Gaining a reputation for their blistering live performances, Glasgow-based band Bloodlines have a lot to be excited about right now. A tangible buzz is currently following the band having recently released their storming new single ‘Skeletons’ and then receiving the news that they had been picked out of thousands of hopefuls to play the highly regarded T Break stage at this year’s T in the Park.
The four-piece are all about assaulting your ear drums with impassioned, frenetic rock music; it’s all heavy riffs, furious rhythms, big hooks and powerfully coarse vocals. With airs of mainstream rock, they have a complex, textured sound which is indicative of a number of different influences brought together. When playing live, this has epic results; with big personalities onstage, they put every bit of energy and passion into their dynamic performances, creating enthusiastic responses from their crowds.
They follow in the footsteps of fellow rockers Biffy Clyro, and hope to make a big impression at this year’s T in the Park on the T Break stage, which has almost become like a rite of passage for many Scottish acts. GIGsoup caught up with Jamie from the band to find out more about the band and their plans for the future..
Can you tell us a bit about Bloodlines; how did you guys get together etc?
Me (Jamie Coltart) and Andrew grew up in a small town called Fort William, we started playing music together in our early teens then moved to Glasgow together then we met our drummer Jamie and bassist Stephen.
Who are your big musical influences?
We all have kind of varied musical influences, individually we are quite varied, some of us like post-rock, some electronic, some folk, its really a mixed bag. We all share a love for guitar driven music and bands with a lot of energy on stage so I guess that is what influences our music most!
For those that haven’t heard you, how would you describe your music?
I imagine every band is the same in finding it hard to pigeonhole themselves, I guess I would say we are a moody guitar driven rock band but I don’t know myself if I am honest. I like hearing what others describe it as because I think an outsiders perspective is a lot clearer.
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What inspires your songwriting?
Guitar riffs, all our music is really instrumentally focused to begin with and we have a lot of fun jamming with something new. Its what we love playing and really is the core drive of our music.
You’ve been picked to play T Break this year which is awesome. That must be really exciting? It’s a great lineup this year aswell; any recommendations?
It really is! It’s something I have wanted to do since first attending T in the Park when I was 12, it’s been our goal as a band since we started playing together and it is weird that it is finally happening! The whole T-break line up looks great, I’m hoping to see as much of the acts as possible, live is where I get the biggest feel for an artist so I am looking forward to it. Particularly looking forward to Foreign Fox, Mt. Doubt, Forever and Sweaty Palms.
What’s in store for the band for the rest of the year?
We are looking to venture south of the border before the end of the year and will be playing shows around Scotland here and there, we have a few dates confirmed including a T in the Park warm up show at the Hug and Pint in Glasgow on the 5th of June and The Electric Circus in Edinburgh on the 25th of August. Demoing will be starting soon for the next single which we are really looking forward to!
This Bloodlines article was written by Suzanne Oswald, a GIGsoup contributor.