Desert Storm: Interview with Chris White

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On 16th March Desert Storm’s “Sentinels” is released on vinyl, CD and digital download, their fifth album following Desert Storm (2008), Forked Tongues (2010), Horizontal Life (2013) and Omniscient (2014). In advance of its release we caught up with guitarist Chris White for a chat.

APF: For those not in the know, tell us how Desert Storm got together ten years ago.

Chris: We are all friends from school. Myself, Elliot (Cole, drums) and Ryan (Cole, guitar) were in a previous band that finished, so from there we got in touch with Matt (Ryan, vocals) and Chris (Benoist, bass) to form a new band. From there we never looked back!

APF: Tell us about the recording of Sentinels. Any tales from the sessions?

Chris: The sessions for this album actually started 2 years ago. We recorded a selection of songs at Flesh & Bone studios in Hackney over the course of weekend sessions over a period of around 6 months. It was later that year that we wrote ‘Journeys End’, then felt that it really needed to be on the album. So in February 2017 we booked more sessions at Woodworm Studios in Oxford to record the song to round off the album. So it has been a long process to get to this point!

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APF: Sentinels is distinctly darker and heavier than previous releases. Was this something you went for deliberately?

Chris: I think our style has evolved a lot over the past two to three years. As we were gathering material for our previous album Omniscient, we felt that we were starting to favour the darker more progressive sound over the more classic rock influences or our earlier work. That album had a wide range of musical styles present, so with Sentinels we wanted to focus on our heavier side, but still keep the blues influences that allow us to keep the groove in our music.

APF: Which of the new songs are you most proud of, and why?  

Chris: I think Kingdom of Horns is a song we are all very proud of. I think it marks another evolution of our band stylistically, as we have a song that is both heavy and dynamic at the same time.

APF: Looking back at your previous releases, which one is your favourite?  

Chris: I think Horizontal Life is an album we look back on with pride. It was the first album of ours that really started to get some acclaim in the UK, and I think it really helped to create a platform for us going forward. Plus there are plenty of current live favourites from that album too!

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APF: What’s your aspirations with this band at this stage of your career? Any unfulfilled ambitions with it?

Chris: We really want to bring our music to as many people as possible. We are pushing to tour as much as we can, hopefully this album will get the critical acclaim to bring us to the attention of metal fans across the UK and Europe.

APF: What’s your favourite city or venue to play? And are there any places you’ve not gigged yet but would like to?  

Chris: The USA has been a long term ambition for us to tour in, as musically the US and UK share so much heritage that it feels like a rite of passage for British bands to make the trip over the Atlantic. It’s difficult to suggest a favourite city to play, but hometown shows in Oxford still feel special as we are playing to fans who supported us from the beginning.

APF: What’s the best and worst things about being on the road?

Chris: The best thing is being able to do the thing that you love full time, as it’s something that most bands really aspire to do. The worst thing is the long hours sat in the van smelling whatever awful food Elliot or Ryan bought from the previous petrol station.

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APF: How do you manage juggling having jobs and touring so often? Is it a difficult balance?  

Chris: It is difficult as we all have very busy lives away from the band, so aligning 5 people to be in the same place at the same time is always a challenge. At the end of the day we love doing it, we may have missed a few birthdays along the way but unfortunately it’s sometimes a price you have to pay.

APFL You’ve joined a label which now has 16 bands on the roster. Which is your favourite of the other bands on APF Records and why? Be honest haha, the other 15 won’t be offended. Probably.

Chris: Well we have been friends with Diesel King for many years and have done plenty of gigs with them, so it’s great that we are now part of the same family with APF Records!

Desert Storm’s “Sentinels” is available to pre-order now from:

apfrecords.bigcartel.com

desertstorm.bandcamp.com

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Trevor’s Head Sign to APF Records

 

“Trevor’s Head present chunky stoner riffage from the deepest darkest recesses of Redhill, Surrey. Every song has plenty of powerful grit and the pace picks up with punky, driving aggression, all wrapped up in warm desert-fuzz tone. ” – DESERTFEST

“The perfect mix of Stoner, Blues, Grunge, Desert Rock and Hard Rock with soulful vocals to match” – OUTLAWS OF THE SUN

“As their track record suggests, (Trevor’s Head) seem locked in a state of perpetual evolution and experimentation, and for that, they have to be lauded.” – THE SLUDGELORD

 “A band unwilling to stay confined within the boundaries of a specific genre or sound and who in making this stance have created their own genre…. Get inside Trevor’s Head – it’s a great place to be!” – PSYCHLIST

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A warm welcome to our latest signing, Redhill rockers Trevor’s Head. APF Records will be releasing their new album “Soma Holiday” on 30th April 2018, just in time for their performance at this year’s Desertfest London. “Soma Holiday” contains 13 genre defying (and genre defining) songs which, whilst rooted in stoner rock, take the listener on a journey through moments of grunge, punk, indie rock, hardcore, early Neil Young, ska, country, prog and much more besides. We caught up with drummer Matt Ainsworth before the campaign begins.

Welcome to the APF family. How you feeling?

Pretty damn good! We’re only two months into the year and some really cool stuff is happening for us as a band.

For those not in the know, tell us how Trevor’s Head got together and what you’ve achieved so far?

Trevor’s Head started up as a bunch of mates who met in college about 10 years ago, we’ve had a couple of lineup changes over time, but it settled nicely into the trio that it is now in 2014. So far, we’ve self released two albums, two EPs, played over four hundred gigs and grown as songwriters and performers. Now we’re on APF.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever played and what made it special?

The launch party we had for the release of our last album, “Tricolossus”, was something pretty special. The place was rammed, there was toilet paper flying everywhere, there were stage invasions, crates of beer were being passed around, Roger ended up inside the ceiling after removing part of it… it was just a greasy, mental gig. The audience was awesome and so were the support bands, who are all good mates of ours… Cavalli, Junkyard Choir, and Danny Dangerously. Check ‘em all out!

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Tell us about the recording of Soma Holiday. Any tales from the sessions?

The recording itself was quite intensive. Foel Studio is in an extremely remote area in Wales, so there aren’t very many distractions! We laid down the basic tracks live, then overdubbed the vocals, some of the lead guitar parts and all the extra stuff like synths and fire extinguishers. We binged pretty hard one night and ended up doing our own take on country music till past dawn, but that hasn’t gotten on the record…

Which of the new songs are you most proud of, and why?

There’s a track called “Sleepstate” which is one of the most ambitious things we’ve done so far, there’s a lot of different layers in there, particularly the middle parts. “Ghost” is another one. Heavy, spacey and punky. We’re proud of the record as a whole, though.

You’re booked to play this year’s Desertfest London, which is quite a coup! Nervous? Which other bands on the lineup are you looking forward to seeing?

Nervous? Us? Haha, maybe a little! The reality’s kind of only just dawned on us! It’s going to be a right blast. Really looking forward to catching Black Moth, Church Of Misery, Zeke, Casual Nun, Graveyard, Tuskar, Pist, Morass Of Molasses, Hawkwind… Could just reel off the whole lineup, couldn’t we?

Reveal something about Trevor’s Head you’ve never talked about in public before?

 Nothing to say that hasn’t already been said, really. Apart from Aaron’s crippling dependency on fried chicken. But that’s pretty dark, man. You don’t want to hear about that.

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What’s your aspirations with this band? Where would you like to be in 5 years time?

Still gigging our arses off and having a great time of it! We’d also like to have made a few more records that we’re really proud of, too. The continuing development of us as a band as well as a bunch of mates is really rewarding.

What’s your favourite venue to play? And any places you’ve not gigged in but would like to?

The Bird’s Nest in Deptford seems to have become our spiritual home over the last couple of years, we’ve been putting on monthly stoner/doom/sludge/psych nights there and it’s always an awesome time. Great bar staff, sound man and audience. Totally run for the music. We’d like to get more shows up north… Sheffield, Leeds and Nottingham are some places we haven’t been to yet.

You’ve joined a label which now has 16 bands on the roster. Which is your favourite of the bands on APF Records and why?

Probably have to go with Under or Desert Storm. They’re both fucking class bands and really good guys to boot. We’re looking forward to being part of the family!

Finally, anything to declare?

We fucking love your label, mate.

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APF Showcase Interviews: The Final One

It’s been ace talking to members of the 14 bands playing the APF Records Showcase at The Bread Shed this Saturday. Wrapping things up, we pinned down Matt Walker from Battalions, Elliot Cole of Desert Storm, The Hyena Kill’s Steven Dobb and Ba’al frontman Steffan Benham for a few final words.

APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Elliot: Well getting to tour Europe again was great. We always have a great time and it’s always fun going back to cities we have played before as well as playing new places. 2017 was also the 10th anniversary of the band, so playing a sold out hometown show for that occasion was also pretty special. It was nice to play a lot of old songs from our first couple of albums again, because they rarely get played live anymore.

Dobb: It has to be playing 2000 Trees festival. The line up was killer.

Steffan: For me personally it was putting out our EP into the world. It was the first time I had been in a band that put a record out, and to have it released through APF Records was the icing on the cake. With the record release show on the same day with so many people there was definitely a high point. Also we never expected the reaction that we’ve received.

Mott: I reckon it’s gotta be playing Bloodstock, such an amazing experience and we had an amazing time over the full weekend.

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APF: As a member of your band what’s your proudest achievement so far?

Elliot: For me, I would have to say my proudest achievement so far would be playing Bloodstock Festival on the Sophie Lancaster Stage in 2016. That was definitely the biggest festival we have played. Just being on the same line up as bands such as Mastodon and Slayer was amazing.

Dobb: I think, not killing each other. Doing the debut album was really special and was a definite milestone for us. Getting it mastered at Abbey Road and going down for the day was class. We got properly shitfaced in Camden after.

Steffan: Coming this far I’d say. Since we started we have worked so hard to become a known band. We’ve had to play gig after gig and sacrifice so much that making it to this point now has made it all worth while.

Mott: Signing to APF records is probably the proudest moment so far, we can’t wait to get our 3rd album recorded and out there for people to hear.

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APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?

Elliot: Ahhh man that is a tough question. I really like all the bands that are playing so I am looking forward to seeing everyone! 

Dobb: Under and Tronald. I fucking love them guys. They make weird as fuck music and they just nail it every time. Sexual grooves and just utter filth all round.

Steffan: I’ll be honest and say a lot of as some I’ve not been able to see live yet. But Under will always be a highlight if they’re playing a show.

Mott: All of them are amazing bands. Pist and Bongers are always outstanding live so I’m looking forward to seeing them again.

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APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?

Elliot: Either Bloodstock Festival, Or the first Desertfest we played in London in 2012. Those gigs were a lot of fun!

Dobb: Supporting Max and Igor Cavalera at Kentish Town Forum. That was a belting gig. They were doing the Roots album in full.

Steffan: Our record release show in November for me. Not only was it an opportunity to show the tracks from the EP in their true form, but also to be able to play some old material for the people that have been with us from the start. And the fact that the place was rammed.

Mott: Our headline set at Hull’s Humber Street Sesh was pretty special for us as it’s our hometown and the crowd was mental. Chunk and Lottie’s birthday gig was one of my favourites too, probably the most fun set I’ve ever played. We had our old guitarist Clatch play a song with us as well as John from Pist which was real good fun.

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APF: What are your plans for 2018?

Elliot: 2018 looks like it will be a busy year for us. Our new album ‘Sentinels’ gets released on 16th March, and we plan to tour that album heavily in the UK and throughout Europe. We also have a lot of festivals confirmed such as HRH Stoner vs Doom in Sheffield and Riff Fest in Bolton which will be great! 

Dobb: To release our brand new EP ‘Spun’ on 23rd April and tour the fuck out of it.

Steffan: Make more smart decisions for the band’s future. Continue to write material that proves we deserve the praise we have received and get in front of people we have not yet had the chance to.

Mott: We’ve got a 7 day tour booked with Pist which is gonna be pretty special and if we manage to survive that we have album number three set for release in summer as well as a couple of other tours in the pipeline.

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APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?

Elliot: Well me and my brother Ryan who plays guitar in Desert Storm are twins…

Dobb: When we first started we were a three piece but our bass player fucked it off so we carried on.

Steffan: Our pre gig ritual is telling each other what band shirt we are wearing on stage, as we all have the same shirts.

Mott: I once drank 6 bottles of Buckfast and shit my pants.

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APF: Anything to declare?

Elliot: Nope.

Dobb: Sleep when you’re dead, don’t eat nowt bigger than your head.

Steffan: I’m a diva and my band deserve a medal for dealing with my shit.

Mott: I fucking love your label.

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APF Showcase Interviews: Daniel Greensmith of The Wizards Of Delight

Bristolian sextet The Wizards Of Delight will be the opening act at the APF Records Showcase at The Bread Shed in Manchester on Saturday 3rd February. They’re on at 2pm so get down early for a dose of their funk-tinged stoner-inflected hard rock majesty.

In advance of their appearance, the band’s great leader Dan Greensmith gave his time and a few words about all things wizard.

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APF: What was your highlight of 2017:

Daniel: Well, 2017 has been a year where everything just kept stepping up and up. Recording in April with the mighty Joe Garcia was a highlight in itself, because it was so much fun, then we got the incredible Tim Lewis to mix the EP. He’s an in-house engineer at the legendary Rockfield Studios – as well as being a celebrated and notorious musician in his own right, performing as Thighpaulsandra – and his own studio has dozens of vintage keyboards. So we got our Henry to slam on some greasy, sleazy Hammond organ, funky clavinet, and various devices with knobs on them to make zappy noises, which really sweetened things up. Then we sadly lost our drummer Reece (he’s still alive, but he works in B&Q), we gained Ben to replace him, and he almost immediately established himself as a crucial part of the band in every way, so we’re in profit, drummer-wise. And just as we were wondering how we could take the EP further, the lovely Fieldy came along as if by magic and offered to put it out. Having never had anything of ours put out on a label, and having someone not otherwise connected with the band put their faith in us, has been a genuine thrill and an utter privilege.

Then the EP came out, and we got some amazing reviews and comments that seemed to “get” what we’re trying to do (and the ones where they don’t are a real giggle). Then ‘Gypsy’ got put on a cover-mount CD for Classic Rock magazine, and I’m still not entirely sure how we swung that one, but I’m still buzzing over it. That was pretty fucking sweet.

But the thing I’m most proud of is to be playing in a proper & mighty band that kicks ass with some amazing musicians and performers.

Also in 2017, I found that my urine has healing powers. You really don’t want to know how I discovered this.

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APF: As a member of The Wizards Of Delight what’s your proudest moment so far?

Daniel: Writing the riff to ‘We Got The Rock n’ Rollz’ in my head whilst doing the school run with my daughter. I managed to take her down the road, chatting all the way, met up with the school gate mums, had a natter with them, bought some stuff at the Co-op, walked home… and all the time I’ve got this Sly Stone-ish melody in my head and I’m working it all out internally. Got home, picked up the guitar, strummed the riff, and realised I had composed a psych-rock monster whilst multi-tasking parental duties without really trying. That was a morning.

APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at The Showcase and why?

Daniel: As many as possible, bearing in mind all the driving we’ve got to do, coming up from Bristol! I’m particularly hoping to catch Under, The Hyena Kill, Mastiff, and Diesel King, but to be honest I’m just looking forward to communing with the APF family.

APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?

Daniel: We did a pretty good one on January 5th. That was pretty sweet. I mean, it’s the one that’s most in my mind for obvious reasons because it’s the most recent. We’ve done a few quite superb shows (our first was pretty explosive, there was a good one in Cheltenham, and we also did one at a very friendly space-rock festival in Bromsgrove where we had the rare luxury of having a stage manager and crew who kept things tight), but the last one was quite special because we a) haven’t gigged in ages; b) we played with Sergeant Thunderhoof, who were great; c) it was the first gig with this line-up, and it kicked everyone’s buttocks raw; and d) it was the Friday of the first week in January. NOBODY goes out to gigs this early in the year, still stuffed with all the cheese and port from Christmas, right? Well, the place was packed.

We have a band motto for live gigs: “Give it some c*%t!” If you’re not giving it maximum c*%t, you shouldn’t be on stage. You can apply that motto to everything in life.

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APF: What are your plans for 2018?

Daniel: We’re been back in the studio for EP number 2 in January, then it’s the APF Showcase, and then in all probability a track on the cover-mount CD for MOJO magazine. Fuck it, why not? Plus lots of gigs, hopefully. We need to get out of Bristol for a few of them.

APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band.

Daniel: Our collective ambition is to make enough money for us to splash out on a band trip to the Aqua Sana spa and sauna at Centre Parcs, Longleat. A bunch of cool chaps together, getting massages, getting sweaty in the steam rooms, and hanging out in jacuzzis, possibly smoking cigars if they’ll let us? Yes please.

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APF: Anything to declare?

Daniel: “Anything to declare” reminds me that I once – many years ago – got thrown out of French Passport Control for being sick everywhere, as a result of a heavy booze cruise. It’s not the most rock n’ roll thing I’ve ever done, but it does make me sound way more debauched than I actually am. I actually like birdwatching.

“Anything to declare?”… Yeah, well, it’s usually at this point that someone declares war, independence for Wessex, a cure for cancer, the future for all Mankind, sanctuary, retirement from this cricket match, insane rulership of this land, emancipation from tyranny, this building to be unsafe, or this shopping centre to be open.

Personally, I’m opting for Diplomatic Immunity. I’m normally a bookish sort of chap, who likes history documentaries on BBC4, but left with no inhibitions or rules I will do something naughty like do a shit on Her Majesty The Queen if I can get away with it. Or just use my healing piss to make the world better. I’m sure someone would object, or try to stop me, but… y’know… Diplomatic Immunity, mate.

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“The Wizards Of Delight” is out now on APF Records and can be bought from:

thewizardsofdelight.bandcamp.com

The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from: wegottickets.com/event/418903

Event information: facebook.com/events/791925504312658/

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APF Showcase Interviews – Rian Gamble of Tronald

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Tronald is more than the sum of its parts – but oh what parts they are. Their self-titled debut, released on APF Records last September, featured members of Under, Thing, Boss Keloid, Riggots, Mower and The Hyena Kill. It was mastered by Jack Townley of Elephant Tree. Artwork was supplied by Sam Yates of Ingested. The EP / mini-album contained perhaps the dirtiest riff of 2017 in “Obelisk Ov Hash”, and by far the best vocal of the year in Matt Franklin’s wail at the start of “Vegan Gains”.

The APF Records Showcase at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February sees the collective perform live for the first time. The EP is being played start to finish, with all five vocalists present and correct: Hurst, Franklin, Battle, Tuck and Dobb.

Tronald’s Rian Gamble spoke to us in advance of the Showcase, which will be his first ever gig.

APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Rian: Personally, 2017 was a really big year. I finished university, had some short but eventful trips into Europe, became self-employed and joined two bands. One, obviously, is Tronald, which has surpassed where I thought that project would go already, with more plans in the future. The absolute highlight has to be releasing our debut EP. I had so much fun recording and working on that record, and it got real weird at certain points but that’s kind of what it’s all about.

I also got to see some of my favourite bands live including Sunn O))), Big Business and The Melvins. These guys have influenced me a lot and it was incredible to see such hardworking bands still playing.

APF: As a member of Tronald what’s your proudest moment so far?

Rian: For a band with such a brief existence we have some interesting history. I think for us it has to be the EP (sorry to repeat myself). Creating something that was meant to just be a little fun for an assignment and watching it snowball into something much bigger was great, so having members of great bands feature on it (Under, Boss Keloid, Riggots, The Hyena Kill, Mower), getting label interest and eventual release was an additional bonus. It kind of solidified my faith in the scene and in people’s friendliness and willingness to just be a part in something for the fun of it. Its also sick being a part of APF and such a diverse roster.

APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?

Rian: Obviously Under and The Hyena Kill! I’m also looking forward to BongCauldron, Nomad, Mastiff, Ba’al and The Wizards of Delight especially, but all the bands are great, I’m just going to bathe in the riffage.

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APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played? What made it special?

Rian: Well seeing as I personally haven’t played a gig as of yet, it’d have to be the prospect of this showcase. I’m giddy. Expect high decibel levels, high blood alcohol levels and pure riffs throughout.

APF: What was your favourite release of 2017? What are you looking forward to hearing in 2018?

Rian: My favourite has to be “Dear” By Boris, such an incredible sonic range with power throughout. Telekinetic Yeti’s debut was pretty awesome, as was Monolord’s “Rust” and the new Melvins release “A Walk With Love and Death”. I’ve not listened to a lot of brand new music but a lot of music I’m listening to now is new to me: like finding Earth, METZ, Mums and Part Chimp among others. It’s been a noisy year.

For new releases I’ve seen Conan have been at it again. I can’t wait for new stuff from them and only magic comes out of Skyhammer Studio; Chris Fielding is a wizard. Ingested are also due to release their 4th album soon and the tracks are slam-tastic so look forward to hearing the finished work. I’m also working with Under for their new album which I must say has some incredible writing and as always they’re smashing it out of the park in the studio. Bands like these remind me why I got into studio work.

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APF: What are your plans for 2018 personally and professionally?

Rian: 2018 has some big things to come from Tronald, I wont say too much but we have plenty going on behind the scenes. As for personal who knows, I’ll probably buy too much gear again and hate myself for being a relentless hoarder of loud things.

APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?

Rian: Tronald was supposed to be a vibe-tastic psych-rock project… yeah.

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APF: Anything to declare?

Rian: All hail Satan (a.k.a Andrew Field). No but seriously, all the guys from Tronald would like to thank him for everything he has done for us.

“Tronald” is out now on APF Records and can be bought from:

apfrecords.bigcartel.com

tronald.bandcamp.com

The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from: wegottickets.com/event/418903

Event information: facebook.com/events/791925504312658/

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APF Showcase Interviews: Andrew Field of APF Records

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Q: What was your highlight of 2017?

APF: 2017 was just one big highlight. On the label front, there were so many. The evening I went to meet Under at Simon Mayo’s house and they said yes to being my first signing. The day Under’s “Slick” was delivered and I held one of my own releases in my hand. Seeing my bands being reviewed in magazines I had read for years like Terrorizer, Metal Hammer and Kerrang! Watching Blind Haze from the side of the Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock. Going into the studio with The Hyena Kill and watching Lorna Blundell nail the drums for “Panic Womb” in two takes. Going to rehearsal rooms to watch Ba’al, RedEye Revival, Barbarian Hermit, Nomad, BongCauldron and others play just for me. I was giddy so often during 2017.

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Q:  As owner of APF Records what’s your proudest achievement so far?

APF: Holding BongCauldron’s “Binge” in my hands on green vinyl. Yes, I know it was late coming. Yes, the whole thing was a massive ballache. But if you’d told me just 12 months ago I would have BongCauldron on my label AND have released a vinyl album for them in a year’s time I would have laughed at you.

Q:  Which of your bands are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?

APF: All of them, obviously. But for different reasons. This will be Tronald’s first (and possibly only) show, and I can’t wait to see how that turns out. I haven’t seen Diesel King for over a year and am having withdrawal symptoms. I have never seen The Wizards Of Delight so that will be ace. The other bands I have seen multiple times – in BongCauldron’s case, 34 – but can’t get enough of any of them. I’ll be down the front losing my shit from 2pm til 11.30pm as a massive fan of every band performing.

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Q: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?

APF: I was in bands back in the day y’know. Both had ridiculous names: Rack n’ Ruin (which later got even worse when changed to Toxic Truth) and Peanut Butter Spliff. Cringeworthy. But by far and away the best gigs I’ve ever played are the handful of minutes I’ve been on stage with BongCauldron, Nomad and Elephant Tree. Don’t care if I was great or shit, I had THE BEST time on all three occasions and will remember those moments for the rest of my life.

Q: What are your plans for 2018?

APF: I’m going to release several amazing albums, EPs, splits and singles on my fucking awesome record label. I’m not going to sign any more bands apart from all the bands I’m going to sign.

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Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your label?

APF: I went to school with Jude Law. Unfortunately I don’t remember a huge amount about him other than that he was an idiot. In 2005 I was hospitalized with encephalitis – swelling of the brain – and as a result some of my memory went. I was 6 hours away from death when the amazing team at Salford Royal Hospital saved my life. It was so close that my parents and wife were summoned to the hospital to say their goodbyes. I’m lucky to be here still. Anyways, I tell you this because there are some things from my youth I recall as if they were yesterday, but others I don’t remember at all. I just remember Jude was a bellend. Oh and I used to travel to school on the bus with Emily Lloyd, daughter of Roger Lloyd-Pack (Trigger from Only Fools And Horses).

Something you don’t know about my label? Unlikely. I can’t stop talking about it and bore pretty much everyone I meet about it. I am also unable to stop posting on social media about it. It’s all out there.

Q: Anything to declare?

APF: Karma is a thing. Live your life well, or it will come back to bite you in the ass.

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The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from: wegottickets.com/event/418903

Event information: facebook.com/events/791925504312658/

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APF Showcase Interviews: Drian Nash & John Carberry of Nomad

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You’re all in for a shock when Nomad drop their new album on 30th May. It marks a giant leap forward for the band, and is going to turn many a head: because of both the killer songs contained within and the frankly stunning front cover artwork. All the other bands on APF are going to have to be on their game if they want to prevent the new Nomad record being everyone’s album of the year.

But before that comes along, Nomad are headlining the second stage at the APF Records Showcase on 3rd February at The Bread Shed in Manchester. In advance of that, Drian Nash (vocals) and John Carberry (bass) had some stuff to say……

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APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Drian: Signing to APF Records and finally making moves on getting the album done. I can’t wait to get it out.

John: Without a doubt signing to APF, and recording a full length! And getting to see Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff live!

APF: As a member of Nomad what’s your proudest achievement so far?

Drian: That’s hard to say but it’d probably be sharing the stage with Eyehategod who are a band I had loved since High school, so that was pretty surreal and a big deal for me.

John: Being in the band is an achievement for me; playing shows up and down this island, actually selling merch, meeting people who actually dig what you’re doing! Not everyone gets to do what they love, and here I am doing it. Also, being asked by Wort and BongCauldron to join them on stage – those moments were really cool. 

 

APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?

Drian: I’m gonna say The Hyena Kill, as it’s been a while since I last saw them, and I have only seen them a handful of times – whereas I think I’m pushing double figures with most of the APF roster. I am also looking forward to finally seeing Tronald.

John: Too hard to pin it down. Under, because they’re just amazing. Bongers, because I love those guys and the album – I can’t wait to hear it live! T’Hermit, because I haven’t seen them since their shift and I love seeing Gaz play. Diesel King – all round nice lads would you believe! Then there’s Redeye – they make me feel like Andy Field when he sees every band – Joe, Shaun, Joey, Paul, I love your band!!! xxx

APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?

Drian: Probably the first Riff Fest or the first Red Sun Festival. Both fests had a line up packed with our mates and just general decent people floating around. Or the gig we played in Cardiff where towards the end of the set a bunch of people wandered into the venue grinding their jaws off. Then at the start of the last tune when I looked up there was a guy painted yellow, dressed like the Simpsons Sea Captain and Par Man from Wort started shooting a water pistol like a fountain over the crowd.

John: Too many to mention. Playing Cardiff, and Coventry has always been a treat, the Riff Fests we’ve played. And opening for some of my favourite bands (and bands I’ve known for years!) like Dopethrone, Conan, Church of Misery, Eyehategod, My Ruin, Prong, and RaginfuckinSpeedhorn! 

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APF: What are your plans for 2018?

Drian: Release the Pop Songs. Play the Pop Concerts around the country and hopefully outside the country. We have a few things in the pipeline for next year that I’m really looking forward to.

John: I really really really can’t wait to release the Album. Then touring and playing live… …A video maybe??? If a big time promoter sees this I will suck dick to to play with Body Count/Slayer… …well maybe not fellatio, but I will give thanks, hugs, and many emojis.

APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?

Drian: We actually won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1976 but the decision was overturned at the last minute and we were edited out of the final aired program. We still think this is an injustice and that is the reason we refuse to share a stage with Marie Myriam.

John: Hmmmm… …this is my first ever band. Like I’ve not even played in a school band!!!

APF: Anything to declare?

Drian: Too much.

John: Bill Jacobs is a sex god.

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The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from: wegottickets.com/event/418903

Event information: facebook.com/events/791925504312658/

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