Happy new year folks! Wish you all the best for 2016, especially tons of great new records, shows, new bands…whatever! So far this year has been pretty tough for me but, honestly, it has also been one of the most important years of my 28 years of existence on this planet. I’d like to thank all my friends and family for their support, all the DROIDxRAGE crew for being cooler than cool, and all the people I’ve met working on this website: Swedes – don’t forget /!\ FREE LINUS /!\, Gabriel, Leo, Joel, Emelie, Filil, Tor, Klas; UK – Paolo, Connor, Tom, MERCY, Ben, Jérémie, Sam, Rodney, Luke; Americans, Balaram Shakti Das (AKA Gjared), Lucas, Jean-Pierre, Connor; Canada: Karl; Brazil: Athos; Belgium: Jens; Bulgaria: Nikolay; Australia: the Fitzsimmons twin brothers; Germany: Adrian; France: Alexis and Alexis(!) Elyas, Antoine… (sorry for those I forgot!)
Here is my 2015 top releases (photo credits (c)myself)
I guess you already purchased JUDGE “Bringin’ It Down” and TURNING POINT “1988-1991” reissues. If so, please check this online demo (and download it for 1£) I discovered like a week ago. REFLECT hails from Manchester and their 4 songs demo is just great, in the vein of the two bands I was previously dealing with, I mean angry and melancholic straight edge tracks. Paolo (vocals) agreed to answer to a few question for DROIDxRAGE. Enjoy!
Our very own Nate Bean’s new joint!
The UK has really stepped up on the metallic hardcore front in 2015. Repentance, Renounced and Breaking Point all dropped big albums whilst Digress, Venom Prison and Day Of Rights all emerged with savage demos. You can add Severed to that list. They just appeared out of nowhere with a venomous three track demo entitled ‘Malice’ that draws heavy influence from late 90’s bands like Fear Tomorrow, Buried Alive, early Hatebreed, All Out War and Ringworm. Have a listen here: https://severedct9.bandcamp.com/
I spoke to Tom (Drums) from Shrapnel earlier this week.
If you haven’t heard them yet you need to check this shit out!
The UK scene is on fire at the moment there’s so many good bands out there right now so im pretty excited to be going back to the homeland permanently at the end of September.
DR: Hey man, so where are you guys from?
Tom: I’m from near Leeds, Cal from the Manchester area, Oldy from Sheffield, Jimmy from near London and Connor from Birmingham
DR: How did shrapnel come about? And who’s in the band?
Tom: Cal originally suggested the idea of starting a nyhc style band to me at some point last year as he’d written a few tunes. I said I’d play drums and get Jimmy (abolition/violent reaction) on bass. Our other band Obstruct were on our way to Brighton to play CTW fest and Oldy said he wanted to do a band called Shrapnel. Then he became the singer and eventually Connor joined on second guitar pretty recently. It all fell into place pretty quickly and we had a demo written and recorded in 2 practices.
DR: What would you say shrapnel sound is?who would you liken it to?
Tom: I think it’s safe to say we wanted it to sound like the breakdown 87 demo but it ended up being a bit of a mash up of that with some outburst influence. The new stuff we’ve written is more raw deal/altercation- covering all bases ha. We all worship that kinda stuff in one way or another and felt like it came through pretty well on our demo. We’re recording a 7″ in a studio next time though.
DR: Who’s responsible for writing the Lyrics etc in shrapnel ?
Tom: Oldy writes all the lyrics.
DR: How’s it being on Moshers Delight? I think it’s a really interesting label plus I’m a big fan of Crucial John bands.
Tom: Our housemate/band mate/full time mate/part time lad Tom Pimlott sorted us out with Mosher’s Delight. He passed our email onto Zack who said he loved the demo and wanted to release it over in the US. We were really excited at the reception of the demo and are eternally grateful for everything MD have done for us. Really good fucking label run by good people. Me + Cal had a constant supply of Shrapnel tapes on the Violent Reaction/The Flex US tour and to my surprise they flew out the door- I could eat every day! Cheers boys.
DR: Where have you been playing out recently and what are your summer tour plans?
Tom: Mainly up North. We played London a few months back on the Boston Strangler shows which was a good laugh too. I think apart from that our only shows have been in Leeds and Sheffield. No plans for this summer but we have some pretty cool plans for December- keep your eyes peeled!
DR: Anywhere you would really like to play?
Tom: Leeds every day, and probably all over the world
DR: How have some of your first sows been? And has the demo been well received in your eyes?
Tom: Yeah sick shows and even better reception of the demo. Never thought it would blow up like it has but wouldn’t have without the help of MD and New Instinct records over here in the UK.
DR: What are some of your favourite bands right now?
Tom: For me it would have to be DIE, Fury, Arm’s Race, and Oasis always. The insist demo is sick too.
DR: What do you guys do work wise?
Tom: I work night shifts at a supermarket, cal works in care, oldy in a call centre, Connor fixes showers and jimmy gives us sick tattoos.
DR: what cool shit do you get up to out side of the band?
Tom: We play in some other bands too which is sick and then just working and hanging out. I’m between Edinburgh and Leeds most of the time.
DR: Thanks bro- anything else you wanna say?
Tom: Mongrel takeover 2014. Cheers for the interview mate. XXX