Thursday, 28 February 2019


Hell’s house band THE TRACY LORDS is a chaotic smash n’ grab of primordial sludge in molten tones and carwreck whiplash rhythms. With enough artfulness, drama and sadness to keep the young’uns interested and lo-fi charms for the Punk Rock cogniscenti, The Lords’ hope-crushing heaviness is inflicted with the simple MO of set up, break the audience into little pieces and get out. – Interview by Trashnoiser [28.02.2019]

[1] Hello The Tracy Lords. First of all, please introduce the band; history background and the current lineup?
The Tracy Lords is myself (Arthur Urquiola) on guitar and vocals, Dave Kerr on bass and vocals and Gabe Andre on drums. We started in late 2016 with Owen Fung on drums, who would later move to South Korea and now plays in the incredible Sludge/Doom band Gawthrop.

[2] The name “The Tracy Lords” sounds interesting! Where from did you get it and what doest it represent for?
Traci Lords was an American porn star from the 1980s who lied about her age and was featured in 30+ hardcore porn films even though she was not of legal age. Eventually she was detained by the FBI and there was a mass recall of her films. But the interesting part of her story was that she would later become a successful actress, writer and pop singer. So to me she represents living through a quite sordid past to ultimately live a life of creative and fulfilling work.

[3] How would you describe the music and sound of The Tracy Lords? What sort of bands that really inspired you, musically?
At the heart of it, I would call The Tracy Lords a Rock & Roll band, maybe a Punk Rock band. We were initially more inspired by Hardcore Punk bands like GLOSS, Cursed and Los Crudos, but we would later derive other elements from bands like Poison Idea, The Murder City Devils and GISM. From very early on we also sought out a crushing heaviness to our sound usually more associated with Stoner/Doom bands like Fu Manchu, Thou and Sleep.

[4] Share with us a little bit about the method you guys composing songs and recording?
Very little is created outside of the practice space. Aside from lyrics, most of the writing happens when we’re all together. We do work very quick when we’re at that stage though. We demo everything and much of that has been released. But when we do go into a studio, mostly everything is tracked live and we’re not in there longer than a day. We don’t want to waste anyone’s time or money, especially not our own.

Photo credit: Andy Rock

[5] I personally didn’t know much about The Tracy Lords. What have you released previously?
We released an eight-song demo digitally in December 2016. We later re-released it on cassette tape in July 2017 for the Unite Asia festival with two additional songs, as well as having two other songs featured on a commemorative compilation CD released at the fest. Later in 2017 we released a digital ep called “fuck.marry.kill” which collected the two bonus songs from our demo tape, the two songs from the Unite Asia comp and two newer tracks. Our most recent release was three songs on a split 7" with our dear friends The Squawk .

[6] Let us know further about your recent release(s), including the one you told me; a split 7" you guys did with a band called The Squawk?
The split with The Squawk was released last February and is the first Hardcore Punk split 7" to come out on vinyl in Hong Kong. It was released by our dear friends Sweaty & Cramped, a Hong Kong label that largely releases Emo and Indie Rock, but they did a fantastic job. We will have a new 7" ep coming out this year through Gods Candy Records in Canada. We wrote and recorded it between July and September last year so it came together very quick, but it sounds huge, looks incredible and we can’t wait to inflict it.

[7] How do you see this band progressed, from the beginning phase to the present stages?
Our earlier live sets were short, blunt noise attacks. Very fast and very loud but I think we have always made being tight a priority. The live experience now is still extremely intense, but our songs are more dynamic and more reflective of our eclectic tastes. Musically I’d like to think that we’ve become more ambitious without straying to far from the qualities that make us unique and that people enjoy in our music.

[8] What scope of issues and messages have been written in most of your lyrics?
Getting into Punk Rock taught me to seek out my own culture from a real early age and DIY covered everything from music, to film, to the books I read. But being 35, I’ve realised that most other people who interacted with culture more passively almost grew up in an entirely different world. I didn’t go to clubs and raves or whatever, my time was spent at record stores and Punk Rock shows and making my own music. This comes through in my writing along with the fact that Hong Kong is a place that doesn’t put a lot of stock in preservation, so the record stores, music venues and pretty much all the small independent businesses I used to love are gone. These factors mean that people who came from the scene I came from, who are now around my age, can’t get too nostalgic. There aren’t a ton of people who share the same memories we have and it’s easy to feel “aged out” of culture unless you’re actively involved.

[9] Do you think that Hong Kong one of the best country to live and stay in? How does the music (punk/hardcore/noise/grind/metal) scene look like over there?
Hong Kong’s one of maybe three or four cities in the world I’ve found where I can always just walk out the door without a plan and find plenty to do. It’s very safe so staying out late was never really an issue. As far as Punk Rock and Metal goes, the scenes here are really small and a band like us can really only find a much larger “scene” of like-minded bands and friends regionally. The Unite Asia website is started here and is all about connecting scenes around the region. The administration here isn’t at all supportive to live music, but that’s made having a DIY approach absolutely crucial for bands to get anything done. It’s real common here for different kinds of acts to also play together because of this and everyone works together to make things happen for themselves and for small, independent acts passing through. For example, the experimental music/noise scene embodies this perfectly. Everyone involved is extremely hard working, self-sufficient and organised, there are regular events and foreign acts are always passing through.

Photo credit: Bob Wan

[10] Have you guys playing live in gigs and making tours?
We have played many live shows at this point but we don’t really perform regularly. I’ve found it’s easy to play the same one or two venues once a month to the same people and the same other bands. From very early on I think we wanted to have different kinds of experiences playing live at different types of shows. While we’re not a political band, part of the reason we’re so selective is also to show support for smaller, DIY promoters and spaces and share bills with other bands that work at a grassroots level. While it’s never really an option for a band like us, I’d like to think that we would be apprehensive about playing at a shopping mall, or being some cultural affectation at a corporate gathering just to show how eclectic and “whacky” the organisers and company behind the event are.

As of yet, we have not traveled with this band. It’s something we would really like to do, especially with thriving the Punk Rock, Noise and Metal scenes around Asia that are probably more receptive to what our band does.

[11] What more could we expect from The Tracy Lords in the future?
I’m not sure when this interview will be published, but we will be supporting the legendary Hardcore band NEUROOT from the Netherlands in April. That’s actually our first show for 2019. The new ep is coming together, but part of the delay could be due to my elaborate ideas for the vinyl and packaging. Either way we hope that it’ll be released sooner rather than later. We like to commemorate these things with parties as well, so we’re hoping for a launch party since the one we did last year for the split 7" with The Squawk was one of the most fun life-affirming shows I’ve ever played.

[12] What is “punk” in your own mind?
Punk Rock to me is DIY at its core. It’s the entire paradigm for all the culture that has enriched my life and shaped me as a person. Some of the most enduring and important friendships I have are with people I met as a teenager at Punk Rock shows or through playing in Punk Rock bands with. To this day, Punk Rock continues to not only bring profoundly inspiring art to my attention, but it also connects me with the kind hearts and inspiring minds behind some really great work.

[13] Thanks for your time. Last words please?
Step out of your comfort zone at least once today to seek out new art, music, literature and experiences and let it change you.

Thursday, 21 February 2019


ONCE STAND, FOREVER FIGHT!: Hardcore Punk compilation #1 featuring Pasmaters (Croatia), Dipfase (Indonesia), Contusiön (Colombia), Txuminos Imberbes (Spain), Disbomb (Malaysia), Carne Pa Canhão (Portugal), Valium (Colombia), Ruido Bruto (Spain), Besthöven (Brazil), M.E.A.T.S. (Hong Kong), The Tracy Lords (Hong Kong), Gas-Tank (UK), Skitvarld (UK), Dishumanity (Serbia), Lenincat (Spain), LowFat (Thailand), DISM (Malaysia), Short Thrash (Brazil), Dishöld (Indonesia), and Svartfåglars Begravning (Brazil). Total duration 43:22 minutes.

Full download comes with completed set of coversleeve + inlay. Only the bands featured have the rights to produce physical copies for selling / distribution.

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019


THE HIDDEN EXISTENCE: Malaysia’s Electronic / Experimental compilation Part 1 featuring TUNARUNGU, DELUSI, KAO-TIK, HAYATI, DOLOR SONITUS TUMULTUS, FUNEDRONA, SOUNDRIOT, and S.A.M.


Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Interview: LOWFAT

LOWFAT is definitely a unique band. It consisted of some Japanese guys who lived in Thailand. Referring to their list of discography, I recognized that this Bangkok-based 4-piece Hardcore Punk outfit has released and involved in many various artist compilations and splits since the beginning of their existence. LowFat has successfully produced 5 full-length albums up to now, including the latest one entitled “Dive! Survive!!” which was released in June 2018. I got a chance to talk with Sano (vocalist) and we discussed a lot about LowFat. – Interview by Trashnoiser [08.02.2019]

Hello LowFat. How are you doing guys? What has currently changed in the band since the beginning?
Hello. After we recorded our fifth album Van joined as our drummer to replace Toppy, who moved to England. We’ve played a lot of shows with Van since he joined including a tour in Japan last June. We feel lucky to have found so many really solid drummers that we enjoy playing with.

Congratulation for the new album released recently. How was the selling & responses so far?
It’s actually been really good considering we didn’t have a launch party here in Thailand. We’ve been getting a lot of orders online and selling well at shows so we’d say it’s been doing really good.

How do you see the band progressed in this 5th full-length as compared to the previous albums?
Maybe to the listeners our fifth album wasn’t majorly different from our past releases but for us the process was completely new because we really paid attention to all the details and took a lot of time with each song. It just feels like this album is the most true to us.

Is there any special meaning behind the album title “Dive! Survive!!”?
Firstly, this album was our last recorded with Toppy who had played with us for 7 years.

Secondly, this is our first album recorded with our current bassist Takaya, who also wrote one of its tracks, so there is a feeling of “finally” when considering he has been with us for a long time now.

Thirdly, even though Van joined after the album was recorded he did have a part in it as he did the mastering and that made us have to have a lot of discussions on what our sound was going to be, that really challenged us and pushed us forward.

This album just feels like the most “LowFat” album we’ve ever made.

Do you have any great facts about the songwritings and recordings of this new album?
We really went into detail on every song and spent a lot of time writing every part of every track. That’s not to say we overthought or stressed the songs, we had a lot of fun playing with all the different ideas. There were a lot of “where did that even come from? I love it!” moments. It was a really exciting process and we really left our comfort zone, which made it all really fun.

Tell us further about the album production & distribution; both CD and cassette-tape versions?
We did every part of the CD ourselves and printed them here in Thailand, so they haven’t made their way out of Thailand just yet.

Our cassette tape is being handled by Hardcore Detonation in Malaysia.

For those who still unfamiliar with LowFat, please describe the band's music and sound, and also the bands influenced?
LowFat was started in 2006 and the original inspiration was actually Japanese children’s music. I felt that children’s music is always catchy and memorable but I wanted to see how it would be fast and heavy. The idea was that the music would be really different and easy to hear through all the chaos. That was the basis for LowFat.

In 2009, Yusuke went from just helping us out now and then to becoming a full-time member and started contributing more song ideas, making LowFat more of a band after it was mostly just my own music. Yusuke really helped our songs to grow and change.

I’d say we’ve been influenced by all the bands we’ve experienced in our lives but in that we try to stay away from anything that we’ve heard before. If we hadn’t heard some bands we might just be doing what they’re doing!

What are lyrical themes and messages written for “Dive! Survive!!” album?
From the beginning I’ve always just written about my own experiences, about the people around me, about society or politics, negative or positive but I try to have a sense of humor about it all in my lyrics. I want the lyrics to kind of come off as a joke at first but get heavier the more you think about them. There is a lot of sarcasm in my lyrics because I think it allows people to have their own opinions on what I am saying.

LowFat has also re-issued 3rd & 4th album “Too Big Slaves!” in a Pro-CDr right? What was the motive for this re-issue?
There wasn’t any big reason for this. We had sold out our fourth album just as people were starting to know about it so we decided to mix in some tracks from the third album Toppy had recorded and re-release the album as a CD-r. It was purely promotional!

Please share brief information about LowFat involvement in “Siam Underground Volume 1” compilation?
Charlie @ Punk Rock Bangkok setup this project to promote Thai underground bands to the world. He contacted us just as we were finishing our mix so we gave him the track Butsuyoku Paradise from Dive! Survive!! The track is slightly different from the one on our album because it wasn’t mastered by Van. The version you hear on the Siam Underground compilation was mastered by me.

LowFat always presents great artworks on the cd/tape covers. Could you please further describe all the arts?
1st album: Karcsika (Hongry)
2nd album: Au (illustrator, Thailand)
3rd - 5th album: Toppy (a former drummer of LowFat, Thailand)

How about lauching party / gigs / tour, especially for the promotion of the new album?
We were really focused on finishing this latest album before our Japan tour last June so we weren’t able to have a launch party in Thailand. We wanted to but we couldn’t find a venue. We’ve been selling the CDs at our shows and they’ve actually been doing really well.

How’s the hardcore punk scene in Bangkok/Thailand look like? Would you love to recommend any good Siamese hc/punk bands?
New bands are constantly coming and going here so there isn’t a lot of continuity sometimes but as a scene there is still much more happening now than before. 6F has helped bring in a lot of bands from abroad and helped Thai bands support. Even when the music is super heavy, the shows are really inviting so I would suggest any bands wanting to play in Thailand contact 6F.

One hardcore band here I’d recommend is Smell Corpses, a three-piece d-beat band whose drummer is also the vocalist. It’s too bad the band’s members are all across the country now so they don’t play often but if you see their name on a flyer definitely go to that show.

Another band I’d recommend is Bullet Brain. They haven’t played in years but I want everyone to check them out! They’re one of Thailand’s few crust core bands and I don’t know who their influences are but they’ve really got it together. You can find their demos on YouTube.

What is “punk” in your own mind?
Punk to me is having your own opinion, so if you disagree with that you’re a real punk :)

Last words please?
Thank you Noise from Hell for talking to us! We hope to see you in your hometown soon! 

Punks be ambitious!!