The Bloodstock Interviews - Endeavour Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 27 August 2017 04:30

Endeavour claim to be a gaggle of nerds who concoct awesome, mind bending prog metal, blending the destruction from band influences such as Machine Head and Pantera into the progressive form of bands such as Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree.


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When vocalist Chris Hawkins and guitarist Iain ‘GT’ Davies sat down at Uber Rock’s allotted table in the media area following their set, it was obvious that they had enjoyed their experience at Britain’s premier metal fest – but also were a bit depressed…


Chris: [Yeah, we’re] feeling both elated and depressed at the fact it’s over.  We had a fantastic time: but, now it’s over, ya know.


Ah a case of the post festival blues!


Iain: Indeed!


Chris: The dream has now been and gone.


So how do you feel about having played Bloodstock?


Chris: Bloodstock is one of these places where you can come away for four days, leave all your day to day bullshit behind and just have a good time; enjoy yourself, listen to metal, drink as much beer as you want… it’s kind of like a home away from home.


We played here two years ago, on the Jäger stage, which was hilarious: we had the world’s smallest wall of death but an incredible reaction. This year we kind of upscaled!


Iain: We upped the ante this time… we went for a megashark vs giant octopus battle on stage: Chris and I brought our shark and octopus hats and it was just full out war on stage.


Chris: Iain even fucked his eye up.


How did you manage that one?


Iain: I just went to lift my guitar up at the end of the set and the strings at the head just caught my neck and sliced my eyebrow, and it was just a shower of blood. [But], I think I’ll live!


You released your first official lyric video, ‘Denied, Defined, Defied’, from your new EP ‘Bring Upon The Rising Day’, last month…



Iain: It’s had about three or four thousand views at this point, so we are happy with that.


Chris: We formed originally when we were at music university in Bristol, and the song was one of the first we wrote. It was kind of a fuck you to the general mainstream stuff that’s out there; we wanted to basically give a huge middle finger. At the time, there was no mainstream representation for metal… you come here to the likes of Bloodstock and you see 20,000 people going fucking crazy for what we do, [but] you don’t see any kind of coverage on the BBC or anything like that. We just feel like saying “well, fuck you guys , you should be checking out what’s going on because this is where it’s happening, and metal music will never die”.


Iain: The video was done by the very talented Andy Pilkington at Very Metal Art, we take our hats off to him the work he has produced for us is awesome. He’s a great guy.


There is a lot of dense textures and rich harmonies within the track…


Iain: We talked about adding keyboards and some backing tracks, but when we sat back and listened to it we were like “let’s just add bigger guitar sounds and fill it up with that”.


Chris: We could have filled it out with backing tracks, but we have done that in the past. The trouble with that is – and I’m not knocking other artists who like to use it - you lose a bit of that live feel and that feedback with the audience.


Iain: We wanted an up to date sound but we still wanted that old school approach, so if we could just get a backing track that followed us then that would be wicked.


Chris: Give it five years, then artificial intelligence will come up with something.


The music industry has changed so much over the years, and bands have to change with the times; a lot of bands now are using these pledge campaigns: do you feel that this is a good thing for bands to use?


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Chris: I experienced that with my last band, One Machine, and it was pretty successful. It’s kind of a double-edged sword, because on the one hand you have that amazing interaction with your fans, and they get to feel like they are a part of something, and for a lot of bands it has really helped them hugely. Bloodshot Dawn, for example had a huge campaign that was successful, as did Triaxis. It would be nicer if there was money floating about, but in this day and age not all band, have the money, so they have to depend on things such as the pledge campaigns to help push their music.


Iain: A lot of people don’t understand the fourth wall dimension of a band. People will say “oh, they are a band, why are they asking for money; if they are in a band they should have money!” They don’t get there are travel expenses, management take a cut, hotels to pay for at the end of it. Unless you’re a successful band selling a shit ton of merch, then bands really don’t have money at the end of it. Bands do it now purely to get their music heard; some bands come back off tour and have actually come back worse off than when they went out. I understand why people think that: they have this perception that bands are successful and have money… and I think we would all like that to be the case. But what people have got to understand is that we really need their help in order to get our music out to them.


Chris: We need your money!


Do you feel that, unless a band is constantly touring and selling a lot of merch, money is an issue now for bands?


Iain: It is really, yeah!


Chris: It is extremely difficult in this day and age, because the cost of living is very high and the cost of running a band… it’s all expense. So many artists now are doing this as well as working full-time, just to make ends meet. They might sleep just four hours a night and killing themselves working silly hours just to pull it off.


Iain: Look at bands such as Trivium… they tour for like seven/eight months out of the year nonstop. That must take a huge mental toll on any musician, even in comfortable conditions, with big tour buses and nice hotels… you do want to go home sometimes! It’s just insane.


Chris: I wouldn’t complain that much if someone wanted to book us on a seven/eight month tour!



Iain: There must be some days where it really takes it out of you… it’s not all sparkles and glamour, like some people may think. Respect to the guys that pull that off.


From a touring aspect does it get hard; do you guys ever get homesick?


Chris: I never get homesick. I love my family and my friends, but I love being out on the road, visiting new places.


Iain: I’m a bit of a creature of habit… I have to bring items from home on tour, like I have to have my own pillows! With the likes of Skype and Facebook calls now, it’s really easy to keep in touch with people back home.


Sometimes with festivals you get given shorter set times: how do you go about choosing songs for your set?


Iain: It was really hard… we thought we had 40 minutes, so we got the set fine tuned and sorted out; so, for two weeks we had the perfect set - then we realised we had half an hour… we were like “oh shit this makes everything difficult”, as we had a 13 minute song and two eight minute songs. We only have three short ones, which we really didn’t want to play: eventually it did work out; we managed to pull it off and the set was really good.


Chris: There was always one song that one of us wanted to play, so we had to decide which one we were going with.


What have you got lined up for after Bloodstock?


Iain: We are trying to patch up some dates for early next year. Hopefully we will announce a tour of some description… we will try and keep up the momentum of today: we need to keep this momentum going.


Chris: We just love gigging; we just love getting up there on stage. Recently it’s been such a good release, ya know, for all the shit that comes up in your day to day life: you get to go up on stage and just forget for a while that all that shit exists.


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