As Bloodstock approaches MetalMouth managed to get Gareth from Control The Storm away from the drums for a bite sized pre festival interview:
How did you choose your bands name?
Prior to the recent line up change, 4 of us had been in a previous incarnation of the band called Neverwinter. Originally we had decided to re-use this name however a couple of bands abroad had usurped it so we decided on something new. We mulled over a few other ideas that didn’t quite fit what we wanted or the image we were going for, and then we ‘discovered’ Delain (Dutch metal band) and their track ‘Control the Storm’. Although the lyrics didn’t quite fit the image we were going for the title itself seemed to sum up the post-apocalyptic, end of the world style scenario we were looking for…..so it stuck!
What’s the most difficult thing you encounter as an emerging band, and how have you overcome it?
There have been a few things that have been particularly difficult for us as an emerging band, not least the lack of ‘scene’ for Power Metal in the UK – let alone for female fronted bands. There are some really good bands of this ilk around in the UK but, compared to the Continent, it is still pretty dire. Hence, very few bands of the more melodic style don’t tend to tour the UK as much as say the Death or Thrash Metal bands. It’s one of the reasons we took the conscious decision to not take the symphonic, power metal route with the music. It allows us to sit nicely on other bills without sticking out like a sore thumb!
How would you describe the Control The Storm‘s sound?
That’s a difficult one! We definitely see ourselves as a Power Metal band but we are not like many other female-fronted bands. We take individual influences from bands as diverse as Muse and Malevolent Creation – so melody and power sit hand in hand. Collectively our shared influences include Evergrey, Delain and After Forever and you can definitely hear composite elements of these in the music and the vocal arrangements.
How did you get to be a part of the festival? (if through Metal to The Masses which area?)
We entered the Metal to the Masses competitions in both Reading and Bristol (as the band is split between these areas) with a view to really just building a fan base in Reading. We never expected to get through to the finals in both areas, let alone win it in Reading!! That was a nice surprise. We knew Bristol was always going to be tough – as we know, and have gigged with, a lot of the bands that entered and the competition would be very fierce, divided loyalties amongst friends and so on. Reading was very much an unknown property. However, it was a good confidence boost just to get through to the finals in both areas.
What are the nerves like right now? Is this your biggest ever audience/first festival appearance?
The closer we get the more strained the nerves!! It has taken a while to sink in!! Seeing the logo actually on the BOA website has now made it more real and the excitement is now kicking in!
It will be the first ever festival for some in the band, however Rich has played Bloodstock before (with Mercury Rain) and I have played many festivals in Europe (with Amputated). Collectively, as Control the Storm, it will be the biggest audience by a long stretch!
What bands are you most looking forward to seeing at Bloodstock?
Personally, I am looking forward to seeing Testament, Nile, Benediction and Iced Earth. It will also be good to catch up with Myk and Wilson from Saturnian, From Ruin and, of course, the legend that is Alice Cooper!!
There is also Dimmu Borgir, Machine Head, Hatebreed, Behemoth and Dio Disciples that we are, collectively, also looking forward to seeing.
Are there any other up and coming bands out there you would recommend keeping an eye on right now?
We have been lucky to share the stage with some awesome bands over the last few months whilst doing the MTTM shows. We have Seprevation and In Coma, who are both playing Bloodstock as well, K-Lacura from Reading are worth a mention as are Vanadium from Devon.
Do you have any funny stories from your route to Bloodstock (or any previous times that you have been to the festival) that you would like to share with the MetalMouth readers?
There haven’t been any funny stories that I can think of so far on the route to Bloodstock, at least not yet! I’m sure after a few beers, the festival will have conjured up some embarrassing stories!!
Are there any messages that you would like to pass on to your fans?
See you all down the front!!!
CONTROL THE STORM are playing the Bloodstock festival on Friday 10th
For more information on Control The Storm check out http://www.facebook.com/ControlTheStorm