Nick Adamson – Bloodyard & Hordes X (interview)

Bloodyard are a band who have been in the Slow Dragon Music sights for some time, now. Up until this point, it hadn’t been possible to synchronise activities, but come Hordes X, we’ll have born witness to their heavy live assault in three different countries in less than a year! So, what is it that has us hooked? What are the magic ingredients which make this Lancastrian lot a must have? Guitarist, Nick Adamson smashes out the answers:

Nick Adamson: Power, groove, and energy. Those have been our underlining principles since day 1, and they’re the ones we still stick to today. When you come to see Bloodyard it’s about getting up, banging your head and having a good time. 

As an approach, it works! Despite not having a lot of recorded work available, something still nails them some enviable live slots.

NA: Working hard, working hard, and…………working hard! We have a couple of E.Ps available, and we are currently working on our album, but you are right, we have played some amazing gigs. We have spent years working away on the gig scene, and been able to hone our stage skills, and put on a great show.

Currently in the midst of a personnel change, sounds like they’ve been seeking a partner to engage in this hard work; a contributor rather than a space filler.

NA: Ideally, we want someone who will be a quarter of this band in all ways. There’s no power struggle in Bloodyard, we work equally, we contribute equally, and we reap the rewards equally.

As discussed above, this band does reap the rewards on the live circuit. However,  it’s surprising they seem to have had difficulty playing North of the border more often. Especially as we are led to believe vocalist, Donna Hurd, is Scottish.

NA: She is indeed! It’s not so much a difficulty securing the shows. It’s the logistics of getting there! We’ve played a couple of shows in Dumfries, but that’s about as far as it’s realistic to get to with ease from where we’re based. It would take roughly 3 hours to get to Glasgow from Lancaster, so you’ve got to start looking at hotels, and time off work, to be able to play those shows. That’s why we’re so pleased to play the two shows in Dundee, and Dunfermline. It just makes more sense that, if we’re travelling that distance, we should play a few shows on the way.

We are so excited to be playing at Hordes, and we have a fantastic set ready. It’s got a few old ones, a couple of fan favourites, and we’ll be showing off a few tracks from our upcoming album. Unfortunately, we’ve had to put Funky town out to pasture. As much fun as it was to do, we didn’t want it to become the focal point of our set. But don’t worry, once we have a new bass player in place, there will no doubt be another unexpected treat for everyone. We are not short of ideas.

Indeed, they seem to be well thought out ideas, succinctly defined; a secure way to plan moving forward…

NA: We are currently working hard getting our album finished, then we’ll be hitting the road once that’s released, and hopefully we’ll be unveiling a new bass player along the way! As always, a big thank you to all our fans! We love you all, and we’ll see you in Dundee!

Venue: Beat Generator Live, North Lindsay St., Dundee
Artists: Krysthla, Bloodyard, Dog Tired, Ramage Inc., Threshold Sicks, Seed Of Sorrow, Dominicide, The Starry Wisdom Cult, Evil Blood, Catalysis,Volcano X, Darkness Divine, Melted Messiah
Promoter: Slow Dragon Music
Doors: 3:20pm
Entry: £10 (no booking fee)
Ages: 14+
Tickets available from wegottickets
Tee shirts by pre-order only! For pick up at event! Email 

See also the Hordes X Outreach programme:

Venue: Nice ‘N’ Sleazy, Sauchiehall St., Glasgow
Artists: Krysthla, Dominicide, Centrilia, Burning The Dream
Promoter: Goddamned Promotions
Doors: 7pm
Entry: £8 (STBF)
Ages: 18+
Tickets available from Tickets Scotland

Venue: Monty’s Bar, Guildhall St., Dunfermline
Artists: Bloodyard, Melted Messiah, Nadé
Promoter: Noise Night
Doors: 8pm
Entry: Free
Ages: 18+

Venue: The Market Bar, Church St., Inverness
Artists: Krysthla, Seed Of Sorrow
Promoter: N/A
Doors: 10pm
Entry: Free
Ages: 18+


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