quarta-feira, 2 de julho de 2008
This i made with Jan=Bass and voices from this Belgium legends=AGATHOCLES!!! They have played since 1985!!! with a giant discography...and of course don´t need introductions...This interview was published in VERMYNOZE PUTRIDA ZINE Number 28 in December 2002...
VP=Tell us the history of AGATHOCLES...when it was formed...etc...
JAN=The whole history? that would take so much time,so i will try to keep it short! The roots of AG can be found in 1985.when some young people all coming from a city namedMOI.Started making some extreme music together .During the years we did many recordings,gigs,tours...and we also had a lot of line up changes.But since July 1998 the AG line up is JAN=Throat and bass/BURT =drums and drinks/DIRK=voices and guitar.BURT joined the band in 1990 and DIRK joined in 1998.
VP=From beguin from band till today the sonority is getting more CRUST style,what you can tell about this?
JAN=We have done some "crust" recordings,althought i don´t like the word "crust".i would prefer the name D-beat punk.We are NO crusties.We did some recordings with only d-beat songs like the AG "no use...(hatred)"7´ep(1993),the AG "to serve...to protect" cd(1999)and some more.We like this kind of style it is pleasant to play and it feels good.In future we will still be playing this kind of style,but not always,just listen to all new album "Superiority Overdose" wich is raging fast mince-core.this ione has just been released.
VP=What make do you keep in the scene for all this time and keep AGATHOCLES alive without stop in this years?
JAN=Like being busy with the band ,with the scene,with DIY ethics...getting mail from all over the world,getting to hear bands from all over the world,that´s just fantastic and fascinating.The DIY-thing is everywhere and i just love it to be part of this movement.Writing letters,recording tapes,doing a distro,playingin a band,meeting new people...all these things are really a big motivation to keep being active.
VP=What is your favorite bands...and what is your principal influences?
JAN=All bands that i listen to have an influence on me,some musically and some lyrically,and there are so many bands that i really like,Well,i guess, i will tell you a few of them:CONFUSE,REPULSION,HELLHAMMER,OLD PAGAN,GAI,SWANKYS,TERVEET KADET,UBR,NEOS,UNHOLY GRAVE,MALIGNANT TUMOUR,AXED UP CONFORMIST,MITTEN SPIDER,NIET,SLOD,OHLO SECO,ROT,STOMACHAL CORROSION,NIHILISTICS,THE BASTARDS,LAMA,KAAOS,DNA,HUDVUDTVATT,GI AND THE IDIOTS,old DISCHARGE,MOTORHEAD,CRASS,TOZIBABE,SIEKIERA,BLASPHEMY,GISM,THE SUM,HAMMER,CIRITH UNGOL,MG 15,SNIESTRO TOTAL...and tons of old Czech,Slovak,Polish punk bands.
JAN=AG is the name of an ancient Greek tyrant.Back in the 80´s i have studied ancient Greek language,And in a book, I found this name AGATHOCLES,Iliked the sound of it and the whole history about this person was very interesting.So i sugested this name to the rest of the band at that time,and they all liked it.I also think that it´s an original name.
VP=Tell us about the lyrics of AGATHOCLES...
JAN=Our lyrics deal with usual punk-items,i think.On the new album 'Superiority Overdose",we have songs about politics of course,especially the political situation in Belgium,the death penalty,violence at gigs,the pressure from society and majority-groups to be someone else that you don´t wanna be,a song about being proud to play mince core...hm m,no love songs on this record,ha ha ha.
VP=What is the importance to play coversongs? and what is actual coversongs played by AGATHOCLES today in gigs....and in old times too...
JAN=We don´t play any coversong at gigs anymore.I think the importance of playing coversongs is that when you play coversongs of old bandsforgoten and great bands or unknow bands,peoples get interested in these bands and still looking for the original recordings of these bands.And that´s great! Of course you can play also coversongs of famous bands,but is not the same,i think,in the past we have playd with AG coversongs from RATTUS,(miks haluat tapella),DOOM(relief),LARM(non-conformity),7 MINUTES OF NAUSEA,STARAIGHT AHEAD,SIEGE,GRAUZONE,DISORDER(fuck your nationality),NAPALM DEATH(deciever),MAJESTY,CAPITAL SCUM,THE SCROUNGERS,PANDEMONIUM from Holland,...a few weeks ago,we have recorded a split cd with UNHOLY GRAVE,on this cd AG plays 10 songs from UNHOLY...and UNHOLY plays songs of AG,ha ha,a nice one.this cd will be out in a few of months on the japanese label BLOODBATH RECORDS.
VP=What do you know/like from Brazilian scene??...today and past...
JAN=The scene in Brazil is big,really big,but is also a big country,ha ha ha,i think that i know quite a lot about the old and new scene in Brazil,some killer old bands that i like are:OLHO SECO,FOGO CRUZADO,CÓLERA,INOCENTES,ULSTER,LOBOTOMIA,ATACK EPILÉPTICO,BRIGADA DO ÓDIO,VULCANO,SARCOFAGO,DORSAL ATLANTICA,OVERDOSE,DISCARGA VIOLENTA,ROT,STOMACHAL CORROSION, and so many others bands i know and like from Brazil is your band;BESTHÖVEN,DESECRATION,DIE HUMAN RACE,PLAGUE RAGUES,VOMITO,LYMPHATIC PHLEGM,PARENTAL ADVISORY,DEADMOCRACY,LIXO URBANO,UNDER THREAT,SCUM NOISE,THE ACCIDENT,NECROBUTCHER,SRMO,CORE,CHC,HERESIA...and so many others for the people from europe,Brazilian scene seems to be a killer one.and the brazilian sound is much more raw than European or USA sound,i like that.
VP=Many people today see the "Discore" style like a bad thing,some people only say that dis bands are clones or other shits...many times the people are only to say bad things about it,and many times forget or criticize good guys...i really loved a lot to DIS bands...and you...what do you think about DIS style?
JAN=This D-beat punk is great for me! i like D-beat sound,but i do think that there are MANY very boring D-beat bands.I like D-beat when is simple and effective,raw and straight not with metal guitars and solos like many new D-beat bands have now.D-beat bands that i really love old and new are=DNA,MG 15,DISCLOSE,MASSLAKT,old DISCHARGE,SVART PARAD,SCUM NOISE,old ANTI-CIMEX,SKITSLICKERS,ANTIBOFORS,SOUND OF DISASTER,CRACKED COPSKULLS,SKULLCRUSHER,VALVANTOKOMISIO,TERRIBLE HEADACHE,MOBCHARGE......
VP=You discography?? demos too,etc...
JAN=I think if you will count the vynil and CD releases we have done about 100 releases(ep´s,lp´s,cd´s,double lp´s...)about tapes i don´t know,maybe about 200 full tapes and split tapes,i have not counted them yet,there are still AG tapes i´m looking for,and there are also some AG cdr´s i´m looking for.
VP=What more else...final words...
JAN=I thank you for your time and interest to do this interview with me and for giving AGATHOCLES space in the zine,keep up the good work with the zine and band! Best of lucky to you my friend! If people have some questions for me,just write for more info about the new AG CD,the other bands ´am in,MINCE CORE mailorder,just get in touch with me at=
Thanx to all who took the time to read this interview,support DO IT YOURSELF-ethics if you really wanna make a change!! MINCE ON !
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