By Lindsay Smith-Boam
Baleful Creed are a four-piece hard rock/ stoner band from Belfast with a reputation for head-nodding chunky riffs , loud and powerful bass and drum rhythms, capped off with whiskey soaked vocals. Their debut album was released digitally on 1 September 2013. A CD release was delayed but was finally available on 29 December 2013 - their first proper physical issue of their music. Their second album, Seismic Shifter was released in June 2017.
The guys, Fin Finley – vocals / guitar, John Aleen- guitar, Davy Greer- bass / keys and David Jeffers – drums / harmonica had just come off stage following a really successful well received set at RockWich, when DTF managed to catch up with them for a quick chat with plenty of laughs thrown in for good measure.
ARE YOU HANGING AROUND FOR THE DAY TODAY OR HAVE YOU ALL GOT PLANS?
We are all staying! this festival is amazing, so many different ages, old, young, guys, girls and there are kids stood at the barrier enjoying the music and we have even seen a baby complete with ear defenders clearly loving it. Such a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and so well organised, we’re loving being here and loved playing. Plus perfect weather if not a bit warm inside! The reception we have had over here (GB) is amazing, we played up in Scotland yesterday and the crowd there was amazing too.
THERE WAS A BIG GAP BETWEEN BALEFUL CREED IN 2013 AND SEISMIC SHIFTER RELEASED EARLIER THIS YEAR, WHAT WERE YOU DOING DURING THE GAP?
Touring the first album then just taking our time in writing to get the new album tracks right. We like to have at least 10 tracks on an album so it takes a while. A couple of changes of line-up with the two Dave’s coming in too so we needed to re-look at some of the tracks.
I LOVE THE LAST TWO ALBUMS AND FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE UPPED YOUR GAME ON SEISMIC SHIFTER.
I think we retained the Baleful Creed sound but it has been an evolving process. It took a long time to record the album, the studio we work with is brilliant as we can go in lay down a track then go away and just go back when we are ready. The introduction of the two Dave’s has probably added to the sound whilst still maintaining our identity. We are very proud of the album and we are enjoying touring it.
ARE THERE ANY CLEAR FAVOURITES THE FANS LIKE YOU TO PLAY LIVE FROM BOTH ALBUMS?
The audiences seem to still like Autumn Leaves and Crazy Man and from the new album Walking Wounded. It makes us laugh that the track that we just came up with and got recorded fastest is the one that seems to be a fan favourite! We like playing Levy too as it came out of the studio really well and comes across so well live.
WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR MUSICAL /WRITING INFLUENCES FROM?
We all have very diverse musical tastes from rock and metal to classical really. Massively diverse.
I KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE LIVE ROCK SCENE IN NORTHERN IRELAND – ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES THERE FOR BANDS?
Yes loads, the rock and metal scene in Northern Ireland is thriving at the minute well look at today, two really great Northern Irish bands here, us and Screaming Eagles. We have some of the best live venues in and around Belfast and clubs like the Diamond are doing their bit. There is even a bus service from the city so people can get to and from the club easily. We really are spoilt with great bands and great venues, Gasoline Outlaws, Maverick, Trucker Diablo, all really great bands. It’s a good place to be music wise.
SOCIAL AND DIGITAL MEDIA PLAYS A BIG PART IN HOW SUCCESSFUL A BAND IS THESE DAYS – YOU HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF YOUR MUSIC AVAILABLE FOR ALL TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD TOO – WHY DID YOU MAKE THIS DECISION?
We want to make it accessible. We have fans around the world, Japan, Australia and the US so having the music accessible means they get to enjoy it. We love touring, playing live gigs is just the best so social media is one way we can reach more people. We have to say that DTF have been brilliant at promoting our music, I think we were on Episode 4 of the podcast so to still have you guys supporting our music is amazing, even using one of our riffs for a while on the podcast!
WHAT’S NEXT FOR BALEFUL CREED?
Home, rest and then more gigs. We are enjoying touring this album and then of course we will start on the next album. We enjoy writing and we all contribute to new tracks, someone comes up with a riff and we all have input (fix it or bin it!!!) and sometimes develop it! Hopefully the new album won’t take quite so long to be released, we will aim for two years tops!!!