MusicNotts Talks With… Pemphigoid


Meet Ash, Bill and Rich, otherwise known as Pemphigoid, the rock-metal trio who are oozing raw, primal energy upon the rock lovers of Nottingham, along with a serving of pure evil. Screamo voices that’ll make your hair stand on end. These guys have only been around for over a year but they’re already making a name for themselves on the band and festival circuit and have supported bands such as Warlord UK and Bloodshot Dawn. For your further listening pleasure listen to Necrolatry, Appetite for Murder and Bite Radius. What have you (and your eardrums) got to lose.

Who are you (band members)?

Ash Cotterill – Vocals / Guitar
Bill Richmond – Bass
Richard Mallatratt – Drums / Vocals

How did you get together?

It all began in mid-2016, when Rich (Drums) and Ash (Guitar and Vocals) first met in another local Death Metal band. They soon agreed that this project had a limited future, so they set out on their own. Their mission was a simple one; both desired a return to the Old School Death Metal sound of the late 80’s and early 90’s. PEMPHIGOID aimed for an emphasis on song writing over speed, and a prominence of brutality rather than technicality. Soon Bill joined the band on Bass Guitar, he shared this Old School ethos, and so the triumvirate was complete.

What influences your style of music?

Late 80’s / early 90’s Death Metal, Punk and Motorhead! We have a love of Old School horror flicks and the themes influence our lyrics greatly.

Describe Pemphigoid in five words

Flesh Rotting Death Metal Merchants.

On a scale of 1-10, how rock are you?

You’re gonna need a bigger boat!

Story behind band’s name?

The name of a rare autoimmune blistering skin disease, PEMPHIGOID was chosen as the band’s moniker. And this medical theme features prominently in the bands lyrics. Songs telling stories of disease, mental illness, surgery and various clinical institutionalised horrors…

Describe a Pemphigoid gig to the MusicNotts readers?

Mayhem, a cathartic metal maelstrom of peaceful violence.

Have you played in Nottingham/Nottinghamshire before?

Pemphigoid have played: The Chameleon, Tap and Tumbler, The Maze, The Doghouse in Nottingham and The Bowl in Mansfield. Returning to The Maze on 23rd June and The Chameleon on the 29th June.

Any venue you particularly enjoyed playing at?

Anytime, anyplace, anywhere!!

Have you played further afield yet?

Pemphigoid have played in Leeds and York, with gigs booked in Manchester and Birmingham in June.

Has your music been played on The Beat or any other radio station yet?

Pemphigoid’s music has been aired on quite a few metal podcasts but are yet to hit the radio.

Lastly where can fans listen to your music?

Pemphigoid put out ‘Where Compassion Comes To Die’ in March and it can be heard on Spotify, YouTube, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Reverbnation.

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Writer/Photographer/Columnist: 'MusicNotts Talks With...' With 7+ years of writing experience and 9+ years of photography under his belt Adam has contributed to numerous publications such as Tunes Trends & Threads and Nottingham Post in which he contributed numerous articles including the new music column One To Watch.