Monday, May 12, 2008

Interviews and bad tattoos.

 I'm sorry its been a while, but to be honest not alot has been going on. we're finishing up writing the record, getting tattooed way too often, eating copiuous amounts of mexican food and watching mountains of dvds in my bedroom (anything by M Night Shyamalan and 80's action flicks are whats hot right now) . I'm sure that when we actually start recording , we'll have all types of fun crap to share with you. I promise. 

anyways, since not a whole lots going on, i thought ide give you a taste of an interview i did last last year for a Melbourne indie magazine called 'ink and lead' run by some rad local kids. I'm not sure when they plan on releasing this issue, or how they'll edit it. But here it is in its rawest form:

Who are you?

We’re Corsairs, My name is Lee, I’m 18 and I play guitar and do some vocals, our bass players name Is Drew and he’s 18, Michael’s 19 and plays guitar, Dean is on Drums and our singer’s name is Scotty and they’re both 19

You are a? 

 Haha, I’m not really sure, maybe a noise band? We don’t really try to fit into any particular sound or genre, we kind of just make the music we love, and write songs that kind of represent who we are. Our songs are pretty abrasive and dissonant, and on top of the noise thing, I’m pretty much in love with anything dark, so that helps. Id probably just call us a metallic punk band, cause all we’ve really done is build on the 78’ punk and eighties thrash we grew up on, but like modernized it to, I guess better represent who we are, and the culture we are a part of.

When did you guy’s form? (Were you in different bands before?)

We formed in the summer of 2006, in the ashes of a band called Fallshort, which was basically one of the first metalcore bands in Sydney and we really just took a step back from the shows we were attending and the music we were playing and were kind of not stoked, you know? We just wanted to do something real and something honest and to show kids that there’s more to heavy music then 40 minutes of breakdowns. Scotty was into what we were doing, and he eventually jumped ship from The Valley.

Where you based?

We’re based in the western suburbs of Sydney.

What would you say are your biggest influences?

Musically, our tastes are all over the place. We all listen to a lot of 80’s hardcore and thrash, and Scotty is like way into Mississippi Blues. In terms of current bands, I’m really just attracted to bands that do something remarkably different from the rest of the scene, bands like Mastodon, cult of luna, Misery Signals, The Chariot, Modern Life is War, converge etc.

In life, a lot of our influences come from a general feeling of I guess, dissatisfaction. Walking into shows, and being discontent with all the tough guy bullcrap and negativity and then walking into a church, only to be bummed on the same material crap and alterior motives that are sometimes involved. It really doesn’t leave a lot for someone who believes in something you know? But theres always hope in that belief, and I think that’s a really strong message in our songs

Which international band would you most like to play with?

That’s a really tough one. Converge are unreal, and a band like Everytime I die would just be rad to party with but... It would probably have to be like Danzig or Metallica or someone huge, that I grew up worshipping.

In one sentence, convince us to come to your next show.

Dual asian guitar assault.

Can any of you grow beards?

Scotty’s Russian, so by five o’clock the dude looks like Zangief

People would like your music if they listened to...

Thoughtful and aggressive heavy music… Bands like older Norma Jean, Botch, Advent and Architects from the UK.  

there it is.. kinda lame, but any publicity is good publicity. 

Lee xo

Listening to:

Kingdom of Sorrow 

New York Dolls - Too Much Too Soon 12" (clear red vinyl, hell yes) 

Thrice - Alchemy Index: Earth & Air

(still) Violation possessed 7" and Reign Supreme EP

Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon collie and the infinite Sadness


Kevin Smith's Daredevil: the man with out fear (graphic novel)

the tipping point by Malcom Gladwell

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Devastator EP: Foreplay

So we're basically starting this thing to keep everyone updated on everything thats going on, give a little of our thoughts, share some history and have some fun with it. Oh and to pimp our record. We'll probably also do some cool stuff, like throw pre-production demos up, and photos from recording sessions and whatnot. essentially, cool crap you find much where else. 

The EP is called Devastator and we're almost done writing. Its 6 Tracks long, and will be released and distributed by Soviet Records. We begin pre-production in May and will be in the studio recording the real deal with producer Tim Carr (Slowly Building Weapons, Hospital The Musical etc.)  by (hopefully) June. I'm super excited about it by the way, the songs are just plain better. I was still in high school when we wrote the demo, and we were all pretty new to the game, so its safe to say this crap will be alot more mature. I'de describe it as harder, faster and darker than the old stuff. it's different, but i'm into it. 

Also, some of you might of heard that our bass player Drew got in a car accident last week and was put into ICU with a lacerated spleen, which as funny as it sounds sucked real hard. but he's out now, and we're super stoked. Thanks for all your prayers and worries. 

In the meantime, Go to this show. 

A Secret Death is my favourite Australian band, besides like AC/DC.. and it's an absolute honor to be sharing the stage with them. Plus its a tiny venue, so lets pack it out and like, stage dive. 

Lee xo

Listening To:

Metallica - Black Album
Advent - Remove The Earth
Danzig II: Lucifuge
Violation - Posessed 7"
Reign Supreme - American Violence