Bloodstock 2018 – Band Feature/Interview: Pelugion
This year’s Bloodstock Festival is shaping up to be one of the best ever with a line-up that spans all genres of rock and metal. If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, what are you waiting for!? Check out our five reasons why you should go there.
Pelugion are a three-piece hard rock / metal band from Coventry, England.
Andy Sweeney, John Pittaway and Brandon Balou first met in college September 2012 whilst studying music performance. Starting off at the college rehearsal rooms and playing Metallica and Black Sabbath covers at a couple of college gigs, it wasn’t long before college was over, new rehearsal rooms were found, their first original song was written and Pelugion was born.
Since the beginnings of the band, Pelugion have gigged heavily around England with an arsenal of original songs, won a slot playing the Godiva Festival which is the UK’s biggest free family festival, inked a management deal with UK based FATangel management and PR and released a lyric video for the song ‘Serpents Mistress’.
Pelugion are a band gaining national recognition for their energetic live performance and massive sound. The band’s latest release ‘Bide My Time’ (2016) was produced, mixed and mastered at Woodworm studios by Mike Exeter who has worked with such legends as Black Sabbath, Dio and Judas Priest, this brought them to the attention of Wildfire Festival Scotland where Pelugion performed In 2016.
A heavy road schedule through 2017 included a performance at the SOLD-OUT HRH Metal at the O2 Academy in Birmingham, their first acoustic show at Uprising at the iconic Demontfort Hall Leicester and they toured with South Wales’ heavyweights Lifer.
Early 2018 Pelugion headed to South Wales to join Lifer once more for the Welsh leg of the popular Dementia Aware Fest. Pelugion are putting the finishing touches to their next EP scheduled for release in August!
They will be raining metal destruction down on the New Blood Stage Friday of the festival.
Check them out on Facebook, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and YouTube.
1. Congratulations on winning the Coventry Metal 2 The Masses. Tell us about your journey in this year’s competition.
We won the Coventry M2TM. This was our fourth year in the competition, however the first 2 years we competed in the Birmingham Leg of the competition. The journey had mixed emotions due to losing 3 years previously! We basically went into the 2018 competition with 1 goal in mind. Give absolutely everything on stage, win or lose. We gave it all. Thankfully it was enough to earn us a slot on the Friday on the New Blood Stage!
2. How important of a platform is the New Blood Stage for yourselves?
The New Blood stage has been a goal of ours for the last 4 years and now we finally get the chance to set foot on it! And as a platform, New Blood stage is so so vital for the scene! How else will people discover the young talent growing and building on the scene? It’s awesome that such a stage exists and we plan on making full use of it!
3. Can you give us some insight into the upcoming EP?
As for our upcoming EP, it’s been in the making for the past year or so, maybe even more! All I can tell you is to expect a kind of high energy modern Sabbath with elements of Thrash and Doom stirred in!
4. Are you going to be around the festival all weekend? If so who are you excited to see?
Yes! We are going to be at BOA2018 all weekend (come say hello if you see us!). We are excited to see Gojira, Feed the Rhino, Bloodbath, Suicidal Tendencies, Cannibal Corpse, Fire Red Empress, Power Trip and Mr Big! I’m sure I have forgot to mention a few!
5. What’s next for Pelugion?
Our future band plans are simple. We plan to keep writing, gigging and spreading word of Pelugion to as many people in as many different places as possible!