Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Brood Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Hi, I’m Senen and together with Nando we make those chainsaw noises with our guitars, Donnie’s is the rumbling bass machine, Thibaut screams, shouts and grunts and Aitor bashes the crap out of the drumkit.

We formed around early 2014 in London and are mixed bag of nationalities from England, Spain and France. A few months after getting together we released a demo, a couple of singles via bandcamp and some video clips on youtube, all DIY.

2.How would you describe your musical sound?

We wanted to make a real heavy and extreme sound, but not to the point where is just is just a succession of blast beats or a chain of dissonant riffs glued together. Our main drive is to write songs that will make people want to jump in the pit and mosh.

Style wise, we started with a mix that was mostly harcore-grind with a touch of blackened death metal and some crust punk. Nowadays we are shifting towards an even more aggressive sound that’s more focused on grindcore, but we like to experiment and we always add something extra to the songs.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Our lyrics are a mixture of political topics, mixed with the occasional nonsensical horror movie stuff. It ranges from denouncing the exploitation of the working class (“Reign of the Leeches”) and shitty TV culture (“Lobotomized”) to slasher movies (“Barbie Voorhees”) and the invasion of the planet by HP Lovecraft’s Great Ancients (“Descending into madness”).

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'The Brood'?

When we initially formed the band we weren’t too serious about it. We just wanted to do a sort of a tribute to the movies we used to love when we were teenagers, in particular horror movies. David Cronenberg’s The Brood is one of those films and we also liked the sound of it. Later on, we got more committed as a band, which caused it to become more serious and politically involved, but we kept the name as we loved it. In a way it can also describe a kind of feeling we have, which is like, we (young lads at heart) actually are the brood of the anti establishment, the ones who can change it.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

So far the best show was in Tenerife. It was the first time we played there and the crowd were crazy as fuck. We finished the show with over 20 people moshing on the stage with us. Another killer show was in Nottingham, they really know how to have fun over there. Everyone were crowd surfing, moshing, slamming, circle pits, you name it. At one point they managed to do a human pyramid!

I think our gigs are full of energy and we really try to engage with the audience. We don’t care if there are 1,000 or 10 people seeing us, we always try to give our best and have fun.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Our next show will be on the 25th of Feb at the Black heart in London to help promote the release of our album. Besides other UK shows, we are also working to finalize a mini tour in european countries like Germany, Spain, Czech Republic and possibly others.

7.Currently the band is signed to 'Give Praise Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

It is great to be on a label that has such a quality roster and we are honoured to be part of it. It has delayed the release of the album, which was a bit unfortunate, but now they are being really helpful and are doing a great job with regards of exposure. We’re really looking forward to see this beast out!

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal, grindcore, and punk?

Besides here in the UK, we have a quite a fan base in Russia, Ukraine and Moldavia, which is actually curious because we didn't focus on those countries specially, but it seems they like us. And we like them. We also have followers in Malaysia and Singapore, which again wasn’t expected. Lately the US thanks to Give Praise Records efforts is starting to pick up too.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Probably going more into grindcore and punk hardcore than death metal. The new songs we wrote for a split we will release with Kittengrinda from NZ are a lot more Grind.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

We all are very different. I listen mostly to death metal, hardcore and some grind. Nando is into stoner rock and classic swedish death metal, Thibaut is a grindcore dude, almost only grindcore bands, Donnie listens to bands like Thy Art Is Murder or Despised Icon, Aitor is into prog, Meshuggah, Monuments etc but also into Grindcore and Hardcore, Napalm Death, Strife and similar.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I’m obsessed with martial arts and combat sports. Whenever I have some spare time I’ll go to the gym and train Muay Thai or MMA. Thibaut does nerdy research in infectious disease epidemiology, and also trains Muay Thai. Aitor is a tattoo artist and is into horror films. He is the one that has done the artwork for the band. Nando works for a screen printing company and he’s preparing some designs that we’ll used our upcoming merch. Finally, Donnie is an avid video gamer, Warhammer board games and biscuits.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Nazi Trump Fuck Off!

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