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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

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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)

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December 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

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Interview with Aliases

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Aliases are British technical metal band that took everyone by surprise with the release of their demo track “We Never Should Have Met” last year. Their debut release, “Safer Than Reality” is out on August 15th via Basick Records. Read on to find about more about their debut album, playing at Euroblast festival and their upcoming tour.

 

Hey guys congrats on the release of your debut album “Safer than Reality”. Tell us a bit about the album

Thanks! We’re very pleased to finally be releasing it on August 15th. “Safer Than Reality” is a product of our crazy imagination and personalities. When we started writing these 8 tracks, we tried to create what we would like to hear and mix everyone ideas into it.

What was the recording process like?

The recording was great fun, we were still bonding as a band and getting to grips with the parts as everything came together, so for us it was a really organic process. We only recorded drums and vocals outside the comforts of our home studios so the majority of time spent recording was massively chilled, we then went back into the studio with Rick Powell to mix and master and the end product has definitely captured the intensity we were looking for.

Are you happy with how the album has turned out?

Yes, we definitely are. It’s the beginning of something great. Hopefully people will like it too. We set out to let the music push our capabilities and yet retain proper songs! That’s what it’s all about, not just crazy technical stuff for the sake of it. More than just the music, we were very lucky to have Seldon Hunt on board to produce some amazing artwork for us.

You recently released the video for “What’s left for us” produced by international film-maker Benjamin Cappelletti. How was experience?

We learnt never to trust an artistic French producer with crazy concepts and ideas! It was loads of fun working with Ben though; he pushed us beyond belief to achieve the best results possible. Although we had the absolutely freezing ‘glowing water’ thrown all over us at 4am in march in a sub zero barn…..we forgave him and can’t wait to work with him in the future!

For Pin: How did Aliases come together after the demise of Sikth ? How did you meet the other members of the band?

After putting together and working on various projects, constantly searching for members and often working with people in other countries I just wanted a functional band that could write next level music and actually spend time writing together to get the best of each person’s abilities.

It seemed the answer was obvious and staring us in the face. I was living with Leah and we were both trying to get bands up & running, it seemed simple to take advantage of the home studio and put together a kick arse band! After a few weeks writing we realised we had hit the nail on the head with the members we had found & went on to find Jay Berast who although living in Paris was definitely the man for the job. The band and the members just work. We write what we want to hear and the personalities just work together perfectly.

How did you get signed to with Basick Records?

Everything went really fast for us. It seemed we were hunting each other down as we contacted them only to find out we were already on their hit list! Things kicked off for us at Euroblast Festival where we caught up over many a Jagermeister! And we plied Barley with a lot of drinks … that may explain why we got signed…

What equipment did you use on your album and also live?

*insert world’s longest list of gear ever here*

Pre-dominantly Blackmachine, Parker, ENGL, Diezel, TC Electronics, Warwick, Ampeg, Pearl & Zildjian

How was it performing at the Euroblast Festival in Germany alongside bands like Monuments Chimp Spanner and Vildhjarta ?

Fantastic, what a night! Not only to play along such talent but they’re good friends of ours and the more time spent touring alongside them, the better! It was our first gig ever and we travelled from the UK to Germany in a VW Polo with all of our gear so it was an experiment. The crowd was excellent and it was maybe one of the best organised gigs we have seen so far. We are playing there again this year and I am sure it is gonna be huge!

There are many new technical metal bands coming out of the UK in the past couple of years, which are your favourite bands?

To be honest we don’t listen to a lot of technical music. I know that sounds weird with the music we’re making! We have an Ace of Base, Lady Gaga, 80’s and 90’s best songs (made by Darren) mix CD in our van. I think it’s not only the UK, all over Europe there are good metal bands whatever genres or names you want to give them. A few of our personal favourites would include Mask Of Judas, Chimp Spanner, Visions, Cyclamen, Chronographs, in Ireland you’ll find Censura or Hero in Error and in France, you’ll have Beyond the Dust or Hord.

Do you have any upcoming gigs/tours??

We will be on tour in the UK in September with our label buddies Visions then we’ll be rearing our ugly heads once more at Euroblast Festival in October and after that we will hit the UK again with Textures and The Ocean in November/December. Hopefully loads more to come….we’ll play wherever you want us! India we’re looking at you 😉

You have already started writing a new album, how will it compare to “Safer than Reality”?

It’s shaping up to be mental….early days as it is but we intend to push everything forward, more melody, more chaos, heavier, softer. It’s exciting as writing this time we have spent time playing together and really know how to push each other and get the best out of a group of extremely talented and creative musicians! Hopefully ‘Safer Than Reality’ will leave you hungry for more!!

Any final words?

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Thanks to Lisa from Hold Tight PR for hooking me up with the interview.

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August 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm