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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APF Records Showcase Interviews: John Nicholson of Pist

When putting stage times together only an idiot would Pist on after 4pm in the afternoon. We are those idiots. The Bury quartet will be performing at the APF Records Showcase on 3rd February at The Bread Shed in Manchester during the early part of the evening. It will be a sight and sound to behold.

In advance of the show John talked to APF and was coherent, incisive, sensible and revealing. What is going on?!

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APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

John: Definitely HRH Doom V Stoner in Sheffield. That gig was everything I could have hoped for, the room was packed, constant pits, crowd-surfing and stage dives, absolute chaos. We played real well and I even got an onstage kiss from your Andrew Field. What a day! Also signing to APF and seeing us grow as a band by consistently writing better songs has been awesome.

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

John: Proudest achievement has to be when we played Bloodstock 2015 at 11am on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. The turn out and crowd reaction was overwhelming, especially at that time of day. Hopefully we can do that again soon. Nice one to Simon Hall for making that happen! I’m still really proud of our debut album ‘Rhythm & Booze” and EP ‘Riffology” too, and I’m pretty sure our new stuff will exceed that. 

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

John: That’s a tough one. Its a solid line up, but I have to say the obvious choice.. BongCauldron. ‘Binge’ is a great album and I can’t wait to hear some of them tunes live, plus I haven’t seen them play for ages! After spending 9 days in a van together a few years back, having the time of our lives on tour, its always good when we’re all in the same room again. I’m excited to hear new stuff from Battalions and Under too, and catch up with Diesel King. RedEye Revival are always incredible. Also The Hyena Kill rule and I was too fucked to remember it last time I saw em.. not that this will be any different.

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

John: I’m gonna say HRH Doom V Stoner last year, just because I feel like it summed up what our live show is all about and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It was special because It was rammed and felt like all the crowd were on the same level as us, loving it just as much as we were. Best atmosphere, best crowd, best gig. The HRH crew were all great too. Bloodstock 2015 has to be a close 2nd just because it was the biggest show we’ve ever played and I never thought it would go as well as it did.

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

John: Power Trip – “Nightmare Logic” = hardcore/thrash crossover. Riffs for days: I’ve listened to that album at least twice a day for the past month and I’m still not sick of it. Saw ’em support Napalm Death at Rebellion not too long ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. Also the the single Video Nasties put out called “Transvoltum” is the best thing I’ve heard in a while! I don’t even know whats coming out this year but I’m looking forward to anything APF put out. And.. if Bast or Elephant Tree put out new albums this year I’m all over it!

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APF: What are your plans for 2018? Personally and professionally.

John: ‘Professionally” we’re getting stuck into writing album 2 and will hopefully have it finished and recorded sooner rather than later. We’ll be debuting a new one from it at the APF Showcase, its a bit different.. especially towards the end, so I’m looking forward to seeing what people make of it. APF Records have something in store for you before then though haha. Details to follow.

Then we head out on tour for 9 days with Battalions, shortly followed by Desertfest London. Pretty exciting year for us already, looking to head into Europe too if possible.

Personally, I’m trying to sort my life out a bit. Learning to drive and paying off debts. I’ve recently joined the gym and started taking care of myself a bit more, so I can hopefully bench Diesel King one day.

I’ll still be the same annoying drunk you love to hate though, just not as often.

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

John: Half of us got banned from Bury for 48 hours… Alcohol. Good job Ramsbottom is only up the road. We also look great dressed as women.

APF: Anything to declare?

John: RIP Fast Eddie

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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: Jason Hope of BongCauldron

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BongCauldron finally saw their album ‘Binge’ released on APF Records at the end of November 2017. The Leeds trio have often talked of their bad lack and thus it was so again this time round: vinyl delays, merch issues, having to deal with Andrew Field of APF on a daily basis. It’s turned out well though. The album was released to ace reviews, sold like stink, and they let me put out their pre-Riff fest tracks ‘Scrubber Cider’ and ‘I’ve Been Sick’ plus their Acid Cattle EP appeared on Spotify via APF for the first time.

BongCauldron are best experienced after both they and the audience have had an industrial vat of alcohol. As they will be appearing at around 10pm at the APF Records Showcase at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February another killer set is almost guaranteed. In advance of that, drummer Jay agreed to answer a few question.

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APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Jay: Getting the BongCauldron album out. Giving depression the boot. Cutting down on booze and cracking on with real life. Rancid and Marilyn Manson releasing new albums.

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

Jay: Six years in and we’ve accepted this band is cursed. Nothing ever goes as it should and we live in fear of turning a tap on and burning the house down. But despite that, our proudest achievement is we can still laugh when we crash hire cars hired for pointless gigs. Or when we get robbed. Or when we forget the money tin and leave it in London after a decent night on merch. Or when our EP doesn’t arrive in time for our EP launch. Our when our vinyl doesn’t arrive in time for our album launch. Its nice to have another thing to worry about.

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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?

Jay: It would be impossible to pick favourites, but I have. Pist, Mastiff, Battalions, Redeye Revival. Looking forward to hearing new Desert Storm, Nomad and Barbarian Hermit.

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

Jay: The first Riff Fest was the first time we ever saw it properly kick off for us which was a proper buzz. Desertfest and HRH Doom Vs Stoner have also been superb.

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APF: What are your plans for 2018?

Jay: Touring and writing for whatever we release next. Writing is slow as we’re at our most creative just before we’re too pissed to play.

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

Jay: LEEDS.

APF: Anything to declare?

Jay: “That’s another old trick, spike the drink, pop you in the boot of the Lexus and dump you in the North sea. I’d tie a jack to your leg, you’d sink like a stone.”

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BongCauldron’s “Binge” is out now on APF Records and can be bought from:

apfrecords.bigcartel.com

bongcauldron.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: Matt Franklin of Under

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Under was the first band to sign to APF Records, and also our first release – their mighty “Slick” album came out with catalogue number APF001 back in May last year. As such we have a huge soft spot for them. The Stockport trio are back in the studio crafting their next set of angular, awkward riffs and harmonies but in the meantime Matt Franklin (bass & vocals) joined us to answer some questions and be generally beautiful. He will be performing with both Under and Tronald at the APF Records Showcase All-Dayer at The Bread Shed in Manchester on Saturday 3rd February.

APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Matt: Its been a pretty dope year: album out, shows with Slabdragger, some ace local supports. I got to meet Devvo though so almost definitely that.

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

Matt: Releasing our first full length album was a big moment. This excellent underground label has put it out, you may have heard of them… That or the Macc Lads tribute set (at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester, supporting Devvo).

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

Matt: It’s a pretty fucking strong roster! Mastiff will be the most aggy, The Hyena Kill are always rad. Pist has John Nicholson though so the others don’t stand a chance.

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

Matt: We had a lot of excellent shows last year but a personal highlight was supporting Big Business and Whores at the Star and Garter in Manchester.

APF: What are your plans for 2018?

Matt: We’re currently recording our next album so I won’t say much at this point except that this one pushes everything you’ve heard on “Slick” right up. Heavier. Weirder. More crying.

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

Matt: We’re actually a tribute act to The Band, we’re just really fucking shit. Also we all have weird feet.

APF: Anything to declare?

Matt: My leg hair cuts off perfectly at my ankles. It’s like always wearing trousers and I can’t sleep.

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Under’s “Slick” is out now on APF Records and can be bought from:

apfrecords.bigcartel.com

understockport.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 – Bill Jacobs of Diesel King

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ANDREW FIELD (APF RECORDS):

“All APF bands are equal. But one is just a little more equal that the others. I usually dodge the question – ‘so who’s your favourite band on your label then?’ – but I can do it no longer. It’s Diesel King. I tried to play it cool when I spoke to Bill Jacobs and Geoff Foden back in May about record deals but when they agreed to sign DK to APF I think I may actually have wet myself a little. I am, by far, Diesel King’s biggest fan. They know it. I know it.

In 2017 Diesel King gave me their EP #gofuckyourselves to release. I love it SO MUCH. I listen to it every few days, even now 9 months later. Some dude in America put the opening track ‘Declaration’ on a playlist on Spotify and the song got streamed over 10,000 times. Diesel King would like it if no one bought their stuff or listened to their music, but whilst I am around there is no chance of that happening. They are staying on APF for the rest of their lives whether they like it or not. There WILL be a Diesel King album in 2018. I will make them do it. It will be amazing. I can’t fucking wait”.

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Bill Jacobs, drummer of Diesel King (and Gurt and Hanowar and Trippy Wicked), is amazing. But I digress. From a distance due to restraining orders etc, he answered some questions for us in advance of the APF Showcase in Manchester on 3rd February.

APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Bill: As a band? Well we did fuck all most of the year, it’s not hard to choose, so it would have to be the release of our epic leviathan magnum opus EP #GOFUCKYOURSELVES on the quite lovely APF Records. Personally? There was a brief 5 minute period on a sunny July afternoon where i didn’t wanna hurl myself off of a bridge, so i guess that’s a highlight.

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APF: As a member of Diesel fucking King what’s your proudest achievement so far?

Bill: Finding another band to play with that wasn’t Diesel King. Those guys are pricks.

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

Our Billy: I personally cant wait to see Twisted Sister. You have signed Twisted Sister right?

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

Bill: You get one serious answer per interview so this might as well be it. It might not be the “best” but definitely the one that stays with me the most was playing Paris with High On Fire about 5 days after the attack at the Bataclan. It was a surreal experience having people delightedly thanking you for playing and then on the verge of tears telling you about the friends they’d lost a few days beforehand. I’ve seen the term thrown around before but this is one of the few gigs I’ve ever been to where I felt a real emotionally charged atmosphere.

APF: What are your plans for 2018?

Bill: Probably do an album because Fieldy wont shut up if we dont. Hopefully do some shows if we can drag Geoff and Mark away from the gym for an hour.

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

Billy: Each member of Diesel King fits inside each other according to size, like Russian Dolls. I’m fluent in 7 languages and I’m 235th in line to the throne of Latvia.

APF: Anything to declare?

Bill: Go. Fuck. Yourself.

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Diesel King’s “#gofuckyourselves” EP is out now on APF Records and can be bought from:

apfrecords.bigcartel.com

dieselking.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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