Jackknife Seizure – Post-Bloodstock interview

jackknife seizureWhile we spoke to a lot of bands both signed and unsigned at Bloodstock, we were unable to manage to speak to all the up and coming  bands who played the New Blood stage, so have been catching up with the ones we missed to see how they enjoyed their Bloodstock experience.


Can you give the readers a quick introduction to the band?

Tim: We’re a 4-piece rock/metal/progressive band from London and we officially formed in 2010. Dave (bassist extraordinaire) and I (guitarist-ish) initially started the concept of the band in 2008. We had a handful of songs and riffs under our belt, but it took two years till we found the perfect drummer in the form of Sylvy. Also in the spring of that year, Gerry joined us on vocals to complete the line-up and the rest is the present future.


How would you describe your sound?

Gerry: Fresh, original… Non-genre specific and good… Hopefully, haha!

Tim: Aggressive, heavy, trippy, riffy, sexual, grungy, pounding and various other describing words. I’d like to think our sound is quite organic and malleable as we don’t necessarily stick to playing a particular style or genre type. There’s so many different genres and sub-genres out there with new ones being created all the time, that I think if we were to be pigeon-holed into one it would have to be one we create… And i’d call it ‘unclassifiable metal’.

Dave: One night at a gig I had different people tell me we sounded like Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Mastodon, Jethro Tull, Tool and Pantera, so, I guess progressive-grunge-metal, whatever that is.

Sylvy: We’ve had a few people trying to describe our sound which has proved difficult, but we quite like “Soundgarden having downed too many red bulls”, with groove, heavy riffs, a bit of prog, and lots of bass!


What has been the bands biggest achievement so far?

Sylvy: Winning the London Metal 2 the Masses to play Bloodstock’s New Blood Stage is definitely our biggest achievement so far… We went in completely without any expectations as we’d never done any sort of competition before… and that competition was fierce! The response has been fantastic throughout and we can’t thank everyone enough who’s supported us all the way!

Tim: Alongside the Metal 2 the Masses, playing Bloodstock itself is also our biggest achievement, and we can only hope to do something like that again sometime.

Dave: Definitely getting to play Bloodstock.


Why did you want to become part of the New Blood Stage line up?

Tim: To be honest we didn’t think we’d ever be part of the New Blood Stage when we first entered the M2TM, but as Sylvy said, who wouldn’t want to play at the UK’s biggest metal festival??? It’s not only a dream, but an honour.

Sylvy: What band wouldn’t want to play there?! It must be every musician’s dream to play a festival like this…


What was your initial reaction when you found out you were playing on the New Blood Stage?

Sylvy: It was the night of the M2TM finals – hearing our name called out was pretty unreal but there was a lot of jumping, hugging, high-fives, “fuckin’ hells” and celebratory drinking!

Dave: Duck and cover! I was bundled.

Tim: I think i may have jizzed myself a tiny bit.


How did you feel your set went?

Dave: Really well. The crowd were really enthusiastic and the vibe was amazing.

Sylvy: We had an absolutely amazing time on that stage, I was bouncing with excitement before and after. The reactions were fantastic so we couldn’t ask for more.

Tim : It was unreal… I had a few technical issues with my guitar towards the end of the set, but we didn’t let that bring us down… We gave it our all and had a fucking blast!


How did you enjoy your Bloodstock experience?  Any particular highlights?

Dave: Probably the best festival i’ve ever been to and the highlight was actually getting to play there. Bloody marvellous!

Gerry: Being on a big stage and looking down and seeing faces of friends old and new. And just embracing the crowd, the music and that special Bloodstock moment… That will surely stay with us all, whatever the future holds.

Sylvy: It was our first Bloodstock experience altogether, but right after we immediately planned next year’s trip! The obvious highlight is of course getting to actually play the festival and we’re still grinning about it!

Tim: Hopefully we’ll be invited back next year as honoured guests, haha! In general though out of all the festivals i’ve been to over the years, there is something uniquely special about Bloodstock and I can’t wait to do it all again. Highlights for me was definitely playing our set and making a hell of a lot of new friends.

Did you get to watch many bands?  If so who did you enjoy seeing?

Sylvy: We were looking forward to seeing our M2TM mates Darkeye take to the stage on Saturday and as always they did not disappoint! We also really enjoyed brutal sets from Down, Hellyeah, Brutai, Oakhaart and Carcass and many more that we caught during the weekend.

Gerry: Hellyeah! Missed a few bands that we all wanted to see, but never saw Hellyeah before and I was very pleasantly surprised.

Tim: I’d like to add Decapitated and Evil Scarecrow to that list, they were both excellent to watch.

Dave: All of the above and Down were the highlight for me.


Can you sum up Bloodstock in one sentence!

Gerry: The best atmosphere of any festival I have ever encountered.

Sylvy: Fuckin’ awesome.

Tim: Tis like a wet dream.

Dave: Zang!

Any message you wish to pass on to the PM readers:

We’ve got our EP out soon, of which you can check out a preview on our site, jackknifeseizure.co.uk or on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/jackknifeseizure). We have a Twitter and Youtube channel all of which are accessible from the main website or facebook. Feel free to drop us a line if you like what you hear! We look forward to bringing the seizure to a town near you!

About Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.