Today’s preview is Bellyeyesmile, who return to Blissfields after last years slot on the Bradley Bubble stage in 2013, which the band called ‘the hottest gig of our lives’. Undoubtedly that was partly due to the scorchingly hot weather, but also came courtesy of their frenzied, maniacal, high-energy sound, which is wholly immersive for the audience. The track ‘Blown’ from their Boneyards EP, released last year, is a particular highlight, as the band showcases their ability to build tension to a dramatic climax.
Calling themselves ‘a maelstrom of Prog, Punk and Psychedelic’, the band have their roots firmly in Germany, and cite their initial influences as ‘Krautrock’ including bands such as ‘Can and Kraftwerk’. However, their influences have diversified over the last few years, and now include British bands such as Pink Fairies and Killing Joke, as well as Neil Young and the Beach Boys.
Bellyeyesmile are currently in Germany at Tramziet Festival, but are very much looking forward to Blissfields, saying ‘playing at an event that you would enjoy even if you weren’t playing is a truly awesome perk.’ Their top tip for the weekend? Melt Yourself Down, who they also cite as one of their own influences, is their most anticipated show of the festival.
Finally, in keeping with the wildlife theme, I asked the band ‘if you were an animal, which animal would you be and why?’ Their answer: ‘We’re quite into octopuses at the moment. They can squeeze into tight spaces.’