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An Interview with hAND Straight From the Femme Metal Fest

After watching their superb performance at the Femme Metal Fest, I caught up with Kieren, Kat and Cris of hAND to talk about the experience of playing the festival.

Beth: What is the main reason you’re here today?

Kat: To play, we heard the show was obviously to support Delain and we were like “yes we want to play” but if we sell a CD or two yeah that’s all good, it’s just a great chance for us to play.

Beth: Have you been watching the other bands that are playing?

Kat: Yeah eventually, we’ve had quite a long drive, so.

Cris: So far this band *points to Winter In Eden*

Beth: So your last album was Deadroom Journal- are pleased with how well that was received in the UK?

Kat: Um yeah, we were very lucky with the studio and the producer that we ended up working with and it’s been really well received by the general public and most of you, yeah we’re really happy.

Beth: What do you hope to get from events like this, I mean as well as it being for charity, like new fans?

Kat: Just exposure really and promoting the album that we’ve got out and the new one that we’re hoping will come out next yearish.

Cris: Not many people have heard of us and there seems to be loads of people here.

Beth: What other festivals have you played?

Kat: Err we did Firescape Festival in London, we headlined that, and we did a festival in Derby in April. I think that’s about it so we’re quite new to this whole scene really.

Beth: Have there ever been any incidents at gigs where you’ve had to interfere with the crowd?

Kieren: We’ve had to do short and sweet mouth sets and we say stuff like, people who were wondering who that was can come buy our CD off of us.

Cris: If I’ve been drinking I shout so I’m not allowed a microphone!

Kieren: No we don’t encourage that, we just want to get people to realise we can do good songs.

Beth: Do you think doing tours for female fronted metal bands will get them more serious recognition? Do you think they’re a bit stereotyped?

Kat: Yes, yes, we generally find we get put on a lot of gigs with similar bands and everyone expects us to sound exactly the same and they’re kind of like really taken aback when we don’t, it’s kind of quite weird.

Beth: So as well as raising awareness for the charity this gig should be good for raising awareness for female fronted bands.

Kat: Yes definitely.

Beth: What about new material? What’s your plan for the year ahead?

Kat: Erm, we’re taking a 3 month break after this gig, basically just to concentrate on the second album. We’ve written a lot of new material and so we want to refine it and get ready for going in to the studio again.

Beth: Will you be playing more dates in the UK?

Kat: The only one we’ve got is in January which is a management showcase in London.

Beth: Well it’s been really, really good to meet you.

Kat: Thank you for the interview.

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