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High Cost

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This is the time of the year that most websites/blogs are sharing their Best of the year lists, I on the other hand am catching up on the music that I have missed out so far. One such release is the self titled one from Brooklyn hardcore/grindcore act High Cost. The 7 track EP is one of the most ferocious releases I have heard this year.  

I spoke to the band about the EP, the revival of cassettes and vinyl and more.

Read the interview on The Metal Wanderlust

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December 10, 2018 at 12:22 am

Dagger

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One of the best things about the internet for me is the ability to discover bands from around the world. The Asian music scene is a trove of metal and hardcore bands. I was recently listening to a split between Hong Kong hardcore act Dagger and Singapore sludge act HRVST. Dagger is a relatively new band, members have previously been a part of bands like King Ly Chee, Yau Dong and FightxClub. I spoke to the band about the split, the music scene in Hong Kong and Asia and also their upcoming shows.

Read the interview on The Metal Wanderlust

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September 21, 2018 at 9:30 am

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False Flag/Neck Deep in Filth

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False Flag and Neck Deep in Filth are two of the most politically outspoken acts from the Indian subcontinent, hence it would make sense for them to team up and put out a split. I was quite excited when the split was announced and the singles released from it so far sound great.
Find out more about the split, the inspiration behind their tracks in the interview with Shaunak Phadnis (False Flag) and Vishal Rai (Neck Deep in Filth)

Read the interview on Unite Asia

 

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September 8, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Coilguns interview

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In the 8 years of this blog, I have only featured a couple of bands from Switzerland. Coilguns are a noise/hardcore band. Their latest release Millennials one of the most over the top releases that I have heard recently. The album is equal parts hardcore and noise with a raw sound.

I spoke to the band about Millennials, recording the album and their tour of Ireland.

You recently completed a tour across Europe. How was it?

Jona Nido – This tour was very significant for us. We hadn’t toured in four years nor released an album since five years. Surprisingly, « Commuters » had created a small following amongst the scene and we played to decent amount of people every night. We sold good merch and according to people’s talk and faces after the show, I think we delivered enough for them to notice the performance in a positive way. We’re all pumped up now and can’t wait to do more.

Your second album Millennials is mix of hardcore and noise with a raw sound. Tell us a bit more about the album.

Louis Jucker – it’s loud music loudly recorded I’d say.

Jona Nido – We wrote an album we can barely listent to ourselves in its entierty. It’s harsh and that’s what we like about it. It seems like it is moving something into people, whether it is disgust or happiness. We worked a lot on the sound aestethic. No matter if you like it or if you think it sounds like a dead vacuum cleaner, this is how we wanted the album to sound and we’re EXTREMELY happy with the outcome. Now when it comes to labels…we like to say we’re a hard-rock band playing angry music. Anything else is for people to decide in which category they want to fit us in. Though noise-hardcore with a raw sound feels pretty accurate to me.

The album was written and recorded in january 2016. Why did it take over 2 years to release it?

Louis Jucker – Louis Jucker – All four of us are hyperactive artists and human beings. We fight hard to maintain our ideal dose of projects running. I perform a lot as a solo act, write music for theater and movies, work as a music producer for other swiss artists like Emilie Zoé, The Fawn, Darius… I released five records at the same time last year (L’Altro Mondo : Music with Lovers & Friends), gathering all kinds of intimate collaborations, and toured quite a lot with my new indie band Autisti as well. Jona and I run Hummus Records, and we both invest a fair amount of passion and time into it. Jona and Luc were touring the world relentlessly with Closet Disco Queen, and started a new excellent electro project calledSombre Sabre. Luc is also drumming for many different acts such as Los Orioles, Aphteand is sometimes filling in for bands like Conan, Heads, Vuyvr, etc. We don’t really get bored, you see.

But one thing for sure is that Coilguns is our oldest and deepest project together, one strong and old link between us all, and we cherish it for what it is. So we were waiting for all stars to be correctly aligned before starting this new cycle of tours.

Millennials was recorded live in the studio. Why do you prefer this method of recording?

Louis Jucker – We didn’t record it live. luc and jona played the basic tracks together, then we added more guitars, keys and so on. we worked on a low.budget 16-tracks tape recorder, so we didn’t do edits or any complex trickery. we mixed it 100% analog.

Jona Nido – We have recorded the first album and other ep’s completely live. For « Millennials » we did record one guitar and the drums together. No click, no edits and always one shot takes. We’re lazy. We don’t like to do edits and since we did not use a computer during the whole process it would have been a pain in the ass to do so anyway. We like to record the way we play live. We won’t do more than 5-6 takes per song, then we’ll choose the one that smells the most like balls rather then the one that is well played.

The track Anchorite has a unique lyric video. What the concept and approach towards it?

Louis Jucker – Noé Cauderay’s work is a very hands on process. He takes pictures, a lot of them, put them next to each other and turns the whole thing into video with a strange rythm. it favours dark, blurry, weird looking pictures and places. Anchorite was shot in northern norway.

What are your thoughts on the current state of metal?

Jona Nido – I’m not sure I can answer that. What is considered metal or not? it feels like the more « classic »metal isn’t really appealing so much to kids nowadays and feels like an aging scene…not a problem at all, just my feeling of it. I’m not really following what’s going on to be honest. I see new bands popping up here and there, I see the same old bands releasing the same old records over and over…From what I am aware of, I have the feeling the latest kick in the nuts was Gojira 10 years ago, maybe Zeal & Ardor now for trying to bring something new to the table… When I say this, you have to understand that I don’t consider ourselves as a metal band, nor the likes of Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan,Cursed, Terra Tenebrosa, Breach etc… I see them as angry/pissed off punk bands. This is where my interest lies in terms of « heavy » music.

I really do not dig this whole wanna be « meshuggah with clean vocals and guitar boredome » scene, though I understand this appeals to a pretty large crowd. This makes me think how much I love Meshuggah. Now that’s one proper metal band that has been pushing boundaries of everything for decades.

You also run Hummus Records. How do you manage between the band and the label?

Jona Nido – Both together aren’t far from a full time job. Since they are also my passion, I don’t really see them as « work » which makes it easier to accept the amount of time invested in them. The band brings a bit of money in, the label is a complete volounteer’s job. Having full control over both really gives us the freedom to do things how we want, whenever we want. We all keep it in the family and if Coilguns reach out to a bigger crowd, this will push the label and its roaster and vice-versa. Win-win.

What have you been listening to lately (metal and non-metal)? Are there any acts that have inspired you of late?

Jona Nido – Mainly to the next releases from the label. I’m the first fan of the bands I release so I really enjoy listening to their records and they all inspire me very much. Otherwise and in no particular order my latest obsessions include :

– Aurora – All My Demons Greeting me As a Friend
– Kaelan Mikla
– Heads. – Collider
– Agnes Obel – All her discography
– Converge – The Dusk in Us

What are your plans for the rest of the year? Do you have any more shows/tour planned?

Jona Nido – We have about fifteen shows left until the summer. We will tour Ireland in May. We’re stoked to be returning there as it will be Coilguns third time over and I’m excited to see how’s the following after « Millennials » was released. We sure do have great friends like the guys in Bailer whom we will tour with. We’re playing a few festivals and off shows in Switzerland. The next big tour will happen in November and boy what a fuckin’ line-up! No more infos for now but we’re lookign forward to announce it.

Thanks for answering all our questions. Do you have any final words?

Jona Nido – discombobulated, what a FUCKED UP word. It creeps me out just reading it.

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May 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

Calligram

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Calligram are a blackened hardcore band  from London. They put out their second release, Askesis via Basick records in November last year. The EP is a dark and bleak listen.

I spoke to guitarist Tim Desbos about their latest release Askesis, the origins of the band and also their plans for the year.

Read my interview with Tim on Moshpitnation.

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March 19, 2018 at 11:54 pm

False Flag

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False Flag are crust/hardcore band from Pune, India. The band are one of the the few current independent metal/punk bands releasing politically inspired music in India.The others being Heathen Beast and Chaos.

Find out more about origins of the band, theirs soon to be released EP and the unique cover art in my interview with guitarists Rohit Chaoji and Shaunak Phadnis below.

For those who are not familiar with the band, could you briefly tell us about your origins?

False Flag (Rohit): Few years ago, Shaunak,Prathamesh and I started jamming randomly to on-the-spot improvised grindcore. We abandoned the idea for the band mid-way, partly because we shifted our focus to a death metal project that never materialized and also because it was uninspired. However the inspiration came during Bangalore Open Air 2015,when a part of the would-be band witnessed Napalm Death live. Thus, False Flag was formed with Pushkar, Prathamesh, Shaunak and I as the first lineup.

Why did you decide to start a crust/hardcore band? What about the sub genre appeals to you?

False Flag (Shaunak/Rohit): To be honest, hardcore/crust is very stripped-down, no bullshit, honest music to me. We appreciate things that don’t have a pretense. I remember thinking around that time why there aren’t ANY crust punk bands around when the climate was ideal for it. I still don’t understand why but i guess subconsciously that led (at least me) to this.but also we were listening to a lot of Negative approach, anti-cimex, skitsystem & rakkaus at that time and ended up wanting to make songs like those bands. the songs fell in place quite fast and easily haha. The napalm death gig was a MAJOR catalyst as well. Sonically, this sound can be blended with almost every form extreme music. its fascinating. there is A LOT of scope to experiment i think since a very bare-bones stripped down crust punk song is very simple in structure etc.

Your Self titled EP is quite political especially the track Spectrum Disorder. What is the inspiration behind it?

False Flag (Shaunak): Yes, This song was a response in the aftermath of the JNU incident so its more anti-right i guess. FTII,JNU,HCU,JU,Ramjas. it just seems like one or the other kind of smear campaign from either end. also,repeatedly calling a certain something fascist does not gain you any traction at all. that much should be obvious. It seems as if the function of an ideology is to choose which “facts” should matter & justifying oppression of certain values/speech,violence of certain kind. especially the latter part does not help establishing any communication or successful dialogue at all. you can’t talk censorship and close down screenings of films in theatres or college campuses. You can’t claim to be tolerant and shut down someone because they criticized you. Also,its just fucking frustrating when we are too caught up in calling out people as bhakt/libtard/presstitute/anti-national/sanghi/fascist. like, to what end are we doing the things that we are doing? I don’t care if you are right or left, or what the state is; a strong and vehement critique of the state should always be established.

 

The cover artwork by jonty paul is quite unique. Tell us a bit more about it.

False Flag (Shaunak): haha yes. so, jonty likes to design hypothetical album covers. I have no idea how he comes up those things but i have seen him do it. He sent this image to me one day randomly(he hadn’t even heard the songs or any demos) and it just made complete sense. We did not want to go for usual high contrast black & white aesthetic in the first place. This gritty/dark style

just fell in place with the overall mood of the songs. it resonates quite well with it. In my imagination, The Album art reflects with the second song on the EP “sisyphus’ lament”. In some sense the image is the depiction of the words of the song.

Do you have any shows planned in the coming year?

False Flag (Shaunak/Rohit): We don’t have any shows planned as such yet. but we would LOVE to play as many shows as we can. actually, It would be GREAT to play a gig in bengaluru(*hint hint b’lore friends haha*)

Thanks for answering all the questions. Do you have any final words?

False Flag (Shaunak/Rohit): Thank you for doing this interview with us! to everyone reading this i am sure you’ll enjoy this small piece of emotive hardcore/crust music we put out! Please listen to it and read the words. We would love to hear your thoughts/ideas/stories and be inspired from them! Cheers!

 

This interview originally was posted on Transcending Obscurity

 

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December 11, 2017 at 10:13 pm

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Neck Deep in Filth

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I spoke to Vishal Rai about the origins of the band, their self titled EP and also the metal scene in Nepal.

You recently released your self-titled EP at a show called The Pit. How did it go?

It went great. The Pit was put on by our old friends in Ugra Karma at the best venue in town, so it was excellent. They have air conditioning! Sold more merch and CDs than we thought we would too haha

You have all been in bands previously like Inside 2 Stoopid Triangles, Jugaa, Squirtguns and Asphyxiate. How did you decide to form a band together?

Well, we all shared a practice space that our bassist ran at one time, and with the underground being so small, we’ve known each other for awhile.

I’ve played guitar in all of my bands so this time I wanted to try my hand at vocals. All I wanted was to start a fast, raging hardcore band. Sushil, our bassist, was down. He and I have been playing in bands together since 2002. As for guitars, I knew “Straight Edge” Sandesh would deliver what we wanted. He also plays in Squirt Guns, which is probably my favorite Nepali punk band. Sandesh delivered a bit more than what I was looking for though thanks to his crust influences haha He brought in a melodic aspect to our music too, which I’m totally fine with now. We later got Sanjay a.k.a. Jeson to join. He comes from a death metal background but he fit in perfectly.

How did you get into this style of music?

I got into metal in the early/mid 90s, the regular Metallica/Slayer stuff. The Indian magazine Rock Street Journal had a huge part in shaping my early musical tastes. RSJ was the only music mag worth reading in the pre-Internet era in this region. Then, in 1996/97, I heard Rancid’s “…And Out Come The Wolves” and dove headfirst into punk. Formed my first punk band in 2001, started getting into heavier hardcore around that time, played in a few more bands, and here I am today, 35 and more into this music than ever.

Reading through your lyrics sheet, it is clear that the EP is inspired by the current political situation in Nepal. Tell us a bit more about it.

Where do I even start? Over the years, hateful, jingoistic ultranationalism has become more and more common. Then there are the privileged who are committed to maintaining the status quo, people who keep downplaying the legitimate demands of minorities. There’s the bigotry that’s on constant display. There’s the sexism and the complete lack of equal rights. And, of course, there’s the corruption.

If nothing else, it’s cathartic just screaming about the issues that piss me off.

What was the recording process for the EP? Where was it recorded?

All of it was done at our main practice space at Mr Music and another rehearsal room called Advent. We didn’t have the need to enter a proper studio. Our bassist Sushil has gotten pretty good at recording bands. He recorded my old band Childwife’s EP as well as Squirt Guns’ full length, and his work on both was great. I realized I had underestimated him all these years haha turns out 25 years of constant weed smoking hadn’t messed him up that bad yet. So yes, it was natural and, more importantly, cheap just letting him record us.

What have you been listening to lately (metal and non-metal)? Are there any acts that have inspired you of late?

I wouldn’t say I’ve been inspired by anyone, but lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Kesha, Lana Del Rey, Nicole Dollanganger, the new Incendiary, Power Trip, All Out War, Propagandhi, and Integrity albums, along with Beast Jesus, Veils, and Barred from the Philippines, as well as this great Indonesian band called Children Of Terror.

Nepal has quite a few upcoming bands. What are the bands that readers should check out?

Nepal has a bunch of great bands these days. However, I’ll limit my recommendations to those that have at least an EP out.

Strangle – Straightforward hardcore with crossover influences. Great band!

strangle1.bandcamp.com

Nude Terror – Possibly the best grindcore band in the subcontinent. Amazing live.

nudeterrornepal.bandcamp.com

Disorder – Old school thrashers will love them

Rog – Intense powerviolence from Pokhara

https://grindviolencerog.bandcamp.com/

What are your plans for this year? Do you have any more shows or a tour planned?

Yep, we’ll definitely play more shows this year. Then, in early 2018, we’re dropping a split with a friend’s band.

Thanks for answering all our questions. Do you have any final words?

Thank you for the questions. Visit neckdeepinfilth.bandcamp.com and buy our EP.

 

This interview originally was posted on Transcending Obscurity

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October 15, 2017 at 10:00 am