SCREAM BLUE MURDER (from l-r): Jacob Houghton (bass), Danny Beardmore (guitar/vocals), Aaron Bloomer (vocals), Jamie Bloomer (drums)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
PHOTO by MARIANNE HARRIS
From Coventry, four-piece Scream Blue Murder have, since forming in 2014, been winning over fans on both sides of the Atlantic with their style of hard-hitting metalcore, influenced by a range of rock and metal bands/artists, including Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria, Megadeth, Guns N’Roses, and Alice Cooper.
Currently putting the finishing touches to their eagerly-anticipated second album, out later this year, the Midlands quartet spoke to me about that, the success of 2016 debut release ‘Hollow Stories’, touring the US, and supporting such outfits as Of Mice & Men and Blood Youth.
How did the band form?
The band formed a few years back when me and my brother got into bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, and Parkway Drive. We were originally trying to be a glam metal act, but that changed as soon as we heard Bring Me The Horizon. We used to cover AC/DC and sing really high, but we soon changed that up.
From where did the name Scream Blue Murder originate?
It’s an old fashion saying, when you scream murder, however, nothing’s actually happening, but in Australia, it means orgasm.
What would you say was your songwriting approach?
Writing the second album has been done between myself, Aaron, and Danny. We sit around a laptop, think of ideas, and start writing.
What inspires the band lyrically?
Aaron writes the lyrics. The new album is very different lyrically to the last, and it means a lot more to him and us. Past experiences have really fuelled this for him.
Shortly after forming, you all signed a contract with Stay Sick Records. How did that come about?
We toured the USA off our own back, which not many bands from the UK do, they took interest, and the rest was history.
And I can imagine that signing to a record label so early on was a great feeling for the band.
It was! The best was getting drunk with Fronz backstage on vodka and Capri Sun, and hanging out with Attila at Download!
In early 2016, you released your debut album, ‘Hollow Stories’. How well do you think the reaction was to that?
It was good, but the second album will take us to the next level.
The band have supported the likes of Carcer City, Blessthefall, and Slaves (US). How is it, for you all, playing live?
Blessthefall and Slaves were amazing shows! Great bands. My favourite big band we have played with was Of Mice and Men! There was a huge crowd, and the show was lit.
And you have also toured the US, which you mentioned earlier. That must have been quite an experience.
Yes, it was. We have toured the USA twice now, and it’s one of our favourite places to play. I love going out there, because the fans are really accepting, and it’s so much fun. I like getting away from all the troubles at home and just being on tour for a month or so, with it just being me, my bros, and the music.
During this interview, there have been a few mentions of the band’s second album. How long will it be until that comes out?
Soon! Very soon! This year!
And how will it be different to ‘Hollow Stories’?
It’s better. Aaron does all the vocals. It’s also more current, and the songs are bigger!
Finally, what is the band’s long-term aim?
Global domination! To be able to tour the world and have a good time doing it, meeting a lot of new faces, and just sharing our experiences with them!
THE SECOND ALBUM FROM SCREAM BLUE MURDER WILL BE RELEASED THROUGH STAY SICK RECORDS LATER THIS YEAR.
THE BAND WILL ALSO BE EMBARKING ON A UK WEEKENDER THIS JULY. FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BELOW:
MORE INFO ON SCREAM BLUE MURDER CAN BE FOUND THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SITES:
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: sbmofficial.com