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Leeds bands with a ferocious edge are developing something of a bond with the north east at the minute. Forever Cult, Allusondrugs and NARCS are all big supporters of bands in the region as well as playing up here themselves on a regular basis. Recently, fellow Leeds denizens Fizzy Blood embarked on a UK tour and landed in Middlesbrough with rap-rockers Bi:Lingual not so long ago and now as part of their current tour they’re playing not one but two dates in Tyne & Wear, taking in both rivers along the way.

Their EP FEAST is destined to fill out Sunderland’s Arizona and Newcastle’s Head of Steam with lashings of unadulterated, no holds barred noise. Featuring a soaring sing-along choruses, thunderous drums and full-blooded riffs, their songs ooze a sense of dirty sensuality under the scuzz. Perfect for fans of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Queens of the Stone Age, Fizzy Blood’s shows are set to be a thoroughly sweaty affair with no inhibitions. If you’re in the market for up and coming scuzz rock then you’ve two chances to catch them in action.

Before they play their two dates, we asked the band about FEAST, live shows and more.

I know it’s a couple of months late now but congratulations on releasing your debut EP! What can the uninitiated expect from your first collection of tunes?

Thanks a lot, it’s been a long time coming. I’d rather not tell people what to expect, people will make their own judgements and attach it to whatever’s familiar to them I suppose, it’s something we’ve found a lot in the feedback from reviews. Having said that, if you like guitars and sex and weird swirly noises then it’s probably for you.

It’s a generous bundle of songs, having six tracks on it. Why did you decide to almost make a mini-album instead of a more traditional three or four track EP?

We write a lot of songs and so we’ll probably always release a lot. Also, we just wanted to give people a chance to see a broad range of what we include in our music. A taster plate, if you will.

What are the major inspirations behind FEAST?

Like most bands, it pretty much came together as a product of what was happening in our lives at the time and all the various things we were listening to over the course of writing it. It was also a response to a lot of stuff that’s out there at the moment that we don’t like.

FEAST has been getting a really positive reception from all sorts of magazines and blogs around the country. Did you think it would be received so warmly?

Honestly, we had no idea. It was completely terrifying putting it out because we’ve incubated it and breastfed it for so long. If it went to school and all the other kids hated it, we would definitely have taken that really personally.

“It was completely terrifying putting it out because we’ve incubated it and breastfed it for so long”

It’s only been just around a year and a half since you first formed but you’ve already released the EP and gone on a couple of countrywide tours. Is it at all strange to have advanced quite far into your career in such a short space of time?

We’ve all been in bands for about a decade previous to forming so we came into it kind of knowing what to expect and what common mistakes to avoid. I wouldn’t say we expected things to start gaining momentum quite quickly but we definitely weren’t going into it blind.

This is your second tour in just a matter of months. What keeps attracting you to the road?

We all love playing live and the lifestyle that comes with it, it’s like a drug. For better or for worse I think we’ll always be clamouring to get out and play. We tend to record our music live as a band too so it’s good to be able to show people that there’s no secret sauce going into the records, it’s just a combination of us playing.

On your last tour you played with Bi:Lingual and, in Stockton, Crease and now – particularly at the Head of Steam – you’re going to be playing with a whole bunch of other north east bands. What do you think of the scene up here?

We don’t really know too much about it! The north as a whole though is definitely becoming more of a centre for live music, there are lots of amazing talented people all zig zagging about and crossing at random intervals like little, talented carbonated bubbles in the coke bottle that is the north.

For the uninitiated what might we expect from a gig by Fizzy Blood?

The best thing about our live shows is that even we don’t know what to expect. It’s all spontaneous and things just happen. It could just be a good show but there’s that underlying feeling that any gig could be that one where everything aligns perfectly and it sticks in your brain for a long time.

I know it’s only been a couple of months since you released FEAST but have you been writing any new material at all? Or just working (very) hard promoting the EP?

We’ve got a metric shit-tonne of new material which is all being recorded and worked on at the minute. We finished recording FEAST about a year ago, so we’ve had a year of writing in the period between it being finished and it being released. We obviously care about every record we do but FEAST is out there now and it definitely looks like we’re incubating another one.

Would releasing some new material be part of your plans for after the tour?

There’s gonna be a few brand new singles out by the end of the year, starting with a song called I’m No Good on September 18th. All I would say is don’t hold any expectations about new material, open your mind and you’ll be rewarded.

Fizzy Blood play at The Head of Steam, Newcastle on Wednesday 2nd September and Arizona, Sunderland on Thursday 3rd September.

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