We catch up with the band to find out more about them, the festival, their thoughts and what you lucky Bloodstock go-er’s will see!
Can you give the readers a quick introduction to the band.
We are Kremated. Pete Dee on vocals and guitar, Phil Roberts on guitar, Jimmy Martin on drums, and Marcus Bjoro on bass.
How would you describe your sound.
Old school Thrash Metal with crossover leanings, but without trying to be a “retro” band. We throw in a drop of D-Beat Punk and 80s NYHC to keep it interesting and (arguably) authentic. Imagine Exodus, Bulldoze and The Exploited having a punchup at Celtic Frost’s rehearsal space…
Why did you want to become part of the New Blood Stage line up?
BOA’s New Blood stage has produced some jawdropping acts the last few years, and given Bloodstock’s reputation for being a proper Metal festival for Metalheads, run by Metalheads, it is probably the best shot we have at getting our tunes over to exactly the right crowd of discerning high-speed Metal enthusiasts. Also, it is under cover and next to a bar :)
What was your initial reaction when you found out you were playing on the New Blood Stage?
Absolutely stunned. We didn’t even know we were in the running, as we didn’t enter any competitions or write any begging letters, we were literally contacted out of the blue and asked to play, so yeah, I went numb for a couple of minutes!
What can the audience expect from you at the festival.
Fast, ugly, stripped-down Thrash Metal with no silly imagery, perms or trainer endorsements. We plan to deliver in bucketloads and give the best show we can, full throttle. Spilled pints and neck injuries optional but fun.
What has been the bands biggest achievement so far?
Getting to the point where people are asking us to play shows, not the other way round. Then x1000 for being invited to Bloodstock. It means a lot to us.
Have you ever been to Bloodstock before? If so when and what did you enjoy most about it.
I’ve been to 3 Bloodstocks, they were all amazing, and it is definitely my favourite UK open air festival. I would have come anyway regardless if we were playing or not. The best thing is the perfect balance of festival craziness and laid back atmosphere, it is exactly the right size to pull this off.
What is your opinion of the Bloodstock line-up.
Top notch, same as every year, a bit for everyone, and some killer bands representing each genre. Having 4 stages makes it pretty much foolproof as there is always something to do, and if there is a gap in your schedule, the campsite parties are 5 minutes walk.
What are you looking forward to most at Bloodstock.
VOIVOD! Also seeing our good friends Bull Riff Stampede on the Sophie stage, Anthrax, Death Angel, Dishonour The Crown, Diesel King, Evil Scarecrow, campsite shenanigans and the legendary disco in the Sophie tent.
Can you sum up Bloodstock in one sentence!
“Bloodstock: the ultimate antidote to Download!”
Any message you wish to pass on to the PM readers
If you like your Thrash dirty and raw, and want to warm yourselves up before Gama Bomb, then we are on the New Blood stage at midday on Sunday. Come down and give us 10 minutes to show you that THRASH AIN’T DEAD!
Thank you for taking the time out to complete this interview, we are looking forward to seeing you at Bloodstock \m/ \m/