Possessor Sign To APF Records: Exclusive Interview

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APF Records is delighted to welcome bloodthirsty stoner thrash trio POSSESSOR to the family. We will be releasing their new album during the Spring of 2019. High-octane. Super-fast. Horror-infused heavy metal dirt. From South London. Oh yes.

In advance of that, we caught up with vocalist / guitarist Graham Bywater to talk about all things Possessor.

APF: Welcome to the APF family. What attracted to you to the label, and which of your 16 label mates are you a fan of?

GB: Hi. Well firstly thanks for having us! It’s an honour to be a part of it. APF has always caught my attention when scrolling through social media as it seems from the very outset to be, as you say, like a little family. The enthusiasm and camaraderie surrounding APF comes across first and foremost and you can tell you have a great time with what you do! And obviously that’s the most important thing. 

I’d have to say that Trevor’s Head and Under are probably my favourites so far on the label but the all-out filth award has to go to those bruisers in Tronald. You can almost taste that band when you hear them. Haha. 

APF: For those new to Possessor, give us a potted history of the band….. and tell people where in your back catalogue they should visit first if they haven’t heard any of your material yet.

GB: Well. As with most bands I’d probably say check out latest album, “The Ripper”, but it’s predecessor “Dead By Dawn” is possibly my personal favourite as it actually feels like an old eighties horror flick on VHS. Something we strive to recreate in our sound. If “Dead by Dawn” is The Evil Dead then “The Ripper” is like Wolf Creek, American Mary or something bigger budget and glossier. By our standards anyhow. We see most things as links to cinema just as much as to music. 

The band started in 2014 with the grubby “Electric Hell” album which, along with the following years “Stay Dead” EP, I played everything on. I wasn’t even considering it as a live band as I’ve always found the writing and recording side of things much less stressful but that quickly changed as the band spread its wings to a three piece and started gigging quite prolifically. 

When “Dead by Dawn” came out in 2016 (on the then newly founded Graven Earth Records from Colorado), we were asked to head over to Portugal to play Sonic Blast festival with big names such as Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Truckfighters etc…(sadly Eyehategod cancelled at the very last minute). Anyhow…that was probably the first time I started taking it a little more seriously. Or less, depending on how much beer I’d had. That was a reasonably reckless party for two days and I don’t ever want to be stuck in an airport, hungover, alone and with all my gear for eleven hours in just a t shirt and jeans ever again. 

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APF: Critics call you “prolific”, as you’ve released a fair amount of material in a short time. Has there been a creative urge behind releasing five albums, EPs and singles over four years – or do you just have a short attention span? 

GB: Well we haven’t really released that much. Three albums, an EP and an online single. All the other releases on our Bandcamp page are crummy live bootlegs. I do find it hard to not write music though. If I wasn’t making riffs of my own I’d just be playing Metallica or Kiss songs anyway so I may as well create. I guess life is moving fast so it’s wise to not waste time. 

APF: Fitting Possessor into a genre is near on impossible – and this is a good thing (you’re sound is unique). Tell us about the music that has inspired the three of you, and which bits have ended up in your sonic melange.

GB: Categories can be a bit lazy. We just play what we like and I feel like that does us the world of good! 

At the moment all I’m listening to is Swedish Death Metal stuff like Dismember, and Carbonized. Ellie loves Primus and Eyehategod, Bean is consistently crazy for Judas Priest and Dio…so why not combine the vibes.

I love the ethic of bands like Darkthrone. They totally do it for themselves and shun genre tags as they only seem to hold them back. I totally understand why though, when a popular style becomes more of a trend it benefits a band to jump on a bandwagon, otherwise you can get totally overlooked.

I like the more diverse gig bills though. I mean, who wants to go see four bands in a row that sound exactly the same? I want Possessor to stand out at a gig, even if we are total shit. 

To me it doesn’t make any sense that bands these days are so eager to pigeonhole their music. If it’s good it’s good. Look at Nirvana, L7  and those nineties dudes. They aren’t any one single genre. Nirvana were punk, pop, metal, indie, new wave, experimental…and that is why they were so bloody successful! 

But I guess when this band started I wanted to sound a bit like Kyuss playing Slayer. So there’s that.

APF: You’ve not played many gigs outside of London and the South East of England. Any reason behind that, and do you plan to play further afield? For those of us who haven’t seen you live yet, what can we expect from a Possessor show?

GB: We probably should look into more shows further afield. We’ve done a few but to be honest, we haven’t played live a great deal this last year. I would love to play more shows up North as it would be special playing to a totally different crowd and seeing how we go down. Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, all place we need to crush. 

We don’t over rehearse our music. We keep things raw and at times things can be unpredictable. You’ll have to just come and see us to find out more.

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APF: Your first release on APF Records is due out in 2019. Can you tell us anything about it yet? Who will be recording it?

GB: The upcoming album is a little different but very much a Possessor record. It’s gonna have less songs as the running time of some of the new tracks seems to have sky rocketed. There just may be a prog opus! Kinda like our version of the “Hemispheres” album by our hero’s Rush. Haha. 

There’s also more of a vicious punk feel to some of the material. Discharge, Germs, Accused etc..four to the floor. Motörhead meets Gamma Ray. Unsane meets Church of Misery. Endless John Coltrane worship. It’s all going in the pot/pit. 

Expect something unruly that’ll keep you up at night and a naturally gnarly progression.

We hope you like it. 

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

GB: Actually the recent Birthdays show was a real blinder. There was a special energy in the air. I don’t think it was just me that felt that magic.

I also really enjoyed our live gig stream from The Crobar in London back in 2017. That was a blast! As was our show at the 12 Bar (RIP) and of course our infamous pool party show in Moledo. I don’t really remember many others at this moment. 

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APF: What do you want to achieve with Possessor which you haven’t already?

GB: We just want to spread the unholy gospel and make sure everyone has heard Possessor. 

Whenever we sell merch overseas it baffles me that there are so many people around the world who seem to love what we do enough to stick our name on their chests. It’s great. And we really appreciate it. 

I’d like us to be remembered in a similar way The Misfits or The Melvins are…weirdos who watched one too many horror films as teenagers. 


Possessor’ new album will be out on APF Records next year. In the meantime you can listen to and buy their back catalogue at:


Exclusive Interview: Under talk “Stop Being Naive”

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Andrew Field of APF Records: In January 2017 I decided to finally launch the record label I’d been planning for some time. Conversations were had with bands who might be interested, but I never thought to approach Under. I assumed they would be tied up with someone else. Somehow the stars became aligned and I found myself in discussions with them about becoming my first signing. Those discussions turned into blatant begging from me after the band gave me their newly recorded album “Slick” to listen to in February of that year. “We suppose you ought to hear what you might be releasing” they said. After the first listen all I could think was “Oh. My. God. I want you”. Slick became the first release on APF Records – catalogue number APF001.

I had admired the Stockport trio since first seeing them blow a tiny venue to smithereens in Fallowfield in 2015. Like all the best power trios they created a sound that was more than the sum of their parts. The combination of incredible technical ability, their desire to push the boundaries of heavy music further into left field, and the immense noise they made when they settled on a big riff immediately piqued my interest. Its rare to come across a band who sound like no one else, but in Under I had found one. Their debut self-released EP “First Attempt” captured some of their magic, and served as a reference point for their stunning live shows – because it was on a stage that Under really shone.


The last few years have been incredible for underground heavy music in the UK, but a handful of albums have stood out and set the bar for those following in their footsteps. I’m talking about the likes of Boss Keloid’s “Melted On The Inch” or Elephant Tree’s self-titled LP. Under’s forthcoming album “Stop Being Naive” (Out on 26th October) is one of those kinda records. It’s something very special.

At the core of Under’s sound is the singing of all three members. Lead vocal lines are sometimes clean, sometimes growled, sometimes shouted, culminating in points in songs where they come together in the most sublime three-part harmonies. The nine songs on ‘Stop Being Naive’ (ten on the vinyl version) are all progressive, in the best and truest sense of the word: containing odd, angular rhythms and time changes with melodies going off at tangents unexpectedly. Moments of noisy dissonance are followed by sections of unparalleled musical beauty.

Ahead of the album’s release I spoke to the lads about the new record and much more…….

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APF: Before Under there was Halfling’s Leaf. For those who weren’t around at the time can you tell us how you three first met, what the score was with Halfling’s Leaf, and how Under was then born?

Andy Preece – Drums and Vocals: “It goes back even further than Halfling’s Leaf as a matter of fact. Before HL we were a very, very stylistically confused progressive death metal band called Flesh. I turned up to watch a practice as my mate was playing bass and I’d heard they were cool dudes (I later learned I’d been lied to). Anyway their drummer didn’t show up to practice so I told them I could blast at 450,000bpm and the rest is history. Halfling’s Leaf later emerged, a sort of wacky tech band which was all about showing off, and after that band went defunct we decided to do something with a bit of taste and vision. We actually originally wanted to do hardcore punk a la Dead Kennedys but it quickly and organically became something very different…


APF: When you look back on First Attempt and Slick, what are your feelings towards them? Your live set has featured very little from either release over the last 12 months – does that tell us anything about your view of them?

Simon Mayo – Guitar and Vocals: As the engineer for both ‘Slick’ and ‘First Attempt’, I have very mixed feelings towards them. Particularly to do with the production style and the approach i took towards them as an engineer and what I would do differently. Only recently have I been able to fully appreciate both releases.

Spending hundreds of hours listening to the same tracks, going over the same sections sometimes seconds at a time, is enough to drive anyone insane. Once they were finished I was exhilarated to be done with them. I couldn’t really appreciate them for their artistic merit and I had to rely on other people to tell me it was good to feel any sort of gratification. Now I think they sound amazing and I have a newfound appreciation for what we achieved with those releases.

In terms of playing very little from either release, we have a hard time sticking to anything for too long a time. Before ‘Slick’ was released we already had another album’s worth of material written and we just want to keep pushing that preconception of what people think about our music. We really fucking love the music that we write, but we love more the newest material at it closer to where we’re at, at that point in time.


APF: To these ears, opening track “Malcontents” is where Under was always heading musically – the elephantine riff, the three part harmonies in the verse, the dissonant (and quite stunningly discordant guitar work in the) chorus, and the jazzy improvisational bridge. How was this song born and how did you develop it into its finished version? And is it the natural conclusion of “Under – Phase 1”, considering where your writing is taking you next?

Preece: The main riff for Malcontent was one of those great lightbulb moments. I was in Primark, a truly mind-shreddingly awful place, waiting for my then-girlfriend to come out of the changing rooms, and started hearing this groaning, warping riff with this enraged heart-palpitation thrashing at the end of each phrase, and I knew it had to be our next tune.

As ever (we never find it difficult to get on each other’s wavelengths) it sounded exactly as I had heard it my head. I fucking love tunes that develop that way. ‘Innards’ from Slick was another one like that, and they always turn out to be your best tunes. The problem is you have to be in the right place at the right time to receive the inspiration, so tunes like that only come along every now and again. That unsettling, obnoxious vibe really got us tumescent though so it’s definitely something we’ll be pursuing as far as we can humanly push it in future.

APF: I had the pleasure of listening to the vinyl test pressing with Rian Gamble, who recorded the album and captured your sound magically. What did Rian bring to the recording process that wouldn’t have been there without his input?

Mayo: Being the first Under release that I wouldn’t be engineering, I was excited to purely be playing on the album and stepping back from the production process. In hindsight this was the best decision as a whole, for my own peace of mind and for the quality of the recordings as Rian just seems to be an absolute natural with his ideas and efficiency. The quality that he has managed to achieve is several leagues and bounds above what I could have done. And no doubt from here on out, once our fans hear it they will understand that Rian is as integral to the ‘Under’ sound just as much as we are the musicians. Absolute Legend!


APF: The three of you are very creative as individuals. When you are writing and recording as Under does that creativity flow together easily, or does it cause sparks and heated debate?

Matt Franklin – Bass and Vocals: Our writing process is my favourite part of this band. On occasion one of us has a riff or a section prepared and we all jam on that, more and more these days however we just get in the room and start playing.

We’ve been playing together so long that we often have the same ideas with very minimal communication. There aren’t any arguments as we’re all brutal and undemocratic – if one of us isn’t keen on an idea then we keep moving and find something else.

APF: The vinyl version of ‘Stop Being Naïve’ has a bonus track. What was the thinking behind this – why is it not on the CD and digital versions?

Preece: I proposed leaving “Soup” out of the official track list. I actually love that song but after obsessively listening through the album and a few different re-jigs of the running order I just couldn’t find a place for it where it didn’t seem to disrupt the flow of the album. It’s a great hard little banger with loads of attitude though so people who buy the vinyl will be pleased they get to hear it I think.

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APF: You openly fight against categorization of your music. So…… you meet a bloke in the pub, tell him you’re in a band, and he asks what you sound like. How do you describe Under to him?

Franklin: Categorization doesn’t keep us up at night, people will try and describe us with familiar terms and that’s fine. What we want to avoid is feeding into a lack of imagination – if we think we’re doom or avant garde or whatever there will be people that disagree and then it’s just a boring dialogue about genre.

The “man in the pub” scenario is a good one as I often find myself in it… I find adjectives work well; we’re “heavy” or “weird” or “unsettling” by my descriptions. I also find this gives a more accurate description and you sound like much less of a cunt than saying “progressive avant noise sludge” or something like that.

APF: For bands to make a living these days they have to go on tour – and tour heavily. Would that life suit you? Playing the same songs every night for a year. Or would your desire to be continually creative be frustrated by road life?

Mayo: I think life on the road would be a welcome one for us. We have countlessly fantasized about being able to go full time with the band as our lifestyle and primary source of income. Unfortunately, because of the competitive nature of the industry and the unorthodox style of our music this has not been and will not be an easily achievable goal.

We do our best and accept whatever publicity or success that our music achieves. And I think that living on tour would not jeopardize our creative output, if anything it would inspire us more and our music would just veer off onto another tangent made possible by the touring lifestyle. It wouldn’t frustrate us being on tour, we will continuously be writing music whether we are on tour or not as we are mostly inspired by our personal lives and current goings on.


APF: Does being from Stockport, Greater Manchester in any way influence your writing, and who you are an individuals?

Franklin: I think it is impossible to not be influenced by where you’re from. Stockport is one of those weird northern towns that aspires towards grandeur but is ultimately a bit of a backwards shithole. It makes for lots of sardonic lyrics and a very special blend of off-kilter strangeness with just enough chavvy bravado to stop us turning into walking berets.

APF: Finally, anything you wish to declare?

All: Fucking love your label mate!

UNDER’s “Stop Being Naive” is available to pre-order now on “piss yellow” trans vinyl, CD and digital download from the following links:

Under’s Bandcamp page

APF Records Big Cartel Shop


Battalions: Exclusive Interview with Phil Wilkinson

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Hullensian quartet Battalions will release their third album “Forever Marching Backwards” on 30th November. We recently dropped the title track as a single and video, and it has gone down a storm with fans and critics alike. The album will see the light of day on vinyl (a limited edition blue one as well as a standard black), digipak CD and digital download – and there’s a sexy t-shirt and CD bundle version as well.

It’s taken nine years of hard work for Battalions to get to the cusp of bigger things, which must surely now be just round the corner for them. APF Records signed the band last autumn, having foolishly passed on releasing their staggering “Moonburn” record a few months before. We all make mistakes, and that was a big one. But the band now have the full force of the label (and their PR partner Hold Tight!) behind them as the three month campaign to promote the album begins.

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We caught up with vocalist Phil Wilkinson for a chinwag about past, present and future.

APF: You’ve been around for a while. There seems to be a rising wave of love for Battalions right now. Have you noticed it, and if so what do you think has caused it?

Phil: We have been around for a while! Closing in on 9 years of the band now, which is insane when I think about it. The love for the band has never been bigger, and I think that’s through hard work and sticking at it for as long as we have. Over the past few years we’ve stepped up our game in terms of writing, recording and playing live further afield. On top of this we are completely lovable idiots and people seem to warm to us, which certainly helps.

APF: How was the writing of Forever Marching Backwards? Was it easy pulling the 8 songs together, or like pulling teeth?

Phil: We started writing pretty much the moment we finished recording “Moonburn” last year. We had the majority of the album written, but in the months coming up to recording it we still had a few songs to finish and one to write to make the full record. Luckily, we have Pete ‘The Riff’ Cross in our employ, so we set him to task and he pulled those riffs out of his many hiding holes in those riff-filled layers he constantly wears.


APF: How was your week recording at Skyhammer? For those who haven’t been, what’s so great about it and why did you choose it?

Phil: This was actually our 3rd time there, choosing to return to Skyhammer was a no-brainer. Chris Fielding is an absolute gent to work with, and the studio is top notch. He knows us and we know him, with each of the previous albums being a step up in production values as he’s gotten to know the band better, and this time out he has well and truly knocked it out of the park. It’s always one of the band ‘holidays’ in the calendar for us, as well as tours, as you stay in the accommodation at the studio. It can get a little claustrophobic at times as you’re all on top of each other for days on end, but in the main it’s a completely fun experience for us, especially the end-of-recording blow out!

APF: What’s your personal favourite track on the album and why?

Phil: Honestly, it’s hard for me to choose, which is strange because personally I’ve had a song on the previous albums that I’ve preferred above all others. I guess if I was put on the spot, I would choose “Devil’s Footsteps”. The groove in that just gets me moving!


APF: Tell us about the making of the Forever Marching Backwards video.

(You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/G65bVLXtzns)

Phil: It was one of the hottest days of the year, a Sunday morning following another awesome Humber Street Sesh we were involved with playing. The day started with a trip out to a well-known derelict building in Hull – Lord Line – breaking in and filming all the walking shots. This was followed by us all meeting up at our practice room and turning one of the rooms into a mini studio for the second half of the video. I was ridiculously hungover and throwing up all day, one of the first shots I had to film was me screaming into the protagonist’s face, in full fear that it may include accidental vomit. Luckily this didn’t happen.

The video’s protagonist is no other than Kris Barford, our original drummer and key architect in forming the band. It was great to have him involved as we’re all still great friends and he is now gracing the cover of the album!

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APF: When you look back over your ten years in Battalions, what shows stand out as being your favourites?

Phil: Well, not quite 10 years yet, closing in on 9 years this January haha. But still, this is by far the longest I have ever been part of a band and I can’t imagine life without Battalions these days. There have been hundreds of shows and it’s hard to pick. However, since I have to, here are some of my favourites:

Bloodstock Festival 2017

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Supporting The Ocean, Sworn Enemy and Church of Misery (twice!)

The whole tour with Pist

The whole tour with 1968 / Ritual King

Any show we play at Rebellion in Manchester

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APF: There are stresses and strains in being an underground band, but also in being a successful one. If Battalions ever became big do you think you could cope with the fame and attention?

Phil: There are times when I want to scream with dealing with a band and having no management. But when it all comes off it’s the best feeling in the world. I’d have no qualms with stepping up and gaining more fame, I don’t think any of us would change, that’s the working class northerner in us all!

APF: You’re an integral part of the APF Records family? Which other bands on the label do you have a particular affinity with, personally or musically?

Phil: Thanks! We certainly feel a part of the APF Family now, even before we signed we felt a part of the wider APF community. Obviously, we are best buds with Pist following our tour together earlier this year, so much so that Dave and John feature on the new album, although maybe not in the way we initially intended in John’s case. We just like hanging out with other APF bands when we get a chance, the Barbarian Hermit boys have been good to us recently, I think being signed and releasing albums around the same time has given us a shared goal and we both want each other to succeed.


APF: What’s your highlight of 2018 so far?

Phil: It’s got to be getting the album recorded, artwork completed, and everything ready to go before the deadlines. We just cannot wait for this record to be out and for people to hear the rest of the record. The feedback we’ve had so far from the release of the single has been mind-blowing, and if people are reacting like this to just one song, I can’t wait for the rest of the album to get a listen and hear what people think because we couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve achieved with this one.


APF: Who’s the biggest bellend in Battalions?

Phil: We’re all bellends in our own way. But, without a doubt, it’s (Bassist) Dennett. The man doesn’t have an “off” button and is, as I have said to him many a time, ‘unnecessarily loud, all of the time’. He’s a bellend in the most lovable way though, and we’re usually in hysterics laughing at him being an idiot, sometimes even laughing with him and not at him…….


Forever Marching Backwards is available to pre-order now from:






Barbarian Hermit: Exclusive Interview with guitarist Adam Robertshaw

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Barbarian Hermit released their new single “Reawaken” earlier this week. Taken from their debut full-length album, ‘Solitude And Savagery’ (which is out on 16th November), it encapsulates all that is good about the band in 2018.

Since the release of their ’01’ EP in 2016 guitarists Mike Regan and Adam Robertshaw have bedded in a new rhythm section (Rob “Spadge” Sutcliffe on bass and Gareth Manning on drums) whilst welcoming back vocalist Ed Campbell – who fronted the band before, in its early days. Their shows have become more like events than mere gigs, as anyone who saw their incendiary live performance at this year’s Bloodstock Festival will attest to.

As the PR campaign for the new album kicks off, we grabbed Adam for a quick chat about all this Hermit.


APF: You’ve been around for a while. There seems to be a rising wave of love for Hermit right now. Have you noticed it, and if so what do you think has caused it?

Adam: It’s been a slow rise over the last couple of years. It’s noticeable in terms of our social media following creeping up, more people turning up to shows that sort of thing. I think it’s just because we’ve purposefully kept a presence on the scene, gigging as often as we can in as many places as we can. It seems to be paying off!

APF: How was the writing of Solitude And Savagery? Was it easy pulling the 7 songs together, or like pulling teeth?

Adam: It was the easiest and the hardest thing we’ve ever done. We gave ourselves plenty of time to write and we love writing riffs so most of the songs came pretty easy. Some of them like Reawaken for example, we spent months honing and perfecting and I think that shows when you listen to it. As it got nearer recording time we started to feel the pressure a bit but thankfully that lit a fire under our arses and we ended up writing Laniekea, which is probably one of the most ambitious songs we’ve ever written!

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APF: How was your week recording at Skyhammer? For those who haven’t been, what’s so great about it and why did you choose it?

Adam:It was amazing, a dream come true. We’d always said from the very start of the band that Skyhammer would be our studio of choice, just because of the output they’ve done over the years and their reputation as being the best in the business for our kind of music. It didn’t disappoint. Chris Fielding is a pleasure to work with. His attention to detail is astounding and he really knows what’s best for the song. Plus they have all this amazing gear for you to play through so we were like kids in a candy shop. On top of that you sleep and eat there while you’re working so it was like a little holiday for the band, and we actually came out of it having bonded more. We can’t wait to go back!

APF: What’s your personal favourite track on the album and why?

Adam: This changes every time I listen to it but I think Black Mass. I wrote the main chorus riff years ago and we’ve been banging our heads against a brick wall for years trying to fit it into a song and we finally did that, so that’s pretty satisfying, plus the rest of the song is journey through all our repertoire of lightness and darkness, groove and brutality. Ed’s vocals on that song are fantastic, Gaz hit it out of the park, and there’s some lovely interplay between myself, Reegs and Spadge. It’s a good snapshot of where the band is at right now.

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APF: When you look back over your time in Hermit, what shows stand out as being your favourites, and why?

Adam: Obviously Bloodstock, as it was the biggest crowd we’ve ever played to and it was the result of months of blood, sweat and tears going through the M2TM competition. HRH in Sheffield was amazing. Again, a great turn out and it was one of the first gigs we did with the newer lineup. We’ve had some crazy shows at Riff Fest in Bolton over the years too. One sticks out where the boss of our record label came flying over the barrier and landed on my pedal board!

APF: There are stresses and strains in being an underground band, but also in being a successful one. If Hermit ever became big do you think you could cope with the fame and attention?

Adam: I think we’d have a good stab at it. Praise and attention is always flattering so I’m sure we could handle a bit more of that. Plus the money and other trappings that come with fame would be nice. One of us might end up dead though.


APF: You’re an integral part of the APF Records family? Which other bands on the label do you have a particular affinity with, personally or musically?

Adam: Under have been our boyfriends for years, I can’t wait to hear their new one. I think we’ve played more shows with Pist than we have any other band, it’s like we’re their unofficial support band. And I think because we were signed around the same time as Battalions, we’re releasing near to each other and have the same PR in Hold Tight! there is a bit of friendly competition going on but also a fraternity, like we’re going through the same stuff together, which is cool.

APF: What’s your highlight of 2018 so far?

Adam: That’s a tough one as it’s been a big year for us. It’s got to be recording at Skyhammer for me. With Bloodstock being a close second.

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APF: Who’s the biggest bellend in Babs, and why?

Adam: Haha! Spadge. Have you seen his helmet?!

APF: How do you manage to not fanboy Mike Regan every time he walks in the room?

Adam: I really don’t know. I was a huge Bisonhammer fan back in the day so I still find it surreal that I’m in a band with him. The man’s a beast! All hail BIG DADDY REEGS!


Barbarian Hermit’s “Solitude And Savagery” is available to pre-order now from:



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John Nicholson of Pist: Pre-Tour Interview


Q: APF has just rereleased your debut EP “Riffology” and first album “Rhythm & Booze” as “68OFO”. What was the thinking behind this release?

John: They both sold out real quick and we’ve not had any in stock for ages. A lot of people were asking if we’ll be getting more and when, so it was a bit of a no brainer to combine the two and add some new artwork/packaging in there to mix it up a bit!

Q: You’re about to go on tour with Battalions. How did hooking up with them come about?

John: We all met up at Bloodstock last year and sunk many beers together, battered each other on bumper cars and had a right laugh. They understood our bullshit banter all weekend so decided we should do a tour. And.. they’re fucking mint.


Q: It’s a decent length tour. Any shows you’re particularly looking forward to, and why?

John: It’s tough to pick one because a bunch of mates’ bands have jumped on each date to support us and I can’t wait to see them all. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Drug Vulture debut in Manchester, I’ve heard some of the tunes.. you’re all in for a treat! I can’t wait for Edinburgh because it’s my favourite place in the UK and Bannermans is class, plus a bunch of people are coming up to celebrate Biscuit’s (BongCauldron) 30th so its gonna get messy!

Q: What’s your favourite tour story?

John: There’s a lot we can’t mention but here’s a few in a nutshell: Corky from BongCauldron pouring a 5L bottle of mixed piss out the window all over the M1 at 70 mph. It was funnier than it sounds. Dave shitting himself before we got to the first venue. Drinking 68 beers between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The whiskey thief from Birmingham leaving in an ambulance cos he couldn’t hack it. Me turning up so pissed in Coventry I thought our soundcheck was our set and told everyone we already played. We could write a book on tour stories alone.


Q: Which is the most annoying member of Pist on tour?

John: We’re all pretty annoying, but whoever doesn’t help load in/load out and just goes straight to the bar…. no names mentioned.

Q: When you look back on the last four years, what’s been the highs and lows of being in Pist?

John: Highs are definitely releasing Rhythm & Booze and playing Bloodstock 2015. HRH Doom V Stoner was pretty up there and confirming for Desertfest, I’ve wanted PIST on that since the band started. Lows are just how much money it can cost, we know everyone goes through that though, it’s just part of being in a band. It’s also pretty stressful booking a tour and you sometimes feel like giving up but it worked out pretty well in the end.

Q: Looking forward to Desertfest? Who else are you excited about seeing on that lineup?

John: I can’t fucking wait! It’s my first Desertfest and I’ll be there all weekend! So many bands to look forward to but top 3 are probably ASG, Eyehategod and Elder.


Q: Congrats on your Blackstar endorsement. How did that come about? And why them?

John: I used one when I played Bloodstock in a previous band and it blew me away, so I bought one shortly after. Then I noticed my mate Josh from Bloodshot Dawn recently got endorsed so I got some advice from him, sent them an email and they said yes! Didn’t expect anything to be honest.

Q: You’re working on a new Pist album for APF. Give us an update on how that’s progressing.

John: We’re a couple of songs away from finishing it but it’s a huge improvement on previous releases. It’s more a mix of styles which may throw people off but we all think it works really well. We’re playing a handful on this tour so come hear it!

Q: What will it say on your gravestone?

John: 68 OFObag

Pist’s 68OFO is out now and available to buy from apfrecords.bigcartel.com

Catch them on their UK tour:

30th March – Liverpool EBGBs

31st March – Edinburgh Bannermans

1st April – Leeds Temple of Boom

2nd April – Nottingham The Chameleon

3rd April – Hull Gorilla Studios

4th April – Manchester The Peer Hat

5th April – Huddersfield The Parish

6th April – London The Dev

7th April – Coventry The Phoenix


Desert Storm: Interview with Chris White


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!


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!


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.


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:




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!


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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:


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/


APF Showcase Interviews – Rian Gamble of Tronald


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.


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.


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:



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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