Bangover is a thrash metal group from London. Educated by the Big Four, they have all of the bells and whistles needed to make good thrash metal: slick guitar riffs, throaty vocals and an overall heavy tone. These guys are the real deal. Additionally, they have humor and pop culture references throughout their lyrics. “Shovel Butcher”, the title track on their latest album is a prime example: its about Stars Wars.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
Very difficult to name specific bands but genre wise we are Thrash metal with a sprinkling of power metal, but we take a lot of influence from across the metal spectrum. Also, a lot of cheesey humour [sic] in there.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
We all love our 80s power ballads, but I’m not sure that would surprise any of our friends
- What’s next for the band?
Play more shows, promote the new album as much as possible and get some new music done by the end of the year. Try to make the Bloodstock line up again (our spiritual home!)
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
Streaming has certainly made it easier for people to find our music. We still release stuff the old fashion way though, just with fewer physical units pressed. I think the trend of bands releasing more singles and EPs as opposed to full length albums has certainly been shaped by the rise of streaming services, and it’s made things more complicated for bands – it’s easier to get your music out to a wide audience but it’s a lot harder to make a living off of it. Nowadays bands make the majority of their earnings through ticket and merch sales rather than their music, and that’s due to streaming services becoming more popular than physical copies.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
As mentioned, we enjoy a little bit of humour. Our song “Floss or Die” was inspired by the dangers of neglecting your dental health, for example. There are also a lot of movie references (Star Wars/Lawrence of Arabia).
- Can you describe your sound?
We play thrash and we don’t take ourselves seriously, what more do you need to know about our sound? Come to one of our gigs, chug a few beers and we guarantee you’ll have fun.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Lots of Judas Priest – the latest Firepower album is awesome. Jack (guitarist) has been listening to some Dust Bolt who are a thrash band playing Bloodstock this year.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
With metal it was when I first heard “Raining Blood” by Slayer when watching the South Park epsidode [sic] Die Hippie Die. I went and looked the song up after and was hooked! For Scott, it was watching the Metallica Live Shit, Binge & Purge 89 Seattle gig. Peak Metallica!!
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
Typically, Jack (guitarist) writes most of the music but we all contribute and by the time we have a full song everyone has had a say and a contribution. We have a few lyricists in the band, we all tend to come up with different ideas independently so most of our songs will have a single writer behind the lyrics, but we’ll help each other out and offer suggestions for improvements once a first draft is down
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
3 of us submitted this one and we got – Metallica Ride the Lightning, Annihilator Never Neverland and Diamond Plate Generation Why
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Off the top of our heads – Anthrax, Annihilator, Power Trip, Evile, Havok, Gama Bomb. Many more, could spend all day on this one!
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
I think it’s a very natural thing, the music landscape is changing, and people’s need for music is different than it was 10/20 years ago. You gotta roll with the times when it’s necessary.