Thursday, July 7, 2011

Outright Interview

Here is an interview for the third issue of It's Still OK Not To Drink the 100 For Haiti issue, you can 'like' us here we did with great new Melbourne band Outright, you can listen to their tracks and 'like' them here also you can pick up a shirt here New issue will hopefully be done by next Sunday. If you like what you read you can pick up a copy here Thanks for reading.

Yo, how are you? Could you introduce yourself and what you do in the band?
Hey, doing great! My name is Jelena but that probably doesn't mean much when I'm often called Yells by friends and family. I do vocals, write lyrics and bake cakes to take to practice. Aaron is a total legend and plays drums when he's not chucking the horns and shredding for I Exist. Brenton rules because he plays Promise riffs to us and does sick punk jumps and is a great mate. Melissa plays bass. She does incredible paintings, is super creative and you'll find her at various exhibitions around the city too. 

Could you explain the name ‘Outright’ and its significance if any?

Outright is the title of an unreal track by an old Newcastle band called Arms Reach, and is off their 'Within Reach' 7" which is still one of my favourite 7"s of all time. Not only were they an amazing, aggressive, fast, fun and uncompromising band, but this track in particular has Kristy on guitar as well as vocals screaming the most succinct and direct lyrics that don't apologise for living against gender stereotypes. I think the word itself is honest, unapologetic, direct, up-front and wholehearted which represents a lot of what I think hardcore is about and how I try to live my life so it felt right to use it. Plus, I can't deny that sharing the concept with some great music and people that inspired me when I was younger reminds me everyday of how special it is to be involved with this and how much we can gain by embodying that concept in our lives. 

What are the main influences on the bands lyrics and music?

I can't pinpoint our stylistic influences (because we are quite a varied bunch of people) and I don't like to, but I will say that our songs are a fun expression of how much we enjoy some heavy bands like Integrity, Judge, One King Down, Indecision and the usual stalwarts of Melbourne hardcore. As far as lyrical content goes I have always appreciated the intentions and attitude of bands like Trial, Inside Out, Betrayed.. so if that comes across then you can see why! 

Outright can be seen to have been a long time in the making, why did it take so long to form the band? And how does it feel to finally have a microphone in you’re hand?

Outright was an idea from years ago because I've spent far too long getting restless about how much I've wanted to start something fun and aggressive with friends, have an outlet for my ideas and frustrations, and most importantly, get more involved in our scene and give back to something that's given us so much. We've had an amazing amount of friends wanting to help us achieve this but, along the way, we never quite found the right fit in our sound or quite the right timing or management of other commitments to make it happen. When news of the Arthouse's closure in Melbourne after almost 20 years came out my heart nearly broke at the thought that I might never get to play the venue I dreamed of visiting as a 13 year old stuck in front of my stereo on the south coast of NSW, and the place that became a sentimental home once I moved south of the border. Lamenting the potential failure of this bucket list goal, Aaron jumped up offering to not let it fall apart and Mel and I basically bullied our friend Brenton to join us, and we're here. It feels so awesome to finally be playing (though the boys have done it all before), just a few months from getting together. I have a lot of work to do to train my voice and breathing but it feels amazing to jump around and scream my opinions out and hopefully encourage some more back at us.

Do you feel any extra pressure being a female fronted band?

On a personal level, I don't feel pressure as a female in hardcore because I've always had a very personal connection with it for a very long time that has not, and can not, be influenced by the expectations of others. I've watched the scene change so many times into so many forms over the years that I learnt very early to not get swept up by the waves. I have some very inspiring and intelligent friends before me that served as a great example and showed me this was possible.. and I'm stubborn haha. Saying that though, I always put too much pressure on myself with anything I put my mind to or care about! I don't want to embarrass the rest of the band and I don't want to give the friends that have shown all this encouragement and support a reason for regret - but I guess a lot of us feel that at first. As a band, we might feel some pressure. There's a chance that we could have gathered some attention because of the people the band comprises of, but I try to not let that translate into a need to prove ourselves. Anyway, we're having far too much fun to let something like our body bits, let alone the expectations attached to them,  define our actions and opportunities. 

The song >mine alone< deals with the issues of self, especially of self control and self ownership, what were the main motivations for this?   

I'm of the opinion that in our consumerist society, corporations literally try to buy and sell us in any possible way and other institutions force us to detach us from ourselves in order to fall in line and under their banner. This feeds down via cultural mores to dictate personal relationships too. Because our bodies are our vehicle for interacting with the outside world, they are the objects with which that world tries to overpower us, institutionalise us and alienate our sense of self within a structure which reinforces difference, conformity and power. Some motivations for this idea came from readings on the concept of gender embodiment. Women have practiced asceticism and made sacrifices via their body (because no one paid attention to their minds) in order to have some sense of empowerment and voice in religious societies throughout history and now, in the chauvinism of our current culture too. Fasting is spiritual. Belief is ritualised into submissive behaviour. Skinny diets are "disciplined". Sexuality is only as powerful as long as the audience/recipient is getting what they want. Strong, forceful, built up men are the hunters and protectors. It's bullshit, but it's also relevant on a wider non-gender specific scale. When it comes down to it, our bodies are the only things we have left that are truly our own, that we control and that we should rightly be able to decide how it is used and who can hold a stake in it. This is all I have and the only thing that's completely mine. No one gets to take that away from me or tell me what to do with it, or how. 

Your song >Barbarian< discuss nationalism could you discuss this and what led you to writing about this issue. 

'Barbarian' is a song about how I think that nationalism is inappropriately used as political tool to justify divisiveness and domination, and legitimise invented notions of identity. When achieved, this is nothing but a re-interpretation of racism and we all know that the mobilisation of that type of nationalism on a large scale leads to the real failures of oppression, torture and fundamentally, inhumane actions and ideas that completely disregard our inherent common nature. Don't get me wrong, every day I am grateful and content that I happened to be born in a country where I am able to have an educated and fulfilling lifestyle. But it wasn't my choice that caused my lucky birth to happen and it's certainly no excuse to deny these human rights for others. I started thinking about this most whilst following the conflict in the former Yugoslavia where Bosnians, Serbians and Croatians were all told that they were like cats and dogs and could never live together and share a nation, despite the fact that they had done so for centuries before and even fought together against the invasion of the Ottoman empire. I watched my cousins have their lifelong relationships with neighbours and friends disintegrate into violent tensions and destitute struggles despite the fact that they had shared their lives and homes, and cared for each other's children for decades previously. Worst of all, that false sense of identity and loyalty was then carried over to populations here in Australia who had never even lived there or experienced this culture directly. It made me sick and so ashamed. 

Through the lyrics it seems that Outright is a band attempting to bring back certain ideas and ethics that appears to be lacking, what the main motivation for this?

The ethics are just what I've taken and appreciated from the hardcore I grew up on. The importance of a sense of ethic and the sharing of ideas is something I have seen dwindle over the years so, yes, I guess there is an element of consciously trying to bring that back but that's only because I think we get so much more out of this music when there's a strong message or ideas behind it, especially when it is a message that can mobilise a counter culture or empower an individual or expand/challenge a mind and thereby effect positive change in people. Plus, I'm not sure that I know how to keep my mouth shut sometimes anyway so that's what you get I'm afraid! 

What motivated you guys to be apart of the show?

Dude, we didn't need any extra motivation hahaha. We're so over the moon to be given the opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause and be part of what is an inspiring concept and a fantastic fun show with great mates. The effects of the earthquake in Haiti are tragic and utterly heart-breaking but, worst of all, reflect so clearly how a nation's wealth and resources, or lack thereof, determines its capacity to recover and function and, in this case, magnifies its struggles. We've seen locally how destructive natural disasters are no matter what, but set these in a place of failed infrastructure, impoverished communities and socio-economic crime, and we see how much more and for how much longer hardship is endured. The fact that this 100 for Haiti concept supports one doctor's initiative and one feminist refugee group's dedication, and has already achieved so much with its current efforts alone, is an empowering notion and a motivating one. Outright are especially thrilled to be able to join with our friends and raise awareness of these and other similar social causes as is fundamental to the conscience hardcore was strengthened on. 

How does it feel to be given the opportunity to get to play the Arthouse with Shotpointblank? Especially with it’s demise coming soon?

The Arthouse has been our home, our provider and our back bone for so many years. To be a tiny part of its history is a privilege and an honour. I'm not sure we'll ever experience another place and feeling like it again. We are all fantastic friends of the guys in SPB so I'm expecting some great fun and laughter on the night! They've all offered wonderful support, insight and motivation to the scene in everything they've done and we're grateful for the legacy they've left behind. On a personal note, it's quite special to be able to share the stage and line-up with my partner, Brett, after 8 years together so fingers crossed we don't ruin each other's songs with ill-timed mic grabs hahaha! 

This may seem like an odd question to ask as you are only a new band but its one we always do, what legacy do you hope to leave as an individual and as a band? 

I'll be honest and say that I don't think this band has been around long enough to look into the future and consider any overarching goals or legacies. At this stage, we're just dying to play and share and have some fun. Most of all, I would stress that each band is only one small piece of the puzzle we design and build together so I'm not one to jump on any pedestal and shout our potential influence and effect to the world. It doesn't feel right. In saying that though, I can't discount the intense gratitude we felt with the amazing messages we received after our first show. The fact that even one person felt more refreshed, comfortable, excited, welcome or uplifted by our set has already surpassed any aims we may have had. It blows my mind. We have the most kind and thoughtful friends in the world. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Warbrain Interview

This interview is with Lloyd from Melbourne's Warbrain, they have a new 7'' dropping really soon on Trial and Error records keep an eye on for that as well as leaving to tour with East Coast with AYS from Germany and The Hollow from Newcastle. Tour dates are here
Thu April 28 - Melbourne @ NEXT 18+ w/ COLOSSUS
Friday April 29th - Melbourne AA Wyndham Youth Centre Hoppers Crossing w/ CARPATHIAN
Sun May 01 - Canberra @ Morgans AA
Wed May 04 - Gold Coast @ Shed 5 AA w/ GHOST TOWN
Thu May 05 - Brisbane @ X+Y Destroy All Lines Club 18+
Fri May 06 - Sydney - @ The Sando 18+ w/ RELENTLESS
Sat May 07 - Newcastle - @ The Loft AA w/ TAKEN BY FORCE

Again if you like what you read you can pick up a copy of not just issue one but all three issues of It's Still Ok Not To Drink for only $11ppd at

Hey, First off could you introduce yourself and what you do in the band?
Sure, my names Lloyd and I sing. 

Where does the name come from?
 The name was hard for us, as it is for any band. The actual name is actually the name of an old Alkaline Trio song, and everyone in the band loves those guys, but it had an extra meaning to us in so much as there is a feeling of confusion in many of us from our generation. Confusion and also doubt about the things we were all told growing up and took for granted, as well as day by day, and to quote the great mobb deep "there's a war goin on outside," as there is in our heads.  

How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you before?
I guess fast and heavy with bouncey parts would be a simple way to describe our sound. 

How did the band form?
The band started with Josh and I writing a bunch of riffs, trying to do something a bit different to what we had been doing, and perhaps closer to what we grew up on. Kain our bass player is one of our good friends, so he was always going to be a part of it, and I guess Tim and I have wanted to do something together for a long time so it all just fell into place from there.    

I’ve read that you’re a straight edge band, any truth to this? Or just a band full of straight edge dudes?
A bit of both actually. Everyone in the band is Straight Edge and as a band we definitely promote a Straight Edge lifestyle, but I don't feel the need to use those two words in the lyrics I sing per sé. I have to be careful of what I say here but I feel that Straight Edge has been played out by so many bands and not promoted enough as a legitimate option for kids coming up in the scene. So I guess we definitely do not want to be known for that, because I for one know we wouldn't be having this conversation right now if It wasn't for Straight Edge. To say that it changed my life is an understatement. 

You feature members of some pretty well known bands, is this a hindrance or a help for you? And how is the difference for you personally?
Well it hasn't been a hindrance so far and I can't really imagine it would be. I mean there's always going to be some haters, but they just hate because they can, right? That being said, we are definitely not trying to ride off the backs of any other bands we might be associated with. We always wanted to do this as something separate. For me personally, it's great to be in a band where everyone is in the same headspace and has the same idea of what direction we want the band to go in. 

You recently played with Ruiner, how’d that come about? Last time they toured you played in your old band Break out, what’s up with them? Can we expect you to have a new band the next time Ruiner come?
Haha, you've got some knowledge man! I'm not sure if you were at that show or not, but it was kind of a last minute thing. The guys in hopeless had like half an hour till they played so they asked us to get up and play a few songs. It was fun! Yeah Breakout, damn... I dunno dude. I guess the same thing happened which has happened to a lot of bands from Geelong way, dudes fell off and got real jobs or whatever... Our singer Woka and I still hang out a bit but I'm not sure what the other guys are up too these days. Hopefully I won't have to have a new band next time!!! 

What was it like playing your first show at a ‘punk’ nightclub?
Oh yeah I've heard a bunch of people were talking shit about that actually. It wasn't too bad really, it was pretty much a hardcore show, the rest of the line up were hardcore bands anyway. I would have maybe preferred to kick it off somewhere else, but we got offered that show last minute and the date ended up being earlier than our planned "first show".  

What’s future plans for the band next?
Well we're writing some new material at the moment, but I think the major goal we have is to get interstate. We have a lot of friends in bands on the east coast as well as Adelaide so we're itching to do some shows outside Melbourne.

What legacy would you hope to leave as a band and as a person?
As a band, I mean we're still only in the early stages, but I would say that we would want to be known for being unbiased when it comes to the shows we're offered and we will try to stay relevant to the next generation of hardcore and fans of hardcore. As a person I definitely would want to be known as a genuine dude and I'll do my best to uphold that. 

Any shout outs you want to send out or bands we should know about?
I want to give a shout out to our homies The Hollow from Newcastle, Phantoms and Legions from Sydney and Inside from Japan. Also if dudes are into fashion please check out my label Strangers at

Purification Interview

I thought I'd post two more of the interviews from our first issue of It's Still Ok Not To Drink for people to read.
This one was with Italian Vegan Straight Edge old men Purification, they have a new full length out later in the year and a South American tour so be sure to check that out.
If you like what you read you can pick up a copy at

Hey, first off could you introduce yourself and what you do in Purification?
 My name is Andrea (a.k.a. Monster), I am the guitar player and main song-writer. I am also the founding member that gave the name to the band.

Could you describe what Purification sounds like to someone who’s never heard you? And could you also describe your message?
 Well we started in 1996 when the “hybrid” of music called metal-core was just surfacing. I think that we were a good mix of metal and hxc elements, and throughout our lyrics we promote a cruelty and drug free lifestyle.

How did you come to decide on reforming the band again now?
 We felt the urge of having a militant vegan sxe band back on the map since this is what the hxc scene is missing nowadays; we saw too many bands now with meaningless lyrics and a lack of attitude.
This was the mean reason we decided to reform the band, plus we miss the touring life and the chance to travel the world and have some fun.

Since this is a straight edge zine, I have to ask how long have you been straight edge? And what motivated you to want to walk this path?
 I’ve been sxe for two decades (I’m almost 37 now), and vegan since the age of 17/18. My main motivation back in the day to become sxe was to emancipate myself from the “environment” I was witnessing everyday, being a student of a private high school for middle-high class kids I was surrounded by a bunch of drug addicts, party people and heavy drinkers, I was horrified by the moral degeneration that was going on around me.
And what helps keep your edge sharp after all these years?
 Well, I think that as I became older, it just made me more mature and critical about my beliefs, reinforcing my faith and discipline.

What were your major influences when you started the band?
 Definitely Vegan Reich, Raid and Earth Crisis. Those bands had a huge influence on our attitude and sound.

Have they changed over time, and if so what are they now?
 They are the same nowadays for sure.

Seeing as though the band started in 1996, can you tell us about the changes you’ve personally witnessed throughout your time as a band, both in the music scene and the people who come to see you play?
 There’s a huge difference since back in the 90s. Kids were more aware about veganism and sxe because they were the popular issues of that time. Whereas now, everything seems to be more oriented on the musical part of it and less on the lyrics and attitude.
Honestly, we stopped playing shows in 2004 so now that we’re back I have no idea of what I should expect, but I’m curious to find out. ;-)

You were a band that was never shy to talk about what you believe in, do you still hold the same views or have things changed over time?
 Our beliefs are the same since day one seeing as they were the foundations of the band, but of course now that we are in our late 30s we have a more critical approach to the whole vegan sxe movement. Let’s say that we’re not here anymore to “convert” people to the vegan-edge lifestyle. When we were younger we felt like we were on a mission but right now I know that we can just show people that a different and compassionate lifestyle is possible, but at the end you can’t force your opinion down the throats of people.

A few other older bands are starting up again now, for example Earth Crisis put out a killer new cd and Vegan Reich are meant to be rehearsing for a new album, what do you think of this?
 I’m happy about it because those bands are not only our influences but also good friends of our. Honestly I’m not a big fan of the last EC cd, though that it’s a pretty solid release ;-) and I can’t wait to see what Vegan Reich will come up with.

You’ve been a band for a long time now. What have your favourite bands to see or play with?
 Back in the days we played lot of times with our buddies in Reprisal. We shared some hilarious moments with them. ;-) They are for sure the band we enjoyed sharing the stage with most.

How’s the Italian scene in respect to veganism and vegetarianism?
 I think that politically there’s still a bunch of people that are working their asses off to promote it, as well as good organizations involved with animal and human liberation. But of course we’re talking about a very small niche, sad but true…

What kind of legacy if any would you like to leave as a band?
 From Russia to Brazil, from Japan to USA and Europe, there’s people from all over the world that still listen to our music, or wear our shirts or have our “iconography” tattooed on their bodies. That shows clearly that our legacy lives on and on.

 Any shout outs or bands we should check out?
 I would suggest you to listen to the “classics” from the 90s (EC, Vegan Reich, Abnegation, Day of Suffering, Raid, etc.) since any modern hxc since then is a big cesspool of crap in my opinion ;-)

And why after all this time are you still drawn to hardcore?
 Honestly I’m still asking myself about it. I mean I’m too old to be driving for hours in a rusty van and sleeping in the same crappy sleeping bag for years, playing shows for few bucks etc. But at the end, this is what I love the most and I won't trade it for anything else ;-)
Hxc has been a huge part of my life and I feel that it will continue to be!

Thx for the interview and for more info about us feel free to check:

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Andrea Campanelli
PURIFICATION - guitar player

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Stock update soon.

On Monday I'll be adding four records to the distro:
Punch - Eyeless 7''
Die Young - Loss 7''
Disengage - Look Back 7''
Force Fed - Five Song EP 7''

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Remember to check out for these and other great releases.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Persist Interview from Issue One of It's Still Ok Not To Drink and new stock.

If you like any of the interviews that we have posted then you can pick up a copy from our store at which feature reviews and articles as well.
This time around is an interview we did over email with Pete from now broken up Sydney band Persist.

Hey man, first off can you introduce yourself and what you do in the band?
Hey my name is Pete and I am the vocalist in Persist. 

Could you describe the sound of the band to someone whose never heard you?
slow, emotional, aggressive and political. With influences stretching out through hardcore and acoustic. Sounds like Bane, Have Heart, Verse.

Can you give us a bit of a history of the band.
Persist started a few years back when i was asked by a few dudes on the internet to sing. I was keen, so we started jamming. The first prac was probably the worst thing i had ever been to in my life lol. The drummer had told me he had been playing for a while but didn't even know what to do with the sticks haha. After the first song was written on guitar, Phil whom had no prior drumming experience wrote the drums for the song which didn't even involve using the bass drum. They showed me the first song they had written. At that point I asked the drummer why he didn’t use the bass drum and he replied “I was going to add that in later” haha. That is what started the long rough road of Persist. 12 bassists and 6 drummers later, and here we are.

You’ve recently put out an amazing new ep titled ‘The Untold Story’, the thing I like the most is that each of the songs is actually about something. So in your own words could you tell us a bit about each song and the meaning behind it.
Beautiful is about the pressures females face in our society. Beauty is not bought in a store and doesn’t come on the end of a blade (surgery).  
Voices is about pet stores and breeders mass producing animals that end up in pounds. People buy these companions but don’t take responsibility for them.
1788 is about the history of the native people of this country. From the first fleet that arrived in Australia till now. 
No Truth is about the injustices that people in this world go through every day.
The Love, The Joy The Hope is a childhood reflection. There were many hurdles growing up but it’s what made me who I am today.
The Rising Sun is about cowards who boost their egos by beating up on innocent people.
Our Perspective is about the hardcore scene and its community.
Your song 1788 relates to the treatment of Aboriginal Australians, with that in mind how do you feel about the Northern Territory intervention and the continuing ill treatment of Aboriginal Australians by our government?
I can’t start to tell you how disappointed I am in our government. As it stands I think what the government is doing is too little too late. An increase in health care throughout these isolated communities is definitely needed though.
What pisses me off the most is the ignorance of many Australian people. I have come across many narrow minded people who I have argued with. They try and tell me that Aboriginal people should just get over it.
It has come to a point now that they have become a product of their environment, an environment that we have placed them in dating back to 1788 when the first fleet landed. Many Aboriginals are stuck in an endless cycle that is hard to break. Growing up in an unfortunate environment where opportunities are few and far between is not uncommon.

Pretty soon your going to be leaving to go on tour with 50lions and Blkout, how did you manage that?
We heard that the tour was happening so we hit up Pete Abordi, and he put us on. What a champion!
You’ve been put on the bill for this years hardcore, that’s a big honour.
Its awesome I cant wait! Thanks Resist :)

What legacy would you want to leave as a band? And as a person?
 I just want to open the minds of our youth and leave a positive mark in this world.

Finally any shout outs or band to check out?

Endless heights – Sydney
Reality – Sydney
Had It – Sydney
Ill Brigade – Wollongong
Legions - Sydney
Thick skin – Brisbane
One Strength – Sydney
End of days – Sydney
Time will tell – Sydney
One vital word – Newcastle
10 paces – Sydney
Vera – Canberra
Own worst enemy – Sydney
Mark my words – Newcastle
Clean break – Sydney/Newcastle
xStrength through purityx – Queensland
Whole hearted  – Singleton/Central Coast/Newcastle
Taken by force – Newcastle
Word up – Byron Bay
Pressure – Portugal

Sorry if I have forgotten any others. 

We also now have copies of the Bloodclot Faggots self titled 7'' up, The Harsh Truth #2, Outright demo and copies of our special edition 100 For Haiti issue.

Thanks for reading

Monday, March 21, 2011

Run With The Hunted Interview

This will be the last taster interview we post from our upcoming split with Torched, this time featuring a band that put out one of the best releases of last year Run With The Hunted. We got in touch with Vocalist Drew through email. Their new self titled record is up to listen to in full on their bandcamp and is available through Panic Records at Panic Records or through us at .Enjoy.

Yo, How are you? Could you introduce yourself and what you do in the band? And a brief history of the band.

Hey, my name is Drew and I am the vocalist for Run with the Hunted. We played our first show in June of 2007 in our hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. A few months later we released our first EP “Find Your Way Out” on local label Rebuild Records. We did a few west coast tours and then released our second EP “Destroy All Calendars” on Glory Kid Records in March of 2009. We toured the rest of the country and then released our debut LP on Panic Records this past November. Then we toured some more.

You recently put out a new Self Titled release on Panic Records, can you tell us about how you got hooked up with them?

Timm, who runs Panic, found us shortly after our first EP came out. We talked about eventually working together and a friendship formed. The timing wasn’t right for either of us when we put out “Destroy All Calendars” so we agreed to have Panic release our first full length. A year and a half later, it was written and recorded and now we’re on Panic. 

The Self Titled has a different sound to your previous release ‘Destroy All Calendars’ could you go through what influenced the sound and lyrics for it?

At some point during the writing process, I think we collectively realized that we didn’t want to put out a straightforward hardcore record. We wanted to push ourselves as far as possible as musicians and really test the boundaries of what we were capable of. I think it’s easy to get stuck in a musical box, for lack of a better word, where your idea of what you “should” sound like is dictated by your genre and your preconceptions about what that means. We didn’t want to fall victim to that mindset and limit ourselves. We listen to a lot of other styles of music as well, and in hindsight I’m sure some of those influences found their way into the songwriting. At the same time, we have always been and always will be a hardcore band. Our roots are in this community and that influence is probably the strongest one of all; I think that’s evident when you listen to our music or see us live. I guess overall, we wanted to make a record that we wouldn’t get bored with.

The lyrics for the album were influenced by my journey through life and my attempt to understand and make sense of what I see and experience. During the writing of the album, I went through a really difficult time where I nearly lost relationships that were important to me and I was forced to face my shortcomings as a person. A lot of the album is about that; about coming clean and being honest about your weaknesses and finding redemption in the process. 

Lyrically you choose to write in metaphors surrounding issues more then being straight out with things, why do you write in this style compared to being more straight forward?

That’s a hard question to answer. I’m not sure if the way that I write is necessarily a conscious thing you know? I can only really write when I’m upset or emotional; I just sit down and pour everything out as honestly and unfiltered as I can. I guess I view lyrics as a form of poetry and enjoy the challenge of writing in that style. I don’t think all the lyrics I write are like that though; there are some instances where I am purposely straightforward and stripped down. 

Also on the new release you have not only guest vocals by Chris Rouse from Seven Generations but also Greg Bennick from Trial, who wrote his own lyrics for the song “Synesthesia” how, did this come about?

Seven Generations and Trial were probably the two most important hardcore bands for me; their ideas changed my life and helped shape who I am today. I’d known the members of Seven Generations years before Run with the Hunted started. Before RWTH could tour full time, we played a lot of weekend shows in southern California with them and our relationships as individuals and as bands grew stronger. I knew I wanted Chris somewhere on our record but I wasn’t sure where to put him. I was recording vocals for “Double Zero” in the studio and realized that Chris would be perfect for this song so I called him up to see if he could get into a studio. The next day, Paul Miner was nice enough to track him and that was that. It was a last minute thing, but it turned out so perfectly it’s like it was meant to be. 

I also knew that I wanted Greg to be on this record, and I thought “Synesthesia” was the perfect song for him. I’d met him a few years back through Timm and we had an instant connection. I sent Greg a rough mix of the song and the lyrics and just asked him to write something based on how the song made him feel. He really tapped into the feeling of the song and did his own thing and it came out awesome. It was amazing to collaborate with him.

On your release ‘Destroy All Calendars’ it had written explanations underneath each song, where as on the self titled you choose against this, why was this?

The main reason was space limitations. There simply wasn’t room in the insert of our album to include that much text and it would have been really expensive to make it happen. We didn’t even have room to include the extensive thank you list we’d made unfortunately. But I also think the songs on the full length speak for themselves in a way that the ones on “Destroy All Calendars” may not have. The songs are also way more personal and come from a very raw place in my being, so writing about them any further than I already did would be difficult - maybe even impossible. Each song has something to say and I think sometimes less is more. I feel like going into depth about a songs explanation can sometimes take away from its impact as a piece of writing on its own. I’ve tossed around the idea of providing explanations/insight into some of the songs on our blog though. We’ll see what happens.

Also why did you choose to put Destroy All Calendars out as a one sided 12” with artwork on the spare side as opposed to a cd?

Ever since the band first started we had really wanted to release something on vinyl. Growing up in punk and hardcore, vinyl was a really important format to all of us; there was something really special about holding a physical piece of music in your hands and pouring over the lyrics and liner notes. Our first EP was on CD only, so we hoped our second one could be on record. Fortunately Glory Kid was into the idea as well; since it was only 4 songs, we figured we would just do a 7” but Andy from Glory Kid thought it would be much more interesting and unique to do a one sided 12”. Somewhere along the line the idea of screen-printing the B side of the record came up and we knew we’d found a great way to release the songs.

Coming from Arizona how do you think that has influenced your sound and overall views as a band? Is it as conservative as it is made out to be? Especially seeing as you have outspoken Senator John McCain as the chosen representative for the state.

Arizona is pretty conservative but I don’t think that’s something you necessarily witness on a day to day basis; people’s ideas and beliefs aren’t always a visible thing, especially in public. My circle of friends are on the opposite side of the political spectrum so I think in some ways, we’re insulated from mainstream attitudes and beliefs. Personally, I can say that living in a conservative place made me want to go the opposite direction politically and explore non-mainstream radical politics. 

It’s hard to say how being from Arizona shaped our sound... AZ isn’t really known for its hardcore bands; for years we’ve had a small but relatively strong scene but almost no punk/hardcore bands have really done much outside of that. It feels sort of isolated, like being on an island. I guess it made us want to create our own sound since we didn’t really have one locally to borrow from.  

What does the future see for Run with the Hunted?

We’ll be doing a lot of touring this year, hopefully making it out to Europe finally. We’ll keep writing new music between tours and growing as much as possible, both as individuals and as a band. Past that I can’t really say... Our music was always meant to be an outlet for us as individuals, something we felt inspired to create and something we hoped others could find solace in. I don’t know where that will take us, but not knowing is half the fun. 

I’m assuming this band are big Bukowski fans being named after a reader of his, are you dudes big readers? If so what have you read that’s good lately?

Yah Bukowski is great and a few of us are big readers. Right now I’m re-reading “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn, which is pretty incredible. Last tour I read a really inspiring book my mom gave me called “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson about a guy who started building schools for children in northern Pakistan. It was really good. I also read “Under the Banner of Heaven” by Jon Krakauer on that tour; it’s a historical narrative about the history of the Mormon Church and how Mormon fundamentalism came about. Also a great read. I tend to read political/historical books the most but they can be overwhelming so I have to eventually break away and read something light or fictional from time to time.

What legacy would you like to live as an individual and a band?

As an individual I want to do my best to leave this world a better place than I found it. I want to give more than I take and never stop questioning, learning, or growing as a person. I want to inspire people to do things they never thought they could and never accept things as they’re given to us at face value. I guess I want the same legacy for Run with the Hunted. I want people to find solace in our band and take away from our struggles whatever they may. Sometimes hearing a song or reading particular lyrics and just knowing that someone else out there felt the same way you do (especially at our worst moments) can be a life changing experience - I know it has been for me. I hope the band encourages people to question everything, especially themselves. I hope people can look back on RWTH and feel like the band meant something special to them, something as special as it has to the five of us.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Unveil Interview

Third interview up, this time featuring Chris from Unveil. If you get a second check this amazing band out keeping the 90s xvx sound alive at if you like what you hear you can hit them up or suss our distro at This interview is a teaser for our new split issue with Torched which will hopefully be out in the next couple of months.

Hey, can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do in Unveil?
 Hi, my name is Christian, I’m 22 years old and I sing for UNVEIL.
What are the main influences on Unveil? Both musically and lyrically?
Musically, we’re obviously inspired by some 90’s hardcore bands with metallic influences. To mention some names: Unbroken, Trial, 108, Undertow, Earth Crisis and so on. On the other hand, we try to do something authentic. We want to sound like UNVEIL and not like Unbroken. I’d say we are pretty open for every kind of influence.
Lyrically I’m not inspired by a certain band or something. I just write down what I think and what I consider important.
How would you describe Unveil to someone that has never heard you before?
We’re a four-piece vegan straightedge hardcore band from Switzerland influenced by the aforementioned bands. We still give a fuck about veganism and politics.
Being from Switzerland, could you tell us a bit about how things are over there? What are some bands people should be checking out?
 Switzerland has a lot of talented bands, playing very different but good music. You should definitely check out DEADVERSE, BEGGARS & GENTRY, SEED OF PAIN and since we live next to the border to Austria, also check out our homies in EL CAMINO CAR CRASH  and WITHIN WALLS.
You have put out two releases on Germany’s Start A Fire records, how did you get to touch with them?
 We just recorded our first 7” and we were looking for a label to put it out. Somehow we got in touch with Danny SAF and it worked out great. The second 7” was a split release with SAF and Take It Back, another small but very dedicated label from Germany. Danny SAF and Kiki TIB are adorable persons and working with them was all through a positive experience.
Your last release you titled Hypnopaedia, what does that mean to you and can you tell us about the release?
I was inspired by the book “Brave New World” by A. Huxley. The book is about an utopic society where people are oppressed and brainwashed by the powerful. They use drugs, religion and other methods to keep the masses satisfied. People are forced into a cast system, to guarantee the most possible productivity for the state. You have to read it; it’s a very good book. It’s kinda comparable to Orwell’s 1984.
From birth, members of every class are indoctrinated by recorded voices repeating slogans while they sleep (called "hypnopaedia”) to believe that their own class is best for them. They are brainwashed by the system. Look at the society we live in – it’s more or less the same way of keeping people down and exploiting them while they think the live an ordinary life.
On your split with Deadverse, your song >Snowlion< talks about the conditions of workers and humans leaving in Tibet and China, could you tell us about it for those who don’t know what is happening?
Back in the 50ies, the Chinese “liberation army” occupied Tibet. Over a billion people (mostly Tibetans) died as a result of this war. It’s an example of how easy the powerful countries/parties/people can occupy, oppress or kill others without any consequence. China is still a very controversial state. Freedom of speech and religion are still not allowed. Human execution and extreme exploitation of workers is daily routine. When I wrote these lyrics I was very into this conflict and took part in some actions for Tibet. Furthermore, this song is about any kind of oppression and occupation, not only about Tibet / China.
With all you’re merch shirts being sweat shop and fair trade, why was this so important to the band?
 I am kinda outraged about the fact, that we’re nearly the only hardcore band doing this. If you talk about human and animal rights on stage and sell sweatshop shirts – wouldn’t that be total bullshit? That’s where we draw the line and pay 3$ more for a shirt. Fuck exploitation. We don’t make as much money as other bands do with merchandising but who cares. We don’t have a band to make money, we want to make good music and represent a message of peace and equality. Especially some bigger bands should really think about this option, cause they are making a lot of money with merchandising.
The song >The lie of supremacy<  deals a lot with the concept of national identity, what’s you’re view on the issue? Especially in contrast to the immigration laws of the European Union?
 It’s pretty easy to get my point of view if you read these lyrics I guess. National identity is a stupid concept which leads to patriotism and often to nationalism. Why do people identify themselves with such a stupid and arbitrary thing as the nation they were accidentally born in? I love living in Switzerland, it’s a beautiful country, but man, I’d never be proud of being born here – that’s just stupid. I think most patriots have a hole to fill cause they never do something by themselves that makes them proud. The European Union and Switzerland as well are fucked up and egoistic assholes. Fuck immigration laws and fuck national pride.
What does the future see for Unveil?
 We take it as it comes. Currently we’re writing new songs for an LP which will hopefully be out in fall 2011. Touring and playing shows is fun – so we hope to do that as much as possible in our near future.
What legacy you would want to leave as a band and as an individual?
 I don’t really think about legacies. I try to make this world a better place by my own actions and my own consumerism. We try to give something further as a band. We won’t change the world but we can save lives and help people.
Any shout outs or thank you’s? 
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