Wizard Fight may have the same name as a Weedeater song, Wizard Fight are their own beast. Mighty sludge grooves with strong elements of stoner and doom. Before they open the Sunday of Desertfest, I chatted all things Wizard Fight with guitarist and vocalist Luke Bolton.
Jack: Hey Wizard Fight, thanks for taking the time to speak to me. How are you doing?
Luke Bolton (Vocals/Guitar): Its all good thanks.
Jack: How did you all meet?
Luke: Me and Dan meet when he came to see my old band ROTS play at the Windmill in Brixton, after that we saw each other again at a Neurosis gig and Dan told me he was moving out of London to Hastings, where I live. Seriously??? Your moving to Hastings??? I still couldn’t believe it. After while me and Dan started Jamming, we need a bass player. So I ask Dave who I used to be in a real shitty metal band with, back in the early 2000’s. He left last year because of family commitments. So we asked Bungle to join us, we met him when he was playing Bass for Enos.
Jack: What is an advantage of being a three piece?
Luke: Less Equipment, more space in the car and not so many farts to breath in when your stuck in a car on long journey.
Jack: You’ve been in other bands before. How have they been different to Wizard Fight?
Luke: Well I don’t have to play as fast as used too, that’s kinda nice. Also I found writing easier. For me Wizard Fight has been more proactive then any band I have been in, even when we’ve had so much shit going on in our lives. We’ve been lucky to share the stage with so many awesome bands.
Jack: What’s the scene like in Hastings?
Luke: There’s no scene for what we do, it’s a real shame. It’s got a decent amount of venues for folk and mainstream stuff and there’s a thriving Punk scene but doom, sludge and most metal are ignored. The only band that’s currently playing down here people will recognise is Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovell, those guys rule.
Jack: Are you named after the Weedeater song?
Luke: Shhhhh! Don’t tell people our secrets!
Jack: Are Weedeater your biggest influence?
Luke: They are definitely up there, I wouldn’t say we had one particular influence. We all bring different stuff to the table, I find I’m influenced by whatever I have been listening to at the time.
Jack: What makes playing sludge music so appealing?
Luke: It’s heavy and dirty but has groove, kinda reminds me of my underpants. Seriously it just the riff, you know? That riff that makes you bang your head.
Jack: What bands have had the most impact on you?
Luke: Personally, Nirvana, Eyehategod, Kyuss, Charles and Eddie.
Jack: Nocturnal Verses came out three years ago, are you happy with the response?
Luke: Its been three years? Holy shit. We better get our asses in gear and write some new material. Any response is a good response, not everyone is gonna like it, as long as they listen to it first before telling us to go eat a dick. I haven’t heard to many complaints, so I’m happy.
Jack: What was the recording process like?
Luke: Turn up, set up, noise, noise, noise, sore throat, done. I’m not one for spending ages in the studio. Sam Thredder did us proud with Nocturnal Verses. he made it easy. We went prepared so it wasn’t like we had to keep going over things.
Jack: Is there a concept to the album?
Luke: Try not to suck. That’s about the only unifying theme I can find.
Jack: How did you find playing with Dopethrone in September?
Luke: It was rad, I love playing the Underworld and on such an awesome line up. I thought every band that day played hard and it was a real special show.
Jack: How hyped are you for Desertfest?
Luke: At the moment it hasn’t really crossed my mind. I’ll be hyped on the day. I can’t think too far ahead or my brain will melt.
Jack: What bands are you looking forward to seeing the most?
Luke: Bongzilla, Saint Vitus, Scissorfight, Grave Lines, Elephant Tree, Stubb, Zombi, Wolves in the Throne Room, Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters, Candlemass and Sleep!
Jack: Do you think the stoner/sludge/doom scene is getting more popular or have the internet and festivals like Desertfest just united the scene under one roof?
Luke: It’s definitely gotten more popular but it can only grow so much a scene. Its great that we are lucky to have Desertfest and I think there’s a real sense of community at Desertfest. Its bringing us all together to enjoy the music we love.
Jack: What do you have coming up in the future? Any new music or tours?
Luke: At the moment the we are focused writing new material. Once we’ve got things down its time to look at playing more shows.
Jack: Finally, who is your favourite Wizard?
Luke: Merlin from Excalibur. Sleep, sleep in the arms of the dragon! What a classic movie. Gandalf was a close second.
Jack: Thank you for your time!
Luke: No problem!