by Carina Lawrence/ Dark Art Conspiracy
Death Blooms are a melodic hardcore metal act hailing from Liverpool/Manchester, UK who unleashed their debut self-titled EP earlier this year which received high praise from metalheads and press alike. They are a band to keep an eye on and who have been busy releasing new music videos in support of the EP and have recently just finished touring with Insane Clown Posse and Mushroomhead. I caught up with them to discuss the exciting year they have had since their debut release and what lies ahead for the future. and it seems like we will be seeing more of Death Blooms in 2018…
Firstly can you tell us a bit about how Death Blooms came to be?
Myself and Ad had just finished our last bands and we had a chat about getting back to our roots and doing something heavy again. Ad had already been demoing a bit, but when we got together, we decided to start from scratch.
How did you come up with your name?
We did the usual thing of going through a lot of pretty awful names until we had a brainstorming session – I eventually suggested Death Blooms and we were all like “yep, that’s the one”.
You released your self-titled debut EP earlier this year, which received high praise (from us included!), how happy are you with the response and did you expect this?
The response has been unreal! We’re absolutely over the moon with how everyone has reacted to it – we had no idea how it was going to be received. We’re just so thankful anybody is giving us five minutes of their time; it really does mean everything to us.
What was the recording and writing process like for the EP?
It was actually completely stress free and felt really natural. We had so much material to choose from that everything just felt like it fell into place. Doing the EP with Dave Radahd-Jones was completely the right decision too. It was just the right atmosphere for everyone to work in.
Currently, what would you say are your main influences musically and creatively?
We’ve all got a pretty diverse selection of influences, we listen to a lot of bands and singers, rappers, as much as we can really. Musically, I guess we always go back to the likes of Korn and Terror and stuff like that. Just bands that write hard riffs. Creatively speaking, there’s a bunch of amazing new bands popping up and it just makes us want to be better and better. I think that we just want to push ourselves to write the best music we possibly can.
You recently released your new single and video for ‘Last Ones’, can you tell us about the meaning behind the song and the making of the video?
We filmed the video in Liverpool, with my good friend Bobby Pook of SumoCrucial – he’s also in a really cool band called Blanket, so you should check them out too. He’s a one man crew! My friend Holly Fred agreed to be in the video too, so we filmed it in part in her flat, my girlfriend, Liv’s flat and a few locations around Liverpool. We’re all really happy with what we ended up with! The song is about realising that you have to hold on to what you know and love and believe in. There’s so much trauma in people’s lives, that you have to know what you can rely on.
Have you started working on any new material yet and if so how do you think it will compare to your debut EP?
We have! We’ve even been playing some of it at live shows and it’s been going down really well. I think there’s definitely a natural progression there, but I think the choruses are bigger and the riffs are bigger and in general, it’s just bigger.
So you have just finished touring with Insane Clown Posse and Mushroomhead which must have been awesome, how was the experience for you?
It was unreal! Genuinely one of the best experiences of our lives. The crowds were wild, the bands were amazing, the energy was up. Getting drenched in Faygo on the last night was so much fun!
How would you describe your live performances?
Energy. Headbang. Mosh. Get in the pit.
As we near the end of 2017, what have been some of your highlights from the year?
Honestly, all of it. We’ve been fortunate enough to do some really, really cool shit this year. From opening for Skindred to touring with ICP and Mushroomhead. It’s just all been crazy. All the people who’ve been at the shows have genuinely made it really special.
What is in store for Death Blooms in 2018?
We’ve got some more really, really cool shit to announce very soon.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Just thanks a lot for your time and your continued support, it really means everything to us.
Check out their latest video for single ‘Last Ones’:
Death Blooms self-titled debut EP is out now.