Discover up and coming artists in 10 questions…
Ladies and gents, please welcome from Leeds…. FIZZY BLOOD
FIZZY BLOOD is a mighty turbulent four-headed engine from Leeds, pushing its way, track by track, to the premier-league of the most exciting new bands. A red-hot rock unit with a lot to twist and shout about. Last year they draw tons of attention with the excellent, barbed wire 5-track EP ‘Summer Of Luv‘. And this very day they launch a brand new clip for one of its rip-roaring tracks ‘ADHD’, a real life song written from the experiences of guitarist Paul Howells, who is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Before meeting vocalist Benji Inkley, let’s first roll the fresh, eye-catching video …
Hello Benji, welcome at Turn Up The Volume!…
1/ When, how and why did the band form?
“We first became a band back in early 2015, shortly after a previous band of mine (Benji) and Paul’s ran its course. We didn’t know many people in Leeds at the time so we put
up an advert on the Leeds College of Music Facebook page that we were looking for a drummer and Jake was literally the first person to reply. We had a rehearsal with him
and yeah, that was that. Tim and Ciaran weren’t in the band at the very beginning but
we met them eventually through Jake.”
2/ When did you know “this is how want we to sound,
this is what we want to tell the world”?
“Every band has a couple of songs in the beginning that have “a sound”, we didn’t want to limit ourselves by saying we want to sound like this or similar to this other band. We just wrote the tunes and the sound came with it, which is why I think it’s been so well received. I’ve been asked to describe our sound on many occasions but I always just think it’s best for the audience to make their own minds up, so basically what I’m saying is if you haven’t already, listen to the tunes!”
3/ If the band was an animal, which one would it be?
“A Hydra, so we could have the individual heads of each band member stemming
from a singular neck. We’d feel pretty cramped inside a single-headed organism.”
4/ The band’s signature track so far?
“It would have to be ‘January Sun’, we’ve played it at every single gig we’ve ever played
and I don’t see that changing very soon.”
5/ What’s on the on van’s stereo when driving to gigs?
“Anything and everything, It depends on how we’re all feeling after a gig.
Sometimes it’s Chesney Hawkes, other times it’s Tom Petty.”
6/ Who’s your number one artist /band to go on a world tour with?
“Touring with ‘Arctic Monkeys‘ would be sound. Sheffield and Leeds are pretty tight.
Plus, they’re an alright band as well.”
7/ “If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door would
you knock and ask for a selfie together?”
“I’d go to Elvis’ place, whip out my 2018 Google Pixel 2 in his face and say “CHEEEEESE”, there’d be complete silence for 7-8 seconds as he tries to figure out what the F*** I’ve got in my hand and then he’d calmly whisper, ‘I could go for some Cheese man… come inside.”
8/ What movie would you pick to visualize your music
on a big screen when playing a show?
“Shrek 2 would be my choice. Although it’d probably end up being something
“cool” like Pulp Fiction… tch.”
9/ Plans for 2018?
“We’ve got a support tour with Spring King lined up for January, a BIG headline tour in February and some new music to be released as well which we’re all really excited about but can’t discuss in great depth just yet. Beyond that, festivals and such. Hopefully, 2018 will be as kind to us as 2017 was!”
10/ The band’s ultimate dream?
“It might not exactly be a “reach for the stars” kind of dream, but all we want from our
time in Fizzy Blood is to connect with as many people as possible through our music
and to be able to earn a modest living. That’s it, nothing more, haha sorry if it’s all a
Thank you, Benji Inkley, for taking time to answer the Q’s.
May the road rise with FIZZY BLOOD!
No worries if you’re not able, for whatever reason, to go out and see them,
just play their crushing EP here on repeat and go apeshit…
2018 is all theirs…