you enjoy the show today ?
Yes we loved it , it was fun .
How's your tour going so far ?
We only played 2 shows : 1 in Gemany (Precious Fest) and today
at Hellfest .
Gotta go back to work tomorrow 7:30am .
About « Unbreakable » you have a extremely strong
and loud production, is it because of the influences of Tue Madsen ?
, we were shown how to be more comfortable in studio , to record . It's
all new to us . We never aimed to be musicians in a band . We've to
work and practice . We've learned a lot . It was good . Take a band
like us in a studio , lazy band . He makes us sound good . Works on
his computer and says : listen to this and we go : YES!
you plan to work with him again ?
love that yes . He's getting better and better , and the demand is getting
bigger for him . So it's really hard now to book a time and get in ,
a year in advance ! We have the pressure to release an album within
a year , but he's fully booked so maybe not this time , but we'd love
released 2 records with him so far ?
right yes , and we'd want the third one with him too .
« Unbreakable » sound very
urban, with an big hardcore anger in the voice as never before, its
like its comes from a street of Brooklyn, New York? But its
from London ? What you feel about that !!!
you ever been to Brooklyn ?
Same as London . Dirty ans smelly just like London . Just a big city
: scumbags , crackwhores you know , same things London's got . That
comes across the lyrics of all bands . NYC hardcore influences us anyway
, that explains a bit .
band influences you the most ?
one band . The whole scene : the music of NYC Hardcore , the lyrics
of the London scene .
now your fourth album released since London Hardcore what
is for you the most change in this new album?
London Hardcore we've done "Time won't Heal This"
and then moved to Universal Struggle . The main difference
is the production . It's old songs combined with new ones too . Whereas
Unbreakable is new songs written for that album . These
are the 2 main differences i see . Otherwise same guys playing the same
the cover of the CD, Universale stuggle has a Kutter
Ray said us, symbolise of violence, about the Unbreakable
cover, his title and pierre with is fist , what the symbole ? still
artwork tries to represent the struggle of the high wire underground
music scene . Its evolution . Lots of bands coming and going , kids
playing in bands . They can so disillusioned about how they get treated
. We don't expect to get nice treatment , we don't give a fuck . But
these kids get slapped hard , maybe they're a bit too naïve , but
Here at Hellfest it's different : no struggle at all for kids . We could
do that everyday . Life'd be easier , we wouldn't have to work . We're
used to travel 15 hours to a small club and loose money . We do that
a lot . We've lost a lot , that's a struggle .
Gotta fight to be heard as well as it's not commercial music . Not a
lot of opportunities for bands to play their music . That's what we
try to do day in day out : get people's attention to what we do . The
hardest is to mix work and music . Hardcore does not pay but we keep
on doing it . Hard to cross Europe for one gig and back selling scaffholding
material in London . Real hard to get from high up to low down , to
work , or the van breaking down on the way back home .
After ten years of music in the hardcore scene, you are now one an old
band and a leader of the european hardcore, What do you think about
the new rise of hardcore?
that rises is good as it's gonna attract more attention to the secen
in general .
We can only talk about the London scene really , and it's brilliant
, like a big family .
there any UK bands you don't know on the bill today ?
Records : Lots of English bands from our area .
Ray's in loads of other bands . We don't know much about the rest of
Europe as we go and leave so quick back to London . Don't get to see
many bands as we're in and out fast . Like today : gotta be back at
work tomorrow ... shame .
not a fashion but ... Do you think that hardcore have take a new breath
with popular bands like Hatebreed, Born From Pain, Terror, 100 Demons
noticed that young bands like to do a more Metal sound like Shattered
Realms or Hatebreed . They like to dance as well so
that attracts them to that sound i guess . Don't think there's much
difference than when i got into Hardcore : still small and bigger bands
. Same as 10 years ago to me : different stars being high , different
clothes and looks . Different trends and sub scenes in between but Hardcore's
still here .
Do you have something to say at the young generation
whos discovering the hardcore scene ?
! If you wanna make money , don't do Hardcore !! Do Heavy Metal ...
If you want the house , the girlfriend and the money then do Heavy Metal
compos like Korn . But we like the punishment : No
sins , no feelings ...
that you want to re release your discography ?
in a couple of months : anything we've ever done , even unreleased and
unknown (before Universal Struggle) . It's gonna be on 1
or 2 CDs with about 44 tracks . Maybe even a DVD , coming out on Rucktion
Records. GSR's gonna distribute it .
What are your project for the the next months,
after the tour?
, at the moment we're writing for a new album . Maybe a tour next year
: probably a headlining one this time (not supporting) . Gonna bring
a band with us . Just talks right now but defo as headliners ... or
we'd support Guiness as our sponsor !!
did tour in January / February ?
did yes with Shattered Realms . It was all good . Great
guys , good crowds every night too !
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