We had the pleasure of catching up with XERO, New Blood Stage debutants at Bloodstock Open Aie 2019, Andy from Northern Irish Doom, Death Metal band The Crawling talked with the guys and doll about their journey thus far and what brought them to Bloodstock Open Air 2019 and the now infamous Hobgoblin New Blood Stage.
XERO are an Alternative Metal/Progressive Rock band formed in Newcastle and currently based in Guildford; a powerhouse quartet consisting of Steff, Jamie, Jordan & Alex. Their music is fuelled by a mutual love for groove-based Alternative Metal, a disdain for posing over playing and the intent to combine their myriad of influences to create a gap that hasn’t yet been filled.
2017 saw XERO release their first EP, ‘Sequence’ – produced by Neil Kennedy (Press To Meco, Milk Teeth) – followed by two UK tours and multiple gigs in notable venues across the UK, supporting bands such as SÜMER & The Wholls. Their first single, Podha, gained them support from Nick Roberts at BBC Introducing.
XERO started 2018 recording their follow-up EP, ‘Dimensions’ at Metropolis Studios with Liam Nolan (Florence & The Machine, Mark Ronson), and their next two singles, Birthright and Garden, gained them respect from further various local and national radio stations, as well as online blogs such as Distorted Sound Magazine and Metal Temple.
2019 has already proved to be a pivotal year for XERO – from releasing their single, Y.O.Y. and supporting bands such as Sick Joy and Black Orchid Empire, but most notably, being chosen for a guest slot on the New Blood Stage at this year’s Bloodstock Festival following a successful run in the London Metal 2 the Masses competition.
Their live show remains deep-rooted in their identity; “…Phenomenal performance from this up and coming band; each member filled to the brim with talent and an infatuation for music. This band is one to see live as they entrance you into their music.” – Music in Time
Sick of the homogenisation of modern music, XERO have stitched a sound, woven from the fabric of their influences, that can’t be found elsewhere.
You can check out Andy // The Crawling here : https://www.facebook.com/thecrawlingband/