Hi there! Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?
Hey! I’m Patrick and I play Bass in Abest. Abest was founded in late 2011 when Joscha and our former drummer Tim started jamming together. We played our first show in March 2012 and released our demo at the same time. Our first full length was released in May 2014 and our new EP „Last“ in summer 2016. We had some changes in the line-up, so today Abest are Joscha (Vocals, Guitar), Dominik (Guitar, Vocals), Patrick (Bass) and Rezy (Drums). We are currently signed by the german label This Charming Man Records (The Tidal Sleep, Mountain Witch, Bask).
What does the name Abest represent?
It’s latin and means something like ”lost without a trace“.
How would you define your sound?
We gain our influences from different musical styles. Personally we listen to a lot of genres, from Black Metal to Hardcore, from Post-Punk to Alternative-Rock. When we write songs we don’t give a shit about anything and just do what we want to do. Sometimes it sounds more like Black Metal, sometimes like some dark Hardcore and sometimes like Sludge or Doom Metal. The only thing it should be is heavy. On our latest EP ”Last“ we also did some noise parts between the songs, have some blast beats and some breakdowns on it that you can find on your favorite hardcore records. So I don’t think you can nail our music down to one genre.
Can you tell us about your main influences?
When we started Abest, Isis and Cult Of Luna were some bands we all listened to very much. So I think that are our main influences and waypoints for our sound.
How is music produced in Abest?
When we rehearse, mostly Joscha or Dominik come along with some riffs and we start jamming to them. That was how „Last“ came together. We started writing the songs for „Last“ in late 2015 and only needed four months to get them finished and recorded. The process for „Asylum“ was a lot longer. We started writing songs shortly after our Demo was finished in early 2012 and the whole thing was released two years later. Some songs from „Asylum“ were written in 2012, some in 2013. So sometimes the process of writing and releasing a record can take some years. Let’s see how it will be with our next album.
Your EP ‘’Last’’ was released last June. How has the reception been so far?
The response was great! We received a lot of positive feedback at shows or through reviews. Some people don’t like the EP as much as our first full length, but I think that is normal. ”Last“ is more aggressive than ”Asylum“. The songs are a lot more uncompromising. ”Asylum“ has way more atmospheric parts on it, while ”Last“ is just 20 minutes of heavy music. We just wanted to do a straight-forward record and I think we did a good job.
What about a new full length?
We started writing new songs some moths ago when our new drummer Rezy joined the band. We want to record them at the end of this year or early next year, so we will definitely release new material in 2018.
What are you listening to these days?
I listen to a lot of fresh hardcore from the United States. Fury, Abuse Of Power or Bind are some bands I really enjoy lately. On our last tour we listened a lot to Eyeliner. That’s a fun band. But also we are all very hyped on that new Code Orange record!
What does the future hold for Abest?
Touring and rehearsing. As I said before, we want to record some new stuff at the end of this year or early next year. But we also have a bunch of shows planned through the next months. Maybe there will be some more tours after the summer. We just came back from a tour with Depravation and another one with Dominiks and Rezys other band Farson is planned for May. In between we will play some shows with Forn or Downfall Of Gaia.
Photo Credits M.Nizik