Tuesday, 26 June 2012

British Underground 005: Wizard's Beard

Wizard's Beard have just put up their first album, Pure Filth for free download for the next 200 people to download it. Released through psycheDOOMelic Records in 2011, their own description of filth ridden, hate filled sludge tells you everything you need to know.

Grab it for free from here while you can:

Here's their more recent Four Tired Undertakers released on Altsphere Production in February 2012.

I threw the usual questions at Craig from the band and this is what he had to say.

Give us a brief history of the band
Me & Trav we're in another band together, and when we decided to put an end to that, we knew we wanted to do something else together. So we started Wizard's Beard. I knew Dan from being out & about at gigs, and despite never really doing much doom style drumming (Dan's naturally a death metal drummer), he's very much in to that kind of music and wanted to give it a go. Once the 3 of us started to gel, I got in touch with Chris. I was a fan of Chris' from his days in Agent of the Morai.

What are some of your favourite British underground bands, past or present?
There's been plenty of hidden gems over here. Although at the moment, there is definitely some not-so-hidden ones. Conan & Slabdragger are absolutely destroying at the moment. Me, Chris & Trav are also massive long time fans of Palehorse.....what a band! Undersmile, Khuda, Tree of Sores and the ever bizarre Sloth Hammer are a few others you should check out. Although they have now left us, Wiht were awesome. One of the biggest influences on all of us are Iron Monkey, a band that is sorely missed.

What are your plans for the future?
Originally I planned on us recording around October time. But now Trav has a little Wizard on the way, due around then. So I think we'll just relax and enjoy the process of working on new stuff together, and maybe look to record again early next year. There's nothing sorted with a label or anything so we don't know how we'll be putting it out, but we'll see. It'd be nice to get a few festival dates in next year too, so any promoters, please get in touch!

Where's the best place people can keep up with what you are up to?
To be honest, we've not being the best at keeping people up to date recently. However the website (Wizard's Beard Website) will be sorted in the next couple of weeks and we'll get the Facebook updated (Wizard's Beard on Facebook). So they'll be the places to look for info. If anyone has any questions, they can always drop us a mail.

If you like this and want to find some more great new bands there's a whole series about the British underground scene.

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