Interview by Amy Mullin
How long have you guys been together?
How did you meet?
QuarterBlind was founded in the Easter of 1999 when Lee Holden-Rushworth, guitarist, and his brother Phil Holden-Rushworth, drummer, decided to form a metal band. After recruiting Rob Stalham to play bass the band began writing under the name 'QuarterBlind'?.
Whilst writing material with two guitar parts it became obvious that a second guitarist was needed. In the beginning of August 2000 Andy Stalham, nephew to Rob, joined the band adding another element to the QuarterBlind sound and giving greater depth to the music.
Following months of searching, QuarterBlind found a vocalist; Tommy Reinhartsen (a Norwegian national) had come to England to visit family in March 2001 and after meeting QuarterBlind decided to join the band and remain in the UK. After a long stint with QuarterBlind Tommy had to return to Norway and QuarterBlind were back on the hunt for a Vocalist.
After more months of searching, and a number of candidates, QuarterBlind and Max Ward found each other. Max blew the band away with his gut-wrenching growls and his killer screams and in January 2004 he joined the band. Soon after, Phil had to leave QuarterBlind due to increasing commitments at university and Si Spiers took to the drum stool in his place. Si had played in previous bands with Max and, having heard QuarterBlind, was keen to join. Si practiced with, and amazed, the band with his earth-shaking double kick and powerful style. Si joined the band in March 2004.
What are your musical influences?
Metal, Old school metal.
Band-wise: Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Napalm Death, The Haunted, Pantera to name a few.
How did you come up with your bands name?
The band name was chosen by its members from a list compiled by Lee whilst staying at the home of someone who was suffering with deteriorating eyesight. Lee believes that this influenced him subconsciously and inspired the name.
What are your plans for touring this year?
We intend to do as many gigs as possible this year, but wherever we can get really.
Which band at the moment that has made it big over the last year do you respect the most?
There are a few that have made it big that we respect, but we have more respect for the struggling unsigned British Heavy Metal bands.. There is a lot of talent out there.
How would you describe your music to people?
Fast, Heavy, Melodic
Which is the best venue you have played at?
The Phoenix: Plymouth
Explain to us what you do on a 'normal' day?
Go to the pub
Can you let us in on any secrets as to what the future holds for your band?
We're gonna bring heavy music back home to England.