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blindfolded and led to the woods

First up, what’s the weather like in New Zealand at the moment? You guys had a bit of an earthquake/tsunami incident a couple weeks back, how did you and your fellow Christchurch-ian’s hold up?

The weather is fine, thank you. Christchurch is the most southern large city in New Zealand and subsequently we managed to avoid the tsunami warning that the northern island was given. That said, we are no stranger to earth quakes and tsunami warnings. 

Tell us how New Zealanders, particularly the music scene is holding up. The world has seen its share of adversity lately (there’s some virus floating around apparently – it’s been just over a year now) Are live shows coming back? Any talk of touring – maybe an East Coast of Australia “across the ditch” list of dates?

The music scene, and specifically the metal scene, in New Zealand is healthy and thriving. The Pandemic brought a stand still to live music last year, but due to New Zealand’s approach to lockdowns and border security, we currently have no community cases of Covid, and so live shows and festivals can continue without restriction. We feel very fortunate for this and are not taking it for granted, so we are in the process of piecing together our national tour. If the borders open to Australia and beyond, that will be our our focus for touring next year.

We’re a little over a week away from the release of your third album. How has the reception been from the press who got the early access? What’s stood out this time around?

The reception to the album has been overwhelmingly positive so far. Many 10 out of 10 and 5 out of 5 reviews. This time we have noticed a huge uptake in reviews and interviews and it has been great watching the views and streams climb after the reviews drop. 

What’s Covid done to the process?

Covid has not really affected the process as we have no restrictions, aside from international touring. The album was recorded in November 2019 and so we didn’t experience any delays or setbacks at the time. 

The troubles, if any, away from Covid? 

Nothing hugely interesting to mention, however, I will say that the process of creating an album is not without stresses you might expect, like raising money to pay for mixing, mastering, art and design, and meeting deadlines.

Let’s talk about the features. I mean, Karl Sanders and Callum Gay. How does this translate to a bunch of lads from NZ breaking into the “international” market?

The Karl Sanders feature came to be out of Covid, really. We were slated to open for Nile on their New Zealand shows which were canned as Covid hit. Karl, having lost a major income from touring reached out to his fan base, asking if anyone would be interested in doing 15 minute chats on any subject for a small fee. I emailed Karl and asked him if he would be keen to work together on a track. Karl said he would need to hear the song first and we could talk more then. I sent Karl the track and to our surprise, he loved it. So much so, he wanted to work on it straight away. We have developed a good relationship with Karl throughout the process and I hope this translates into working together more in the future. 

Callum Gay is the vocalist/guitarist for Spook the Horses. He is a friend and local legend in the New Zealand music scene for not just being a badass musician and vocalist, but he also ate a chicken marinated in Gatorade. Absolute king. We had to have him on our record. 

Atop the Wings of a Magpie (feat. Karl Sanders) (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

The presser that came with the new album mentions adversity directly (pandemic, terrorism, natural disaster). Let’s talk about resiliency. What gives the guys from Blindfolded And Led To The Woods that push forwards, that need to keep going?

Simply, we love what we do. We are five good friends who have lived together, lost friends together, grown together. It makes sense that we can combine our experiences to create something that reflects us as people. 

Disregarding the press, the new album would be released largely independently. Why steer away from the traditionalist “label” backing? What’s the benefit and do you feel anything is missing from the release process?

Firstly, we never really steered away from label backing. Good luck getting a label to even read an email, let alone sign a band from New Zealand when international touring is impossible. The benefits of remaining independent is that we are solely responsible for our business side of things. We keep our money from sales and can try to offset the cost of recording and producing a record. We also control what we release and when we release it. 

That said, if Relapse, Prosthetic, or Willowtip or other labels want to talk.. our lines are open.

 

It was good to chat to the guys from Blindfolded And Led To The Woods, specifically the vocalist, Stace Fifield who doesn’t just manage the growls and the screams but can string a sentence together for this rusty old reviewer to transcribe into text for readers.

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Or check out the Sputnikmusic Review for ‘Nightmare Withdrawals’ here

 





Nocte
03.30.21
Here's hoping we can throw a lot more interviews on the site now.

SowingSeason
03.31.21
Nice

Always happy to see these

Nocte
03.31.21
Thanks for popping in Sowing, not sure if these guys are on your 'metal' radar. I imagine you probably have enough to sort through anyways haha.

Dewinged
03.31.21
Nice read Noct. The formatting is kinda weird though, has itr always been like this for interviews?

Gonna give the album a spin this week.

Nocte
03.31.21
I think the format could be me? I’m gonna keep tweaking it til I find a sweet spot.

dedex
03.31.21
yah formatting is a bit weird, but the interview was cool

Nocte
03.31.21
I will have a tinker tonight. Looks “okay” on my phone

TheNotrap
03.31.21
Nice interview Nocte.

Nocte
03.31.21
Thanks Fern, hoping to be putting a lot more on the site this year.

TheNotrap
03.31.21
That's nice. I'll probably also drop a few.

DDDeftoneDDD
03.31.21
Oh cool! This will be a really nice complement for today's listen.

Nocte
03.31.21
Some Kiwi death = good for the soul.

JohnnyoftheWell
03.31.21
Heyyyy nice, cool snappy read. Good to see this up ll

Dedes
03.31.21
I love these type of smaller band interviews, always a cool way to prove into the musicians mind.
Sick interview my man gj

DDDeftoneDDD
03.31.21
Dude, the album is so impressive. How its chaotic but also hooked af!
Help me around here guys with a better comparison for the vocals, cause I'm having these more violent Fear Factory vibes.

Nocte
03.31.21
Hopefully some more to come. Maybe a mini series on magpies idk

DDDeftoneDDD
03.31.21
Is the interview closed? Cause we'd like to know why a band with such awesome music have such a silly name, and why is that name at all? (since we're at it.)
Tks BALTTW! (Still not gonna cut it)

DDDeftoneDDD
03.31.21
Oops, can t edit, so doublepostin to say "really nice job Nocte!" Keep'em coming

Nocte
03.31.21
I mean I could follow up with them, or I could snag Milo a pass for their next show? Just depends on whether they want to keep some dialogue going for something that's probably done for them.

BlindfoldedBen
04.01.21
Hey!
I'm a guitarist from the band and can answer some questions for you all.

Regarding the name, the name came well be for I joined the band but I believe they were looking for something dark but with a bit of weirdness or ambiguity to it. It definitely suited Alot of the older more humorous material.

It's probably been both a blessing and a curse, some people love the name, some hate it but most importantly at this stage most people at least remember it.

We usually get shortened to "blindfolded" or "BALTTW" in our home country.

Thanks for listening!

DDDeftoneDDD
04.01.21
Eheh it was a bit of a joke but won t deny I'm a little curious about their name XD

Nocte
04.01.21
Okay, post looks muchhhhh better now.

DDDeftoneDDD
04.01.21
Totally! Its a shame you made us read the previous version lol *

Nocte
04.01.21
Consider that OG version my April 1st entry shall we?

DDDeftoneDDD
04.01.21
on other hand, it made me read the whole thing, just to make sure I didn't skip am answer/question XD

dedex
04.01.21
Looks mucho better now + always nice to see artists pop in!

Nocte
04.05.21
Agreed! Now to a full Musings piece on New Zealand bands and how they think the Magpie deserves eagles status.

Veldin
04.05.21
Been jamming this album nonstop. Awesome interview!

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