Deified are a groove metal band from St Helens. Bringing infectious grooves and heavy vocals to the UK underground scene since 2013, we got to sit down with the band for a quick chat earlier this year, not long after their awesome Bloodstock set, to talk about that, their sound, and their plans for next year!
How was Bloodstock? How did it feel being on such a stage after so long of being locked inside, unable to do much?
Alistair – Bloodstock was amazing, it was a dream come true to play for so many people and get that coveted crowd shot every band hopes to get in their time.
Jordan – The whole thing felt like a dream! To be back at a festival for the first time since lockdown felt amazing but to be playing it as well was something really special. It was definitely worth the wait!
Jamie – Performing on such a prestigious stage, that’s played host to so many legends in the music industry, was completely mind melting. It was one of those pivotal moments where you’re just in awe of what’s happening. And seeing so many people, all celebrating the return of BOA together, standing in unison, will remain one of my most cherished memories.
For our readers who aren’t familiar with your music, how would you describe yourselves?
Alistair- I’d say Groove metal is the best description.
Matt – Angry groove metal with a hint of thrash
Jamie – We get compared to LOG at times, but I think we’re much more raw and energetic than that.
What is your favourite thing about the music business?
Alistair- it’s the people you meet being in the music business, we have countless friends we’ve met along the way that we simply wouldn’t have met if not for doing what we do.
Jamie – Experiencing new places and making new friends/fans is a given. But I also love the amount of talent that’s out there and getting to play with these great bands really makes it all worthwhile.
Conversely, if you could change one thing about it, what would it be?
Alistair- For it not to cost so much money, not just for the bands and their gear, but for venues who host shows, we have seen so many great venues closing because they can’t afford to keep open.
Jamie – I’m with the majority of people out there on this one – streaming platforms give people and bands a great platform for finding new talent. It’s just a shame they’re sucking the bands dry of their hard work.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
Matt – Code Orange because of their unique mix of sheer brutality and melodic ‘noise’
Alistair – Devin Townsend, I think mixing our groove with his huge atmospheric sound would be awesome.
Jordan – I’m with Alistair! To collaborate with Devin would be something else!
Jamie – Krysthla. Those guys have so much power it hits the spot every time. I think together we could do something utterly bonkers.
If you could have written one song from the past, what would it have been?
Matt – Imperium by Machine Head. I don’t think anyone could get bored of playing it!
Alistair- bohemian rhapsody, just think of the royalties now.
Jamie – ‘Straight Hate’ by Bloodsimple. That song straight up gets you feeling like you’re about to go super Saiyan.
Any plans for the future? An album? Live shows?
Alistair – we have 4 gigs left this year, Nottingham, Middlesbrough, Manchester and Wigan then organising shows to fill next year and get Anthrobscene out to the masses.
Jamie – New single first, followed by the new album. We’re looking to work with some amazing people on this one and we can’t wait to get it in your ears!
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