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Monday, 15 July 2019

The Spotlight: BOA New Blood Interview With Inferiem (Interview By Paul H)

In the hotbed of Glasgow, it was Inferiem who came out victorious at the M2TM final. Their metalcore the approach will go down well at BOA and I caught up with the band to find out a bit more about them.

Paul: Let’s start with a brief history of the band

Inferiem: The band formed in 2017 just for a casual jam because none of us were in a band and had a lot of free time. The band started with Gordon, Duncan and Jonathan. We recruited Stewart after posting a tribute video of Paper Clip by Linkin Park because we heard of the sad news that Chester had passed and he wanted to join. We found Elliot after looking for a bass player for so long and he was a perfect fit for it.

Paul: Who is the current line up?

Inferiem: Stewart-Vocals, Gordon-Drums, Elliot-Bass, Duncan-Guitar and Jonathan-Guitar

Paul: Describe the band’s sound and influences

Inferiem: Gordon put it perfectly when we were asked this question before. He said if you can imagine Killswitch and Architects had a baby that’s how we would sound.

Paul: Prior to Bloodstock, what are some of the highlights for the band so far?

Inferiem: After only being an active gigging band for just over a year and a half releasing both our debut single and EP are some big highlights for us at the moment. Also being invited to attend and play a music awards show was a pretty cool thing.

Paul: Let’s move on to Bloodstock and your road to the festival. Please tell us about your journey

Inferiem: We decided to enter M2TM after a few people in the local scene told us about it. The biggest influencers for it were a band called Titan Breed who won it a few years before us. They told us about it after we supported them on our very first show and told us we should enter.

Paul: We know from our friends in bands that getting to the M2TM final is a great feeling. Tell us about the build up to your final and how you handled it

Inferiem: The nerves were definitely there whilst standing amongst a packed Ivory Blacks watching the other bands in the final! We all decided to give it our very best and most importantly have fun because at the end of the day if you give it your all and don’t make it then at least you know there was nothing more you could have done!

Paul: What about when you were announced as winners? What were the emotions like?

Inferiem: Stunned would be the word for us all when our name was announced by Simon. We all couldn’t believe it and we are still trying to come to terms with it.

Paul: So, moving on to the festival itself, what can we expect from you?

Inferiem: When we play we give it all in every show we have because people come out to see a show/performance and that’s what we like to give. Expect a melodic heavy groove and brutally fierce vocals! We like to include the crowd in our performance too so expect a lot of pits!

Paul: Which bands are you looking forward to seeing there?

Inferiem: The headliners are a must for us but we will try and catch as many acts as we can throughout the week!

Paul: Have you been to Bloodstock before?

Inferiem: Most of the band haven’t been but our Drummer Gordon goes every year and he can’t speak highly of it.
Paul: Describe the three best things about the festival.

Inferiem: 
1. The different bands that play

2. The VIP bar

3. The atmosphere

Paul: And finally, tell us a guilty pleasure about each member of the band!

Inferiem: Stewart’s guilty pleasure is listening to a lot of Justin Bieber and superhero films.

Duncan’s guilty pleasure is listening to a lot of grime.

Jonathan’s guilty pleasure is listening to a lot of 80’s ballads and bands like Wham.

Elliot’s guilty pleasure is taking far too many pictures of his cat

Gordon’s guilty pleasure is also 80’s music and Justin Timberlake.

With metalcore just one of the genres represented at the festival, the inclusion of Inferiem demonstrates once again how diverse the whole weekend is. My thanks to the band for answering the questions and I will be checking out their groove ridden pits (from a distance obviously) on Saturday 10th August on the New Blood Stage. Get acquainted with all things Inferiem at their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/inferiemband/

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