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The Hero Dies First have been together as a band for six years now, although you can be forgiven for not having heard of them yet. They’re happy to admit that “very little happened in the first 3 years of the band” but things are picking up speed and they’re beginning to get the recognition they deserve. This five piece metal band from Bedford are finally reaping the rewards from the hard work they’ve been doing on the underground music scene, supporting other bands and helping out fellow artists. “This scene is too small to be stepping on people’s backs to get to the top,” the band told us. “…you’ll get further in life helping out those around you. There’s always going to be egos in rock music, and this scene will always have its fair share, but I think when people from any corner of the industry pull shady moves to get ahead, it’ll catch up with them eventually, regardless of their success.”

““I feel like as an artist, if you’re given any modicum of success or a platform to reach people from, you should always use it for making a difference.”

What goes around comes around, but The Hero Dies First are using their increase in fans and publicity for good, recently raising thousands of pounds for Cancer Research by running their own festival. “I feel like as an artist, if you’re given any modicum of success or a platform to reach people from, you should always use it for making a difference. From helping out smaller bands to championing causes, people will take on board what artists say regardless so, you may as well use it to make the world a better place.”

If anyone deserves some success, it’s this kind hearted bunch, and their live shows are certainly starting to get well talked about. “We’ve never used clicks or backing tracks live, so it really just is 5 guys on stage playing their instruments, exactly the way you’d hear it in rehearsals. Although it adds an element of attitude, and dare I say danger to our live set, we’re also very conscious that we don’t have any crutches to lean on stage, so if we make a mistake, it’s there for the audience to hear. It means we can’t get lazy.”

” “Most people consider anything outside of rock and metal to be ‘guilty pleasures’ …”

The band recently went into the studio to record a new single and had the opportunity to work with a bit of a legend of the metal scene, John Mitchell, producer of the likes of Enter Shikari and Architects. “Going into the studio was great,” the band said. “The song was pretty different for us, both in terms of sound and in the writing process, which was started by our drummer, something that’s a first for us.” Something else that’s pretty different is the band’s self-curated Spotify playlist, showcasing some of the songs that have inspired them recently, and it’s not what you might expect. “Most people consider anything outside of rock and metal to be ‘guilty pleasures’ but I’d say most of us in this band listen to other genres as much as if not more than we collectively listen to metal, and I think that’s a really positive thing. If we only sourced our influences from a single sound, we’d run out of ideas remarkably quickly.”

Right now though, the band definitely aren’t running out of ideas, and have lots of exciting plans for the future. “Getting to as many points on the map is our major goal right now. Getting out to Europe is the next step…just keep moving forward and playing to as many people as possible.” We wish them the best of luck and can’t wait to hear what they put out next!

WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON

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