As Bloodstock approaches MetalMouth hassled Leeds based Waking Theo for a bite sized pre festival interview:
How did you choose your bands name?
When we first started out we jammed in our guitarist Chris’ garage, we would sometimes practice quite late. His neighbour then started to complain, saying that we were waking up his son “Theo”. We were struggling to find a name at the time so we went for “Waking Theo”.
What’s the most difficult thing you encounter as an emerging band, and how have you overcome it?
Playing shows to nobody is something that is seriously difficult about being in such a band. We’ve travelled all over the UK and have sometimes just played to the other bands. It’s a shit feeling and it does get you down and makes you think do you actually want to carry on doing this? These are only a few shows however and the good shows will always outweigh the band ones. We don’t let it get us down and we continue to stride forward and make sure we enjoy the good times.
How would you describe Waking Theo‘s sound?
Over the years our sound has changed slightly. We started off as a more traditional metal band, influenced by bands like Metallica and Pantera. More recently we have come to be influenced by more modern metal bands and have lost our more traditional metal edge to an extent. However we still are heavily influenced by those types of bands don’t get us wrong. We are a melodic metal band overall taking inspiration from all types of metal.
How did you get to be a part of Bloodstock festival? (if through Metal to The Masses which area?)
We had just recently lost our old singer of 6 years and in stepped one of our friends Craig to fill in for a few shows we had booked. He mentioned the Metal to the Masses in Selby was taking place and we should give it a go. We did so and we managed to win our heat much to our surprise. We then asked Craig if he wanted to join full time. It then came to the final which we had all been shitting our pants about. When it came round we just gave it our all and somehow managed to come out on top.
What are the nerves like right now? Is this your biggest ever audience/first festival appearance?
I’d be lying if I said we were’nt nervous about the show. It’s our first major festival appearance and it’s going to be one of the biggest audiences we’ve played to. Also it’s fucking Bloodstock, a festival with such high standards that we as a band have been attending since 07. So obviously there is pressure. Having said that, I can’t really describe how pumped and excited we are to get up on stage and tear it apart.
What bands are you most looking forward to seeing at Bloodstock?
Machine Head for definite, seriously happy they are playing as they are not your usual Bloodstock band. Testament will also be awesome. Other than that – The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, Sepultura.
Are there any other up and coming bands out there you would recommend keeping an eye on right now?
At the moment we’re really digging Heart of a Coward and Bleed from Within.
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?
One story amongst many that will be forever burned into my memory will be one from Bloodstock 07, me and our bassist needed to shit so instead of taking the sensible option and heading to the festival toilets we ventured into the woods. He decided to climb a tree and proceeded to relieve himself. During this act, his phone managed to slide from his pocket falling 15 ft to the ground, landing directly in the middle of his chocolate offering. He has since complied with regular festival toileting procedures. I’m sure this year will produce some equally retarded events also.
Are there any messages that you would like to pass on to your fans?
Thanks for supporting us over the years and we’ll see you at Bloodstock. Come and have a beer with us.
WAKING THEO are playing Bloodstock Festival on Friday 10th on the New Blood Stage
For more information on WAKING THEO check out http://www.facebook.com/wakingtheoband