We catch up with the Shirezy and Talena to find out more about them, their thought on the festival and what you lucky Bloodstock go-er’s can expect from them!
If you can the readers a quick introduction to the band?
Talena: “Hi Planetmosh! We are; Talena Cuthbert (Voice), Jonathan Gruzelier (Guitar), Rosie Smith (Keyboard), Shirezy (Bass) & Ollie (Drums), collectively known as Gone Til Winter.
Jonathan & I started this band about 10 years ago now. I have always been in bands from about the age of 13…It is totally in my blood to perform so I don’t think I’ll ever be stopping!
Gone Til Winter has evolved quite a bit since the beginning, seeing many lineup changes as well as a darker, heavier sound wash over us. We now like to describe ourselves as UK Dark Melodic Power Metal. We have so many influences from many different genres, I guess because we all are in to slightly different things. Some examples are Iron Maiden, Katatonia, Led Zepplin, Heart, Michael Bolton, Skunk Anansie, Kamalot…and so many more!
Have you ever been to Bloodstock before? If so when and what did you enjoy most about it?
Shirezy: I’ve been going to Bloodstock for years, even when it was still Bloodstock Indoors! I’ve seen so many awesome bands that you very rarely see over on these shores. That’s one of the main things I’ve always liked about Bloodstock though, it gives fans a chance to see bands you wouldn’t normally see outside of Europe and these bands get a chance to play to a very good crowd.
Why did you want to become part of the New Blood Stage line up?
Shirezy: The New Blood Stage has been growing stronger each year and there’s been some ace UK acts playing it. It’s nice to be added to the bill and given the chance to play in front of a good, metal loving crowd!
What was your initial reaction when you found out you where playing on the New Blood Stage?
Talena: Excitement and panic all at the same time! Because of the buzz that always seems to surround the New Blood stage there is always going to be an element of pressure to deliver the best you can. I’m so looking forward to it though, hoping to release our sound to a much wider audience!
What is your opinion of the Bloodstock lineup?
Shirezy: It really is a mixed bag this year, there’s something there for everyone and three stages to choose from. I’ve been asked ‘who are you most looking forwards to seeing’ loads recently and it really is far too difficult to choose.
Talena: Other than playing the New Blood Stage?…The atmosphere first off…so many people that are all in to the same music and lifestyle all in one place. It really does have such a great vibe. I will then say Machine Head. Yes, very much looking forward to them!
What can the audience expect from you at the festival?
Talena: A powerful atmosphere, heavy stomping riffs, dark moody melodies, memorable songs & just a general kick ass show!
Can you sum up Bloodstock in one sentence?
Shirezy: A Hard drinking, heavy metal frenzy? Oh wait, that was my plan for the weekend. Erm, T?
Any message you wish to pass on to the PM readers.
Thanks for taking the time to read this interview. If you’re a fan of powerful vocals, grooving, stomping riffs and kickass songs then please check us out. To all our fans, thank you for all your support so far and you will all pleased to know that our new album is coming along nicely & we do hope for a release later this year!
Thank you girls for taking the time out to complete this interview, we’re looking forward to seeing you at Bloodstock \m/
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