Friday, 27 April 2018

Interview: MORTIFY

MORTIFY based in Tokyo, Japan and their musicstyle is Swedish Style Grindcore! The band consists of Adam (vocals), Tak (guitars) and Ryo (drums). Back on November 26th, 2017 they released their debut 5 tracks demo, simply entitled “Demo 2017”. MORTIFY is basically a new name in the GRIND scene but the demo was really awesome and show us their potential. Here’s an interview with Mortify, answered by Adam.

Tell us the history of Mortify’s existence and who’s who behind the band lineup? The members came from different bands right?
Hello! Thank you for the interview. Yes, so I met Ryohei when my band Disrotted came to Japan in 2015. We did a split cd with his band su19b. We became friends and stayed in touch, which led to Disrotted returning in 2017 to do more shows with su19b in Japan and Korea. I let Ryohei know that I was planning to move to Japan, and we thought it would be fun to start a band together. I moved here in June of 2017, and he introduced me to Koreeda. I am in Disrotted and I have also played in Sick/Tired, Paucities, and Winters in Osaka. Ryohei is in su19b and also Final Exit. Koreeda plays in Trikorona and was also in Coffins.

Please clarify further about your musicstyle and what sort of bands that truly influenced your music? Why you chose Swedish HM-2 style Grindcore?
It was Ryohei’s idea for us to try and capture the sound of old Regurgitate mixed with the HM-2 death metal tone. I think my idea originally was for Mortify to be something weirder like later day Disharmonic Orchestra mixed with Disastrous Murmur, but I am very happy with the sound and concept of this band. This is pure, old school grindcore sprinkled with a hint of death metal to spice it up.

Let us know everything about your Demo 2017 especially about the recording sessions and the first cd-r version by Y Records?
Right after I moved to Japan, Ryohei sent me the demo tracks. I was living about an hour and half away from him and Koreeda at the time, so I wrote the lyrics and practiced all of the vocals at home. They recorded the tracks and sent me the final versions, which I then sent my vocals for mixing. We weren’t in the same room together until many months later when it was time to practice for our first show. 

Heard that the demo also available on cassettes under Grindfather Productions (Europe) and recently on Happy Records (Malaysia). Your comment on these versions?
I am humbled that so many labels from all over the world have wanted to work with us, and believed in the band so early on to want to rerelease it. All of the different versions look amazing. 

What are you talking about through your lyrics? Do you think that lyrics is as important as the music?
The lyrics are a homage to bands like Impetigo, Haemorrhage and Dead Infection and Regurgitate. All of those bands have influenced me since I was young, and I wanted to do lyrics that were strictly gore related, but also in a campy, tongue in cheek sort of way. The lyrics are very important to the band, even if the listener cannot really understand the vocals. The entire sound of Mortify is meant to sound gross and nasty, so the lyrics need to match the sound we have chosen. 

Please share with us some of your live shows and gigs? Do you intend to tour outside of Japan?
We have played some really awesome shows so far! Our first show was in support of Men’s Toilet, which comprises of members from both Japan and the US. We have also gotten the chance to play with Necrophile and Rotten Sound and recently we opened for Heinous too. We have a busy schedule this summer, opening for Fubar in a few weeks and then travelling to Nagoya for the annual Grindfreaks show which is being headlined by Wojczech. I am also excited to play with Whoresnation this summer too. No plans as of yet to play outside of Japan, but we would all love too.

What’s the next plan and upcoming releases from Mortify? What can we expect on your new tracks? 
There is a new track called “Rigor Mortis Teens” that can be heard on the Grindfreaks compilation. Anyone interested can check out the Unholy Grave FB for info on how to buy it. I am not sure if the compilation will end up online. And we are working hard on finishing up our first LP which we hope to begin tracking this summer. The plan is for the LP to be 20 songs, plus we will record a few bonus tracks and covers in the same session.

Tell us in brief about current Grind/Noise scene in Tokyo?
There are many awesome bands here and it is a real pleasure to be able to play and see these bands on a regular basis. Self Deconstruction plays every week (sometimes several times a week) and is the tightest and craziest grindcore band, hands down. Endless respect to them. There are some other great bands like GFF (Euro goregrind/groove), Cunts (insane noisecore), Oniku, Butcher ABC (legends), In the Weeds (ex Facialmess), Asocial Terror Fabrication (crusty grindcore), Needle Contaminated Pork (one man slam)... I can go on and on. There are tons of shows always going on here and the scenes; whether it be noise or grind or death metal or hardcore etc etc are all healthy and full of nice and incredible people.

Well, are there any merchandises such as t-shirt, patches, etc available from Mortify?
Yes! If you go to our Facebook page, you will find information on how to pick up some merch. We have stickers, buttons, short sleeves and longsleeve shirts at the moment. 

Few last words please?
A true thank you to everyone who has supported Mortify so far. We are happy with the response to the demo, and we are working hard to wrap up the Lp, which will promise to be faster, darker, more gruesome and disgusting than the demo. Cheers to all the fans and thanks for the interview! TASTE OUR SWEDISH BUZZSAWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

*Replied on April 26, 2018

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Interview: CHIKARA

I knew Dario Marić (from Bosnia and Herzegovina) since few years ago while he was still with his old (now disbanded) noisecore band named Šuga. When I met him again this year, he’s now played and involved in many projects; Ersterator, Diskonekcija, many others and the one I interviewed here is CHIKARA. This Raw Hardcore Punk/Crust band also involves a vocalist / lyricist named Johnny Roadkill (from Sweden), another active guy from Puta Malaria, Skitnaste Records/Netlabel and many others bands & projects. Check out this new but great band called CHIKARA which found in 2017. Get more information about them through the following conversation. – Interview by Trashnoiser

Hello Dario Marić. How are you? What was happened to your previous projects & bands, I mean Šuga?
Hello, I’m great and you? Well I have a lot of projects behind me, but Šuga doesn’t exist anymore, we all had our disagreements, mostly because of drugs and alcohol, so we just ended it, and I left it at that.

I’m here to interview your new band Chikara. When and how was this band get formed? Let us know what other bands you involved in beside of Chikara?
After I did a split with Puta Malaria, (my project involved was Ersterator), in November 2017, Skitnaste and I decided to combine our sounds, and that’s how Chikara was born. About my other bands that are active; there’s the newest one, Sarlah, hardcore punk, then there’s Millions of Dead Parazites (MxDxP), gorenoise, with Mariano Trump from Fekal Propulsion, Diskonekcija, crust punk, which ended up as a solo project, and then there’s my other solo project, Ersterator, noisy punk band about my favourite beer. Other than that there’s a few other bands that aren’t active anymore.

Who’s Johnny Roadkill, the person who put his vocals for Chikara?
He’s one of the best noisecore maniacs in the scene! I would say he’s best known for his one of a kind sound, where he’s committed to old school style of noise. Puta Malaria is one of his best projects, but he has many more, such as Anal Ricochet, Status: Kawakami, Fucking Fart, and many more which you can check out on his bandcamp ( Another thing I would like to mention about him that he’s a great activist for animal and human rights and he’s such a big support to everyone in the scene.

Special question for Johnny Roadkill: What other bands / projects you played in beside of Puta Malaria? 
Yes bro I’m Johnny and Roadkill is my artist name, Skitnaste is my label.  Nice to talk to you too bro. My active projects are Anal Ricochet, Status: Kawakami, Fucking Fart, Nicki Minoise, Tarmförskjutning, Järnlunga and more. My inactive projects are Error Grinder, Klibbiga Fingrar, Major Krøsamaja, Häleri, Världelös, RUNK, Villfarelse, Tutorial Faceplant and more. Bands I’m in are 53704, WarTvictims, Mastürbate and Rattling Outlaws and I have done alot of collabs also.

How do you define and describe the musicstyle of Chikara? What sort of bands that influence your music direction?
Chikara is a raw crust punk band, the music style that influenced it the most is old school Balkan crust, mostly bands from the 80’s and 90’s and we try to stick to that old school-noisy style, while Skintase completes the band with his vocals and lyrics, and all that makes Chikara what it is. Bands that influenced the sound of Chikara the most are bands such as Faak Am See, Fight Back, AK47, Pas Maters and so on.

How’s the process of songwritings look like? Do you have a plan for each track, rehearse few times before recording or simply plug-play-and-record?
I simply plug-play-and-record the songs, and after that Roadkill writes the lyrics and adds the vocals.  It doesn’t take us a lot of time to make the songs because we really have a lot of ideas. We usually make few tracks in one day.

So far (as for January 2018) how many releases have been released by Chikara? Give us a list of 10 most essential/important releases?
So far we have one EP and one album, and over 15 splits with other bands, and a lot of splits are currently in the making. I can’t really list 10 most essential releases, because every one of those had an impact on Chikara. Also, I really don’t wanna put any band we worked with above any other, we’re thankful for all of the support from every single one of them!

What are the lyrics all about?
We have a wide range of subjects in our lyrics. They’re about animal and human rights, against the system, against drug addiction, against wars and terrorism, about crust punk in general, and people in the scene. You can check some of our lyrics out on youtube, on our EP and album. I think its also worth to mention that at first they were in English, but now we switched to Swedish.

Do you guys play live / join any gigs?
Well as of now, it’s impossible for us to do that, first of all because I live in Bosnia and Roadkill lives in Sweden, but maybe in the future we will organize a gig, after we find another band member, because currently I’m the one playing the guitar and the drums, so we would definitely need another member for playing live.

What are the next plans and among the big target you set for Chikara?
Our biggest target is to be the band with the most splits, and become legendary because of it hahaha! But yeah, we have a lot of planned splits with punk, crust, grind, noise bands. Among those there are bigger bands such as Agathocles and some other, but we’ll keep those a surprise.

Last words please? Thank you.
First I would like to thank you so much for this interview, it’s special for us, as this is our first one. I would also like to thank Roadkill for his endless support, and a big thank you to all people who listen to the stuff we make, who support and are engaged in the noise scene, we really appreciate it. And to end this interview: WE ARE CHIKARA AND WE’RE HERE TO STAY!

*Replied on January 31, 2018