Interview with Les Lekin

Hi guys! Congratulations on your new album!

First of all, thanks for the attention

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Les Lekin was formed in 2011 out of another interesting Musical Project, where Kerstin (Drums) and Peter (Guitar) already played together. The actual lineup was formed in April 2016, when Beat (Bass) surprisingly found his way into the three piece noise machine, for their Former bass-man Willi left the trunk.

What does the name Les Lekin represent?

The name Les Lekin represents all you want it to be. It’s a leftover of Peter’s nickname and the name of the dancer (Harlekin) on stage who attracts and moves the crowd (some may say Shiva).

What inspires you the most?

We’re mostly inspired by our emotions and memories, the little deaths one dies each day and the correlation with each other and ourselves; Live on stage also withby the crowd.

How would you define your sound?

We’re a three piece noise machine – dark & heavy psych with meditative aspects. It’s try to express what is not to express.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

We don’t compare us with others or think “Wow that’s cool, let’s try this too”. Our influences are our personal backgrounds and for sure musical preferences, but they sway(affect) us unconsciously.

Your new album will be released on December 1 through Tonzonen Records. How did the recording sessions go?

The recording session took place at TradeparkStudio near Salzburg, by Georg Traschwandtner, on two Saturdays. It’s always an experiment trying the impossible…to ban an ocean, a universe (of sound) on a physical device.

Are you pleased with the final outcome?

We’re very pleased by the result, though of course some unexpected things happened. (Beat switched speaker Cabinet during recording)

Any live shows planned in the months to come?

After the Fuzzfest in Vienna and the two release Shows in Ebensee and Salzburg, with our friends from Chango (Ebensee), who also released their new, superb album, we take a creative break. 2018 we will play a couple of Festivals and hopefully a tour.

What are you listening to these days?

We’re listening to different kinds of post, metal, stoner, doom, psychedelic and total different Genres afar from distorted origin. As always it depends on mood and desire.

What does the future hold for Les Lekin?

Who can dare to tell what the future holds for one… We’ll do our way as we did before, free and independent, as far as possible.

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Interview with Ubiquity

Hi guys! How have you all been? Congratulations on your new album!

Hello, we are all fine and happy to be here, thank you very much for the opportunity and appreciation, we are glad that you liked the album

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Ubiquity is a project, indeed, a creature, born two years ago, when Leonardo (guitar) proposed to Alessio (ex-bass) to help him arrive and record his dark folk compositions, a very decadent stuff derived from the beautiful , dark poems Alessio wrote in his diary. Soon after, came the idea of ​​forming a real band, but there was a turning point in the genre that turned to the screamo / emoviolence distorted by the different influences and musical identities of the members. All this has come together in just a few months in our first full length, “Quiet in hopelessness” (Screamore, Dingleberry records). Shortly after the release of the album, we broke up due to the drummer’s departure (Marco) abroad and because the various members needed to devote themselves to several parallel projects that in the meantime had taken shape, but a few months later the creature reformed with new enthusiasm, new lineup and desire to experience new musical drifts, and here we are here haha.

What does the name Ubiquity represent?

The Ubiquity name represents the plurality of our music and our individual, personal and musical identities. We wanted to make music without barriers and everyone helped to put a different ingredient on the composite cauldron.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Each of us comes from a different scene and this has always been reflected on our music. While Leonardo (guitar) comes from most extreme listenings like Black metal, grindcore, crust on everyone, Davide (voice) is more inclined to all that have the “core” suffix at the end, Alessio (bass) devotes himself to rap and the screamo while Marco (drums) comes from a more experimental music background. In general, our sound does not have a specific reference band, but if I could mention some that undoubtedly influenced us during the composing / recording phase, i would say without a doubt all the Belgium scene of the church of Ra, as well as the european neo-crust scene (Fall of efrafa, Agrimonia) and post-metal post black and blackened hardcore (Downfall of Gaia, Light bearer, Tombs, Hope drone, Celeste, Hexis).

Where do you draw inspiration from?

For the new album, ‘Forever/ Denied‘, we were inspired, both musically and lyrically, by the natural quest for identity man, of a finite form that often leads us to an indecision and inner vacuum. In general, ours has always been a music moved from the most intimate feelings and deep inner search.

How would you define your sound?

I think that the phrase inside the album cover is explanatory in this case: “This is the vacuum inside and around us”.

Your new album ‘’Forever/ Denied’’ was recently released through Third I Rex. How did the recording sessions go? Are you pleased with the final outcome?

Yeah! we are very happy and pleased with both the work behind the mixing by Simone (Lo nardo, D.I.Y studio), who has managed perfectly to get the sound we were looking for, very dirty, with not too much bullshit, raw and atmospheric; and then the work done by Roberto (Mura, Third I Rex), one of the best people we have collaborated with so far, one who’s extremely helpful for his groups and has followed us excellently and consistently throughout the whole album’s creation and publishing process. Recording sessions were pretty fast and without too much pretense, we wanted the album to be as genuine and raw as possible, which is why we preferred the live recording to multitrack.

What are you listening to these days?

During this time we are not listening to anything specific, just a few Misery index and some new Hardcore releases . We fell in love with the new Amenra ‘Mass VI’ album , a fucking masterpiece of inner struggle and poetry , so dark! There are a number of new bands that flow well with us and we would like to share the stage, such as Dragged into sunlight and Abstracter.

Which are the black metal bands that you look up to?

Surely our music has more to do with the atmospheric wing of the genre, with echoes from both the French blackgaze scene (Lantlos, Alcest) and the USBM scene (Yellow eyes, Ustalost, Wolves in the throne room, Skagos, Ash borer, Addaura, etc.). In general, black metal in every form , has been a turning point for many of us.

Any live shows planned in the months to come?

For now no, we are concentrating on organizing some dates outside of Sardinia.

What does the future hold for Ubiquity?

Just in the last period we are trying to throw something down again, we are curious to see what shape it will take haha. Thanks again for the opportunity. We take the opportunity to greet and thank all those who helped us push what we do and who have supported us, who support us, who will do it in the future and all the bands that share a rich soul scene with us and who fight every day to pursue their passion trying to break through the sea barriers. Hail to Vultur, Simulacro, Unholy impurity, Abysso, Riflesso, Scornthroats, Charun, My own prison, Leshen, Drought and all those who continue to keep the faith.

 

Interview with American Standards

When did it all start for your band?

I got my first real six-string. Bought it at the five-and-dime. Played it ’til my fingers bled. Was the summer of sixty-nine… actually, it may have been closer to the summer of 2011.

What does the name American Standards represent?

The absolute opposite of what it reads. Think of the irony.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

Everything from the bands that we grew up listening to, to the experiences that we’ve had over the years. I find inspiration comes most often when at the edge of sleep and it’s least convenient to put pen to paper.

Some people say we’re fortunate (some say unfortunate) to be living in interesting times. What say you?

I think every time in history is simultaneously the most and least fortunate time depending on who’s reflecting upon it. We have more tools and resources to influence positive change then ever. It’s up to us to have the right mind set and optimism to do so.

Are you a political band?

We’re political but non partisan in our approach. We’re not here to push an agenda or give the answers but hopefully we can pose questions that people haven’t considered yet. I think the only effective means to create real change is the path that leads to self realization by both parties. Screaming your own viewpoints without listening to others only creates a polarizing effect.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Musically our influences vary pretty dramatically. We all grew up listening to bands like Rage Against The Machine, Refused And System Of A Down. When we look more towards today, similar artists would probably land closer to The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, The Chariot and Every Time I Die.

Your latest album ‘’Anti-Melody’’ was released in April. How has the reception been so far?

It’s been a humbling experience. It feels like people have really connected with the story and message behind the songs. We wrote much more personally than in past releases and I’m beyond thankful for everyone that’s been open to take the journey with us.

Why did you decide to name your album ‘’Anti-Melody’’?

To me a good album or song title is always multifaceted. ANTI-MELODY started as an inside joke made over a decade ago. During my first experience at a recording studio the engineer had made a comment that our vocalist sang “a killer anti-melody”. At the time, this went completely over my head and I didn’t realize it was actually a subtle knock at his ability to harmonize. Fast forward to the recording of this album and somehow I pulled this fleeting moment out of the memory bank. It really seemed to fit the theme of the album in a literal and more poetic sense. The idea of a collection of single notes that come together to make something pleasant and musically satisfying is actually being pulled apart. Perhaps a representation of the dissonance in our music along with the exploration of themes such as personal loss and cultural divide in the song lyrics.

What are you listening to these days?

I think anyone looking for new noise should really check out Frontierer, Employed To Serve, Bungler and Dangers. All great bands really pushing the genre in the right direction.

Are you guys movie fans? Any good ones you’ve seen lately?

I’m a pretty big movie buff; especially for a good horror, sci-fi or documentary. I think a few of the stand out films from 2017 are;

  • Get Out
  • The Big Sick
  • Baby Driver
  • It
  • It Comes At Night

I also strongly recommend jumping on Netflix to binge Black Mirror and Master Of None. Both deal with some heavy topics and make them more easy to digest. Then of course Stranger Things as the series that everyone in the world has probably told you that you have to watch.

You’ve shared the stage with bands like Sick Of It All, Norma Jean, Atreyu and Nails. Is there a live show you enjoyed playing the most?

Playing with a lot of the bands that we’ve always looked up to and respected has been great but honestly some of the most memorable shows end up being the small DIY spots. We did a house show in Kansas City for example where there must have been 80 kids crammed into a tiny living room. We thrive in those environments.

Any live shows planned in the months to come? European dates perhaps?

We’re doing a small run of US festivals at the end of October then planning to jump right into pre-production for the next release. I’m sure we’ll have some one off shows between now and then but the goal is to have new music by the beginning of 2018 then hitting the road hard shortly after. We’d LOVE to make it out to Europe if all the stars align. If any of your readers want to partner on making it happen, feel free to reach out to us!

What does the future hold for American Standards?

More music, touring and hopefully more fun, new ways that we can directly connect directly with people like live streams and such.

Kalong – S/T EP, EP review and interview with the band

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Kalong is a three piece band from Athens, Greece. Formed back in 2015, the band today released their debut, self titled ep. Recorded by Iordanis Pamouktsoglou at Fabric Audio Studio, this ep includes seven tracks. I could describe their sound like noise rock meets post hardcore meets hardcore punk e.t.c. But to be honest i’m not really sure how accurate that would be. I’ll tell you what though. Kalong’s first ep to me sounds really experimental and that’s what makes it so damn intriguing. I love how their vocalist sings and how he generally uses his vocals. Here you’ll find high amounts of raw punk energy along with awesome basslines. Oh, there’s no guitar also. Just a drummer, a bassist and a vocalist. These three guys do the job though. Going through this ep’s tracklist i can tell you that ”Treadline” sets the tone. You just need to turn up the volume and enjoy this ep. I liked all of the ep’s tracks but if i had to choose a favourite one that would have to be either ”Patch” or ”Lawnmower Man”. It is my strong belief that we have struck gold. Kalong’s debut ep is a gem recently unearthed from the underground. Here’s a link where you can give it a listen. Apart from checking out their ep we also asked them some questions and they gave us their answers. Here’s what they had to say:

When did it all start for your band?

While we come from coastal areas around Athens, the concept of making a band started in Thessaloniki in late 2014. After that, we started practicing at Loverman’s basement in early 2015, where Kalong’s spirit enlightened us with it’s joyful screech.

What does the name Kalong represent?

We found it randomly in a word generator. Turns out it is an Indonesian word for a species of giant bats; technically it’s a flying fox, which eats exclusively fruits.

How would you define your sound?

It’s like the feeling of escalating numbness that gradually masks the human body whilst electrified riffs prolong an unexplainable tickle inside our belly buttons.

How did you decide to start a band with no guitars?

It didn’t start out as a conscious decision, it rather just occurred by playing with what we’ve got. In the end it rather helped creating our own sound, adjusting mixtures of our influences into this set.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Punk, noise rock, garage/surf with various kicks of death and black metal at points.

What inspires you the most?

The complexity of human relationships, where are we headed as a species and the obscurity of the multiverse.

You’re about to release your debut ep. How did the recording sessions go?

We are happy with the result, as we learned a lot from the whole process.

What are you listening to these days?

Nalyssa Green, Quincy Jones Orchestra.

Any live shows planned in the months to come?

A gig in Athens for the release of the EP, in late 2017

What does the future hold for Kalong?

Recording the rest of our material

The Curf – Death and Love, Album review & Interview with the band

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The Curf is a three piece band from Athens, Greece. Their new album ”Death and Love was released on the 21st of July through Fuzz Ink. Records. Produced, engineered, mixed & mastered by Chris A and The Curf at Oak Street Studio Productions, this album includes nine tracks. First of all, i’d like to say that i really dig the album’s front cover artwork. In fact, it’s one of the best cover artworks i’ve come across in months. But, let us waste no more time and press play. Let’s see what we’ve got here. My first impression is that this album does have the necessary groove that we all long for. I’m talking about tracks like ”Motor Curf”. This is what i’d like to call a really strong song and it’s songs like these that set the tone. I’m always down with tracks like ”Let Go”. Black Sabbath is strong inside this one. Be sure to check out ”Smoke Ring” as well. It’s seriously heavy and i think that fans are gonna love it. ”Lunar Lair” is definitely a badass song and it is also a really cool song title. The album’s ninth track ”Death and Love” is my favourite one from this album. Considerably heavy, this song gave me an early period Paradise Lost vibe. I’ll admit i enjoyed all nine tracks. In my opinion this is one solid album by The Curf. It is also highly recommended. Here’s a link where you can also listen to ”Death and Love”. Apart from checking out their new album we also asked the band some questions about their new full length, their future plans, e.t.c. Here’s what they had to say:

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

The Curf was formed around 2004 in Rafina. Chris and Spyros were already playing together in another band which didn’t work out, and so The Curf was born. Back then the lineup was different as were the overall aesthetics of the music and the artwork. Since then there have been alterations in the band’s composition, until it got settled in 2016. Introducing the current state of affairs, The Curf is:

Chris A – Vocals, Guitars

Spyros (LeSpyr) – Bass

Pepper Koll – Drums

Where do you draw inspiration from?

There is no definite subject or place that inspires us. The idea behind a song, a melody, a riff, or some lyrics can be the result of anything we experience. We tend to be sensitive to matters of high emotion, the hardships of life, situations of loss, love and lust, and of course cannabis.

What inspires you the most?

That is a very good question, but the answer maybe a little vague. We cannot predict the sources of inspiration that we may come across, however death and love have been recurring themes in our compositions. And of course cannabis.

Are you guys also playing in other bands? How has this influenced you?

All three of us have other projects one way or the other, whether that is another band, a personal project or even session work for other bands or artists. It goes without saying that The Curf is our ‘musical headquarters’, however being all-around musicians we often participate in other projects. There is not much influence in that aspect, just music.

How is music produced in The Curf?

Every Thursday with a full moon we go out in the woods and perform rituals…Well, normally one of us has an idea or a riff, so we play around with it and work it into a composition. Many of our songs are the result of such cooperation. In other instances one of us gets a concept of how a song should be from beginning to end, so we follow closer that outline. Chris A plays a huge role in all of our music, since he is also the proud owner of Oak Street Studio Productions, which is our preferred studio. Chris is the guy behind our awesome sound, the bassness and the heaviness. He is also our producer and overall sound engineer.

Your new album ‘’Death and Love’’ was released this July. How has the reception been so far?

It has been great! Since July there have been several positive and encouraging reviews from across the globe. Recently we got a review from Obelisk with very positive feedback. Further to that The Curf is being played in podcasts and also in the radio. The countries that are showing more interest are Portugal, England, USA (California) and Brazil. Overall people appear to be appreciating our sound and thematology, which in a way serves our purposes as musicians.

Is there a concept behind this album you’d like to discuss?

The concept is more than less direct. Our album is an ode to two of the most intense driving forces of the human paradigm. It was not intended to be this way, but our compositions naturally had this feel to them.

What are you listening to these days?

Megadeth, Sleep, Yob, Electric Wizard, Gojira, Animals as Leaders, Corrosion of Conformity, Down, Crowbar, Last Rizla. just to name a few.

Any live shows planned for the rest of this year or in the months to come?

We are planing a European tour that will kick off after December …. Besides that ,we are going to do a live presentation of the album in the 16 of December in Athens followed by a couple of dates around Greece as well.

What does the future hold for The Curf?

Greatness and glory! We would like to see ourselves traveling to all sorts of places and countries and participating in huge festivals. We want to be able to play music for life, and live to play music. As long as there is people out there, we will be producing riffs that remind you to check under the bed before you sleep. So you better roll a fat one before bedtime!

Interview with Dark Habits

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Our band was formed between Matt Adamson our drummer and myself Lewis Glass our guitarist in January of this year (2017). For a brief period Matthew Blanchett performed vocals for us (he is the vocalist on Cave Paintings) but we have since parted ways with him.
The band now consists of Matt Adamson(drums), Ross Livingstone (bass), Lewis Glass (guitar) and Steven Murray (vocals).

Can you tell us about your main influences?

The main premise for our music is anything fast and heavy with some industrial influence although it’s not restricted to this. The bands that probably influence us the most are the likes of Converge, Darkthrone and Nine Inch Nails.

What inspires you the most?

Pretty much anything that is ‘not nice’ in life. I think it’s important to be a nice person in life but not deny the fact that horrible things happen around the world every day. We try to deal with this in our music, be it through the lyrics or through the mood/intensity of the instruments.

How is music produced in Dark Habits?

In terms of writing we are a very democratic band. A member will usually come to practice with an idea on their instrument and we’ll write around that and see where it goes. Lewis records, mixes and masters all of our music. He runs a studio (www.glassworksstudiorecording.com) where we write and rehearse. This, tied in with the fact that Ross is a videographer (www.yearonemusic.com) in his spare time means that we can do absolutely everything ourselves and keep the running costs of our band really low.

This May you released your debut ep ‘’Cave Paintings’’. How has the reception been so far?

We’ve been overwhelmed by the reception to it. We didn’t expect anyone outside of Glasgow to ever hear it but we’ve ended up sending tapes (which are now sold out!) to places all over the world, from Canada to Japan.

What about a full length album?

A full length album will happen although most likely not until next year. We have an EP due out before the end of the year though!

What are you listening to these days?

Between us we’ve been listening to Vein, Street Sects, Lord Mantis, Viva Belgrado. We do listen to non loud music too though. I think a band we all agree we love is Interpol!

Which is your favourite way of enjoying music? What would you choose between digital and physical format?

Whilst we all collect cassettes and vinyl when we can we definitely consume music digitally more often. Right now we all have extremely busy schedules and prefer the convenience of an MP3. That being said, the collectibility and sentimentality of cassettes and vinyl is unbeatable.

Any live shows planned for the rest of this year?

Yeah we have a few:

7th October @ The Flying Duck, Glasgow: Nihility, Underdark, Razorbite and us.
24th October @ The Garage Attic, Glasgow: Svalbard, The Tidal Sleep, Bosporus and us.
5th November @ Audio, Glasgow: Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Leng T’che, Boak, Endless Swarm, Gendo Ikari and us.

What does the future hold for Dark Habits?

We don’t have any goals other than to keep making music and playing shows together.