July 10, 2017 |

Download 2017 interview: Fizzy Blood!

Download 2017 interview: Fizzy Blood!

July 10, 2017 |



We caught up with Yorkshire rockers Fizzy Blood following their Download set to talk the festival, upcoming plans and playing South Korea…

You’re at Download! Are you excited to be here?

All: Very excited

Jake (drums): More excited now than I was before. I think I was more nervous than excited before!

Tim (guitar/keys): Yeah the interviews we did before we went on was a little bit weird because I didn’t realise how nervous I was and then as soon as I got on stage, the nervousness was released.

Benji (vocals/guitar): Yeah if you’d asked us this question about an hour ago we’d have been like “no!” (Laughs). We are loving it!

That’s good. How was your set?

Benji: Amazing!

Tim: It was really surreal. I’m gonna drop something in here; the first time we played in South Korea, we played on this outside stage and it was on a street with endless fans, not to big ourselves up, there were people there anyways, not necessarily to see us but as far as you could see there was people and it was just really weird and surreal. I haven’t had that feeling since then but it was the same sort of thing. The entire set was just surreal!

Jake: I had a moment, I was tearing up! I full on had a moment behind the kit where I was like “Jesus Christ, this is fucking class!” I just started laughing at myself like “sort out your fucking shit! You’re meant to be in a fucking rock band!”

Benji: We played under very different circumstances in 2014. We were a four piece and Tim wasn’t actually in the band. We played on the acoustic stage and we played a full set anyway but it was kinda like a traffic audience of people walking past the stage not really taking notice. But we had people in the tent and at the end of the set, we played our last song and as the riff started people were like “YEAAAAAAAAAAAAH”, I didn’t show it because you’ve got to stay cool on stage but inside I was like (pumps fist in the air). I know you can’t record actions but it was a fist pump into the air.

That’s great! Have you managed to catch anyone over the weekend?

All: Nope!

Benji: Paul has. He said Good Charlotte were his favourite.

Tim: We drove down from Leeds today so we got here about an hour before we played so in between getting here, we had to set up a tent, do a couple of interviews and then go and sound check so…

Jake: The ones I wanted to watch were Dead! and Red Fang. I’m hopefully going to catch Dilinger and Clutch, Slayer and Aerosmith.

(Paul enters)

If you could create your own Download main stage line-up, who would you pick?

Benji: Last time we had this question who did Ciaran say?

Jake: Queens Of The Stone Age

Benji: And I said Weezer. You said Arctic Monkeys, he said Queens Of The Stone Age.

Jake: I said Nirvana.

Benji: Ah that was it but then they said that they were dead and so you said Queens Of The Stone Age and Tim went for Arctic Monkeys, I said Weezer and Ciaran went for something I can’t remember who it was.

Jake: I’m going to say Primus this time

Tim: I’m gonna throw in.. I came with my dad and it was just after the whole Rage Against The Machine thing where they knocked Simon Cowell off Christmas number 1 and they did a tour after that, they played that year and it was fucking amazing! So Rage Against the Machine.

You recently toured with While She Sleeps. How was that?

Tim: Incredible! I think we’re kinda not running out of good stuff to say but more ways to word how good it was!

Paul: It was incredible.

Tim: The way they do stuff is just really…

Benji: What they’ve done with that new album is just…

Tim: They released it independently and stuff like that and it was just like really..

Paul: They brought rock music back into the charts and they did it all themselves. They work so hard and we’ve all got so much respect for that band. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome on the tour, took us under their wing and gave us so much advice. Just watching them every night was like a lesson in itself. We love that band!

Benji: It speaks volumes that under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t listen to metal music but just because watching them live and seeing what they do behind the scenes made me listen to their album and their album is amazing. It’s incredible!

Paul: It’s their best album to date.

Benji: It is and I’m not a big fan of metal but…

Jake: You love metal!

Benji: Okay I like metal but not really modern metal. (Gets a bit of stick from the guys because he actually does like metal) I’m just trying to say that kind of music I don’t usually put on but their new album I have listened to quite a few times!

Last month, you released the video for Pawn. Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind the track?

Paul: Pawn is one of the first ones where we actually sat down and wrote it together, like we all wrote the lyrics together and the concept behind it was about predatory behaviour manipulating them and making them believe that they mean a lot and then dropping them like it isn’t worth it. The track in a broader sense is more about that attitude, not necessarily in the music industry but just the predatory and manipulative behaviour which in society today is becoming more common. It’s really inspired by that and the video is just a bit of fun really. The video is inspired by those horrible ‘80s VHS tapes of dating shows and instructional videos.

Jake: On a side note as well, it’s kind a thing for us to have written it together because when we’re writing lyrics together, they normally get scrapped about a week later. So for that song to stick is good going for us!

Paul: Normally me or Benji would write the lyrics on our own.

Jake: If lyrics don’t come from one person or two people, you kinda lose the core of the story, it’s kinda watered down which is the whole point of it to try and connect. But when five people are trying to connect with one theme it’s a mish-mash.

Have you got any plans for the rest of 2017 that you can tell us?

Paul: What we can tell you, we’ve got a single coming out tomorrow Summer Of Luv, which is the title track for our new EP which is coming out in August. It’s going to have five tracks and we’re really looking forward to people hearing it cause we had so much fun last year recording it. We’re writing another record now but we don’t know if this year that will come out and then at the end of the year, we can’t really say too much because we don’t know too much. But we’ll definitely be touring and out with some bands that are friends that we love. So yeah a lot of festivals, we’ve got Reading & Leeds coming up, 2000 Trees, a lot of cool festivals that we’re on.