Antlerz – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of band are you?
Antlerz: We’re a hip hop rock band with a wild live show and songs full of big, crunching riffs, catchy hooks and broken beats. Frontman Guchi leads the line with his aggressive vocals that resonate with people because they are earthy, gritty and cover themes that we’ve all experienced personally or that are all around us every day. We’ve even got a few epic choruses, face-melting solos and proggy endings to keep the beards at the back happy.
PD: Tell us the brief history of the band.
Antlerz: Antlerz is a band of four guys based in London. We’ve got Guchi on vocals and Mickey on guitars who are the co-founding members; also cousins and local London boys. Then we’ve got Neil from Wales on bass and Ignas from Lithuania on drums.
Guchi has deep love for hip hop and it comes across in his vocal style, artists like J Cole, Eminem and Wu Tang Clan have had a big influence on how he delivers his vocals and brings energy to the live shows. Mickey is a sick guitar player, with a storied history of playing in metal bands and wisely avoiding fights in chicken shops in south London, and who is an absolute hero in the studio. Both Guchi and Mickey played in other bands before realising their destiny lay together and lo, Antlerz was born.
Neil lived in China for years and used to play in the underground punk and rock scene there, but then moved back home to Britain and needed something to do in the evenings. Ignas is a wild man who gardens for oligarchs and billionaires by day and parties hard to eastern European tech house by night. And he never, ever sleeps for some reason, but he can keep a fucking beat.
PD: Who are your musical influences?
Antlerz: All the members bring their own styles but to sum it up: Antlerz sounds like if Wu Tang had a love child with RHCP but then you found out Pantera was the true daddy!
Aside from the aforementioned, we love Metallica, Aerosmith, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Mastodon, Rammstein, the Manic Street Preachers, Jason Becker, Guns n’ Roses, Led Zep, Radiohead, Jojo Meyer & Nerve, James Brown, J Dilla and Snarky Puppy… plus too many others to mention.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Antlerz: We want to be bigger than the Rolling Stones, have an insane 3rd album burnout where someone goes missing and/or ends up in rehab, be more important than Jesus, have enough money to buy all the cocaine and blue M&Ms and any other rock n roll cliches you want to mention.
But if we don’t get any of that good shit, then just making music together, shouting about things that mean something, playing a shitload of gigs and touring all over the world, meeting fans and pals all over while drinking whisky (single malt), shagging and smoking weed will do us fine.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Antlerz: Right now, we are in the process of launching our first 6-track EP which was written entirely by Guchi and Mickey. At the same time we are working on writing a further series of EPs and the new rhythm section is much more involved in the creative side of things, so it’s pretty collaborative.
We want our songs to mean something so we write about a lot of issues that we’ve experienced personally or that affect us in society. Sole Survivor, which we just released a music video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4TTMnoJLXs) for, is about mental illness, depression, being at the frayed ends of sanity where you can’t tell if you’re losing control or just about keeping it together. Other themes on the EP which will be released soon include homelessness, relationships, politics, addiction…
But it ain’t all doom and gloom, there are a couple of party tracks in there too, like Weekend Roam and 4-20 (coming out April 20… at 4.20pm)… so get a fatty ready for that one.
We are all competent in different areas of the creative process; Mickey, besides being a kick arse guitarist, is an expert at production, guitar tech and studio recording. Guchi of course writes the lyrics and also defines the energy, style and image. Neil knows his music theory and also does web design, photos and artwork. Ignas has been working on setting up a practice space in a studio in east London so we all pitch in wherever we can. It’s a proper full time job!
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Antlerz: Facebook, Instagram, our website are all important, but also it’s a lot of word of mouth, talking to people and working with other bands and awesome local promoters like In The Pipeline. We organise our own tours and were planning a series of mini-tours to Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and a bunch of other places but then this nasty bug started getting about so we’ve had to lockdown and write music over Zoom instead! As soon as we’re allowed outside again we’ll be all over the place.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Antlerz: It gets music to people easily and all we care about is getting our music heard so it’s fine by us. On the other hand, it does make it hard for musicians to monetise their work and get paid what they deserve but when has that been any different?
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Antlerz: Everything Coldplay has ever written so we could’ve buried it deep underground and never uttered a word about it to anyone.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Antlerz: Why is everything in music so fucking heavy? Guitars. Heavy. Drums. Heavy. Amps. Heavy as shit. Pedals, wires and something to carry them in. Heavy. Being in bands is 90% moving heavy shit around.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Antlerz: We’ve just put out our first music video for Sole Survivor (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4TTMnoJLXs) – that was a pretty awesome day, filming all day and then playing a massive gig at the end of it courtesy of In The Pipeline.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Antlerz: All you can do on lockdown is create new music so that’s what we are doing right now. The first EP is really aggressive lyrically, with huge guitar lines and hip hop beats. The one we are working on right now is a bit more technical, with twisty, angular, thrashy riffs.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Antlerz: We’ll be releasing a special treat on April 20th at 4.20pm so stay tuned for that – subscribe to our YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs4nLfct1Qni65TSMT13j_g) and you’ll get a reminder on the day. Check out the new video for Sole Survivor here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4TTMnoJLXs). And we will be releasing the next track from our EP soon. Check out and follow our socials to listen/watch and soon you will be able to get merch on our website too.