As Bloodstock gets ever closer, MetalMouth chats to guitarist Eddie White of Bolton/Wigan based Derision, for a quick bite sized pre performance interview.
Thanks for taking the time out to discuss things Derision related for the MetalMouth readers.
For the people out there just discovering Derision as a result of this interview how did the band come to form?
We formed in late 2009, me and the drummer, John, are very old friends, and he knew a vocalist, Tony, from where John used to rehearse with his old band, anyway, everybody was in between bands so they had a chat then gave me a call. We jammed for a few months, trying a couple of bassists out, then we found Seddy and we all clicked.
How did you choose your bands name?
Through the powers of Microsoft Word!!!!! Literally searching through the thesaurus to look for “Cool” sounding words, as all the cool band names had been taken!
What bands/artists have influenced the band?
Personally my fave players are Gary holt of Exodus, Tommy Victor from Prong and another fave is Adrian Smith from [Iron] Maiden! Whether they directly influence the music I’m not so sure as I just write down what sounds good at any particular time. Maybe subconsciously.
How would you describe Derision’s sound?
Heavy, Memorable (I hope) and chuggy!
What’s the most difficult thing you encounter as an emerging band, and how have you overcome it?
Where to start! Money is the main issue, there is none! Everything comes from whats left in our pockets after we pay to live. It’s a massive commitment, one that can cause many an issue, personally and within the band unit. Living the dream is extremely hard!
Another is trying to get recognition and get yourself heard. Access to major players within the industry is much easier than years back, due to the internet and social sites, but that doesn’t mean they listen. Bands are like junk mail now, as its easy to ram your band down peoples necks, but theres a million other bands doing it also, so it’s very easy for good bands to get overlooked as they get lumped together.
You released your debut album “Ancient” late last year. How did the album come together?
It was a 12-14 month long process of writing and recording at the same time, we will never work like this again, too difficult and frustrating. I basically wrote all the music and brought it in in song form, from there we decided what we liked as a band or didn’t, then rearranged. Once we were all happy we went into the studio, our drummer John has his degree in sound engineering and is a Pro Tools near expert, so we used our own studio to record. This saved us a lot of money! Also Russ Russell [Parlour Studios] helped us out big time when it came to mastering, was completely honest with us and helped make this album sound much better than it was actually going to!
What are your favourite songs from it?
When we did the song “The Ancients” which is available to se on you tube as a pro video, that was a fave as we knew that people would like it, not to sound arrogant, but it just worked. But after playing it for ages it’s no longer my fave, I enjoy playing final solution live as it’s a constant pounding and sounds pretty heavy.
Do you have any plans for a follow up album yet?
After we play Bloodstock (Sophie Stage on Friday at 3:20) I’ll commence writing album number 2! I’ve already got stuff to use so I’ll expand on that and write some more, hopefully that will be out next year! Fingers crossed we’ll work with Russ, but nothing’s concrete yet.
How did you become part of the lineup of the festival?
We basically just got asked. We’re a band with no label or backing, funding is purely out of our own pockets. Adam Gregory heard our album on spotify (where its still streaming) loved it, he told his sister Vicky, who loved it, then I got a nice phone call one Thursday evening from Vicky basically asking us to play Bloodstock! Obviously I was blown away, but even more so when she said she’d like us to play the Sophie Lancaster Stage, and not the New Blood Stage, where all the unsigned artists usually play. This gig is massive for us! The same happened to Evile and look at them now, so hopefully someone will see us and take a chance on us and help us progress. We cannot thank Vicky and Adam enough for this opportunity, it really means the world to us. We’ll be forever grateful.
What are the nerves like right now? Is this your biggest ever audience/first festival appearance?
The nerves aren’t too bad to be honest, maybe on the day it will change, personally I don’t tend to suffer nerves before a gig. This is our biggest gig for sure! Hopefully the start of many a big gig. If this is the last one we do, then so be it, but I’m determined that not to be the case. We’re going to be filming it as well, 6 camera shoot, this is for the memories and also we will probably release it in some form in the future, so anyone reading this it’d be cool if you came and supported us, and make it an event to remember!
Do you have any funny stories from your route to Bloodstock (or any previous festivals) that you would like to share with the MetalMouth readers?
There’s not much funny to be honest, not that were boring bastards or anything, there’s the usual drunken bollox I could go on for hours about, the main stuff we encounter is shite sound problems, back lines wired up wrong by the sound guys, or monitors blowing etc, usualy making us sound shit. You can have the best gear in the world but if the sound guys or the sound gear isn’t up to scratch, then the gear you have doesn’t matter in my opinion. I’m pretty sure there will be many stories to tell post Bloodstock as there’s a big crew of our friends coming with us, all together for 4 days, with alcohol, so ask me again sometime.
If you had to pick one song to sum up Derision right now what would it be?
A tough one, I’d probably say Born From Chaos, it pretty much has everything within the song that we do, and maybe The Ancients too. But that’s 2 songs, so go for the first one. haha.
Besides playing Bloodstock what do you have planned for the rest of 2012?
More gigs! The start of writing album number 2, I’m also getting an endorsement from a USA guitar company, that I’m super stoked about, so a new guitar for me is on the horizon! Also we hope that the band name spreads a lot more, and maybe those people I mentioned earlier will take some notice and give us the time of day.
Are there any bands out there you would recommend keeping an eye on right now?
Bloodshot Dawn are very good! We played with them in Liverpool the other week, good guys, check em at Bloodstock on the Thursday, you’ll enjoy em.
Are there any messages that you would like to pass on to your fans?
We have fans???? Ok, If your reading this, then we cant wait to see you at Bloodstock!!!! It’d be great if you could help spread the word and get as many people in the tent as possible. Also thank you to anyone who has bought our album, or been to gigs to come and watch us, it really is brilliant! And we cant thank you enough!!!
You can buy the album from our website, www.derisionband.com. Cheers!!!!
DERISION are playing Bloodstock Festival on Friday 10th on the Sophie Lancaster Stage
For more information on Derision check out: http://www.facebook.com/derisionband