Thursday, April 21, 2011
Rabid Dogs is the new ultraviolent assault born from the ashes of Bestial Devastation. Thirty-two, Blade and Doc (these latter also in Tools Of Torture, Italian Brutal/Death Metal band) started this new project at the beginning of 2009 inspiring themselves, from nicknames to songtitles, of the 70s Italian thrillers and exploitation movies. Mixing grindcore, powerviolence, punk and rock & roll with pulp themes, Rabid Dogs will lead you to the filthy gutter of “spaghetti-land”... because violence is an Italian art! (Taken from their myspam page)
Felicitation to a real rabid album. Do you think you squirt enough slobber to infect the mob?
We hope so and we’re working for that man! Everyone should try our tasty rabid froth.
The only effective cure for rabid dogs is a headshot. How will you avoid this fate (in musical terms)?
And who tells that we wanna avoid this fate (always in musical terms)? One day, when we’ll be tired of Rabid Dogs, we’ll split up as fast as we’re born, like a headshot.
The old wardrobe you have discarded (BESTIAL DEVASTATION), will it take a long time until the new was suitable?
We’re already totally into our “new wardrobe”. Even if we spent 5 years in our past band and we grew up with it (we started Bestial Devastation when we were only 16), Rabid Dogs is a totally new experience, completely different from the past one.
We set up that band just four months after the last BD show and, from the first rehearsals, we were already focused on that new sound & concept. Of course, month by month, Rabid Dogs took a more accurate shape, absorbing a lot of influences from many musical genres, but we had a clear idea of what our new band should be from the beginning.
When was the point of no return, when fun turned to serious music? Or had you focused on serious shit from the beginning?
We never had a point of no return, we’re serious from the beginning, but this doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun with it.
Where do you see your musical home? I hear some CRIPPLE BASTARDS and lots of nutty Czech grind acts.
Czech Republic, without any doubts.
The music reminds me more of a storm beaten coast than Italian olive orchards. You don’t take regard for other people’s expectations obviously. Or am I wrong?
No, you’re right man: we never took regard of other people’s expectations and we’ll go forward on that way.
Give me some details about the album. What can we expect?
Our debut album is a fast and blasting powerviolence with catchy rock and roll riffs and sleazy punk influences. It’s dirty grind and roll man, take it or leave it.
It seems Angel Aids records could not deal with rabid dogs. Was a certain kind of chemistry” “absent?
No, it was a more a “money” absent: Angel AIDS didn’t respect the deal and we started to look somewhere else to produce our debut album. It was an annoying waste of time.
Now you have released the album on several other labels. Are you not afraid of desultoriness?
No. First of all because the labels involved in the co-production are serious and correct people and I think they’ll promote it at their best, then because we ourselves are involved in the production/distribution (Don Carlos Productions, one of the label in the co-production, is our own label) and, after many years spent in the underground with our past bands, we learned one precious thing: there’s no one that could dedicate more passion and time on your album than yourself.
Harmony and aesthete don´t exist in your galaxy. What is the engine of your first full length?
Drugs, alcohol and Nello Pazzafini.
Who is responsible for your comic styled artwork?
The artwork was done by Painsugar from Indonesia and he was great. His comic style is perfect for our album, we love it!
Do you accept the rules of grindcore? Has grindcore rules? Any old school thinking?
“Rules of Grindcore”? ahahahahahahahahahah.
Is there a direct connection between the band’s name and the motion picture from Mario Bava?
There’s more than a direct connection: our moniker, nicknames, our album intro and Rabid Dogs video clip are clearly inspired by Mario Bava’s ”Rabid Dogs” movie.
“Rabid Dogs” was a rather unusual flick for Bava I think, beside his vampire stories and stuff like that, or am I wrong?
Yes, you’re right. Bava was more into horror stuff than thriller road movies like “Rabid Dogs”, but “Rabid Dogs” is an unachievable masterpiece which influenced a many other directors (“Reservoir Dogs” by Tarantino is the best example).
As we watched that movie for the first time we was so impressed to decide to tribute it using “Rabid Dogs” as moniker for our band.
Mario Bava – master of pulp movies or artist?
Both of them.
Is that kind of exploitation flick approved for lyrical recycling? Do you use your own ideas too? Are the movies just idea dispensers?
Yes, right now movies are our main reservoir for lyrics: it’s our own way to tribute them. By the way there are also real chronicles and our own ideas that contribute to the album lyrics.
Was it obvious to use some “regional themes” for you songs? Do you have a patriotic relationship to pizza, pasta and the local godfather?
We use our background for our themes because we’re Italian and we want to talk first about things that concern our country but, at the same time, could be easily shared by everyone in the world. It’s not a matter of “being patriot”, a lot of bands abuse of the same themes and that makes the underground panorama really dull.
We chose instead to do the most simple thing: to talk about things that belong to us, starting from our passion for old exploitation movies to the common chronicles of our days. We have fun with that and that’s the only thing we care.
Sex, violence, black humor and grindcore belong together; together like the asses of Siamese twins! Could you imagine divorcing it (not the Siamese’s) ?
Actually I can’t, but who knows? Maybe a major will sign us and we’ll became a boy band, spreading gay love to millions of stupid teenagers who will made us rich as Elton John… everything could happen!
Last rabid spot is yours!
Thank you for the interview man, it was a pleasure. Check out our official website www.rabiddogs.it for all the info about Rabid Dogs and be ready for a dose of healthy grind n roll!
Monday, April 18, 2011
KEITZER deserved a truckload full of adjectives; fast, loud, merciless, precise, aggressive, harsh….and so on. But there is a lot more. I have talked with axe man Simon about the horsemen, namedropping, chaos in general…. Get it!
How did you manage to release the 4 horsemen over the countenance of mother earth and yourself staying unharmed?
That’s because they promised to spare us if we play the soundtrack for the upcoming apocalypse!
MISERY INDEX, NAPALM DEATH, ROTTEN SOUND, IMPALED NAZARENE even MARDUK, the press give you many “names”. Is that mix too colorful for you?
The mix itself is ok, the more variety, the more interesting the music will be. That’s a plus for us. But namedropping is the problem. We don’t sound like the mentioned bands really. Of course, if you look at our music, mixing high-speed blasts, groove and melody, you could think we intend to sound like one of the bands. What really sucks is when you read shit like “Misery Index’ little brothers with their 2nd LP”. We exist since 1999, with 4 LPs and several EPs. Honestly we are more influenced by bands like Mörser, Acme, Systral, Assück, Botch…(STOP! NAMEDROPPING!!!) etc. And we never gave a fuck about sounding like the next big thing. So get creative while reviewing the promo piles and take at least one short look at the band’s webpage, please…
German press is usually very pseudo – critical, but now they spin over for praise. Do you trust the feedback and what about the foreign press?
In general we trust ‘em. It’s always nice to read some appreciative words about our music. We’re not published by some major label, so I think they’re pretty honest. The lesser good voices are those who expect a new overproduced Misery Index LP...sorry for not delivering this…the few reviews of the foreign press were mainly in the same tenor as the German ones, from ok to overwhelming…by the way, your review was the most interesting one to read so far, disturbingly funny.
Thanx. How important is the high pace for the music of KEITZER?
We ourselves consider the band as a Grindcore band (mainly), so, it’s very important and inevitable, I guess…
What do you think about your chance to leave the overcrowded “auditorium” of Death & Grind and get a step higher with your album? Or is it not your intention?
Never thought about this, actually. We simply continue to walk our own way, as we always did. We were never looking for fame and fortune. But if we get access to a bigger crowd - no matter what scene - with the latest record would be a nice side-effect.
Was the sinister and melodic site of the album intended from the beginning?
Not really. We don’t write an album with a demand to ourselves to make a gloomy album this time or whatever, it’s just our way to write music. If you listen to the older records, we have a similar approach to music, I think, similarly sinister and melodic. It has just become our own “trademark”, maybe, a further natural evolution of our music and us as musicians, I would say…
What about the album title, just fancily chosen or more profound?
More or less just fancily chosen, in consideration of our affinity to the end of the world as we know it.
Is playing HC and Crust still a role in KEITZER?
Sure. Although Crust had never really a big influence on us (I can’t remember any D-beat in any of our songs) some of us are really into it. HC of course, too, if we talk about the blasting /powerviolence side or the sinister, gloomy side of HC it still plays a big role…
As I said, you let loose the horsemen. Is this prophetic in consideration of the current world chaos?
Yes. WE ARE ALL FUCKED!
Is the chaos of “KEITZER” a system at its core? Give me proof that you are more than the noise of an exploding tool shed!
Chaos is the system. And we are part of it. That’s why we don’t notice it at any time. Everything we do musically is very coherent to our minds. Everything is in order quite perfectly, the exception proves the rule. We have tight song structures, almost classic-rock-like, we play the same songs every time we play them. And if you listen carefully, you hear real riffs…should be enough proof?
Was the positive feedback a great help by any means or is the only effect the one that more people rip your music from the net?
I think it has helped a little with the sales, personally we haven’t noticed any aftermath yet. Possibly it just helped the fucking download pirates. It almost hurts, when you see your newborn baby as download copies on the date of birth on the www. Buy physical copies and support the underground instead of killing it, you pricks!
Democracy or dictatorship, what maxim is the more effective in KEITZER and why?
If you had to describe it in this ideological way, you could say it’s a “democratic dictatorship”. But we’re playing together for so long now, and knowing each other even longer, it’s more comparable to a longtime marriage, with ups and downs and arguments and all this shit, so there’s, if necessary, someone who has to tell the others which way to go, sometimes it’s this or that person. Always in consensus, though
How do you get that amazing drive into the songs?
It’s simply our way of songwriting. Making songs means for us that we have to like ‘em at first, so we write songs that don’t bore us and considering your reaction it seems that we’re on the right way. Within all that blasting there shall still be enough diversity within the songs. But still you shouldn’t lose the aggression when decreasing speed, for example. And we obviously seem to manage that, probably because of our subliminal aggression we all carry within us…
How do you expand your musical borders without losing your roots?
Like with everything else, your roots are deep inside of you, unable to be denied. But still you explore new things without becoming untrue to yourself. One should always stare over the plate’s edge without forgetting what’s in it.
Actually you need a 5. horseman, because you are 5 guys. What name would he have?
I would be interested in your lyrical aspects, but Rico, your mighty label-boss seems to be a poor boy because the lyrics are not printed. So, what are your themes?
No, Rico is not a poor boy at all; he’s bathing in money since he released us, ha, ha. Lyricwise we celebrate our (musical) nihilism, we got no lyrics. It’s more in a tradition maybe Obituary began, singing some crap that comes into the singer’s mind, that fit to the musical “image” of the band. But our themes so to say are mainly the fall of humanity and the destruction of our world caused by our arrogance…
On the back-cover we see a horseman kneeling beside his dead nag. Are too much rush, aggression and thuggery noxious eventually?
Yes, one could interpret it as a metaphor for our own beginning self inflicted demise. The horsemen follow their aim, to fulfill the apocalypse, without regarding the horse, just as we greedily stuff our pockets regardless of the planet that hosts us…
And when the crock is broken does it mean you don’t know any scruples in reaching your goal?
We simply carry on. Recklessly. With a certain pride of the burnt soil we left behind.
Last spot is yours!
Thanx for the interview and your support. We really appreciate it.
Thanx to Rico/ FDA for releasing us.
Buy our records and visit our shows. Support the underground.
Dear Humanity: Do yourself a favor and die out!