In October of 2014, Lincoln based melodic hardcore band Climates faced a dramatic fork in the road. On the one hand, their debut album Body Clocks had finally been released following almost a year of delays, and on the other hand, the band was at a creative checkmate with frontman Wes Thompson, their visions for the band’s musical future totally divided. It seemed as though either path ahead was cursed: they couldn’t carry on a fractured unit, nor did they wish to warp Climates’ achievements to date, so the musical unit of Sam Bowden, Matt Powles, Chris Pritchard and Max Dawson parted ways with vocalist Thompson, and sought to forge themselves a new fate entirely.
The foursome knuckled down on the search for a new vocalist, meanwhile channelling their frustrations and fears about an unstable future the only way they knew how: into music, and by the end of 2014 the band had amassed a wealth of cathartic new material, songs that snapped and snarled at the heels of their collective anxieties, and kept their determination to continue above water. The band’s focussed and positive mindset was further rewarded when Kaya Tarsus, a one-time former bandmate of Pritchard, stepped forward to fill the frontman vacancy, and Blood Youth was born.
After a few intensive months behind closed doors, the quintet have recently released their debut offering, the ‘Inside My Head’ E.P, which saw release on June 22nd in partnership with label Rude Records (home of Zebrahead, Emery, Knuckle Puck, American Hi-Fi, Set It Off, amongst others).
Blood Youth answered some questions in the form of a quickfire A-Z featuring David Hassellhoff, eggs and Chicken pox! Without further ado here it is…
A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:
Scar Tissue – RHCP
Best Album Ever Written:
Slipknot – IOWA
Craziest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:
On our last tour we stayed at Stanley Kubrick’s Mansion.
Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:
Your eyes tell me things your heart never could. At least I felt something, something you never would
Easiest Song You Wrote:
We actually just wrote a new song which took less than 2 days. That was pretty easy. It’s a banger too.
Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:
Probably the show we played with Pvris last month!
Guest You’d Most Like To Feature On A Your Record:
Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:
Listening to our EP for the first time
Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:
The line in failure, ‘My hair is falling out’ is actually about or guitarist Chris as he used to have alopecia.
Jokes You Have In The Band:
Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:
Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:
So far in this band about 4 hours… In previous bands we’ve done 24 hour drives.
Most Inspiring Musician You’ve Ever Experienced:
Davey Muise (VANNA)
New Band You’d Recommend:
Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:
Rage Against The Machine
Place You’d Most Like To Tour:
Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:
How do you like your eggs in the morning? – M. Scott
Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:
The songs are literally what was going through my head when I was writing the lyrics
See Us Live At:
July Tour (UK) with Trash Boat. Hevy festival. Destruction Derby (DE)
The Old Days Of Music Were Better Than Those Currently, do you agree:
No because there is still great music constantly being released.
Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:
We’d like to do an acoustic version of one of our songs.
What Bands Have You Seen Live and Regretted:
X-rays or any other treatments needed for band related injuries:
Our drummer recently had chicken pox on our last tour.
You could have written any song in history, which would you pick:
David Hassellhoff – True Survivor. Its a rager.
Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band: