Formed at the end of the year 2006 by
Rob Purnell and Martyn Evans, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED have been
creating some of the most extreme music in death metal, fusing new with
old school. Trigger The Bloodshed’s blistering blast-filled death metal
is a devastating assault earning them the title of ‘UK's heaviest band’.
In a scene so quick to criticize,
Trigger The Bloodshed have emerged with their heads held high, receiving
acclaim from all generations of death metal fans and music media alike.
This led to the band signing to Rising Records (UK) and subsequently a
great reception for their debut album ‘Purgation’. With a relentless
attitude to touring and a new home found in the venues up and down the
UK, Trigger The Bloodshed have played and toured with Napalm Death,
Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Narcosis, Mistress and many more.
With a focus solely on composing the
heaviest, most extreme music possible, Trigger The Bloodshed do not
conform to any of the trends that are becoming increasingly prevalent
within this overcrowded scene and set no boundaries for their music.
After their debut Trigger The
Bloodshed came back with a vengeance on their sophomore album, ‘The
Great Depression’. This time around, the band has a new vocalist and
bassist in its ranks, and a shift in sound from grind/deathcore to
technical death metal á la Suffocation and Nile. The United Kingdom
quintet tears a hole through the listener’s skull with sheer, violent
‘The Great Depression’ is a step
forward in almost every aspect. Only a year has passed since
‘Purgation’, but ‘The Great Depression’ shows a marked improvement in
the band’s musicianship and songwriting. Everything seems to be finally
clicking with the band, a hopeful sign that their magnum opus might be
on the horizon.
So it seems there is much to talk
about and guitarist Martyn Evans was available to answer some
questions. Here you can read what he had to say to the readers of Metal-Experience.com
Congratulations on the release of
your new album ‘The Great Depression’ which will be out soon, of course
we’d like to ask you a couple of questions about it.
First of all, could you start this
interview off with a short introduction of the members and explain the
name Trigger The Bloodshed?
Martyn: The lineup at this point in
time consists of myself on guitar along with Rob, his brother Dave on
bass, Jonny on vocals and Max on the drums. We’re just five normal guys
who love to play heavy music and have fun when we are doing it.
The name of the band was just a joke
to begin with, we didn't have a name so TTB was ok for now but before we
knew it it was too late to change it. We like it now though, it’s direct
to the point.
How did you launch into writing
material for ‘The Great Depression’ and how much time did you spend on
Martyn: We toured the whole of 2008 so
trying to find time to write was difficult. Rob and myself would just
come up with riffs and when we got home he would structure them in to
rough songs, it’s difficult to say how long we spent on each song, we
kept working on them until we felt they were perfect. We are always
writing, it never ends, we all have little home recording studios so if
we get any ideas we put them down for later.
What were the goals you had in mind
when you started to record ‘The Great Depression’, any elements you
definitely wanted to have on the album?
Martyn: We just wanted to make a heavy
as fuck album with some good song writing, we wanted to create something
we would listen to and that we enjoyed. I feel we achieved it but there
are always new things we can try and I’m sure they will crop up in the
What about the lyrics, where do you
get your inspiration from and can you tell me something about them?
Martyn: The whole album is about
what’s happening in the world at the moment.
We are in a modern Great Depression,
hence the name of the album.
We just wanted to write songs about
what pisses us off and how much of a joke the goverment is etc.
How important is it to you that
people pay attention to the lyrics apart from listening to the music?
Martyn: Not greatly important, if
someone comes to a show or likes the band because of the drums or riffs
that’s fine by us, if they like us because of the lyrics that’s great
too. As long as they get enjoyment from the band and have a good time
we’re all happy.
What is the utmost important
ingredient for a song according to you? Is there any typical way that
your songs comes into being?
Martyn: Not really, it’s just got to
flow and be interesting, otherwise you get bored you know. When a song
is written we all look at it and see if it’s got a Trigger sound,
if it sounds like a song we would
write or play.
What comes first, lyrics or
melodies? Is it like you sit down and write a new song because you need
more material now or do you wait until you get an idea?
Martyn: Melodies and riffs always come
first, Jonny fits his lyrics round them.
We never write because we need new
material, we are always writing because it’s what we enjoy doing.
After the release of ‘Purgation‘,
Charlie Holmes (vocals) left the band and soon after that Jonny Burgan
stepped in. Did this line-up change have an influence on the new songs?
Martyn: Dramatically, Jonny came into
the band with fresh ideas, more drive and just a stronger work ethic in
general. I couldn't imagine anyone else fronting this band.
How did the recording process
proceed and how much time did you spend in the studio?
Martyn: It was pretty smooth. Of
course you get technical problems but nothing we’re not used to so it
was pretty good. We spent just over a month in there I think.
Did you work differently than you
did on the previous album?
Martyn: Yeah, we made sure that the
playing by all the members stepped up drastically.
We were really precise about the
playing. Everything had to be note and beat perfect.
What do you think are the main
differences between your debut album ‘Purgation‘, and your new album
‘The Great Depression’?
Martyn: ‘Purgation’ is the sound of
five young guys just playing as fast as they can and putting all there
energy into one thing at once. and ‘The Great Depression’ is the sound
of five maturer men playing some controlled and well written death metal
with more thought and passion behind it all.
Your debut album
‘Purgation‘, was well received but ‘The Great
Depression’ is actually the first album on which Trigger The Bloodshed
shows its full capabilities: What are your thoughts on this statement?
Martyn: I agree in a way, but I think
we are capable of doing more. We know we can play technically and we
have shown that. I think the goal is to become great song writers and
write songs that people enjoy and are passionate about.
Can you tell us a little about
yourself and the kinds of things that motivate you in your writing, your
poetry, and your lyrics? What are you into?
Martyn: I am a big fan of art. I think
art has so much emotion and it tells a great story, sometimes even
better than music does. Of course I’m a big metal head and thats all I
do really. I get inspired by things around me, not just one thing in
What have been the highlights and
low points throughout your career?
Martyn: There have been no low points.
I love doing this every day and I’ll do it till I die.
The highlight so far has to be
Download Festival 08, but we are about to do Download 09 and I’m
expecting that to go to the top of the list.
What makes Trigger The Bloodshed
different from the other Technical/Brutal Death Metal bands out there?
Martyn: I think we have our own style,
we sound a bit different from a lot of bands, we are a death metal band
but I think some people who are into mainstream metal could get into it
just as easy.
What goals did you have when the
band started out and how do those goals stand now?
Martyn: As for goals we have
accomplished them all apart from going the States, Australia and Japan
but I’m sure we will get there.
What’s the most precious thing you
would give up for landing a great record deal and/or lots of publicity?
Martyn: Nothing man, we are not
bothered by that shit. we are a death metal band so clearly we are not
going to be the next Motley Crue. We just want people to enjoy what we
do and come hang out at shows. If they keep doing that we will keep
putting the records out.
Are there any particular bands
who’ve been a big influence on your song writing, metal or otherwise?
Martyn: Yeah sure, Decapitated, Nile,
Necrophagist, Misery index, behemoth, I could go on for ever. There just
many great bands that write good songs.
How would you describe your own
Martyn: Death Metal straight up.
What can we expect from Trigger The
Bloodshed in the near future, any touring plans for the mainland of
Martyn: Yeah, loads but I can't talk
about them yet sorry.
Where do you see the band going
within the next couple of years, and where do you see the band’s musical
direction going for the next album?
Martyn: I really couldn't tell ya man.
We will see what happens. I guess we are always up for trying new
Anything left to say to our
Martyn: Thanks very much, pick up a copy of ‘The Great Depression’ and
spread the word.
Thanks for your time.
Jonny Burgan - Vocals
Rob Purnell - Lead Guitar
Martyn Evans - Guitar
Max Blunos - Drums
Dave Purnell - Bass
Charlie Holmes - Vocals
Jay – Bass
The Great Depression