AZREAL VS HOLLYWOOD MUSIC MAGAZINE’S THE GAUNTLET INTERVIEW SERIES
(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (Like in this case the badass AZREAL who put the AWE in AWEstralia) are sent a butt ton of questions ranging from standard to stupid from which they must choose at least 12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains.)
AZREAL who are from the Gold Coast of Australia play the wicked thrash groove metals that will grab your ears like the handles on a second place pinewood derby trophy and force AZREAL’s criminal level catchy tunes into permaspin in your brain pan. The Gauntlet was completed by AZREAL vocalist Luke Hosking who we hear is still walking with a limp.
Tell me why your music rules. Or why it sucks.
Our music sucks for other bands because it rules their faces off… I like it because its not all hell for leather. We bring it back a lot so people can dance. People like to dance we have found. It’s not too complicated so when you are standing there at the show after a couple of Long Island ice teas and you’re sad because your girlfriend left you for your neighbours Jack Russell you don’t have to think about where the music is going too much. You just slot in with the beat and forget the smug look on that little dog’s furry face until tomorrow.
Tell me about your new album. The writing, vibe, production/producers, etc.
Our latest album is named Premonition. It was a very smooth writing process for us as we had just got a kick ass new drummer Chris ‘The Butcher’ Dennis and had done a previous album with the same engineer/producer Scott French at our good buddy Barry ‘I’m here for the drugs and women’ Martin’s humble abode Love St Studios. The vibe lyrically relates to how most of us do such an average job of looking after our own planet. It’s also laced with anti-religious sentiment. It’s thrashy at times and groovy at others. It’s what feels good to us when we are making noise and our fans seem to get quite passionate about it.
What are you working on right now?
We have just wrapped up a bunch of shows and festivals around Australia and are currently working towards an American tour. We are also spending some time writing new tracks for a another album. I think the cover is going to be green so you’ll know it when you see it. Premonition was red so green is the obvious choice.
Why do you make your style of music? Why not polka? or Japanese symphonic folk metal? or..?
I think our style of music is a form of release for us. The heavy fast parts get out out all the pent up aggressions built up from living life and working etc., while the groove sections mean it’s also a hell of a lot of fun to play live and listen to.
Peace or freedom? (You can’t have both.)Why?
I’m going with freedom because peace without freedom would be boring as fuck. It would be like those zombie movies where all the rich pretty people live in a big compound and all the badasses have to smash it out in the wilderness. Except without the badasses and wilderness. There probably wouldn’t be zombies either. Lame. At least if you had freedom without peace you could just murder your problems caveman style.
What legendary musicians would you like to play badminton with?
I’d play Ozzy just to smash the shuttlecock at him and giggle when he gets pissed about it. Then I would fall to my knees and beg forgiveness… obviously.
The Foreboding (new High On Fire). I’m not saying that to be cool instead of telling you I was listening to the artist formerly known as Prince. I actually just did listen to the new High on Fire and I must say it kicks some serious ass!
What exactly is “Going apeshit?”
Going apeshit is letting go of all the bullshit that we are constantly surrounded by. It’s going out to a show or a party and not caring in the least whether you look like an idiot. It’s having fun and releasing the beast within! It could also be flinging poop at strangers… or is that “monkeyshit”?
If you were facing unbeatable and fatal odds what song would you want to check out to? Why?
I know if it was our drummer Chris he would say Roxette or something like that. He would just sing, shake his head around, wave his arms and own that death. Our Bassist would probably say Crowded House, he loves that band so much. He never stops rambling about them. Sometimes he cries when ‘Four seasons in one day’ comes on his wireless antique radio.
Describe your face.
Skin. Eyeballs. Beard.
Where do your song names come from?
Our song titles come from lines in our songs. Which come from my brain. Which is made from exploding stars in space. So space… They came from space.
Worst thing ever eaten? Details, details, details.
Well we were on a tour bus with 2 other bands and stopped to fuel up. One of the guys from another band got this nasty looking chicken wing and was devouring it as the rest of us were saying “it looks deadly man you’re mad”! About 30 minutes down the road this dude at the back of the bus let one monster of a stench rip. The bus was travelling forward you understand with the widows open and it still made it right to the front, it was that intense. I looked back and the guy was standing up sweating and swaying saying he needed to get off. We ended up having to stop next to a cane field and after handing him the pillowcase I was using to hold my precious booze the poor bastard shat himself in a cane field. He will never live it down.
What do you geek out to besides your music? Please geek out on your geekiness.
I listen to a crap load of audio books. Some of them are nerdy science books on astro-physics etc. Stephen Hawking is my nerd hero. I also listen to a lot of fantasy fiction and even some Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde kinda stuff. But recently I have embarked on the ultimate geek endeavour by listening to fairy tales. That’s gotta be up there on the geek scale. I also play a lot of video games. Maybe video games have moved out of the geek zone though.