Sectarian Violence

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Who is Sectarian Violence?

On a superficial level we’re a handful of young and sometimes slightly older STRAIGHT EDGE kids that get a thrill out of fast and aggressive music packaged in one minute formats, share a common appreciation for Curb Your Enthusiasm, and can’t discuss football (the international type) without becoming enemies. On a deeper level we’re fighters and lovers. We’re also Andy, Tom, Patrick, Nick and myself, Staffan. Apart from this band we’re involved in some others (see below) as well as stuff like Carry the Weight Records and Law & Order fanzine.

Can you give a brief history of the band for us?
We met via tours shared between our other/previous bands and bookings shows for one another. We started off half joking about the band, but the fact that we could do it, and that we thought it could be a lot of fun, was enough reason to do it and see where it would lead us. Various fortunate circumstances plus a quite extensive network of friends and connections in Europe and North America that we’ve achieved via other hardcore endeavors made things happen quite fast, starting with Alex at Grave Mistake saying he wanted to release the first recording as an EP. Since then we’ve pretty much just let the thing unravel and tried to make the most out of it. It’s only just over a year since our first time meeting up in a studio in England to record what would become the Grave Mistake EP. Since then we’ve done a short tour in England, a longer tour through Europe, recorded and released a tape for that tour with six new songs, and I am writing this on the flight that is taking three of us over to Washington DC for the start of our first US tour.

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Is it hard to organise a band that is spread accross a number of countries and seperated by an ocean?
The only real problem is a matter of finance, since we can’t get enough money from tours to cover flight tickets. Other than that, I think many bands today work just like us discuss things online. We obviously can’t hang out a lot, but that only makes it the more fun when we do meet and tour. We’ve ll got bands at home too, as we’ll get back to. Without a doubt, the positive side of being in different countries heavily outweighs the negative. If we were a fully European band, there’s no way this US tour would have happened, at least not this quick. And Nick would probably have had a harder time book a European tour like the one we did in March/April, although it’s definitely easier for new/unknown American bands to make it over here than vice versa.

You’re a very politically charged straight edge band, can you elaborate on this?
Well we said when we planned the band that we wanted it to be one that would have something to say, and maybe turn some heads. I have no idea if we have succeeded in the latter, but I think Nick has done a great job in writing lyrics that span a wide range of important subjects. It’s also interesting to have a band like this come out with some sort of message (or a few) since we come from different political and cultural contexts that quite often clash, meaning we have different perspectives and ideas about how the world looks and/or should look.

Is keeping this message socially conscious the most important part for you as a straight edge band?

Well see, I don’t’ necessarily think any side of a band like ours needs to be more important than another. As I said in the first answer above, we love listening to, playing and performing fast hardcore punk. That, in itself, fills a purpose for us. But at least with this band, we also wanted to add another layer of, as you label it, “social consciousness” or whatever else it could be described as. I love a lot of bands that don’t really have any message to speak of, and sometimes even bands that I don’t agree much with, and I think such bands will find a spot in hardcore whatever anyone thinks about it. If there are too many bands that have fuck all to communicate of importance, then there will be kids that want to start bands like this one, and then again if there’s a feeling of too many or too politically strict bands in the scene, it will lead to a backlash as some bands will form some overly ignorant ones. I am not saying it in some completely determinist way, because as I said, it does boil down to kids reacting to what they don’t agree with, whether consciously or not.

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What are your thoughts on edge bands that cram the idea down peoples throats without much intelligent thought behind it?
I don’t think that I am in much position to say what band has given their lyrics and message a lot of intelligent thought or not. I also don’t think you need to have spent hours in the Straight Edge library trying to figure out the connections between what Ian MacKaye has said and what old Russian philosophers have written (I have, though), to be granted the permission to be forward (or “in your face”) with your message. As with my answer to the last question, Straight Edge is never going to be just Bloodpact, or The First Step, or Slapshot, or Raid. It’s going to involve all of it on varying levels. I think people who say they base selling out on Straight Edge on not being able to identify with what it has become are just looking for cheap excuses. Straight Edge was never just one thing, one current. All this said, I definitely love Straight Edge bands that are sort of overly outspoken about it, such as Ghost Ship on their full-length. Brilliant stuff! If someone has a problem with that, they should put it in the context of having advertisements and other forms of glorifications of alcohol and drugs all around us, or having to deal with drunk people, or all the suffering that alcohol consumption causes in both micro and macro level. That bullshit is forced down our throats every fucking time we leave our homes, and often even without having to even do that. People who cry over Straight Edge bands who turn the tables need to have some fucking perspective on things.

What do you think the straight edge lifestyle should involve?
Abstinence from alcohol and other forms of drugs (with exception for necessary and/or prescribed ones) and tobacco. I also think it should have a connection to hardcore punk. I am not saying German rap groups with facial tattoos aren’t allowed to represent Straight Edge if they want to. That’s cool. But we’re talking exceptions there. I once got a question during a q and a after a movie screening if it was okay to call oneself Straight Edge without having any affiliation to or liking of hardcore punk. My answer was a question back: why would you? This is a sub-culture that very specifically grew out of and set its root firmly in hardcore punk. What would be there attraction if you think the music is too noisy, or the shows too violent, or whatever else it could be?

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How long has each of you been edge?

I don’t know the exact numbers for everyone, but I have been Straight Edge for 18 years in 2012. The others all roam around the numbers of ten years, some more some less.

You’re all involved in other bands is that correct? How do you then find the time to give each project the attention it needs?
By not putting importance into a lot of things that other people build their lives around. And sometimes by sacrificing things that would have been cool.

For a band with so much distance between members, you seem to tour quite frequently, is this an important aspect of SV?
Definitely, I’d say it is the most important thing for us. To get out there and communicate via stage dives and talks over the merch table.

You’re just about to head off on your first US tour, looking forward to it?
That doesn’t even begin to describe what we feel. While Nick has done his best to make us not have too high expectations on the shows, just travelling around will be fun.

What can people expect from a SV live show?

A roughly 15 minute onslaught of hardcore punk, some short speeches, a lot of laughter.

How do you approach the writing process?

For most songs we have done so far, we’ve met up, rehearsed and then recorded directly. The first rehearsals we ever did without having the pressure to record new songs was right before the tour, and the first time doing the same when it comes to writing new material was during an off day in Warsaw, when Adam from Iron To Gold let us play in his studio. He gave us a discount because we rehearsed xCHORUSx cover. Amazing. What a good human being.

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Do you come together at a certain point to record, or is each component done seperately and then put together later?
So far we’ve recorded all instruments live in the studio in England and then Nick has done the vocals later in the US.

Are you working on any new material currently?
Yes. We are recording a 12” or LP in Baltimore during the tour. Grave Mistake will release it in the US and Carry the Weight in Europe. If things go well, it should be out before the end of the year.

What can people expect from a new Sectarian Violence release?

More of the same really. With an LP, there’ll surely be a couple of songs that might sneak their way up towards the two minute margin, but that’s fine.

Thank you very much for your time, any final thoughts?

Check out the other bands we’re involved in: Coke Bust, Final Rage, Wayfarer, Violent Reaction, Permanent, Inherit, Stay Hungry. Give these awesome European bands a shot: The Pack, Iron to Gold, Angers Curse, Anchor, Hårda Tider, Abolition, Agent Attitude, Beyond Pink, Daydream, Tales of Error, Last Dayz, Undergång, Obnoxious Youth, Death Token, Night Fever, Lose the Life, No Turning Back, For the Glory, Static Void, Unveil, Get Wise, Not Afraid, Blindside, Guilty and so on. Most of all listen to Atlas Losing Grip.

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Anchor

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I was lucky enough to meet this group of Swedish Vegans on the Perth leg of their Australia/ SE Asia tour earlier this year. This is a chat I had with them on a curb outside 208. There were some issues with the recording of the first half, so unfortunately there’s a bit missing, but it’s still a good chat. Enjoy.

Who is Anchor?

Claes – Vocals
Mattias – Guitar & Vocals
Ulf – Guitar & Vocals
Fredrik – Bass
Carl-Johan – Drums & Vocals

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You’ve got a lot of touring under your belt, is this an important aspect of Anchor?

Claes: It’s been the foundation of this band to have a touring band that’s into Animal Rights, I think those were the two things we really wanted to do. We wanted to get out on the road and we’ve been doing almost 350 shows in the past five years in the US, Australia, Europe, and South East Asia next week. It’s been the fundamental thing about this band to be out there.

Carl: We wanted to go to as many places as possible. All of us five guys give everything we have to this band, we lost jobs and girlfriends and stuff like that. I got dumped last week, and I probably could have saved the relationship if I was with my girlfriend, but this is what we do.

Claes: I think all of us have had a lot of sacrifices for this band and I think you have to sacrifice to make it go on, I mean we’ve had to switch some members because it just didn’t work for them to be on tour as much, but I think that the five of us now, it has become our lifestyles, and we build our lives around it. We’ve come so far with this band, that we realised that we have to try and help each other to make our lives work with the band, so we don’t lose our jobs every second tour, or lose our girlfriends.

Frederik: Also, I think Anchor is the kind of band that if we decided to not tour for a year, and just do other stuff, to maybe make some music elsewhere, I don’t think that would work for us, because since the start, we’ve been touring all the time. I think even the first tour was being booked before the first song was even written actually. Sounds like a bad idea, but it worked out.

Claes: We didn’t even have a second guitar or a bass when we first booked the European tour. 16 dates, full European tour, with Ritual. At that time, we were just talking about doing to band, and then we were just like, alright we’re going to do this for real now. Some of us had been in bands before this one, and kind of felt like we never did it as real as we wanted to.

Frederik: Also everyone in the band lives very far from each other, I mean, I live in Norway, I mean it’s only 4 hours away from Gothenburg, where we have our rehearsal room, but before that I lived 14 hours away for 4 and a half years of the band, I lived that far away, and Carl lived about 3 hours away and Claus lived in Stockholm which is 5 or 6 hours. So I think that if we didn’t tour, we wouldn’t do anything because it’s just too far to just rehearse every Wednesday. This band only kind of exists on tour, because we don’t get the time to rehearse, we mainly just write for the tour, which is what keeps the band together.

Claes: It became my lifestyle, this is the only way I know how to survive at home, when I know that in 2 or 3 months we’ll go on tour. I couldn’t think about going to work year in, year out. That would kill me.

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As a Vegan Straight Edge band, was it a big deal to release something through Catalyst?

Claes: Before we released it, it was a real big deal for us, because it was a big label from when we grew up, and most of the bands that have been on catalyst we really like, but I think it is really awesome to release with Catalyst because we are friends with Kurt, but other than that, he has a cool label, but we have been working with 8 or 9 other really cool labels. I mean of course he has a legacy with his label that’s really awesome to be a part of. I think when I look at it now, I’m really proud to be part or React! Records and Pee Records, Refuse Records, and Let it Burn. There’s so many that have done so much for us, Kurt is one of them, but not more than any other one I would say.

So how long have you been Vegan?

Claes: I’ve been vegan since 97, so I’m obviously super old, see can see that I am about 400 years old, old as fuck. When I was younger, I could count the months, like “I’ve been vegan for two months now, I’ve been vegan for 3 months, 2 years whoa!” now I’m like, “is it really that long?” It’s not fun anymore, it’s just proof that I’m older than everyone else, I hate it. These guys are at 10 years, a couple years, not that long.

What are the main animal rights issues you encounter in Sweden?

Claes: I think the fur industry is one of those battles that really is ongoing. We almost had that abolished, but we had a new government come in and they made another stance on it because we got a right wing government who simply pushed the progress of animal rights back about 20 years, which really sucks. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of everything bad they have done to our country, they’re fucking assholes, they only care about rich people. But the fur industry is definitely a debate that’s out there for everyone, not only animal rights activists, but it’s something people talk about. Also in the latest years, there’s been a lot of discussions about the meat industry because of the health issues of eating red meat, which is definitely something that’s on people’s lips. I’d say that vegetarianism and veganism is getting trendier and more accepted.

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What’s your opinion on “trend veganism”?

Claes: As long as you don’t eat animals, I don’t care for what reason. I hope that people stick to it, but if they don’t, and they don’t eat animals for two years, then that’s better than eating animals for 2 years. Even while you’re vegan or you’re vegetarian, someone else is going to bump into you, and that person is going to be influenced by you, even if you’re going to leave it behind in two years. That’s how it was for me, I met a guy when I was 15 years old, who was Vegan, and he influenced me to become vegetarian, and become vegan, and I met him a couple year later, and he didn’t care much about it anymore. I’ve been living like this for 16 years now. I think every time someone makes a step, it’s positive, and you know maybe you’re vegetarian now, and then you forget about it for whatever reason and then pick it up again when you’re 60. My mum went vegetarian when she was like 55, and she’s been doing it for 15 years. I think as far as veganism being trendier now, I think it’s a positive thing, because as long as it’s out there, it’s getting accepted.

Historically, most people would associate Sweden with a well-run government, in light of your comments above, can you explain a bit about the current political climate there?

Claes: I honestly must say, that even though we have a right wing government, that right wing government could have been a lot worse. The whole idea behind this government, is that they have been picking up a lot of the social democratic ideas, and they’re promoting themselves as a working class party. They do of course, compromise the rights of the working class, and they’re selling out everything that used to be owned by the state, but in the perspective of other right wing governments, it’s a left wing, right wing government. So it could have been a lot worse, I’d say that the leading party in our country, while the rest of the European right wing governments have become like really neo-liberal, they’re conservative in their ways, but they are really liberal in their economic basis, and Sweden is not like that, it is still pretty conservative in the economy. So even if our welfare is being sold out, it’s taking a lot more time, and there our right wing government does not accept the ideas of the extreme right wing ones that are ruling in a lot of countries in Europe. I think, in Norway it’s different, they have a Left wing government now.

Frederik: The Norwegian left wing government is doing kind of the same as the Swedish right wing, they’re moving a bit to the middle, from the other side. That party has been in power for many many years, and people want something different, so it feels like they are moving a bit towards what the people want, so if they want a right wing government, that party is going to move that way. It’s turning more and more into the middle. I think in the next election we will have a right wing government as well it looks like.

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Recovery has been out for about a year now, any new material on the horizon?

Carl: We’ve been having two days off here in Perth, and Mattias and Ulf, who plays guitar have been sitting and having idea for riffs for new songs, because it’s been 41 degrees, so it’s too warm to be outside, so we have to do something inside. I know they have a lot of ideas, we haven’t started to put it together into songs yet, but we will, some time.

Thank you very much for your time, any final thoughts?

Carl: It’s going to be an interesting time in South East Asia, there’s going to be a documentary. My best friend back home in Sweden, is educating himself to be a documentary film maker, and him and his friend will be meeting us in Kuala Lumpur and they will be joining us for 6 days. So they will be making a south east Asia tour documentary. So hopefully we won’t mess that up, and it might be released later this year if we’re lucky. You never know, everything in life just gets fucked up all the time.

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Wayfarer

 

Who is Wayfarer?

Wayfarer is myself, Pat & Tom who run Carry The Weight Records, Andy, and FRZA.

Can you give a brief history of the band?

Back in 2006, I started writing lyrics for a band that I wanted to sound like Integrity, but it wasn’t until summer 2008 that myself and Pat actually sat down and started making very rough demo recordings of the first couple of songs that would appear on the 12″. I chucked a lot of my original lyrics out for being too infantile and cliched, but kept the ones that had the Norse/Anglo-Saxon content, because it felt like I was doing something with a degree more originality there. We managed to complete a line-up in 2009, which is when the band effectively became active, and since then have released a 12″, a split 7″ with Rot In Hell, a 7″ picture disc, and a tape/book boxset, as well as a full European tour in 2010, and a tour of Scandinavia last summer.

How would you describe the Wayfarer sound?

Constantly evolving I guess. Obviously, the key influences at the start were Integ and Ringworm, so there’s always going to be a strong Clevo element to the band, and at our first full practice we all noted a shared love of Fall Of Efrafa, which is why the songs tend to be long, with protracted and elaborate build-ups. When we write we tend to look to other genres/sub-genres for inspiration though, and over the past few releases I’d say that 90s metalcore and black metal have modified the sound a bit, there’s more tremolo picking now, more double-kick and blast beats.

 

You draw alot of inspiration from Norse mythology and folklore, can you elaborate on this?

It basically comes from a childhood love of Tolkien, which in turn led me to read Old English poetry and the various Sagas and Eddas, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I try and re-read stuff in my collection on a fairly regular basis to try and look for stuff that I’ve missed, and from time to time I’ll come across something I haven’t read before. Then, with that I try and take the basic idea and run with it a bit, use certain concepts as analogies, even use Old English/Norse in the lyrics from time to time, and try and create something that’s both original and in the spirit of the medieval texts.

Would you consider yourselves a concept band?

Hahaha, whenever I think of concept bands, I think of power metal, stuff like Blind Guardian (who I love, by the way). I don’t think of Wayfarer in that vein really, more as a band where most of our output has an ongoing thematic link. I try not to use Norse/Anglo-Saxon content for the sake of it, and the ‘Letumus Cathari’ 7″ we did was about a crusade in South-Eastern France in the early 13th century, just to mix things up a bit. That was a concept record though, so make of that what you will, I guess.

 

What aspects of the Prose Edda and Nordic history appeals to you?

This is probably the hardest question I have to answer. I don’t think I can answer it simply, it’s been a part of my life for so long now that I don’t think I can put how I feel about it now into words. I think in the beginning, it was just that I loved the epic tales of heroes and their deeds, but now I feel like the figures in both literature and history reflect many qualities that I consider myself to have, or that I think are admirable. The fact that I study Medieval History at university helps too, I guess, it lets me try and hammer a career out of the stuff that I read for fun.

Do you draw influence from modern sociopolitical thoughts as well? If so, what issues do you cover?

We do, though we try hard to make Wayfarer an explicitly political band, the driving ideology behind it is deeply political. The analogies are there for people to interpret as they will, I don’t feel like I need to cram the meaning down people’s throats, but we make suggestions to people of which authors to read if they want to get an insight into our political/philosophical beliefs. For me, the most important element of our ideology is ecological, though we all individually have varying degrees of opinion over how/what can be done about how destructive human existence is to everything else. For my part at least, my world view has been heavily coloured by reading ‘Can Life Prevail?’ by Pentti Linkola, and I recommend all our listeners do the same. There’s also a great deal of philosophical content that we tried to elaborate on in the book we put out, thinkers like Friedrich Nietzsche and Helena Petrova Blavatsky influenced the pieces that Pat and I wrote for it. We try to steer clear of anthropocentric political views like socialism/capitalism/fascism/etc because we believe that these views only attempt to deal with the symptoms of the larger underlying problems of humanity, that is, overpopulation and death anxiety.

 

Who has inspired you musically?

Most importantly, Integrity, Ringworm and Fall Of Efrafa, though we draw constant inspiration from other bands like Day Of Suffering, Prayer For Cleansing, Darkthrone, Pulling Teeth, Catharsis, Disembodied and Tragedy.

I’ve noticed alot of clevo style hardcore bands coming out of Kent in the last few years, can you shed any light and why this is the case?

I’m not really sure to be honest, I guess I’ve seen it as more of a general UK trend that’s occurred, but has sort of died out now. I can’t really say that I’ve given many of them the time of day apart from Rot In Hell, The Break In and Unholy Majesty to be honest, it’s a style that tends to be lyrically and aesthetically stagnant with too much talk of Satan, Manson and inverted crosses daubed on everything to be particularly interesting to me. The aforementioned bands managed to navigate around these cliches, representing the Clevo sound in a much more interesting way.

Carry The Weight seem to be a pivotal part of UK hardcore at the moment, how have you found working with the label?

Having Pat and Tom in the band and running the label at the same time has made things easy for us as a band, we never really had any popularity or hype surrounding us at the start, and I don’t think any UK label would have touched our first record with a bargepole, as it would have been too expensive for them to risk on an unknown entity. I’m really grateful to Pat and Tom for all the work they’ve done with the band, it’s given us a massive leg-up. As far as the impact on UKHC, I think it’s fair to say CTW has taken over from where Dead & Gone left off, putting out solid releases from UK, Euro and US bands. I’d say that the CTW Fests have been the best all-day shows each year they’ve been on, and having been told just one element of what they have planned, this year is going to be even better. I’m just glad Wayfarer gets to be a part of it.

 

Are you working on any new material currently?

We’re in the final stages of sorting out a US label to release an upcoming 7″, followed shortly after by our first proper full-length, which we’re really excited about. I think we’ll get much more progress made on it over summer while Pat and I don’t have university commitments.

What can people expect to hear from a new Wayfarer release?

The 7″ will show off the 90s influences that were present on the tape released a few months ago, with shorter, harder songs that won’t appear on the full-length and a cover. The full-length will be much more diverse, with long instrumental sections and much more borrowing from other genres, while keeping its hardcore sensibilities.

How would you describe the Wayfarer live performance?

Rare, but always competent. Fortunately I have a bunch of great musicians backing me up, which has improved my confidence over the past couple of years, so I’d say that our set is consistently good from a technical point of view, and we try and give it everything whenever we play. The real variable is the crowd reaction more than anything else, sometimes people just stand with folded arms, sometimes we get people belting the shit out of each other, and I’m never able to call which it might be before we play. I like how unpredictable it is, and how sometimes people are caught completely off guard.

From Ashes Rise

 

Who is From Ashes Rise?

From Ashes Rise is:  Dave Atchison on drums, Derek Willman on bass, and John Wilkerson shares guitar and vocal duties with me, Brad Boatright.

Can you give us a brief history of the band?

Ah, the brief history question!  I’m terrible at summaries and have a tendency to be long winded, but here goes…  We started in Nashville, TN in January of 1997, recorded a demo soon after that, released a 7″ on Clean Plate records in ’98, a 7″ on Partners In Crime in ’99, then recorded a couple of LPs for Feral Ward while touring, which we did a lot.  Moved to Portland in late 2001, released a split LP with Victims, from Sweden, continued to tour, released Nightmares in 2003 on Jade Tree, kept touring, called it quits in 2005 for what turned out to just be a hiatus, started up again in 2009, played a few gigs, wrote some new stuff, and in January of 2012 recorded a new 7″ for Southern Lord Records.

 

Having formed in the late 90’s, how has the music scene changed in the last 15 or so years?

It’s really changed in a way that has been influenced by the rapid growth of technology and speed of communication.  The pool of influence for any band or musician has grown exponentially, and become much more accessible with the amount of information available to us.  Personally, I think it’s a great time for music itself.  I think the medium is in a period of transition, with CDs beginning to head toward the exit.  Tape-trading has been replaced with file sharing, and hopefully the tradition of supplementing this by maintaining a healthy level of vinyl production and consumption will continue.

What does From Ashes Rise stand for as a band?

Creativity, motivation, progress, and spirit.

What motivates you to keep writing and producing music of this nature?

It’s for the love of sound, the catharsis of playing this kind of music, and of writing our lyrics.  The feeling of standing in front of a cranked guitar amp.  We’re motivated by an infinite amount of experiences, both daily and cumulative- by what we see, read, hear, feel… by others who came before, and those who inspire us as contemporaries.

 

Trying to avoid a really bad pun, was it difficult to resurrect the band from it’s hiatus after 2005?

Not really, it just ended up being perfect timing since everyone was at a point where we could get together and focus more on the band.

Was this time away important for you to work on other projects?

Absolutely, not only important to work on other projects musically, but to work on other things in life in general.  I think From Ashes Rise is a better band because of the time off More energy with a wider pool of influences from life, and more fun in general.

Do you think it’s important for musicians in any genre to branch out and work in different projects?

I wouldn’t say it’s critical, but sometimes it can help funnel certain influences toward a particular project.  It’s especially helpful if someone is part of a musical endeavour that tends to be progressive and more artistic, but wants to do something purely derivative.

Did it feel good to get back on the road and into the studio as From Ashes Rise again?

Definitely.  We did a lot of touring, so I doubt we’ll do any major jaunts soon, but playing out of town shows feels great.  I’m a huge fan of being in a studio environment, so personally that’s probably the biggest milestone since the reformation. The studio felt great.

 

Are you working on any new material currently?

Yes, we’re currently in the slow process of writing songs for an LP.

What can people expect to hear from a new From Ashes Rise release?

More of the same, and more of the new. It’ll definitely be a progression from previous recordings, but retain who and what we are.

How would you describe a From Ashes Rise live performance?

We try to unleash as much energy as we can, and show as much of our passion for this music in our live sets.

Over the years, you’ve had the privelege of working with so many artists and labels, having recently released a 7″ on Southern Lord too. Does working with

so many talented and knowledgeable people help you with your own musical endeavours, namely Audioseige?

Absolutely, Playing music and being involved with music has led to so many amazing relationships over the years.

 

What motivated you to take that leap into running your own label?

It came out of the blue honestly, Audiosiege is my studio, and Rayny from Moshpit Tragedy asked me if I was into having an imprint label.  Since it’s download only, and I’m already busy about 28 hours out of the day, it’s a fairly easy thing to run.

Can you tell us what Audioseige is trying to achieve as a relatively new label?

Ten releases into it, the motivation has really been to spotlight many of the amazing bands that I’ve had the fortune to discover in working on music from an engineering standpoint.

In becoming an affiliate with Moshpit Tragedy, did the concept of only downloadable releases appeal to your own ambitions as a label?

Well it’s certainly easier for everyone!  I believe each release should have a physical counterpart, and each physical medium should have a portable counterpart.  When cassettes were the thing, you’d buy a pack of recordable tapes and copy your vinyl records so you could play ’em in the car. Then with CDs, the lines between portable and stationary mediums became a bit skewed.  My hope is that with the death of the CD we’ll see a big return to vinyl with download cards piggybacking them for portability.

 

Is it a bit easier to not have to deal with physical releases and all the hassles that can come with that logistically?

Absolutely.  Especially since I hate going to the post office.

What do you look for in new artists to release and support?

I look for originality, passion, and good spirits.

Who should we be keeping an eye out for at the moment?

Sarabante, Iron Cages, Seas Will Rise, Autarch, any of the bands on Audiosiege Media honestly! hehe…

Thank you very much for your time, any final thoughts?

Thanks for the patience in waiting for my ultra late responses!  Unleash!

 

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