EMQ’s with BLEED AGAIN
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, UK based Metal band Bleed Again. Huge thanks to guitarist Simon Williams for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My names Simon, lead guitarist and one of the founding members of Bleed Again. We originally formed in the late 2000’s and have released 4 EP’s and one studio album so far. Our line up has changed a few times over the years, originally starting with two vocalists, one guitarist, a bassist and a drummer and evolving into the line-up we have today – James (main vocals), Sam (second vocals and bass), myself (lead guitar), Chris (rhythm guitar) and Jordan (drums).
How did you come up with your band name?
Well, this was a while ago! Our main aim was to find a name that hadn’t been used before! Each name we came up with went through vagarious googling checks to make sure we would be the one and only! It didn’t take us too long to agree on Bleed Again and it has stayed ever since.
Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?
We are all from Sussex (UK), centring around Brighton. Rock and Metal is very popular down here on the coast. There are always countless gigs, new bands appearing, old bands getting better and better and a big hearted ‘metal head’ community that embraces it!
What is your latest release?
Our latest release is a single called ‘Survive’ – dropping 31st July 2020. This song is off the upcoming album we are currently writing and aiming to release early next year.
Who have been your greatest influences?
That would have to be Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive. They have influenced each member of the band in some way or another.
What first got you into music?
For me, my dad’s hard rock music collection. Looking back now you might call it ‘Dad Rock’ haha! ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, all guitar driven music really – that gave me a taste for playing guitar.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I think for us a collab would be working with someone that could bring something completely different to our music. We have screaming, singing, heavy guitars and huge drums. So, collaborating with someone like NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys would definitely make something…interesting… I fear I may have just uncovered our private ‘on the road’ playlist…
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Download! We all love this place! Honestly, who doesn’t stand in front of the main stage and go ‘that’s f#####g huge!!’???
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Not really a gift as such, but an offer for one person to be our security guard, merch seller, manager, driver, artwork designer and roadie!!!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for all your support over the years!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
The guys will have other ideas, but for me it would be Dio!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love seeing the crowd going nuts! There’s no better feeling than knowing it’s the music you’re playing that’s making them go crazy!
As for hate, venues with stairs! Well, that’s what the guys moan about the most!! I don’t think we have ever played a venue that has a lift…!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
If there was more money in the industry bigger bands could give smaller bands more opportunities for support without stupid costs.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
36 Crazyfists – “A Snow Capped Romance”!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
CD’s! Ticks all the boxes; physical copy for the collection, excellent quality and easy to carry home from the gig!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Supporting SOiL in Brighton
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would probably have my classic Mini back on the road.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Ainsley Harriott, Dave Grohl, Andy Copping, Bill Bailey and Satchel
What’s next for the band?
Finish writing and recording the new album then get straight back to gigging!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.