Interview with Surrey metal titans Gutlocker

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There are very few bands as exciting or explosive as Gutlocker currently gracing the southern metal scene. We caught up with vocalist Craig McBrearty to see what the band have been up to recently and what they have in store for us over the coming months…

First things first – who are Gutlocker?

Gutlocker are a 4 piece metal band from the slums of Woking.

To anyone not familiar with the band, how would you describe your sound?

Groove metal with gnarly riffs and asylum escapee vocals.

How is 2018 shaping up for you so far? Any plans for new music?

2018 is definitely off to a fantastic start. I can’t give away anything just yet, but I assure you we have some exciting things to announce over the next 3 months. We’ve recently written a new track called ‘Temporary Bliss’. We’ve played it over the last couple of gigs and so far it has gone down really well. We are in the process of writing and jamming out new ideas as new material is a high priority.

Do you find the writing process exciting, stressful, or a bit of both?

Both definitely! But with the addition of our new bassist Ben Rollinson, I believe things are about to get more exciting. As previously mentioned, our new track ‘Temporary Bliss’ was written in no time at all. As all bands will understand, chemistry between people is a must to make shit work. With this current line up I already feel we have our confidence back and we are very eager to get some new tunes under our belt.

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You just filmed a new video which will be dropping soon. Are you pleased with how the day went?

I believe I speak on behalf of the band and myself when I say we could not be any happier. Jack from Jesukarhu has been doing an amazing job on the video so far. We had a sneak peek on a clip and I cannot wait for people to see the final result. It’s going to be raw, gritty and to the point.

Have you got any exciting gig plans in the pipeline for the coming months?

We most certainly do! A couple of them are festival spots at Lostock and Rabidfest. Over the course of the year I’m sure there will be more to announce, so keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

You played Facebarmageddon at the end of last year. What was it like sharing the stage with so many other great bands?

It was incredible. To us it was a gathering of good friends we have made from a lot of these bands at previous gigs. Over those 3 days, every band was knocking it out of the park. That was our last gig for 2017 and it was a great way to end the year.

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What new bands have you been enjoying recently?

Dogtired! They opened Facebarmageddon on the Friday and truly blew me away. Keep an eye out for Butcher in the Fog also. They are superb live and throw a huge amount of energy in their performance.

If you could only listen to one record for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

‘Dirt’ by Alice in Chains because it has stuck with me for 20 plus years and never fails to invoke the same reaction when it’s played.

When did you first realise that you wanted to be in a band?

When I first saw Chimaira live during the ‘Impossibility of reason’ era.

Where would you love to be as a band in 12 months’ time?

In 12 months’ time I want us to be out there playing as many festivals as possible. We would love the opportunity to play Bloodstock again. Hopefully in the near future we may get a spot at Mammothfest. This time next year I’m also hoping that we have more new material to make a start on recording our first album.

To bring this to an end – describe Gutlocker in 3 words…

Dry, honest, angry.

You can keep up to date with all things Gutlocker by following them on social media…

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If you like your metal loud and disgustingly heavy, catch Gutlocker in a town near you in 2018…

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Interview & Words: Shaun Brown


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