For a band that started out as a Harry Potter parody outfit, London’s symphonic power metallers Grimgotts have come a long way. They’ve since created their own mythical realm with Andria and are in the midst of a three part EP series chronicling epic battles between men and dragons with their most recent release, Sagas. Hot on the heels of said release we had the chance to pose our set or Profile questions to vocalist Andy Barton so head below to see what he had to say and grab a copy of Sagas from the links contained within.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
I had singing lessons throughout my teens which lead to me starting to write my own songs. I’m very proud of what the band has achieved so far, but we’ve got a long way to go yet!
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
We headlined a show in Camden in July 2019 and I got so drunk before the show I ended up talking to the crowd rather than playing our songs. In the end we couldn’t finish our set as we ran over the curfew, and I ended up swearing at the sound guy over the PA and got kicked out of the venue. Basically, I got kicked out of my own gig. I’ve learned my lesson, beer AFTER the gig, not before!
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
Best: I think it’s great that the UK scene has some great upcoming bands, especially in Power Metal.
Worst: no gigs! Damn Covid.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
We don’t comment on anything social or political as a band. We’re all aware of the issues, and we support any movement that is having a positive impact. But, we don’t reflect that in our songs, we don’t want to be taken too seriously! That’s not to say we’re not deadly serious about the quality of our music, but the lyrics are a bit daft.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I was 6! I found an Iron Maiden CD in my Dad’s CD collection. We’ve been to see them loads of times, so I guess he’s pretty happy!
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
You have to support your favourite artists, most are semi-pro and a lot of the funding comes from the band themselves. If we want to continue hearing them, we’ve got to give something back.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
All the lads have day jobs, some are professional musicians, we have a teacher, and research analyst. I work in Digital marketing. As for Grimgotts, we want to conquer the European stage!
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
I’m not sure about the others, but I don’t really have a specific band or artist at the moment. I like the new Sabaton album! Twilight Force are a great band, really love them.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
By the end of the year we’ll have released our 2020 project ‘Tales, Sagas & Legends’ in its entirety, we can’t wait to share it all. We also have the Hard Rock Hell Spring Break fest in March (covid permitting!)
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the publication)
Many thanks to Andy for his time!