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Following up a well-received underground single can be difficult. It can also lead to a state of analysis and paralysis for an artist as they battle against a number of important identity questions; should their next output be more of the same, or should it be a new sound entirely? Is it easier to take risks when you have nothing to lose, than it is when expectations are high?

At the heart of such heavy questions lies perhaps the real question an artist has to ask themselves: What do I want to say, and how do I want to present the message?

Last year was an interesting break-through year for Newcastle-via-Durham’s heavy riffers Fast Blood. Capped off by their blistering guitar-heavy debut single You and a number of intense live performances with the likes of Cocaine Piss, the quartet have set an interesting benchmark for themselves. But as expectations begin to build, the real question is what do they do next?

“We’ve had a great year,” says lead guitarist David, “but I think what’s more important is what comes next and how we continue our momentum. We should always be looking to push things forward.”

Fortunately, pushing things forward seems to be all in hand for the band as they kick 2020 off with the release of their second single Milo, a heavier, more punk-infused construction, and plans for a quick round of successors.

we try to get really into our shows, trying to find a visceral, raw kind of experience

“You came out in November and it’s been streaming far better than we thought, which was nice as we loved it but weren’t sure how others would feel about it. We want to build on the momentum by releasing Milo as a single in January and then follow it up quickly with our first full EP in February.”

Supporting the release of Milo and the Fast Blood EP, the band are also keen to get back onto the live circuit as quickly as they can; an EP launch party has already been scheduled at Newcastle’s Kaleidoscope (soon to be Little Buildings mk2) on Saturday 29th February, with plans afoot to gig as often as possible. “We played some amazing live shows in 2019 and, if anything, the band has grown by playing live and taking that punk rock, hardcore, emo energy into the studio and trying to capture it as best as we can. The reception from our gigs has been amazing, and especially as we’re all influenced by emo and punk we try to get really into our shows, trying to find a visceral, raw kind of experience. To do that I think you need to practice playing live as often as you can.”

David enthuses that Fast Blood have a clear sense of sound forming: “I’d say we are all about guitar riffs and personally I’d say we’re a blend of emo and hardcore, but everyone in the band will have their own ideas which is important.” As 2020 dawns, this could be a big year for a humble band with big ambitions. Let’s see what answers they give us to the big questions.

Fast Blood launch their EP at Kaleidoscope, Newcastle on Saturday 29th February



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