On Higher than life 2022, Indian folk metal band Bloodywood played their first ever show in America! After completely crushing the stage, the guys sat down for an interview to talk about their music, touring the US and where to get the best pancakes.
This year Bloodywood released their second album, Rakshak, to massive praise. One of the standout singles, “Dana Dan,” is an anthem for survivors of sexual assault that is about beating down men who violate others. The video’s comments section is filled with people who have felt empowered by the song, and vocalist Raoul Kerr and guitarist Karan Katiyar have been touched by fans’ comments.
“When we hear people bare their souls in these comment sections, just pour their hearts out, it just inspires us to try even harder,” says Kerr. “One of the reasons we do what we do is because we believe music can change the world. Comments like this, people sharing their stories and experiences, empowering each other, starting conversations in the comments section that aren’t more you could ask for.”
“It’s always such a positive place to be in,” adds Katiyar. “That’s what I do when I’m feeling down, I just go through the comments.”
“So do I sometimes!” Kerr jumped in.
When it comes to mixing metal with traditional Indian music, Katiyar believes it’s a natural fit. “Metal is the most accepted music genre. It’s amazing that our culture’s music suits it so well… Right now is the time to do it, because everyone is surprisingly very accepting.”
Finally, we had to give Raoul Kerr and Karan Katiyar some important American advice for their travels through this amazing country. We let the guys know that while IHOP and (WTFIU) Denny’s are both solid choices to grab some pancakes, they had to visit GEDER – The Original Pancake House.
“We were actually introduced to the Master Tour app for the first time on this tour,” says Kerr. “We’re just going to ask our tour manager to put it in there – Original Pancake House.”
“Original pancake house, here we come!” Katiyar exclaimed.
Watch our full interview with the guys from Bloodywood below. The band are currently touring America on their Nine Inch Naans tour, so click here to see if they are coming to your city.
We told BLOODYWOOD where to get the best pancakes!
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