The London band talk to us about their new EP Gore and Roll
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR US WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOU AND YOUR MUSIC AND TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.
(Simon) First and foremost we hope everyone is safe and well.
Hi, we’re a London based grindcore/death metal band called Sacrificial Slabs, we came together to do extreme music and push it to a wider audience. The idea is to take old school extreme music and put a new twist on it.
As for the band itself, just 4 normalish guys and a fucking nightmare called Yozii. Hahaha. And we all want the same, play heavy as fuck music, drink beers and have as much fun playing music as possible.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR EP GORE N ROLL?
(Sarunas) We released the ep "Gore n roll’’ after a month we formed as a band, we had maybe 7 or 8 rehearsals. We thought we need to start letting people know that there is a new band formed here in London. So we took a 10 hour recording session in Camden Records studio and it was a bit stressful, some of us got drunk by the end of it, but we got amazing results out of it. I enjoyed recording, "Violent revolution’’ because it was recorded as a live performance.
WHAT RECORD CHANGED YOUR LIFE AND WHY?
(Edward) Darkest Hour - Undoing Ruin. The first record that was really a blend of Swedish death metal and the American punk stuff I was already into at the time. Not many records make me want to get on stage and scream lyrics that I know by heart. It made me want to be in a band, no question.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MUSIC VIDEO FILMED BY YOUR BAND OR ANOTHER ARTIST?
(Edward) Oddly my favourite music video is 'Hammered Again' by a band called Four Wheel Drive. I'm not really a fan of classic rock but the video is shot in a famous rock bar called The Big Red and stars a few mates of mine, it makes for an enjoyable experience.
WHAT WOULD WE FIND YOU DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT MAKING MUSIC?
(Sarunas) Simon and Edward are big sports fans, so we all usually hang out in a pub to watch a game.
Also, we go to gigs to check out local bands, meet new people. But some of us usually spend most of their days at work unfortunately
DO YOU GET NERVOUS PERFORMING LIVE, IF SO HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT?
(Sarunas) Not anymore to be honest. It feels great to play our songs for people, especially when they are headbaning and going nuts in the mosh pit. But if I would get nervous- a cold pint of beer and a cigarette would help me out.
HOW DID YOU FORM THE BAND?
(Simon)The band formed around a year ago June 2019, the project was an idea I had floating around for a while, and once the band myself and Sarunas were previously in took a break, I put the idea to him and we both agreed to give it a go and it started there, after our second practice we both invited singers, Yozii and Ludwig (Ludwig has now since left and been replaced by Ed), we quickly wrote songs, got an EP recorded, and that’s when Arnas joined on bass, (unfortunately, he had to leave, Nick replaced him), then the band started to play shows all over London and the south east. And here we are now, all locked down waiting to go.
HOW DO YOU WRITE? - DO YOU HAVE A KEY SONGWRITER OR DO YOU ALL WORK TOGETHER?
(Simon)The whole band writes, we normally have an idea in the practice room that we all jam out, and take the best bits and make it into a song. Also beer is normally involved.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
(Yozii) making different styles of songs always inspires me to go further.
Not like the same 4 chords songs, I get bored easily otherwise. That was the reason it was hard for me to find any band members in the past lol. I also watch anime, horror and crazy stuff to keep myself creative.
WHAT IS NEXT?
(Yozii)after this lock down we are looking forward to start recording our new songs, which I can't wait for. Maybe some video and plan tours. Thank you for reading.
We are sacrificial slabs.
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