Spankraght – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
S: We’re an industrial metal band consisting out of two members. One guitar player/ synth & drum programmer and one bass player. Our focus lies on heavy guitars with danceable rhythms, all focused on having a very good time!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
S: Spankraght got started in 2015 but the two of us have been active in two other bands before that. Those two bands were Tud Russel (groovecore) and Notti Del Terrore (industrial metal). We met in Tud Russel, started Notti Del Terrore together in 2007 which then grew into a fourpiece. In 2015 we decided to stop NDT and start Spankraght as a duo and keep it that way. Less people to worry about so decision making goes faster. In 2018 we released our first untitled EP and now, in 2020, there’s our first full abum called ‘Thou Shalt Drown In The Blood Of Thy Children’.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
S: Musicwise band such as Fear Factory, KMFDM, Kill II This, Ministry but also more danceable stuff like The Prodigy, Pendulum or even techno acts from the 90’s like 2 Unlimited. We’ve got a broad range of musical influences. Non-musical: horror movies, 80’s kids cartoons, comic and videogames like DooM.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
S: Reach as many people as possible with our music and see if it affects them in some way or another. If someone finds strength in our music, that’d be cool. Or if someone just has a good time and wants to share that with others by introducing our music. You make music because you want people to get something out of it. We’re not in it for fame, we just want to leave something behind that’ll still be here after we’ve ended our time hear on this blue ball.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
S: We write the songs ourselves. There are no real themes to them. For this record we had a collection of instrumental tracks without vocals. Because we needed to somehow fit them together for the record, we came up with a concept about our world that’s being invaded by an unknwon force that wants to punish mankind for years of misconduct and neglect. This way we could tie the songs together nicely and add some lyrics. Not too much, we still want this band to be a mainly instrumental affair but just enough to sometimes create a hook. People often listen to something faster if there are vocals on it. Each track is now a part of the story and as you listen to the album, you progress through all the bad things happening to mankind. Because we needed voices for some of the lyrics we reached out to some famous and less famous Belgian singers. We’ve got one international name on the album and that’s Zak Tell from Clawfinger. We got him on the album through another vocalist and good friend of ours, Yves. We’re very happy that all those people we’re willing to contribute, makes everything a little bit more special.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
S: Online, through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. It’s important to have a strong online presence these days. For the release of this album we ‘re working together with Hardlife Promotion to get the album to the right people but that’s not enough. You’ve got to have something that draws people to your music so you constantly have to think of ways to do that. That why we decided to make a 6 level add for the videogame DooM 2. Six levels with the tracks of our album as a soundtrack. This way you can play the game while our music is playing in the background. The tracks on those maps are stripped versions of the album tracks so they could be looped. It’s a different approach than a video which often gets viewed one time. This add-on has been out for a couple of days now and it has been downloaded a lot already so hopefully it’ll generate traffic to our music and get us more likes and maybe some cool shows. We also had a succesfull kickstarter campaign to finance the production of the album. Among other things, people could back the kickstarter with the purchase a limited edition box set of the album with a digipak cd, a postcard, guitar pick and USB stick with the Doom 2 add-on and extra mixes on it. There are still a few boxes available through our Bandcamp page so if anyone is still interested…
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
S: We’re not fans of that but it’s there and people use it so you have to give them what they want. This album is a concept album and we’ve got nice digipak cd’s to sell and that’s the way we want people to experience the album. But not everyone still has cd players or is willing to step into the experience we want to give them so you have to have that digital counterpart too. It’s a shame because we feel that you need to sit down, take the cd booklet and read the lyrics and story while enjoying the music. Maybe we’re a bit old fashioned… But we’re on Spotify and all those other streaming services so we’re out there for everyone!
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
S: “Land Of Confusion” by Genesis because it’s a great catchy track with a very cool groove.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
S: Fast cashiers at the supermarket when you’re still unloading your cart when all the products that have been scanned are piling up on the other side. So frustrating…
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
S: There are some but with Spankraght probably our second show when we had to support French band Punish Yourself and when we went to change our outfits and put on our masks before the show, there were like 50 people there and when we finally got on stage, the place was packed with 500 people! And we won them over! That’s still something we’re very proud of but hopefully we’ll add some cooler moments soon!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
S: Nothing much, we’re just promoting the album and the add-on for DooM 2. We’ve put a lot of work into that so now we’re trying to get as much attention as possible.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
S: No shows planned but with the promotion we’re doing now we hope to get some promoters to book us and play some shows. We’re also working on out live set too, we’re building new stage props, working on our outfits. We just want to make sure the audience gets an awesome show. Something they’ll remember and something that ‘ll convince them to buy our music and spread the word!
Thank you for the interview!
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