Trendkill frontman Elliot Bartram Q&A

Fresh from their self titled debut EP release, North East based groove infused thrashers Trendkill are riding a wave of momentum, having recently  advanced to the next round of Bloodstock Festivals Metal to the Masses competition, I had a word with vocalist Elliot Bartram the latest goings on in the world of Trendkill.

Hey man, hows things in the trendkill camp right now?

Trendkill is doing well, we’ve been a little quieter than we’d like to be as of late but its been because we’re working on some new material.

For anyone who is not familiar with the band, who are your key influences as a collective group?

A big influence for all of us in the band is Pantera, they had such a raw and visceral sound which is something that we think is missing from a lot of modern metal. Other than that we’re influenced by a hell of a lot of bands, we bring in and try out loads of different elements from bands we’ve listened to over the years such as Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Gojira just to name a few. We try not to sound like any of these bands though or any others because we want our own thing but genre wise we tend to float around thrash and groove metal.

Good call, Pantera are in easily in the top five metal bands of all time for sure! So you’ve put out one EP so far, and you’ve said you are working on new material does that mean there are  plans in the works for another release?

We’ve got a fair bit in the bank song wise, we could record and put out another EP or even a full length album with what we’ve got saved but we want to make sure we put something out that we’ve refined and made the best it could possibly be. Speaking of which we’re thinking of getting back in the studio and recording a second EP. Also we’ve just announced that we’ve released Asylum on Itunes and Spotify for people to enjoy while we work on this new EP.

You’ve recently progressed to the next round of bloodstock metal to the masses competition,  how did the night go for you guys?

The gig at Trillians in Newcastle, for metal to the masses was one of the best gigs we’ve played in my opinion, we did have some technical issues early on but it was quickly sorted and it ended up being an awesome night. One big thing that will stick with me from that gig is that the crowd were really surprised at us when we started playing and they got really into the music with us.

Great, its always good to hear that the crowd are getting into it, Bloodstock is a pretty bad-ass festival with great bands every year, what would it mean for you guys to play there?

Being able to play Bloodstock would be immense! Some bands that have played in the past have used it to network and its got some of them to the point of being in a position to make a living whilst doing what they love to do and if we can do that then it’d mean the world to me.

It seems every few months we get some big name cropping up and claiming ‘rock is dead’, how do you feel about the state of heavy music, both in a local, grass roots sense and also the bigger/ well recognised bands, do you feel its in a good place right now, or could it be better?

To me the metal scene is in terms of established well known bands is alive and well, but i can see where these people saying this are coming from. I think the reason so many big names claim ‘rock is dead’ is because we hardly see many smaller or younger bands break through compared to what we did maybe say, 10 years ago. I think its mainly down to local music scenes being cripplingly competitive, behind the scenes everyone is out for only themselves when if they just helped each other out they could do so much more, so many more venues would open up to bands, but because of the current attitude they end up being a local band who just play the same place every week knocking out covers rather than originals. We are combating it along with some really cool bands in the north east who are in the same boat as us but stuff like this takes time to remedy.

yes I agree with you here, I sometimes think metal fans are their own worst enemies at times as well, particularly on social media there’s a lot of premature judgement that goes on, more specifically with new bands, and rather than actually listen to a new band they choose to dismiss them because they don’t look or sound exactly like say; Saxon or Iron Maiden, bands who aren’t going to be around forever. I feel that a bit of adapting to change and dropping this tunnelled view of bands, heavy music would be in a much better place because there’s a hell of a lot of good stuff out there that people arent willing to aknowledge, what are your thoughts on this?

Definitely,  things have to change sometimes and fans have to realise that times change. Even the early 70’s metal going through to the 80’s had stylistic changes and people took them well because the times were pushing forward, but now we live in a time where people want to look back rather than forward because ‘things were better then’. You get a ton of people saying they were born in the wrong era and they wish they were around in the 80’s to witness all the classic bands live, which in turn makes them dismiss a hell of a lot of new talent because they’re not the same. It is only a relatively small group of people, but I do wish that side of community would move with the times and keep looking forward and buy into the new and exciting things we have in this day and age, whilst also being able to look back and enjoy the classics that are already there, without championing one over the other. 

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