“Has it been a year already?” It’s easy to miss the time go by when you’re as busy as Fizzy Blood…
It’s true. It has been a whole year since Fizzy Blood released their frenetic video for ‘ADHD’ and what a whirlwind 2018 was for the Leeds boys. The video aimed to spread awareness and illustrate life through the eyes of their guitarist, Paul Howells, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This kicked the year off with a great start and they soon found themselves on tour with the now sadly disbanded Spring King.
The next month saw the release of a slightly darker track in the form of ‘CFO’ which received its first play from Radio 1’s Rock Show. This was the first single from their upcoming EP and marries bassy distortion with catchy, danceable melodies, sure to please fans on both sides of the spectrum. Not long after finishing their Spring King tour, Fizzy Blood embarked on their own headline tour, stopping off at Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, London and their first ever sold-out home town show. They also found time to perform a session for Bootleg Live along the way.
The five-piece reached a massive milestone in March as they accumulated an impressive 1 million streams on Spotify! Plus, they released a live version of their 2017 track ‘Haunted’ for Record Store Day.
Keeping up momentum, Fizzy Blood released their next adrenaline-fuelled single ‘Pink Magic’ in April which was premiered by Daniel P Carter on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Music Introducing. The track received a plethora of media attention including features from DIY, Kerrang! magazine, Huw Stephens and Annie Mac, and was also added to Deezer’s New School of Rock and Apple Music’s Hot New Tracks playlists. This placed the lads in great stead for the festival season which commenced at Keele University’s Karnage Festival.
Festival season was well underway in May and Fizzy Blood made the most of it, playing Live At Leeds, Hit the North, Hanwell Hootie and The Great Escape. They were also booked to play Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend and Dot to Dot Festival but sadly had to cancel due to a family emergency.
Despite that setback, the Leeds boys were soon back on stage performing in Wakefield in June and they were perked back up after ‘Pink Magic’ featured as the BBC Introducing Track of the Week! The video accompaniment for ‘Pink Magic’ was unveiled in July ahead of their appearance at Y Not Festival.
August was jam-packed with festivals for Fizzy Blood as they played at Boardmasters, the House of Vans London stage at Bestival, the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals and at Wilkestock Charity Music Festival.
Amongst the festival chaos, the band still managed to release their next single ‘Strangers’ which was given its world premiere by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Music Introducing. It was also Huw Stephens’ tune of the week on BBC Radio 1 and it soon received a 4K review from Kerrang! Magazine.
What a magical month September turned out to be as Fizzy Blood finally released their hotly anticipated third EP Pink Magic. Shorter than its predecessors but still bursting with energy, this EP showcases Fizzy Blood at their best. Following their EP release, the Leeds quintet went on to play another show in their home town at Brudenell Social Club as well as a gig at London’s Boston Music Rooms. While in London, the lads also performed some live sessions at Maida Vale for Radio 1’s Indie Show with Jack Saunders.
Towards the end of the year, Fizzy Blood were evidently winding down, but still managed to perform a live session for The APW in October as well as a couple of gigs in November: Hope Works, Sheffield with Drenge and The Seamonsters, and Off The Record music festival and conference.
This year, however, Fizzy Blood began as they mean to go on by playing a massive gig in Sheffield supporting Enter Shikari!
So how was the year for the Leeds boys? “Has it been a year already? Damn. Since the release of ADHD, we’ve released another EP entitled the Pink Magic EP. We’ve toured and played shows with some cool bands like Enter Shikari and the now late but great Spring King. Done two headline tours of our own where we had our first ever sold out hometown gig. We’ve also played pretty much all the festivals we had to miss out on in summer 2017 and have begun work on our next record. Busy bees.”