Blood­nut paints the town red

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - HUGH COLLINS

Only a small per­cent­age of the pop­u­la­tion would ever be el­i­gi­ble to join Auck­land band Blood­nut.

But this has noth­ing to do with mu­si­cal abil­ity.

This is be­cause the three-piece heavy metal group pride them­selves on be­ing a band of red heads.

Formed in 2012, Blood­nut play a down­tuned style of heavy mu­sic known as ‘‘sludge metal’’ and have per­formed live con­sis­tently since their in­cep­tion.

But vo­cal­ist, bassist and found­ing mem­ber Doug McFar­lane says the band is cer­tainly not just for a laugh.

‘‘I like to say we’re not a pis­stake band but a band with a theme,’’ he says.

Drum­mer Ty Boni­face says Blood­nut’s song­writ­ing is taken se­ri­ously like any nor­mal band.

‘‘I guess most of the gim­mick comes out in the lyrics but mu­si­cally it is what we ac­tu­ally like to do and we ac­tu­ally try and make it kick-ass,’’ the Birken­head res­i­dent says. ’’It was a con­cept that turned into a sound rather than a sound that turned into a con­cept.’’

Their de­but record Blues From the Red Sons is set for re­lease on Septem­ber 10 and con­tains song ti­tles such as Drop Dead Red­head, Vi­ta­min D and Fire­giant.

‘‘I’ve got songs about vik­ings be­cause we fig­ure that’s pretty much where the ginger gene comes from,’’ McFar­lane says.

Track The Am­ber Reign Re­mains is about how some peo­ple claim red hair is a dy­ing gene.

‘‘We’re not dy­ing out, that’s just click­bait bol­locks,’’ McFar­lane says.

‘‘Above all the mu­sic has to be good re­ally and then any theme is al­most sec­ondary but it is the main im­age at least,’’ guitarist Doug Robert­son says.

The West­mere res­i­dent has a de­gree in mu­sic and when not with Blood­nut reg­u­larly per­forms as a jazz guitarist.

‘‘These guys asked me to be in a metal band and I said ‘yes this is ex­actly what I need in my life at the mo­ment, I need to get back to the old nitty gritty’.

‘‘The thing I loved most about join­ing this band is as a jazz guitarist for a while, you’re ei­ther play­ing from the heart or you’re play­ing from the head but you’re hardly ever play­ing from the balls.’’

They plan to do­nate 10 per cent of their al­bum sales to the Su­ma­tran Orang­utan Pro­gramme, an or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing to pro­tect the en­dan­gered species.

PHOTO: HUGH COLLINS

Ty Boni­face, Doug McFar­lane and Doug Robert­son are Blood­nut.

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