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 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.

Photography by John White.

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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 – 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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