DARKTHRONE

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Hello, can you please introduce yourself, and give a history of Darkthrone according to Fenriz?

Since I first started getting interviewed by the global metal underground in 88, I felt that one of the most important parts of the interviews was namedropping other bands. I also like one way communication. Like when I was little and moved to a block of flats in Kolbotn, I liked to play “dreamer” with Uriah Heep so my neighbours could hear what kinda music was ME – and that was enough for me. Didn’t have to talk to them. Very much the same as I ended up doing in my BAND OF THE WEEK blog. I don’t write much about the bands either, I  basically just spread the link, let the music do the talking. Aside from that, I must be one of the most interviewed people in the underground while I really only wanna listen to music. The funny thing is no matter how many interviews I do, the same questions still emerges. At first this surprised me, but after contemplating this on and off for years, I realized as much as I like for instance SACRILEGE or BOLT THROWER, if I decided to interview them, I’d ask the same questions THEY have probably always been asked as well. Why? Because I always let the music do the talking and didn’t read any interviews and also – to let the band be free to start with a “clean slate”, like every interview could be a restart/rebirth. Now, that’s the viewpoint of the journalist. They might have forgotten that BIRTH is an exhausting thing and most people just wanna get on with their lives after THAT starting point, HAHAHAHA. Apart from that I was born in 1971 and got my first rock album THE DOORS Morrison hotel in 1973 and then in 1974 URIAH HEEP, EASY RIDER SOUNDTRACK, GRAND FUNK etc. the years in music that shaped me the most was and is the 25 years of 1963-1988.

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How would you describe Darkthrone’s progression musically over the past 25 years, and what is your secret to this longevity?

The secret is that I care about metal and music more than a lot of others that just wasn’t cut out for it. I was born to be me and a maniac metalhead forever rasing the flag of the global (or now, BLOGAL haha) metal underground. The secret to darkthrone’s longevity is probably NOT playing live. Playing live a lot kills most bands or configurations of band members.

Our musical REGRESSION is known and most interesting, as we were the one black metal band that could already play very technical death metal but instead wanted to play primitive black metal style. Unfortunately many others started out without skills and then PROGRESSED black metal and destroyed it. black metal is best in primitive rawness – nothing can beat ANNA DOMINI by TORMENTOR in my ears, for instance. If you don’t understand that that release is the essence of BM you got another thing coming (to quote priest)

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Who would you say were your major influences in the early days?

CELTIC FROST and CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER were the reasons I dared starting a band in xmas 1986. Celtic frost rather simple riffs but GENIOUS, cryptic slaughter very sloppy. I was also spurred on by 1st slayer album show no mercy. Unfortunately my first demos sounded nothing like these bands. I was always rather bad at copying, but it’s good too as everyone steals but when I do it it often just gets the darkthrone sound. Whatever that is. It’s what people say, atleast. When Ted and me met we remember (we talked about this on a walk around KOLBOTN before the Bunker festival this year) talking a lot about the ORION track by metallica, and I still say that after 86 was over everyone copied reign in blood and not this epic thrash style by metallica and I think that was and Is a shame. So our first song together was 1988’s SNOWFALL, one of our all time fave tracks by darkthrone. A long epic thrash/metal punk in vein of 86 English Dogs style and metallica. Well, atleast we tried.

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Have these influences changed in recent times, and therefore evolved the Darkthrone sound?

Only mongoloids listen to the same shit constantly, like they wanna have only 50 albums or something. I always see some people in interviews saying they are trying to decimate their record collection like they are killing their darlings and making a personal sacrifice or somethi ng. NOT MY KIND OF PEOPLE. Well, I liked agent steel for 20 years before daring to start playing that style myself, I don’t call that a WHIM exactly. But I am immersed in that style these days, along with all the other music (I am a dj and a compilation maker and ofcourse we are dealing with ECLECTISM here).

About Ted that makes half the songs, I don’t know his influences. But our new album is again a product of all the styles we’ve ever played, it’s not that we TRY to be versatile or anything, it’s just when we have been listening to heavy metal styles since we were born in the 70s, and we just follow our hearts, the style is bound to be a bit special and pointing in all directions because we are FREE and FREESTYLING METAL at this point, we certainly haven’t chosen one style or one year to worship.

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You’ve been very open about your eclectic music tastes, has it been important then to work in side projects, such as Neptune Towers, in order to channel these interests away from the Darkthrone sound?

Ah, EXACTLY. Yeah, I gotta air out my tastes instead of them SEEPING into the metal and destroying our metal.i can’t believe more people don’t do this. I heard plenty of bands trying to “DO SOMETHING NEW” and destroying metal instead (Hi PAIN!) – but let me tell you what: EVELUTION IS FOR APES (quote Joel from ENTRENCH).

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Can you describe the atmosphere surrounding the uprise of Black Metal in Norway in the early 90’s, and do you feel like the exclusivity, and underground nature of black metal has somewhat been lost now?

It was lost in 93 94 to me, when people didn’t collectively do the 80s style from the 80s band but instead copying the bands that copied the 80s. I was too personally involved and I could only deal with the one way – the 80s past. And so I like only the bands close the the 80s style but AGAIN with many exceptions. Most importantly I believe black metal was always a global thing, to usa to brazil to Switzerland to Sweden etc etc, and when I coined the phrase true Norwegian black metal it was very much just pointing out where we came from – not that the STYLE of under a funeral moon was anything typically Norwegian (it wasn’t) but our album covers were special and the whole take on Satanism and black metal we had discussed quite a bit with our fellow nation cohorts so this got blown out of proportion. Luckily or unluckily, one could say.

Anyway, there are still many bands each year that give the same bm feel as the ones I encountered through the 80s up to the point of 1991 when we started playing it ourselves. And as usual it’s a global thing, no special countries or anything. The biggest problem was the digital way of studios, up till 91 ALL bm releases were sounding raw and harsh, and suddenly throughout the 90s and 00s studio people have lured bands into clicky bass drums and compressed dorky sound that takes bm as far away from ANNA DOMINI as possible. A GRAVE mistake!!!

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How do you approach the writing process, and get the inspiration to so frequently releasing new material?

We only gotta write 3-5 songs each to make and album. For the first time I scrap material, since our days of heavy metal began again in 2005. As we have no rush for time, there isn’t an approach, it’s just MAY IT ALL COME EASY. I used like 2 years on the song VALKYRIE from start to finished recording this time. But that’s not normal. But it’s like this, we’ve recorded in all ways possible since the start, and songs have come in all ways. 2 year period like I just said, or songs that fall into place in 15 minutes. And all those in between things, where I have a refrain or verse or mid part, and I lack the others and I just wait it out. I don’t know how Ted makes anything. I also always wrote lyrics first before. And now I do the opposite of that. Ch ch changes.

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What lies ahead for Darkthrone, and what could we be hearing in the future?

I thought we were heading for sounding like Saxon in 1980 but now Ted said he made some black metal and I made some more heavy metal again so as usual there are no plans, since 2005 we make a song each and go to the studio when we can – and that was all she wrote.

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Young And In The Way

I started listening to Young And In The Way a while ago now, it’s a strange name I know, but these are some strange guys making awesome music. It’s really bad to say, but I have completely ignored bands in the past just because of a shitty name, but with so many bands in existence these days, can you blame me? Anyway, every band deserves to have their music be their sole judgement point, and I’m glad I made that effort, because I was immediately drawn in by the atmosphere the band was able to generate in their music, as well as drawing their influences heavily from many of the bands that are a staple in my musical diet from Mayhem to Neurosis. Now the interview is somewhat brief, to say the least. It’s kind of a bummer, because I really wanted to get an insight into the minds of these guys, but at the same time, I was pretty much expecting it to turn out like this, very vague, very mysterious, and it somewhat makes me like the band even more. So my advice would be, just go and listen to the band, you can get their records from A389 and Antithetic Records, as well as a few other labels, or just download it and make up your own mind.

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Who is Young And In The Way?

Four like-minded individuals.

Can you give a brief history of the band?

No.

Can you explain the content of YAITW’s music?

No.

Who have your greatest influences been, musically and culturally?

We would rather not discuss this

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There looks to be a large visual aspect to the band, can you explain this?

I’m not sure what there is to explain or how to explain it but we would rather people take away what they will concerning any visual aspect.

Can you describe a YAITW live experience?

This goes back to the visual aspect. People experience and react to us live in different ways. To get an accurate take on what we are like live you would need to ask a person who has been in attendance. On stage, it is a violent worship of the dark.

How do you transmit the mood and depth of recording into the live format?

I wouldn’t say this is something we attempt to do. Recording a YAITW record is a completely different process than performing live. Recording and the live format are like two parallel universes for us as they contain similar structures but always have different outcomes.

 

Can you explain the concept behind the video for “the gathering”?

You would need to speak to John at 93 Million Miles. He is a brilliant director and cinematographer and you would be privileged to speak to him about his work

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Does the barren nature of this landscape reflect the mood and sound of YAITW?

I think that based on the eye of the beholder. However, I would say North Carolina (USA) Winters do have an impact on our sound and mood.

How do you approach the writing process?

With four open minds exploring all possibilities.

Are you working on any new material now?

We are always working on something new.

You seem to be releasing new songs pretty friendly, does this attribute to this process?

The writing process and release process are also two very different things. We write freely and continuously. We record when our material has seen the appropriate amount of preparation. We release whenever we feel the material has reached a final stage.

What will new YAITW sound like?

Like we turned out the lights in heaven and opened the gates to a starving pack of wolves.

What lies ahead for YAITW?

We are preparing to release a split 7″ with Withdrawal (A389 Recordings), a split 7″ with Moral Void (Antithetic Records) and we are currently working on a new LP to see a release in early 2013 (A389 Recordings).

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Driven Fear

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Who is Driven Fear?

We’re just 5 dudes that enjoy punk rock and hardcore.

How long have you been a band?

We started playing together early high school, which was 2000. Just a young bunch of dudes jamming in a garage and playing local events and school parties. Df came about at the end of 04′ and that was when we decided to take more of a serious approach. We tracked a demo and yeah.. the rest is history. 8 years later and here we are.

What motivated you to start a band of this nature?

The music and bands we listened to. We all grew up on 90’s fat wreck punk rock, then as we got older the hardcore side of things made its way in. So yeah I guess being influenced by political and socially aware bands definitely gave us the drive to start Df.

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You’ve actually been together for quite some time now, what would you say is the key to your longevity?

Just the fact that we’re good mates. Df was never started in order to make it big and get hyped. We’re just dudes that enjoy what we do and if people listen and like, well then thats a bonus. It’s the weekly hang and practice that keep this band going. As individuals we need to get together weekly and write, cos’ it keeps us sane. Sure that may sound cliche or whatever, but its true man. With out that outlet, we’d just be 5 normal Paul’s working mon-fri and saving money for shit we don’t need. Over the years we’ve experienced times we never thought possible and we’ve made loads of new friends through touring and recording and I guess it’s those opportunities that keep Df afloat.

Can you highlight some of your key influences musically and culturally?

We all have slightly different individual tastes, but as a whole, it was bands like Good Riddance, Strung Out, Rise Against, Comeback Kid, Raised Fist, AFI and The Offspring  that pulled us into what we do. Outside of punk/hardcore, you’ll find us listening to anything from Blues to Metal to Hip Hop to Funk. It’s good to have a wide range of tastes, it gives you that little edge when sitting down and writing.

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What message do you try to project, and what do you stand for as people?

We like to write about loads of different topics, a lot them being very socially aware. Writing lyrics that kids will read and (hopefully) relate to. We try to keep our messages positive and educational. We enjoy the idea that someone may read our lyrics and learn from them. Why intentionally write something bland and boring? As for what we stand for, it’s equality more than anything. Treat people as you would like to be. There is no room for racism, violence or any of that bullshit. The hardcore scene is (was) meant to be a place for people to bring their indifferences, not a place to be judged and shunned. Talk to strangers and get to know one another. Shit, these days kids only know one another by their usernames and profile pictures. The traditional act of ‘speech’ is out the window. It’s as if people are too scared to communicate, yet they’ll comment on threads and put their two cents in everywhere online while they’re hidden behind a keyboard. It’s annoying.

Your new record, “Contender” came out last year, how has this been received so far?

We’re stoked with the feedback we’ve received so far. Pete Pee forwards us reviews on the regular. They come from all sorts of blogs and zines from all over the world, and ‘touch wood’ they’ve been cool so far. We invested a lot of time and effort into ‘Contender’ and there is nothing better than hearing positive feedback. Thank you to the people that have let us know they dig what we do. Nothing keeps a bands attitude high more than good feedback. If you hear something you like, tell the band. Let em know you’re into it. It’s what keeps em’ going.

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Are you working on any new material right now?

We are. We’re recording 3 new tracks at the moment for a possible 7″. Writing for the next full length is underway, but a few of our members are going to be travelling for a couple months, so we figured a 7″ would be a cool stepping stone between records. I guess keep an eye out online for more details when we have em.

What will new Driven Fear sound like?

A little bit different, but still fast and still heavy.

Can you describe the Driven Fear live show?

Not really hahaha, I don’t get to see us play too often. I guess it all depends on the energy of the crowd. We’ve played shows to crossed arms before, and I can tell you we were just as bored as they looked. However when someone is really enjoying themselves, we tend to do the same and it shows.

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You recently completed your first West Coast tour, how did you find this to be?

Awesome. We were lucky enough to jump on the Antagonist AD shows which was really cool. Everyone we met was great and the shows all ruled. A big thank you to Mossy and the Vanity crew for putting us up and showing us a good time.

What bands from your area should we be keeping an eye out for?

Qld bands to keep an eye on would be Vile Eye, Promises, Against, Thick Skin, Deadlift, Headaches, Army Of Champions, Ghost Town, Satellite Years, Brazen, Strength Through Purity, Survival, The Final Fall, Nuclear Summer, The Fevered, Marathon, Trust and Fall, Milestones and Deciever. From punk rock to metal. All said bands are currently active and worth a look in.

What lies in the future for Driven Fear?

A new release, some more shows and yeah, good times. Our goal at the moment is to get another full length out and try to jump on a national tour. I guess we’ll just see how it all pans out.

Thanks heaps for your time, any final thoughts?

Be good to ya’ mother.

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Worst Possible Outcome

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Who is Worst Possible Outcome?

WPO- Relentless Hardcore Punk from the most isolated city on earth. Members are Adzy (me)- Vocals, Mitch – Guitar/Vocals, Dwyer- Guitar/Vocals, Toddy – Bass, and Shaun – Drums

You haven’t been a band for that long really, can you give a brief history of WPO?

Well originally i decided i wanted to put together a band like this about 2 years ago, me and Toddy jammed with a lot of different people in early 2011 but nothing really Jelled so we kind of put the idea on the shelf. Toddy went off to do one of his other bands and i was left kind of holding my hat in my hands. Lots of people were interested in forming bands but it seemed like everyone wanted to play more progressive hardcore with millions of effects pedals and jangly guitars or play music exactly like all the flavor of the month bands, which is great don’t get me wrong but it’s just not what i want to do.

I was actually getting really frustrated but then i caught up with Shaun Edge (From the Ruins, Born into Suffering etc.) who i hadn’t seen for years at Ringworm/Mindsnare. He kicked me in the face a few times in the pit and then i called him up a few weeks later and told him about my idea for the band, from the get go he seemed to understand exactly where i was coming from and we agreed to give it a go.

We tried out a few guitarists and ended up with Dwyer. We then brought in Mitch to play Bass originally, but after seeing he had some decent chops we told him he was now our lead guitarist. This now left us with an opening for Bass player so after trying out a few different guys we brought in Toddy and Worst.Possible.Outcome was born.

This whole process took about 6 months and during this time despite not having a steady lineup we managed to write most of the set we play now, plus a lot of other ideas we put on the shelf for later. We recorded a Demo and some tracks for a 7″ in early June and played our first gig at the end of that month. Since then we’ve been playing a steady rate of good shows with pretty solid lineups. Whilst being careful not to overdo it. We’d rather play once or twice a month and have 100 people turn up than twice a week and have 10 turn up.

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What did you set out to achieve when forming the band?

Me personally, i suppose i wanted to form a band that was a fitting nod of the head to the music of my youth whilst still being relevant in todays “Scene” (i don’t really like using that word but you get what i mean) and bringing something new to the game. I didn’t just want to be a tribute band and sound exactly like some band that was huge in the late 80’s or early 90’s cause that would just be a bit of a cop out/ novelty act. But i did want to fly the flag for all those great bands that i fear are being forgotten about by a lot of younger bands these days. And i mean you can’t really blame them, a lot of them weren’t even born then and if they were very very young so you can’t expect them to have a strong knowledge of Old School Hardcore. I mean I’m 30 and Toddy’s 32 and Shaun is 34 and even we weren’t actively involved in punk and HC in its golden era. But we were lucky enough to all grow up with guys a little bit older than us who turned us onto some great stuff.

*Kids note, this was in a wonderful time before the Interwebs, mail order mix tapes reigned supreme!

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How would you describe the WPO sound?

To me it’s hard to nail it down exactly because we are really conscious to avoid sounding like any other bands, i supposed to put it in words i would say “Pissed Off, Aggressive, Working Class, 1988”

Who would you say are your major influences to date?

Vocally i would say Toe To Toe, Early SOIA, Warzone and Bones Brigade. As far as we are concerned as a whole Judge is a pretty big one, Minor Threat and Suicidals. We all like pretty different kinds of bands so narrowing it down gets difficult. But those bands listed are a good start. Although it should be noted that we probably don’t sound anything like those bands specifically.

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What motivate you as people to do what you do?

Well you’ve gotta do something don’t you, I’m shit at football and punk rock was my friend from a young age so as soon as I was old enough I started playing in bands. I’ve always done a lot of writing even before that so for me it’s always been about getting my thoughts from paper to music. I wouldn’t really call myself a musician or anything. Front man and Vocalist/lyricist but not a musician.  As for the other guys they are genuinely talented people who enjoy playing music. They would be at home playing guitar or drums or whatever in their bedrooms if they weren’t doing it live.

Can you describe the lyrical content of WPO and what it is you’re trying to express?

As varied as the lyrical content in our songs are I think the underlying msg would be to not just blindly except your fate and the hand that society has dealt you. Think about shit; think about your place in the world and where you want to be.

Don’t be swayed by the media or peer pressure. Don’t just like a certain band or Artist or idea just because the Media or all your fucking Facebook friends tell you to.

And on the other end of the spectrum don’t just be appose something just because everyone else around you is doing the same.

Ask questions, read stuff, use Google, know exactly WHY you love or hate something so much.  If something pisses you off use your brain and figure out if there is anything you can do as an individual to change it, and it might be nearly impossible to change it or the world but one thing you CAN change is your attitude.

DON’T BE AN IGNORANT FUCK.

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What are your thoughts on the Perth hardcore scene these days?

 

Well if you’re asking about these days as oppose to ten years ago I think things are certainly a lot different now.  I think in general hardcore is more accessible now than it was before. This in turn makes it a lot more popular so more people start getting involved, going to shows, starting bands etc. When things like this happen and a lot more people are put into the mix you get a certain amount of dilution and suddenly people who once held the scene very dear and knew everybody/went to every show without fail start to get disillusioned because it doesn’t feel like the same tight knit family it once did or they don’t like the way things have changed and for some reason or another they no longer are an active part of the scene. Likewise with huge amounts of bands around now (bands as a whole hardcore/metal core/ metal/grind/power violence) people suddenly have more choice and only go see certain bands, where once if there was any kind of hardcore show on they would be there because it was reasonably rare event.  Also due to the fact that anyone with an Internet connection now has access to nearly every song ever recorded means that people can get there hardcore fix at home or on their iPod where once upon a time for a band to even have a recording out was a big deal and you actually had to go to their show to get it. I think the hardcore scene has always been about a community as well, before social media shows were a way for people to make new friends and see their mates they hadn’t seen all week. Now people catch up on Death Book or MSN or whatever so they don’t need to go out to stay in the loop.

 

All these are not negative points though, it’s just how things change and I’m sure this is the same all around the world.

To focus on the positive I think there is a massive amount of talent in Perth,  younger bands are really good straight off the mark, constantly raising the bar musically, there are also lot more accessible venues than there have been in the past making it easier to put on shows etc.  I’ve noticed there are also a lot more small promoters out there putting on shows/tours etc. which always keeps things ticking along and sparking new interest and makes it easier for new bands to get a start. And the fact that we are so isolated from the rest of Australia and a much smaller city does on occasion work in our favor because as a whole, Perth Hardcore bands have to work together to keep the scene alive. Unity in full effect!

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What do you think should be the most important factor of a community such as this?

Just support each other, Don’t back stab, no bitching, no egos, help out other bands, if a touring band needs gear lend it to them, if a band you’ve never heard of comes on tour consider checking em out cause Perth is a fucking long way from anywhere else. You’d be surprised what people remember and one day they’ll return the favor.

Are you working on any new material at the moment?

Were currently writing for another 7”, we’ve got a split 7” with Mouthguard coming out in December and we want to follow that up with a 7” EP in the first half of next year and get to the east coast.  We’ve already had a few offers to tour but we want to take a solid release with us and show Australia how it’s done.

What can we expect from new Worst Possible Outcome?

The stuff we are writing seems to be getting Faster, Heavier and more Violent. We’ve still got the same sound and same vibe but the more we write the more our sound seems to be progressing. It’s probably going to fall into the basket of being too punk to be hardcore and too hardcore to be punk.  But that’s fine by us, we’re all grownups and doing this as much for us as anybody else so as long as we like were happy. And the few other people that have heard the stuff we are working on seem to like it too.

Can you describe the WPO live experience?

The short answer, about 14 minutes of raw, in your face aggression. And I say in your face because that’s exactly where I’ll be. I’m not really a fan of staying on stage when we play.

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Any shows coming up in October/November we should check out?

Yeah in October we have a few shows with our mates Tikdoff to launch our split demo reissue that we’ve just had pressed to Cassette. Fri 12th Oct @ Civic and an AA show @ Stream on Sat 20th. Then we are taking November off before out split 7” launch shows when Mouthguard come over from QLD in December.

Thanks for your time, any final words?

I’d just like to give big props to all the old Perth punk and Hardcore bands that paved the road for us. PC Thug, Negative Reply, Boredom, Mutt, AIDS, Rupture,  and anyone else who ever played at the Grosvenor back room.

 

 

 

Eris

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Who is Eris?

Kalem- vocals, Charlotte- bass, Luke- drums & Martine- guitar

Can you give a brief history of the band’s short existence?

We’ve been together for about 12 months and have only played a handful of gigs around Perth.

What motivated you to start a band of this nature?

We wanted to play in a band together and we all enjoy the same music. When we started we had a round about idea of what we wanted to play but it’s all been pretty organic

Does the name Eris, being the Greek god of chaos, reflect the style of music you play?

We didn’t set to choose a name that would represent the style of music we play, rather we were looking for a name that wasn’t aggressive and Eris came up. We liked the duality of the Greek character and that it represented destruction as well as renewal.

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Who would you say your major influences have been?

When we write music we’re inspired by plenty of genres; anything from doom to d-beat, black metal, post-hardcore and even folk. Everything from A to Zebra 🙂

Can you explain the content of Eris’ lyrics and image?

Any imagery for Eris is driven by our sound and our personal taste. Lyrically we write about our response to our surroundings which usually turn out to be scathing, blunt messages that push for change

How do you approach the writing process?

One of us will bring in a riff or a song and then we pull it apart or build on it together until we’re all happy with the outcome

What did you set out to achieve with your first EP?

Something that we could be happy with and something that our friends could enjoy

What lies ahead for Eris?

We have plans to play outside of Perth in the near future and to record an LP at the end of the year

Thanks you for your time, any final thoughts?

Thanks for the interview. Mike’s a good guy.

The Hunt

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Who is The Hunt?

The Hunt is Adam on Guitar, Zaheer on Guitar, Dan on Bass, Oli on Drums and me (Troy) on Vocals. We are a Band from Perth, Western Australia.

Can you give a brief run down of the history of the band?

The Hunt started in early 2010 when the band I was doing vocals in at the time had started to come to an end. Danny and I had often talked about the idea of doing something together, separately Luke and I had a similar discussion. Luke knew Oli, who I didn’t know very well at the time. Adam and I are old friends, being in bands together before The Hunt. Danny and I had originally asked a friend of ours to play Bass, but he changed his mind before our first rehearsal. I asked Adam to fill in for the first Jam, and he decided to stay, which was rad.

The Original line up was Danny on Guitar, Luke on Guitar, Adam on Bass, Oli on Drums and me on Vocals. We played some shows and recorded a Demo Tape with our friend Micky at the end of 2010. We did not play many shows after recorded as band members all had “real life” shit happening at one time or another. We recorded a LP with Al at Bergerk! Recording Studios, which was finished in late 2011. We played one more show with this line up at the Pen in December 2011. Not long after we played the last show Danny left The Hunt to pursue other musical projects, and then a few months later Luke also left.

We asked our mutual friend Dan to play Bass as Adam was going to now play Guitar. I was overseas for 3 months in mid 2012, when I returned it was apparent we still all wanted another Guitar, so we asked Zaheer to join. This is our current lineup. The Hunt recently played 2 shows (Ten Minute Fest and Drowning Horse LP Launch@Dream).

What was your main motivation to start this project?

The fact there were no bands in Perth playing a similar style at the time was a motivator for me personally, as it was for some of the other guys. More importantly, all of us were listening to a lot of music that inspired us to play, and somewhere in the overlap of all our combined musical tastes was what The Hunt became.

How would you describe what The Hunt sounds like?
Its pretty accurate describe us as being a heavy D-Beat band that has Punk, Hardcore and Metal influences. That is a pretty vague description, but yet somewhat apt. Being in The Hunt, I find it hard to sit outside the band and hear us like someone else would. We have been described by others as sounding mournful, crushing, angry and unrelenting.

Who would you say have been your major musical influences on this band?
Skitsystem, Tragedy, Fall of Efrafa, Martyrdod and so many bands that are both related and unrelated to what we sound like. I am influenced in some way by every band I have ever put on repeat.

Can you elaborate on the content of your songs? (lyrics etc.)
We have written about topics such as Warfare for profit, Australias disregard for its Indigeonous Peoples welfare, Debt as slavery.. but there have always been more misanthropic songs that are about despair, depression, self loathing and profound sadness. None of our songs offer any answers, they are just observations from a point of view. A point of view that seemed important enough to write about at the time. We rarely have printed lyrics in the past. I actually like it in some cases if a band has no lyrics available, it is kind of a layer of abstraction over the Vocals and makes it into more of an instrument. That being said I have a lot of words I want to put out there so people understand what The Hunt is about, so I expect we will have lyrics available in any future releases.

What is going through your mind when you are playing live?

I get lost in the music of each song, in some way reliving the emotions I felt when writing the lyrics. As best I know how, I try to be honest and just do vocals, don’t over think it and just do the song as best I can.

How do you approach the writing process?
One of the us will have a riff or an idea for a song or something closer to a complete song. Some songs come together almost instantly, but others take a while, so we always have quite a few songs in the rotation. Usually I am dicking around with ideas for vocals and have scribbled some illegible words on a scrap of paper somewhere.

What have you released so far?

We released a Self Titled Demo Tape in 2011, limited to a handful of copies. We recently released the Shrine EP, which is a reissue of the Demo Tape on CD and the track Shrine from the as yet unreleased LP we recorded in 2011.

Are you currently working on new material?
We are working on new material and its coming together really well. We played 2 new songs at our last 2 shows, and should have some more for our next show.

What can we expect from these new songs?

Our sound is definitely evolving, but we are still the same band. The newer stuff is still heavy and dark, if anything more so than before. We will always sound like The Hunt in some way.

What lies in the near future for The Hunt?
We have a show on the 13th of October at The Den for the Eris EP Launch. Other bands playing are Helta Skelta, Grief Contest and Mt. Mtn. Besides this, we will continue to write new material.

Thanks heaps for your time, any final thoughts?

Thanks for having me. The Demo Tape is available for free download at our Band Camp http://the-hunt.bandcamp.com. Check out Eris, http://eriseris.bandcamp.com/  and come to their EP launch.

 

Carry the Weight Records

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Who runs Carry The Weight records?

CTW is run by myself (Pat) and Tomas

Where are you located?

SOUTH COAST UK

How long have you been running the label?

We have been running it since 2009. Wow, time flies by.

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What inspired you to start your own label?

At the time, Dead & Gone Records (which was THE hardcore label in the UK) was winding down. We didn’t see anything going on at the time that could fill the void so we started CTW to help maintain the type of hardcore we wanted to see in the UK. Tomas and I also had a band called Never Again and CTW was a useful tool to release our own records through.

Are you involved with your own musical projects as well as the label?

Yes indeed. I currently play in Sectarian Violence (early 80’s sxe hardcore punk), Inherit (NYHC crossover), Wayfarer (90’s clevo/metallic hardcore) and Final Rage (Right Brigade/No Warning kinda vibe). Tomas also plays in Wayfarer and another band called Hang the Bastard (Metal/Sludge).

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What do you look for in a CTW band?

A band full of good/honest dudes who know the genre well and are doing it for the right reasons. From a more practical perspective, it helps A LOT when a band is pro-active and plays/tours often due to how expensive it is to press vinyl these days.

How do you feel about the current trend of hardcore bands in the UK/Europe?

I think it is better now than it has been for a good few years, definitely in the UK anyway. It used to be the case that promoters would have to rely on a big touring American band to get kids through the door. But more and more now we see UK bands drawing in the most people and smashing it. Its really great to see and extremely positive.

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Has the annual Carry The Weight fest been an important part of CTW?

Of course! Both fests we have done previously have been a great success and really help spread the word about the label. It gets better every year so I look forward to doing as many as possible.

What motivates you to keep putting out records and getting new bands out to the world?

Probably the fact that this subculture means a lot to us and has given so much. The ‘outside’ world gets darker and darker and I want no part of it.

Do you have any releases coming out soon we should check out?

Yeah for sure: Mind Trap 7″, Final Rage 12″, Abyss 7″ and the Sectarian Violence LP are highly recommended. Will all be out by the end of the year.

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What up and coming bands should everyone check out and why?

THE FLEX. Listen and you will understand why.

What do you see in the near future for Carry The Weight records?

Just to keep putting out records from bands we think are awesome. Having the annual fest and working with some more bands from overseas.

Thanks very much for your time, any final words of wisdom?

Thanks for your interest in the label and for doing the interview! Shout out to my boy Peach who just moved out to Australia. Free Your Mind rules, go vegan, collect Warhammer and listen to Prince XXX

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Now check out some of this insane footage for past CTW Fests.