Does anyone remember bands like Ripcord or Electro Hippies? Well, those powerful gangs were part of the upcoming British hardcore invasion in the mid-80's, and have influenced a lot of other bands with their whirlwind-like sonic assault. One of the most famous groups were the legendary Extreme Noise Terror, who created a sound somewhere between Disorder and Napalm Death (in the early days). ANTICLIMAX are also hailing from the UK and they are really close to the above mentioned bands. Their second demo "At The Mountains Of Noid" destroyed my speakers and brain-cells for several times. Aggressive and intense as hell.....like a horde of pitbulls on speed, but still catchy and skillful....that are only a few words to describe ANTICLIMAX and it's simply the truth. Due to the reason that this bands is still very unknown outside of the UK, and the Cosmic Lava loves to discover ambitious underground bands, it was time to sent over some questions to this group. Here is the result...
Well, let's start with how long you've been together?
Ceri: It's been two years since the three of us started jamming together, but Greg & I have been playing music together for about ten years.
Some weeks ago you've sent me your brand new demo "At the Mountains of Noid", but you also had recorded a rough six song tape in 2000. What's the main difference between both releases?
Ceri: The tape 'D.I.Y. Style' was recorded by ourselves live as a two piece, the songs were more basic, we were just having a laugh. We worked alot harder on 'At the Mountains of Noid' and we'd been playing as a band for awhile, but the energy remains the same on both.
"A.T.M.O.N" is an ultra-aggressive killer demo with a powerful production (except of the drum sound), but bass, guitar and vocals are very much upfront. Are you satisfied with the mix and how many days have you needed to finish the recordings?
Ceri: Overall yes, we like the rawness of it. It's a shame the drums had to be turned down, that was because the volume of the cymbals and hi-hats bled through into the other drum tracks. Our friend Jeff Lang recorded it for us, we liked the production he'd given his own band ROACHVILLE.
Yan: It's difficult to be 100% happy with any recordings, especially as we don't have money for proper studio time. Our mate Jeff had brought a bunch of recording gear and offered us an afternoon to record, as the guinea pigs for the new equipment, that's when we recorded 'Lord of Unrest' and 'Struggle of Years'. We then hired a local hall, threw the equipment in and got the rest of the songs down. So it took us two days all up. Noyce one to Jeff who captured the sounds!