Bass Guitar & Vocals
Drummer & Lead Vocals
A Homicidal Pig
Be very afriad....
All Photographs Provided by Sally Newhouse (2015)
Preston's Evil Blizzard are truly an enigma. Four bass players, a singing drummer. An array of rubber masks that will give both children and adults sleepless nights for days on end - they are the most in~genious and charismatic live experience on the music scene today!
Following on from the critically acclaimed debut release "The Dangers of Evil Blizzard", the new album 'Everybody come to Church' was released on October 9th 2015.
Recorded in one day and produced by Richard McNamara of Embrace at his Magnetic North Studios, it sold out at its initial vinyl and CD run within 2 hours and the band have received strong praise from all quarters of the music press. including making the front cover of the Guardian.
Evil Blizzard delve into many musical wells. Mixing their musical heritage from early Sabbath, Dub & krautrock through to more modern and diverse contemporaries such as Hawkwind.
Public Image Limited and Killing Joke (The latter two even personally asking for Evil Blizzard to open for them). It appears that no musical genre is sate from their reach.
After opening tor such eclectic bands as Space, Sleaford Mods, Ruts DC, Gnod, Hawkwind, Killing Joke, Public Image Limited, Bo Ningen and Embrace.
Blizzard have not only won over some very hard-line partisan crowds, but they have also gone on to conquer such music festivals as Kendal Calling, Super-sonic, Rebellion, The Great British Alternative Music Festival, Supernormal
and The International Festival of Psychedelia in Liverpool.
Blizzard wind up a very successful 2015 with the release of their live favorite ‘Stupid People’ accompanied with a run of live dates. including two very special live engagements!
EVERYBODY COME TO CHURCH
Released October 9th 2015
Are You Evil?
Bow Down And Pray
Spread The Fear
THE DANGERS OF EVIL BLIZZARD
Released April 15th 2014
Feed The Flames
(Open Up The) Red Box
Fear Of Judgement
STUPID PEOPLE (Single)
Sleep (Wake Up mix) - 7"
Clear vinyl - 100 copies
COLLISIONS (Vol. 4)
Mamuthones - I've Gotta Be
Mamuthones - Don't Be Choosy
Mamuthones - Fire On Fire
Mamuthones - The Holy Ghost People
Evil Blizzard – Sacrefice
Evil Blizzard - Sacrifice (Mix)
KENDAL CALLING 2014
"EVIL BLIZZARD HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEKEND SHOWING HOW REWARDING IT IS TO EXPLORE THE SMALLER STAGES"
SUPERSONIC FESTIVAL (BIRMINGHAM) 2014
MUSIC OHM (EVIL BLIZZARD, THE LEXINGTON, LONDON MAY 2014)
GETINTOTHIS (MANCHESTER ACADEMY, SEPTEMBER 2014)
OFFICIAL VIDEO - Clones
OFFICIAL VIDEO - Sacrifice
OFFICIAL VIDEO - Are You Evil?
OFFICIAL VIDEO - Stupid People
The Dangers of Evil Blizzard by Kris Needs
"I Like Evil Blizzard - They give me hope that music is alive and kicking" quoth Mark E. Smith while enlisting the Manchester art-rockers as support on the Fall's UK tour after catching an early gig of theirs.
There's a distinct aroma of late-70's post-punk primitivism around the group as four bassists savage monolithic doom rifts, early Rough Trade thumping or 80's synth-pop.
Singer-Drummer Side emits uncanny Ozzy or Lydon impressions on tracks like Slimy Creature, while Feed The Flames explores rumbling quadruple bass tension.
Live, the band employ tried-and-tested confrontation tactics such as onstage fights and pig masks. Every Generation needs it's own shock rock panto to feel dangerous belching to.
This will do nicely!
The Dangers of Evil Blizzard by Carl Evans
While Evil Blizzard aren't the fist to take freak-out psych into tougher, gritter realms, their four-bass (yeah, that's right) sensory overload might be one of the few efforts to out-weird Gong.
Sci-fi theatricality is the order of the day as mantric nonsensicalities are thrust across the ether with perplexing bravado atop Jah Wobble - worthy dub salvoes and gritty proto-metal.
If that all sounds confusing, whats more odd is the simplicity of their approach, sometimes to the extent of adopting single note riffs, and letting all the colour spill out though synth- and effect-heavy embellishment.
Sometimes freakish, sometimes grotesque, this is the bad trip your teachers warned you about.
The Dangers of Evil Blizzard by Luke Turner
Heavy Psychedelic weather from mass marauders...
Evil Blizzard wear Grotesque masks on stage and play thrilling, uncouth, groove-laden squidgy rock. However, they are much more than Preston's answer to Slipknot.
Recorded in one take, in just 5 hours, their debut album yomps over the history of psychedelic music, sometimes as in the case of sleeps clobbering together or Hawkwind and the Stooges in one song.
The eccentric electronics scattered throughout at times recall advent-gaurd Americans The Residents, while the guttural panic of (Open Up The) RED BOX, sounds like the Fall if Mark E. Smiths pint of pilsner had been spiked with bad acid.
You've been warned - this is one of the most mind twisting rock albums of the year
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In March 2014 the Guardian (UK) announced them as the pioneers of the
NEW WAVE OF NEW RAGE
It then became obvious, that it was time to reassess the entire British music scene.
Four basses and a singing drummer! Preston’s Evil Blizzard is an assault upon the senses. Described as ‘The Future of music’ by Mark E. Smith, who promptly took them on tour with The Fall, many others have simply said they are “Like being stuck in an endless, colorless Rubik’s cube for all eternity.” Evil Blizzard are more than just a band, they are a unique live experience.
Peter Guy (The Liverpool Echo) once gave them their own musical genre
POLY RHYTHMIC GUMBO
A bastardised hedonistic cornucopia of musical theatre and vintage horror. Evil Blizzard twists your senses ‘til they burst.
Musically; Hawkwind, Black Sabbath, Pil, Killing Joke & Pink Floyd have all been paid homage to in one form or another. The band has never shied away from their musical heritage. In 2014 the album The Dangers of Evil Blizzard was released via John Robb’s Louder than War Records, it immediately sold out of its initial pressings. Heralded by the critics on both sides of the Atlantic, including Kerrang!
And Mojo. Rough Trade (NYC) announced that Blizzard were
FILLING THE VOID CURRENTLY IN BRITISH MUSIC
2014 marked a series of ground-breaking appearances at Strummercamp,Rebellion, Super Normal, Supersonic and Kendal Calling. Along with personal invites to open for and win over such diverse crowds of Ruts DC, Hawkwind, Killing Joke and Sleaford Mods.
The band released the media acclaimed single Sacrifice for the London Psychedelic label Rocket Recordings (Goat, White Hills, Teeth of the Sea) on 19th January 2015. The new album now recorded at Embrace’s ‘Studio Bastardo’ in Halifax for a June release, will be accompanied with further festival appearances nationwide and support slots with Space, Sleaford Mods and The Damned. Evil Blizzard will continue to arouse and annoy audiences in equal measure across the land. You may want bring a bass and mask with you?
HALLOWEEN weekend is all about inviting us to expect the unexpected but most music fans will have never seen anything quite like this before.
Tonight, four bassists, a singing drummer and a dancing pig will take to the stage as Evil Blizzard bring their weird and wonderful performance to the Hairy Dog in Derby.
However, these boys don't just wear their masks on the 31st.
"Our show is always like Halloween!" says Side, lead singer and drummer for the band. "The last time we played Derby, it was a support slot. This time it's our own show and we've got a longer set."
The band are returning to the city with added surprises for fans, including a man that spends his time mopping people during the set.
Side says: "We've got a new character called Mop Man, he joined us one night just by chance and just didn't leave, even though all he does is mop people, him and the pig are the two most popular people, it's like it's their gig.”
"At first, people at the gigs were unsure of Mop Man but now most people want to be mopped. The pig even has his own brand of pig money now. It's like monopoly money with his head on it."
The band, who are gaining cult status in the underground music scene, are determined to win new fans over.
"People who haven't seen us before often look like they're wondering what the hell they're there for but, by the end, they're well into it," says Side.
"We're the only band in Britain that enjoys getting really slated. We have a lot of tongue and cheek banter with the audience – it's like a constant barrage of insults!"
And he adds that, sometimes, four bassists is not enough.
"Every now and again we try and get a guest bass player in. Sometimes it's audience member or a band member," he says.
However, away from the madness of it all, those who go to the show can expect to hear a lot of good music.
Inspired by the likes of Hawkwind, Killing Joke, Public Image Limited and Black Sabbath, the band have recently released their new album Everybody Come To Church.
"The first album we recorded, we went in blind," says Side. "We hadn't rehearsed and had only been together for a few weeks. This album is different. It's an album that you can listen to from start to finish. It's got a bit more of a commercial side to it but is keeping the elements of what we do. I'd say it's more punky rock. People say our songs go round in their head all the time. When people hear those songs live, they're heavier and more frantic than on the album.”
Side says the concept of church they are talking about is not a religious one, but merely a gathering of people.
He says: "We were having a party in Birmingham at one of our band member's houses and he has a few full-size gongs in his house. There were lots of children there and we woke to a child hitting a gong and yelling: 'Everybody come to church'!”
"Filthy from Blizzard came in and said to carry on doing that. He recorded it and we added the line to the start of a song. The first album was named by Filthy's child so it must be a running theme! I think children have different mentality to adults.”
"We don't have gong on stage though because it's way too big. We can't fit it in the van!"
The following evening, the band are heading to Preston to launch the album on Halloween, where they will be joined on stage by Mr Dibs from Hawkwind.
"He really likes band and we've supported Hawkwind before," says Side. "He's hopefully trying to get us some more gigs."
Find out more about the show by visiting www.hairydogderby.co.uk/ events.
We haven't fleeced you for a few hours and so here's our new T shirt design. Putting it up as a pre order to gauge amount of sizes etc. THIS T SHIRT WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL GIGS FROM BIRMINGHAM ONWARDS and hopefully in time for Hebden Bridge so NO NEED TO BUY ON THE SITE IF YOU ARE BUYING AT THE GIG UNLESS YOU WANT TO GUARANTEE A PARTICULAR SIZE
As we are inherently lazy in terms of website maintenance, we felt there might be a better way to manage and upload the masses of photographs, videos, glorious artwork and other arty type stuff!
Check out out blizz'media beta site for a look...
We are in talks to take the band to Europe in 2016.. There are no plans for any gigs in the early part of the year in the UK but festivals will be played later..
In honor of some very talented artists... We have now set up a dedicated page to show it all off...
Artwork by Arne Wald, Vicki Yau and Laura Hunt are available to view on the new page, and we extend our thanks for their efforts...
NEW GIG DATES
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