Body Harvest Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
BH: We are a fast, intense and relentless Death Metal band from Bristol UK
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BH: Body Harvest was formed in December 2011 by me (Jake Ettle-Iles) and Gareth Nash with intent to create fast and relentless Death Metal with Old school and modern vibes. We played our first show opening for EXHUMED and ANNAL NATHRAKH in March 2012. Over the years we have supported the likes of VITAL REMAINS, HOUR OF PENANCE, VADER, GORGUTS and many others. In 2014 we released our debut album FUTILE CREATION through GRINDHOUSE MUSIC, all 1,000 copies of the album were sold and it was praised for its precision and professionalism. This year we won Bristol’s Metal 2 The Masses which meant we went on to play a blistering set at this years Bloodstock Festival. Now we are working hard to release our second full length entitled PARASITIC SLAVERY.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BH: We are influenced by a wide range of metal bands but our main influences are DEATH, DECAPITATED, MORBID ANGEL, MISERY INDEX, HOUR OF PENANCE and early FEAR FACTORY. As for non-musical influences we are influenced by a lot of sci-fi and horror films as well as our own personal experiences.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BH: Our main dreams and goals are to be able to extend our reach to wider audiences and be praised as one of the top bands in our genre.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BH: All the songs on both albums have been written by Jake and Gareth. As for themes, the main concept on our upcoming new album PARASITIC SLAVERY is slavery (as the title would suggest) whether that being a slave to a controlling authority, corporation, another person, mental health or the aftermath of global disasters.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BH: Social Media seems to be the main point of call for promoting shows nowadays. It must’ve really been a struggle for up and coming bands pre-social media days. We continually promote ourselves on and offline and make sure everybody knows what we are up to and when our upcoming shows are. We also make sure we maintain a great rapport with all our fans, fellow bands and promoters a like.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BH: The downloading music argument is a difficult one. Me personally I still buy CDs/records and feel that you don’t own an album unless you have a physical copy of it. With today’s technological world I understand how lots of people don’t have the space time for physical alums and downloading is a great alternative, however downloading for free is a big no-no in my opinion and is detrimental to up and coming bands trying to raise their profile.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BH: Well that list could certainly go on forever ha-ha but sticking to our genre I would have to say Winds of Creation by DECAPITATED. The song is a death metal masterpiece and it is absolutely astounding how young they were when they wrote something that complex and genre defining.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BH: We don’t have any pet peeves as such but if I had to say something it would be bands talking shit about over bands in the scene. If a band is doing better than yours, be happy for them. If a band is not doing as well as you, help pull them up to your level. Music is not a competition and people shouldn’t treat it like one!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BH: That’s a real tough one considering we’ve had some fantastic experiences over the years but I would have to say it was our recent performance at the Bloodstock Festival. To play to a crowd that large and not only be well received but also see some familiar faces in the crowd was absolutely phenomenal.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BH: Our main priority right now is getting our new album PARASITIC SLAVERY out to the masses. Working alongside our management company Imperative PR we are currently in the process of approaching labels to find the best deal for releasing PARASITIC SLAVERY. As for new song ideas we have been working on a few riffs but releasing PARASITIC is the priority at the moment so new songs will come when the time is right.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
BH: Our live show is a no holds barred, relentless, energetic bludgeoning of death metal fury! Our aim is to be faster and heavier than any other band on the bill and it is rare that we do not achieve. If you like your Death Metal, fast, intense and aggressive you will not be disappointed by our live show!
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