when we saw there was going to be local heats we made sure we entered. We feel Bloodstock’s New Blood Stage is the perfect platform for us to promote ourselves to a like-minded audience.
What was your initial reaction when you found out you were playing the New Blood Stage?
When we heard our name called as winners on the finals night we were all mega excited and thrilled to be given the chance to play such a prestigious event. It was a brilliant moment that we will not forget.
What is your opinion of the Bloodstock lineup?
We all think the line-up this year is awesome and would have gone regardless of whether we got through the competition or not.
What are you looking forward to at Bloodstock?
Personally I am looking forward to the minute we kick into our first tune, then hopefully the nerves will stop, watching the other New Blood bands especially Fallen Fate, Reign of Fury, Battalion, Scare Tactics, Wretched Soul – and then the big guns - Machine Head, Testament, Paradise Lost and loads more. We are also of course looking forward to being part of the biggest collection of metalheads in the UK at any one time.
What can the audience expect from you at the festival?
Hopefully the audience will see the work and passion we put into our music. It will be a fast paced set with riffs and melodies and pure aggression.
Can you sum up Bloodstock in one sentence?
Bloodstock is metal thrashing neck breaking headbanging beer-drinking heaven.
Any message you would like to pass on to the readers?
Killer Hurts are currently recording our first full length album, due for release later this year, please check in at our facebook page and website to keep up to date with proceedings.
Thank you for taking the time out to complete this interview, we’re looking forward to seeing you at Bloodstock \m/