Friday 26 April 2013

Hit The Deck Nottingham - The Interviews // Bleed From Within

Bleed From Within are going from strength to strength at the minute. Their album "Uprising" may have taken a little longer than hoped to be released but since coming out has gone down a storm. 
Est.1987 caught up with front-man Scott Kennedy ahead of their set at the Forum to talk about touring, the album and being proud to be Scottish. To read the full interview and see what we thought of their live show click below...

Hey Scott, how’s it going? Did you enjoy Bristol last night and are you looking forward to tonight?
Yeah, it was really good; it was quite different from today. We’ve played this one in Nottingham before, but in Bristol all the venues are really far apart so it’s harder to get around but we’re looking forward to playing later tonight.

You’re currently in the middle of a headline tour, how’s that been going?
Insane. Literally. It’s been way better than what I thought it was going to be; every night’s been packed and all the kids have been singing along to every word on the album. And it’s not even been out that long, it’s amazing.

I guess it’s different playing festivals to headline shows? Do you enjoy the challenge of playing to some people who aren’t necessarily your fans?
Yeah, we’re really happy with it because it’s a chance to reach out to new people, to a bigger audience. Last night in Bristol we played to more of our own fans, just because the stages were quite far apart. So tonight we’re looking forward to the opportunity to playing to new people. And yeah, we enjoy that challenge, because that’s the only way that your band’s going to be more successful.

The latest album “Uprising”, as the title suggests, was a long and hard process to get it out there. Do you feel that the struggle and the length of time strengthened the album?
Definitely. We scrapped and re-wrote each song like three or four times until it was absolutely perfect. We were really frustrated at the time and that brought out the best in us and shaped us as a band I guess, so now it’s out it’s a relief.

I guess Scotland isn’t well known for producing heavy metal bands. Is it nice that you’ve broken out of Scotland but also you’re representing for them?
Yeah. I’ve never really thought of us as being a band from Scotland but I’m proud of where I’m from and love Scotland, so in a way yeah.

What’s next for you guys?
After the headline tour we go home for three weeks and then out doing festivals all summer. Then things aren’t set in stone yet, but it’s going to be a busy year.

Who are you looking forward to seeing this afternoon?
Bleeding Through definitely. When I was younger they really inspired me and we’re playing before them so we can come off stage, get a beer and then watch them. I used to love that band when I was younger and these are their last shows, so it’s really special. 

To read our full review of Hit The Deck Nottingham [including Bleed From Within] click HERE