We catch up with the band to find out more about them, the festival and what you lucky Bloodstock go-er’s will see!
Can you give the readers a quick introduction to the band?
Well the band’s been around since 2008 but the lineup as it is at the moment has only existed for 3 or 4 months. They’ve been a whirlwind 3 months though! Warhorse consists of Matt Burke on vocals, James Sanger on lead guitar, Jamie Turton also on lead guitar, James Winder on bass and Rich Still on drums.
We formed the band because there was nothing out there that really satisfied our need for this sort of music. We wanted the catchy, harmonized guitar lines of Iron Maiden, coupled with the lightning speed of Slayer and the technicality of Dream Theater and Opeth.
Hopefully we’ve done what we set out to do – we think we have!
Have you ever been to Bloodstock before? If so when and what did you enjoy most about it?
We’ve been to Bloodstock before as spectators, but this is the first time Warhorse has played the festival. The best thing about BOA by far is the atmosphere. You take a bunch of metallers and stick them in a field for 4 days, surrounded by more metallers. Throw in some of the best music ever created and a few truckloads of beer and how could the atmosphere ever be anything less than incredible?
Why did you want to become part of the New Blood Stage line up?
For us it isn’t just to play to an awesome crowd at the best festival in the UK (although that would be a good enough reason). We’ve spent a really long time and put a lot of effort into creating music that we love – having the chance to share that with people who could potentially also love it is really exciting. The more people that like our music the easier it is for us to keep doing it, so BOA is the perfect platform to showcase our stuff.
What was your initial reaction when you found out you where playing on the New Blood Stage?
Well Simon Hall, who’s arranging the New Blood stage actually announced it at the end of the Metal To The Masses regional final so we were all pretty hyped up from playing anyway. But to hear that you’re going to play what is in our opinion the best metal festival in the UK is an amazing feeling. We were like schoolgirls, jumping up and down on the spot and hugging each other. It was actually filmed, so you can see us all getting a bit excited, see the video at the end of this interview!
The thing with being told that you’re playing Bloodstock is that it’s not just the thought of the gig that gets to you; it’s also the sound of the crowd cheering because they love your music. We didn’t actually enter MTTM, we were just playing as a guest band so the thought that Simon Hall, who travels all around the country listening to dozens of really, REALLY good bands every week liked us enough to say that we were “fucking awesome” and give us a slot anyway really makes us smile.
It’s great – it’s always great. There’s been a lot of controversy about certain bands this year – there seems to be every year, but you will never get a festival that satisfies everyone completely. Not one as diverse as Bloodstock anyway. For us personally though, it’s a great line up.
What are you looking forward to most at Bloodstock?
Apart from playing? The atmosphere! You can’t get a better atmosphere than 10,000 metallers all listening to music that they love… whilst slightly drunk.
What can the audience expect from you at the festival?
Twin attack guitars with bass to match, thunderous drumming and some intense vocals. Basically if you like any sort of metal, you’ll like us!
Can you sum up Bloodstock in one sentence?
The best bands, the best atmosphere, the best beer and the best people.
Any message you wish to pass on to the PM readers?
Keep supporting metal – see you down the front‼
Thank you for taking the time out to complete this interview, we are looking forward to seeing you at Bloodstock \m/