This year’s Red Bull Bedroom Jam final 8 bands have just wrapped up what to most bands would be a once in a life-time experience: performing a set at Donington’s Download Festival. Along with a set at Slam Dunk a few weeks prior, we got in touch with melodic metallers Dead Harts to talk about their experiences so far and what they’ve got planned very soon:
DP!: First off, congratulations on making it through to the festival tour stage of the RBBJ. How does it feel to have made it this far?
DH: We’re stoked out of our minds that we’ve got this far. Still a surreal feeling, especially being the only heavy band left in the competition.
DP!: Could you please tell us where you guys are from and how the band came together?
DH: We’re from a mixture of Sheffield and Mansfield. Just a bunch of mates with similar music tastes wanting to make some noise.
What’s the story behind the name of the band?
DH: Dead Harts doesn’t have a particular meaning, we just liked the sound of it. Although, we do get a lot of stick from people thinking we are Dead Hearts.
DP!: As a still relatively unknown band, a lot of people reading this may not have heard your music yet. How would you best describe your sound and style?
DH: It’s a mixture of hardcore, metal and punk played as aggressively as possible. Just think along the lines of The Chariot, Norma Jean and Stray From The Path and you won’t be very far off.
DP!: As part of the festival tour stage, you’ll be performing at this year#s Slam Dunk, Download and Hevy festivals. Do you think you’re prepared?
DH: We play a lot of shows through touring so we’re prepared for the actual performance. Not so sure that we’re prepared for the amount of faces we’re going to see staring back at us though.
Is there any particular festival you’ll be heading to that you’re most looking forward to?
DH: Hevy Festival suits us best as a band and we’ll feel most at home there out of most of the RBBJ bands. Plus, Converge, Norma Jean, The Chariot and loads of our other favourite bands are playing, so that has to take number 1 spot.
Why should people come and check out your set at one of the festivals or on an upcoming tour?
DH: We’re not ones to stand about doing nothing on stage. We throw ourselves and our instruments about to the point where one or the other usually gives up in some gnarly fashion. Pask‘s Gibson Les Paul was the last one to go, he snapped the headstock on a venue ceiling.
DP!: Have you managed to check out and listen to any of the other bands who’ve made it to this stage of the RBBJ contest?
DH: We’re already familiar with I Divide and Adelaide, those guys are definitely worth a watch. They’re proper nice lads aswell.
What’s in the pipeline for you guys so far this year?
DH: We release our debut album ‘Born Into Rags To Die No Richer’ this summer through The Legacy Agency. Otherwise, we’re touring as much as possible; Russian tour in September, Europe early 2013 and then the UK pretty much all the time.
Finally, is there anything else that you’d like to add and share with our readers?
DH: Come and watch us at a show and support the UK heavy music scene. Find us on Facebook (here) and subscribe to our YouTube channel (here) for nuts live footage and generally daft shenanigans.
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