EMQ’s with RAZOR SHARP DEATH BLIZZARD
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Selkirk, Scotland based Groove Metal/Sludge/Doom band Razor Sharp Death Blizzard. Huge thanks to vocalist Jamie Clark 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?
I’m Jamie Clark and I am the vocalist Razor Sharp Death Blizzard. Daz McSwell is on vocals and guitar, Ross Corbett on bass and Liam Roberts on drums. We began in 2014 with Greg on drums and Graham on bass when we started to jam in an old WW2 incendiary bomb munitions plant. There would literally be icicles hanging from the ceiling in winter and would be a hot box in the summer but that’s where the “Riot Revolt Revolution” E.P. was written and unleashed in 2015. We moved to another space in Selkirk, Scottish Borders where we still are now and wrote our first album “You Will Burn” and recorded it with Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studio near Chester which we released in 2017. Greg left after the album was released to concentrate on Uni. Enter Liam Roberts on drums. Not long after, Graham left too so he could further his career. Enter Ross Corbett on bass. Throughout this time, we have played all over the UK, mainland Europe and Ireland. We are now a stable band and love hitting the road and playing all over. At the end of 2019 we recorded a new album with Chris Fielding again but at Foel Studio this time and it was released on 17/07/20 called “The World Is Fucked”
How did you come up with your band name?
Our name came from something our original drummer said after walking through a snow blizzard. He said the snow was fucking brutal and that it was like walking through a Razor Sharp Death Blizzard. The rest is history.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are based in a little town called Selkirk in The Scottish Borders, where the metal scene sadly is non-existent. The closest place is Edinburgh, about an hour’s drive away, where the scene is thriving thanks to some great venues like Banshee Labyrinth, Bannermans and Henrys Cellar used by awesome promoters.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We had a single, ‘Suicide’ out on 14/05/20 which is from the album “The World Is Fucked” released on 17/07/20.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Probably my Mum, everyone in the band and the amazing people around us.
What first got you into music?
I was always into music one way or another. Singing in the choir at school, my mum playing Joe Cocker and Joan Baez, friends lending me Marillion, Iron Maiden, AC/DC. I was obsessed with Iron Maiden for years; I have about everything they released up to Seventh Son.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Bongripper and add some vocals to Satan Worshipping Doom
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands. I’ve been going the past few years and it has the best vibe best people and there’s always a curveball that captures you. A lot of the music I’ve discovered the past few years has been from Roadburn.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Not sure about gifts but we were given ‘Special’ beer from a fan at a festival in Switzerland one time. Fuck knows what was in it, but we were fucked after it.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Look out for one another xx
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The most I enjoy is playing shows in new and old places and chewing the fat with old and new friends. The thing I dislike most is the thankless task of trying to contact promoters to try and organise shows, it can get pretty demoralising.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
In the UK and many other countries, it would be great to see some sort of government support of venues. Too many great places are closing.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
For me CD’s work best as I can put them on in my van. Vinyl is great to have and hold.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
That’s a tough one, too many to choose. Let’s say Urban Assault Festival in Cork, Ireland 2019
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’m one half of a Construction business so probably putting more effort into that rather than being distracted by the bright lights.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Daz, Liam and Ross from the band, Luke Wolftired who played second guitar on the last Irish shows and Father Dave for the craic!
What’s next for the band?
Promoting the new single and album, then get out on the road ASAP once all the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music etc. etc.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Cake but I eat them like a biscuit.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for the interview and we look forward to seeing you and everyone else as soon as we can. We hope you enjoy the new single and album. Take care and look after one another.
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