As Bloodstock draws ever nearer, MetalMouth caught up with Chris Appleton of Absolva for a short pre festival interview to discuss the recent tour with original AC/DC vocalist Dave Evans and the pending album release.
How did the band form?
The band formed out of the ashes of Fury UK. My brother and bassist of Fury UK got offered his dream job to play for USA metal band ‘Iced Earth‘. So he took the job. Which left myself and Martin. Instead of roping another bassist into that void, we decided to start out fresh. Hence Absolva was born.
How did you choose your bands name?
It’s actually french for absolution of sin. So we will cure all your sins. hehe. It’s a good, unique name, that will only reference to the band.
How would you describe Absolva‘s sound?
Metal. Judas Priest/Iron Maiden, the old school British Metal sounds mixed with the later European Metal sounds of Accept and Helloween. We very crafty with the way we write songs, catchy, heavy and lots of guitar solos.
You have recently toured the UK with Dave Evans as part of his “UK Badasses”. How was the tour?
Great tour, very enjoyable.
What was it like working with Dave?
Myself and Martin have worked with Dave before. He’s a great guy, and we always have a laugh, and playing old AC/DC tracks is always fun.
Do you have any funny stories from the tour that you would like to share with the MetalMouth readers?
Dave getting very excited and breaking numerous mic stands. Dave falling over on-stage. Dan our bassist, has a weak bladder, and has to stop for a piss every 2mins. All very Spinal Tap stuff. There’s probably a lot more that just slips out of your head. hehe.
I believe you played your [Absolva] debut show at the SOS Festival last weekend. How did your set go?
Absolva-lutly fantastic. There was a lot of expectation around this show. And we hammered it. We had the biggest crowd of the weekend, it was great to see.
Do you think your existing Fury UK fans are taking to Absolva’s sounds?
I’m very pleased to see how the Fury UK fans are taking it. They’ve all been very supportive, they really are the best fans ever. When Luke annouced his departure, some people were gutted, but understood completely, but also were very excited about Absolva. Couldn’t ask for more. Everyone seems to be liking the slightly heavier edge also.
Absolva’s debut album is due out shortly through Rocksector Records. Can you tell the MetalMouth readers a little about the album?
Flames of Justice, will be recording in August. And set for an October release. Very much looking forward to it, the writing is happening so fast. It’s as I’ve said, slightly heavier, but it will be mix pace. Fast songs, slow songs, epics. Lots of guitar solos. And choruses you’ll be singing the rest of the week.
Do you have any favourite tracks on it yet?
There’s a song we’re playing live at the moment, ‘Code Red‘. Listen out for it.
You have just been announced to play the Jagermeister Stage at Bloodstock Festival. How did you become part of the lineup?
They asked us. We wanted to get Fury UK back on at Bloodstock this year, but obviously that can’t happen now. So when Absolva got offered a slot. Especially for a band that has done hardly anything yet. We’ve achieved a hell of a lot in a short space of time.
How do you think your normal sounds will fare as acoustic versions?
We’re not 100% sure how acoustic its gonna be. Some amplifiers might happen to turn up.
How do you think Bloodstock will compare to some of the other festivals that you have played such as the SOS Festival,Hammerfest (as part of Fury UK) etc?
Myself and Martin have played Bloodstock a few times over the years. We think its a great festival. Big enough to have the scale, but small enough to keep that family feel and intimacy.
What bands are you most looking forward to seeing at Bloodstock?
Iced Earth, Dio’s [sic] Disciples, Testament
Are there any up and coming bands out there you would recommend keeping an eye on right now?
Keep your eyes on ‘Triaxis’, those guys can really play.
Do you have any funny festival stories that you would like to share with the MetalMouth readers?
Sometimes, at festivals, and indoor festivals. The bigger ones. You can have a Spinal Tap moment. because its so big…where’s the stage??? How the hell do we get to the stage. hehe.
Besides this festival appearance, and pending album release what does 2012 hold in store for you?
On the run up to Bloodstock, we’re doing 3 shows with Iced Earth, in Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow. We have an extensive UK and European tour to complete also. All details check www.absolva.com
Are there any messages that you would like to pass on to your fans?
Just would like to thank everyone so far who’s supported us over these past months. And especially the long time fans from over the year. Absolva, is really got hit hard. So keep on the look out and we’ll seya soon. Thankyou
ABSOLVA are playing Bloodstock Festival on Friday 10th on the Jaegermeister Stage.
For more information on Absolva check out http://www.facebook.com/absolva