The Baskervilles: The Taste of Blood In My Mouth

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In an era when social media seems to dominate our everyday lives, relationships can sometimes become more difficult than ever before. We can become hooked on the Hollywood-fed drug that a relationship is meant to last forever, never fully realizing that this is an illusion or the inevitability that all relationships will end at some point. The conventional idea of conditional love is further perpetuated when feelings are hurt and hearts are broken if a relationship ends sooner than expected, whatever the cause may have been. The new single, ‘Blood In My Mouth’ from The Baskervilles, explores the emotional ramifications and psychological turmoil one may live with after such a relationship ends.

The Baskervilles are a 4-piece British Rock band hailing from Ipswich, Suffolk, and consisting of James Betts (vocals/guitar), Blair Ferguson (drums), Callum Ferguson (guitar), and Aaron Lamb (bass). According to the band, their name is an homage to the Sherlock Holmes novels, says James, “I always liked that what motivated Sherlock wasn’t some pious sense of right and wrong or catching the bad guy, it was a pure unfiltered obsession, a need to solve the puzzle. I’ve always felt that way about music, when I get an idea it’s not like I’m creating something it’s like I’m unearthing it, I get a clue or a glimmer of it and I get obsessed, teasing it out of wherever it was is the greatest feeling I’ve ever felt. I don’t do it because I think it’s my calling or because I’m particularly brilliant at it, I do it because I am absolutely compelled to.”

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On their origins as a band, they state, “Aaron and James had been playing in bands together for probably close to 10 years. But those bands had just run out of steam, as other members’ lives and work commitments pulled them away from the music. Blair and Callum were pretty much in the same position. James had a side project called ‘The Baskervilles’ already on the go and we all kind of found our own way into playing in that band. We ended up scrapping everything and starting again, and have done that a few times as we played around with our sound. But it finally feels like we’ve found the direction we want to be moving in.”

‘Blood In My Mouth’, which is out now, features their own blend of hard-hitting rock with raw energy, the syncopated grind of an 8-bit guitar and gravely vocals. Drawing from influences of The Amazons, Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, Two Door Cinema Club, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Biffy Clyro, they’ve spent the last 2 years working with award-winning producer Tom Donovan. With regards to their influences, the band adds, “Sometimes you have to listen hard to hear some of the more subtle influences, but that’s kind of the fun of it. Good or interesting production is something we all listen for in music and we quite often write with the production of a song in mind.”

When asked about the inspiration behind their new track, they reply, “It’s an experience of all of us at some point, in some way. In relationships, when you get something wrong, there’s no single grand gesture you can make like in the movies to put it right; it’s a long hard slog to regain the trust of the one you love, coupled with the haunting knowledge that if you screw it up, you’re forced to forever relive the mistakes you made, hearing echoes of all the things you shouldn’t have said, tasting the one you lost wherever you go, like blood in your mouth.”

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In asking the band, if there was a single message that you would want to put out there to make the world the kind place you aspire to live in, what would that message be? James responded with, “I wish people understood they’ll all die, and it isn’t that far off, and not just that, but not long after everyone that knew them will also die. If you’re my age, you can bet that in 150 years time your youngest grandchild will say your name for the last time, maybe just recalling an old memory, and then boom! No one ever says it again. It’s as if you never existed in the first place, and all you have is right now, so don’t switch lanes and then try cut in. You only have 80 or so years to not be a prick, so don’t waste it.”