BIG69 Festival + SikTh interview

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2015 is going to start off with a bang for Indian metalheads; the biggest metal festival in India, BIG69 will take place in Mumbai on the 17th & 18th of January. The headliners are British death metal legends Carcass, British prog metal band SikTH, Italian death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse and British rap metal band Hacktivist. The festival will feature Indian bands like Demonic Resurrection, Kryptos, Undying Inc and many more. Bombay Metal Project and Joint Family will put on special performances. The latter are performing live after 5 years. With a total of 22 bands over 2 days, it’s going to be indeed a “Heavy” metal festival.

I spoke to Sikth’s vocalist Mikee Goodman about their reunion and also playing at the BIG69 Festival for Pepsi MTV Indies


BIG69, named after the now legendary venue ‘B69’, will be held at Richardson and Cruddas. The former industrial estate has hosted quite a few rock/metal concerts recently.

SikTh are considered by some to be the “forefathers of British progressive metal”. Their albums, The Trees Are Dead And Dried Out, Wait For Something Wild and Death Of Death Day have influenced bands across the world. Mumbai hardcore band Scribe used to cover Pussyfoot when they first started out.

“It’s an exciting prospect to come to India, let alone playing a show.” said vocalist Mikee Goodman about playing their first gig in India. “It’s somewhere I have heard a lot about, from a lot of people. I’m really looking forward to it.”

The band performed for the first time in 7 years at the Download festival earlier this year. “It feels great to sing the songs again, playing to crowds like ours that participate like they do.” said Mikee about their reunion gig. “I think our crowds are among the most energetic there are. Really enjoying ourselves at the moment.”

Since the band disbanded in 2008, the members have been busy with different musical projects. Mikee with Primal Rock Rebellion, featuring Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith and drummer Dan Foord and an experimental band Outpatients. Graham “Pin” Pinney with progressive metal band Aliases. Dan Weller with pop band In Colour. “Over many years we talked it over when seeing each other, then one year everyone agreed, and we went forward with it,” said Mikee about how the reunion took place.

There have been a rise in the number of progressive & Djent bands since SikTh disbanded, Mikee says “I don’t know much about Djent or many progressive Metal bands of today to be honest. I listen to many different styles of music. But not necessarily those you mentioned. Although if you talk about bands like Tool being prog metal. I like them a lot.”

In October, the band performed at the fifth edition of the Silence festival in Nepal along with electronic metal act The Algorithm. “It was a unique and warm experience for our band. We really enjoyed ourselves and we were taken care of well.” said Mikee about their gig in Nepal. “Our experience left us wanting to go back!”

For those who have been wondering if there will be another release soon from SikTh, Mikee states “We will not release a new album, if we released even a song I would be surprised as there are no songs written yet. We have no definite plans apart from India. So we have to wait and see.”

“Our fans can expect an intense and energetic show for sure,” said Mikee about what fans can expect from their set at BIG69. “We plan on playing our full headline set, no holding back. But we want full crowd participation, I heard this show shall be filmed!” This is going to be a set that no one will want to miss out on.

(Photo taken from the sikTh facebook page)

Written by trendcrusher

December 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

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