Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sledgehammer Nosejob Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
SLEDGEHAMMER NOSEJOB was formed in Hoogeveen/Netherlands by Carl Assault and Fredde Kaddeth (me). Carl and I also play in the death metal band MASSIVE ASSAULT. Marco Prij (also in Distillator) is our drummer and Casper le Gras our bassplayer. With Sledgehammer Nosejob we released our debut full length album called Stop! Hammertime! on CD and LP this year.
Some little history that goes from a studio project to a live band: Sledgehammer Nosejob started in 2013 as studio project, we recorded all songs in my studio. we offered our demo songs for free downloads online. We also got attention from organizers who wanted us to play at their events. So this so called studio project was rolling into gigs in 2014. People from different areas where asking from the beginning if we would bring out CD's and vinyl. Together with DDR (Defying Danger Records) we realised the music carriers this year with our debut album "Stop! Hammertime!".

2.In January you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The music we play is Death Metal, but some songs are pure rock & roll, and some songs we play are crust also some thrash.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Some songs have a lyrics about war and tragedy and conflicts, other songs are about dark thoughts and inner conflicts from a person’s view and some songs have a more amusing theme, the dark themes in our music is nothing new but a funny lyrics for example from Chainsaw Hank is about a person living the dream and being the best in TIMBERSPORTS / Lumberjack Competition sport. So the lyrics vary from dark themes to positive vibes.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Sledgehammer Nosejob'?
In your face! That’s the music from Sledgehammer Nosejob.
Inspiration comes from 80s WWF intro theme songs, Chuck Berry, d-beat and (Death) metal in general

5.On the albums there are only 2 members, are you open to expanding your line up or do you prefer to remain a duo?
On this moment Sledgehammer Nosejob is reduced to 1 member and all other members are session musicians.

Carl Assault is stepping back with Sledgehammer Nosejob, because he's also very active in most weekends with lyric videos and video shoots for a record label right now. To plan shows is getting more complex when a member has less time to play. We got shows offered we weren't able to do. This also means that Sledgehammer Nosejob is looking for a vocalist now. The album is released this year and doing live shows will also help promoting the release. That’s also fair to our record label, who invested time and money in Sledgehammer Nosejob. The idea for a expanding line up is not there yet. It worked for me to keep things simple where I had to compromise with Carl only. I must say that Carl and I had projects in the past and I always felt that we complement each other. It feels weird when Carl leaves Sledgehammer Nosejob. But I also wish him luck with this video job!
Carl and I are still in MASSIVE ASSAULT, so we will have our music and time in that band together.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Protsen open air in Germany was great, from a long drive with traffic jams, we arrived 5 minutes before our ShowTime, there was no time for warming up. Marco our Drummer needs it normally but all went good.  We played a great show and I think many people where entertained. We were!
And another great show was on a birthday party in Berlin, It was full packed with more than 200 people, played with awesome bands and the atmosphere was awesome. For that show we travelled by train the day before. A little strange way to tour, but all was smooth. In our performance people can see that we enjoy to play. Energy and drive!

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
With the line-up change and auditions there is less visibility on long term plans.
But we have some shows on the short term on Berlin Swamp Fest 2017 on 15th September and on 14th October
Defying Danger Records Label Night

8.The album was released on 'Defying Danger Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It's a small underground label, and the good people behind it have good connections in the underground metal and grind scene.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal, thrash and crust?
From many countries people were impressed with our music.
A lot of people where interested and asking for physical music carriers like CDs and LPs after we put our fist demo song online.

10.What is going on with Massive Assault these days?
Massive Assault released a third album on vinyl last July, and it will be released on CD in autumn.
We had a video shoot some weeks ago, and Carl is making a video clip now.
So expect some Massive Assault madness soon on YouTube also!

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I can't answer, with all this turbulence in this line-up now.

12.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?
With our album "Stop! Hammertime!" there is a rock, death metal, crust, thrash variety. Think of Obituary, Motorhead, Carnivore, Chuck Berry, Discharge
Nowadays i listen a lot of W.A.S.P. but also some old death metal albums, old Metallica, Pantera, Prong also Wolfbrigade. Sometimes New Wave.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Documentaries films from history to politics or science, carpentry, my girlfriend, I also love hanging out with my cats and dog and social time with friends.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Yes, I want to thank you for your interest in Sledgehammer Nosejob and this interview. For the people who don't know Sledgehammer Nosejob and our music. Check our BandCamp and Facebook and my recording studio Dirty Bird Productions. Cheers!

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