Recently wending their way to Germany for a festival appearance at Groezrock, Blood Youth have been metaphorically stamping their name and literally stomping their way on to every stage possible in the run-up. Showcasing their new catalogue of tracks from their debut album and recently finishing a headline tour, Invicta magazine’s Nathan Roach found a chance to hear the latest updates and their current proceedings from frontman Kaya Tarsus.
Your debut LP “Beyond Repair” really does exemplify the comfort you’re finding in your own skin as a band right now. Receiving great feedback from fans and critics alike, has the reality of everything happening properly hit you yet?
Not yet! We were very confident about the record, we knew that it was the album our fans wanted, but we never expected the incredible reaction it has received. It’s a great feeling to see something we put so much into being received so well.
Do you have a favourite track that you enjoy playing live the most/enjoyed recording?
Parasite is very very fun to play live. We play the air raid siren live as well and it just sounds so evil! Everybody goes nuts for the riff towards the end of the track. I enjoyed recording all of them to be honest. I got so much off my shoulders on this record, a mental and emotional weight was lifted once all the vocals had been recorded.
A very noticeable subject found woven into its threads is tackling the misleading pitfall of social conventionality and occupational brainwashing. We can only assume that your knowledge of these topics come from personal experiences, would you agree?
Definitely. There was a point in my life when I felt completely lost and trapped, I was just going through the motions. Little did I know that this band would show up and save me from all of that! All of our songs are inspired by real life events and experiences, we pride ourselves on being a very honest and open band.
When artists take a step back from their finished work, they often find elements that they wished they had altered. Is there anything you would now go back and change after the album’s release?
I don’t think so! We wanted to create and put out a very aggressive, but very real record. Something that showcases everything we love about heavy music, I think we have achieved just that.
The album artwork itself is intriguingly insidious in its nature. What brought you to the final result?
The artwork was created by an American artists called Corey Brickley, he did such a great job and I think the artwork perfectly reflects the tone of the album. I love art that raises questions. Who is this person? What is he looking at? What’s going on below the balcony? It’s the perfect representation of anxiety, uncertainty and anger.
Racking up festival appearances this year (including Download festival and Groezrock) must continue to be quite an overwhelming sensation. When you visited festivals as punters, what would you say were the highs and lows associated with the events? Anything that should be examined by the organisers for possible improvement?
These festivals have done so much for us, we owe them a lot! Playing festivals like Download and Groezrock has allowed us to gain so many fans and share our music all over. Our first ever show was at Takedown festival 2015 in Southampton, we still have people coming up to us after shows saying they saw us there for the first time.
You also have a warm-up show for Download in Doncaster Vintage Bar on June 8th which will undoubtedly be one wild night. How do you find transferring the confidence you build in quite intimate gigs to an open air festival stage?
I think you just have to get yourself in the correct mindset! The intimate shows we’re usually playing to our fans and people that have already listened to us. With large open festivals you aren’t just playing to your fans, you’re playing to people that are just hearing and seeing you for the first time, so you gotta switch it up a bit.
Anyone you’re currently listening to who you would highly recommend to our readers?
(Kaya checks his phone) At the moment I’m listening to the new Loathe album which is really great! PWR BTTM, Boston Manor and Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, DAMN.