piątek, 11 grudnia 2015

Interview with Attila & Szilárd/ Alea Iacta Est!

      I'm very excited about this interview, Zoltan/ Blast fanzine did a great job as always. But for me it's sentimental, I guess I know Tomi/ bass player of Alea Iacta Est since 2002/ 2003. We met in Czech Republic many times, because I was traveling around diy grind shows/ festivals there a lot then, I was even living in Ostrava for some time. It's good to know that he is playing in such a great band. I'm not going to cry now, it's time for interview and grind, play this fuckin' loud: https://aleaiactaest.bandcamp.com

      Although the hungarian grinders could already read a long interview with you in the Posthuman fanzine, I’d like to start again with the origins of Alea Iacta Est. So tell me please everything about the beginning, when and how has the band started, how did you get together, and how the lineup has changed over the years?
      Szilard: Yes, we started to play in September 2005, this is the official beginning of the band. Although we had some rehearsals before that as well, but these were more about learning to play the instruments, trying out some cover songs and making some own stuff on guitar and bass. Attila wrote some lyrics and we tried to put together our first two songs. We played without drums, so at the same time we were looking for a drummer, who loves fast and rude music. Than we found Sanyi, who was playing in a local punk band called KARAK and we made our first real rehearsal. Pityu came with him to try out his guitar and it worked very well together, so it was clear that we want to continue in this line-up: so, Sanyi (drums), Pityu (guitars), Attila (vocals), Lapi (bass) and Szilard (guitars). After two years in 2007 Lapi decided to leave the band and next two years we played without bass until Tomi from INCURABLE joined us. We play in this line-up up to now.

Alea Iacta Est shreddin'
      How did you get in contact with crust and grindcore? What were the very first grindcore and crust records in your life, and what was your first thought on hearing such an extreme music?
      Szilard: I think after listening much punk music E330 was the band which really turned my attention to this kind of music. (Unfortunately, they’re not playing since many years.) Then I started to look for another similar bands and I started to collect them. My first crust-grind records were ROT, ULCERRHOEA, FUCK THE FACTS, HUMAN ERROR, JACK, ANOTHER WAY, ATTACK OF RAGE, AD ACTA, IDIOT’S PARADE, the PUBLIC and many others.
      Attila: E330 from Komárno was also a key point in my grindcore life! I saw them to perform in an old club before many years and it totally kicked my ass then. The rudeness and the power of their music carried me with itself! After that I was really into aggressive music, I was searching for new bands, genres, records, zines etc. I also remember my first vinyls ever: it was only few things which I ordered from Dr. Slayer: an Agathocles / Din Addict 7” and a Human Error / System Shit lp…. And with this ordering my love to vinyls had also began!

      What would you say as what has made Alea Iacta Est to the band that it is? Which bands have influenced your style? Attila, you always wanted to be a vocalist, or do you play on any instruments? Who are your favorite vocalists ever?
      Attila: hehe, nice question. I think the main influence for our band was ourselves, which means we made the band to what it is nowadays. Of course, there were and are lot of influences on ourselves - which through us had also influence on the band -, but mainly our everyday life, our friendship and our love to aggressive music influenced it. This three together – our bad and good experiences in our life, the guys in the band, and our true love to the music – has the most influence on our style. But there are and were a lot of good bands, which we always loved to listen to, or play a tribute song from! For example Rot, Insect Warfare, Napalm Death, Disrupt and a lot more. I think the usual stuff for all grindcore-lover!
According to the vocalist theme: at the beginning of the band we all had to choose from which instrument to play on. So my brother Péter choosed the bass and Szilárd the guitar, so I tried out the singing. And it was a fucking awesome feeling!!!!!!! I love it really since that time!! About the singers: I really like Shane MacLachlan from Phobia, the voice of Petra from Idiot’s Parade and the melancolic sounding of Johnny Cash.
      What do you think, how has the sound of Alea Iacta Est evolved and progressed over the years? Is there anything you would like to develop further in your style (in terms of sound, speed, or whatever)?
      Attila: I think the development of our sound is always ongoing and will never stop. We are trying always to work on better sounding and better constructed songs and lyrics and of course we are trying to play as fast as we can hehe. The main thing is, we have always something to say which we want to do through our music. If you compare our old songs with the newest ones there is a huge difference between them. But I think this is the normal way, we are doing our stuff since 10 years, and 10 years are a very big time in a life of a band. Since that there were changes in our lifes, views etc. Everything helped us to do some progress in our music. But the main thing is, that we are more practiced with our instruments (at least the others are more practiced; I still suck with the singing haha)
      Let’s speak about your discography. How did you met with the guys from Jack? Where is the idea from to do a split record with this hungarian grinders? Tell me everything important about that record please.
      Szilard: I think we know each other through Attila, he was studying in Hungary and made contact with them. But, of course, we knew their recordings before that and the older stuff from their discography I really enjoyed. The idea of making a split with them was not planned. When we had a gig in Sala our friend was making the technical support, so it was easy to record the whole gig. The recording was not so bad so we decided to release it after remastering. As far as I remember we asked many bands about releasing a split with us, but they didn’t have live material in that time. Than we found Jack and made that split together.
      Attila: And Jack had also a live recording from the same era, so it was good that we found each other for that split. We asked Dávid Fehér (ex Din Addict) to do the mastering of our recordings. Finally the first version came out of the split on cd; after some time the tape version followed it.

cover art of split 7" with RAS
      You had a split 7” with Ras from Spain on the flipside. Released in 2012. What do you think nowadays about that songs, are you pleased with all of them? Can you tell us some words about how this split was born?
      Attila: I really love that split 7”!! That was the first Alea Iacta Est release on vinyl ever. We were waiting for this happening very long time, so I always will remember this split as our first vinyl release J The songs on it are really good representing that era of the band; we put on this split our best songs from that time! RAS is also a very good band who is active long time ago. If everything goes by plan we will have the chance next year to finally play a gig together. About the birth of this release: Tomi contacted the guys from RAS and asked them if they are not interested in putting out a split with us. They liked the idea and they recorded some songs for the split and sent them to us. So the split was born!
      There is another band from Spain you have a split with, called Rageous Intent, and after the release of the 7”, you played together a couple of shows with Gerardo and Co… How do you remember to that mini-tour? In my opinion, this split is your best to date, do you agree with me?
      Attila: I can totally agree with your opinion, this is our best split until now, because our newest songs are presented on that piece of vinyl and I think these songs kick some ass hehe and the RxIx side also rules! The mini-tour from my side was quite in hurry, because the main part of the gigs was on weekdays and I couldn’t manage to get off my job. So we played in the evening and I had to work during the day. It was quite tiring for me but totally worth it!! The guys from RxIx and DxPx are fucking good mates! I hope we can see all of them on our tour next year!

cover art of split 7" with Rageous Intent
      How did your relationship started with czech Controlled Existence? Were you maybe friends from a long time, who’s idea was to do a split 7” together? What do you think about female singers in this genre?
      Attila: I do not remember on the starting of that relationship, but the idea of the split is definitely coming from Sanyi. I think he agreed with CxEx on our split 7” back in 2012 at FFUD Festival (if you do not know this great event, you must check it out: http://ffud.punkgen.sk/). We knew each other one or two years before that festival, we had some gigs together in Prague and Slovakia and we really love their music, so the idea of making a split together was fucking great. All of it finalized in our split in 2013 and we had also a great tour together back then. Cheers to the whole band!
      A 4-way 12" vinyl was released in 2014 with you, called Neither East Nor West. What does this title mean? When I looked for an explanation, I found something that the "West" refers to the capitalist US, and the "East" represents the socialist Russia, or something like this…
      Szilard: I don’t know neither about these explanations, nor about who figured out the name of this split, but yes, your explanation sounds believable. I understand it simply as something what follows from the location of these bands. Two bands from Central Europe and two from Northern Europe. So, yes, it can question somehow the old stereotype about East and West opposition.
      Attila: I don’t know who figured out that name, but according to my understanding it means something that the bands on the split are not fitting to the categories like western or eastern countries, they are something else, something between. But this is quite a simplified explanation, because the differences between Finland and Slovakia are huge in a lot of aspects. So they cannot be simply compared together or put together in one group.
      By the way, what do you think about the Ukrainian-Russian conflict, do you deal with political content in your lyrics? I suppose you rather deal with social issues, right?
      Attila: war always sucks! Independent from the goal of it, it is only about getting more money and more power for already well powered people. About the Ukrainian-Russian conflict: Russia is experiencing with his own limits, with how far is he able to go without facing any real problems. So he is just expanding his own power. And as “only” Ukraine is affected, the other world leading countries are doing nothing against it. But we normally do not deal with such kind of topics from political perspective. Like you wrote, we are always dealing with social issues in our lyrics, with issues that are around us or that we can see in the world.

cover art of split 7" with Controlled Existence
      Your newest release is a coloured 6-way split only with slovakian bands. I know Abortion, and I really like the noise of Sedem Minut Strachu, but I didn’t know the other 3 bands, so it is time for an introduction!
      Szilard: PASKUDA is a relatively old band from Banska Bystrica, earlier playing killing fastcore and nowadays experimenting with more crusty riffs. You should check out their site on bandzone: http://bandzone.cz/paskuda. KUMURU is a newer band playing powerviolence and about HUMIT I don’t know anything, I heard them first time on this split. By the way: this split has a crust brother with 6 Slovakian crust bands, like DISTAX, BARNEY GUMBLE, BASAL BANAR, HOPSASALA, RUBANISKO, NICITEL.
      Attila: Humit is an interesting noise-core stuff from Martin. The music is made by bass-guitar, drums and voice.
      Over the years you’d recorded a lot of covers from Insect Warfare, Rotten Sound, and Disrupt, among many others. How did you decide on this covers, and are there any other cover song planned for the future?
      Szilard: Yes, we made many cover songs, but lately we haven’t done any, somehow we started to focus on our own songs. I think the latest cover was from Warsore which we made maybe two years ago. But there is no rule for doing or not doing cover songs. If someone has an idea and the band is one of the favorite for all of us, we can make the song. Of course, it’s also important to find a song where the lyrics are available and the riffs can be identified :)
      Most of your releases are a split material, is it intentional? You prefer more to do splits than a full-length material? By the way, when can we expect the first AIE full-length?
      Szilard: I think it’s not really intentional, but very practical, hehh. We don’t do so many songs per a year that can’t find a place on one side of a 7” and it would be unnecessary to wait years for a longer material. It is better to release what we have actually and to find some great bands for the next side of the vinyl, then of course, to make common tours as well, hehh. So, I personally prefer this shorter and cooperative form of releasing. These five minutes per side are enough to get know the band and enjoy it, then to turn to the next side of the vinyl and wait what will happen. It’s more interesting. You can also find many great bands through splits, moreover small format is cheaper, it’s easier to get more of them, so for me it’s no extra reason to make plans about an own full-length material.
      Attila: I will tell You now a secret: maybe there is a possibility for releasing the next AIE-shit on a bigger format of vinyl which will be also a split release.

Tomi and me, back in 2003, Gryndy Pyndy Festival.
      Attila, how do you found the inspiration to your lyrics? Is it easy to you to finish the lyrics, or you need a special mood for writing?
      Attila: I think no special mood is needed for me to write the lyrics, it can happen any time, I need to sit down and think about things. What I need, is the topic of the lyrics. If I have no idea for that I cannot start with it. It can happen, that I have only 2-3 words or 1 sentence in my head which can be totally enough for finishing one song. The inspiration is everywhere, I need just to walk on the streets open minded and see what many others are ignoring. So I can find a lot of inspiration. The other good way to inspire myself is just checking the news to see the staff happening in the world. There is always something ongoing what gives me the must to write about, mostly these are things which are pissing me or which are making me to think about them, but it can happen, that sometime in the future there will be also a positive-sounding AIE lyrics (and Pityu will be finally very happy hehe).
      You play grindcore more in the old-school way, so I’m curious, what do you think about grindcore bands, which are using technical themes and has a modern, polished sound, for example Gridlink, or Noisear. I like them, but does this fits to the grindcore genre in your opinion?
      Szilard: Yes, you can find many great, let’s say, modern grindcore bands. But for me less is usually more than more. That’s why I can enjoy more these bands which can be completely destructive without too much speculating about how to make worked out themes or interesting effects in their music etc. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you have to follow the old, well-functioning recipes. Rather: how to make old things still interesting.
      Attila: Hehe, since our previous interview, when I mentioned that Noisear LP, I bought also a Gridlink LP – so I can say, these are not my very favorite bands, but they music is really good made and I like that way of experimentation so they are for sure fitting in the grindcore genre. And experimentation in the music is always welcome, it can lead to very nice and new sounding bands, but like Szilárd wrote, old-school rules!!! 

Alea Iacta Est shreddin'
      How often can you play live, how much gigs did you already do? Which ones were the most memorable? What about playing abroad? This year you’ve played in Obscene Extreme, I believe it was a great experience to you, right?
      Szilard: The number of our gigs is maybe around one hundred. It doesn’t sound bad, but in fact we don’t have many concerts. Maybe one per month in average. There are some periods when we have more, like in the autumn or spring, but sometimes happen that we don’t have any gig during two or three months. But this amount of gigs is relatively good for us. Playing for example every week or every two weeks constantly, would be impossible to arrange. Attila is living in Budapest, Tomi has a chaotic schedule of working, and the others are in Bratislava during the week. Sure is just Sunday and three o’clock, when we have rehearsal. But of course, we are planning tours and trying to go to all concerts for which we’re invited. Luckily we have calls from abroad as well. We played many times in Hungary and Czech Republic. However, the biggest experience in abroad was our Balkan tour with CONTROLLED EXISTENCE through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. Now we are planning the next tour to Spain. And yes, you’re right, playing in Obscene was great experience. We’ve never played on that kind of stage before. It was good to try it out and to see that so many people enjoyed our gig despite of the early time in the morning!
      I know that you are involved to many other activites, such as project bands, fanzines, and you’re organizing shows / gigs as well. First introduce please your side-projects, and tell us about your fanzine.
      Attila: yep, we are having some side projects besides AIE. Sanyi & Pityu are playing in one sludge-doom band called Otrok (means slave in Slovak language) together with the guys from The Citadel (hc from Galanta, very good friends of us). Tomi has a small label called Sekac Records and he also runs his fanzine called Putrid’emental Cheese since many years, now he is working on the 10th issues and of course, we are helping him with some topics, reviews and interviews. You can check his activity here: http://bandzone.cz/pechsekac Szilárd is writing lot of things to Tomi’s zine and we all together have (or had) a side project band called Uncurable, where we managed to record only one song hehe which we play sometimes also on AIE gigs: the song is called Next Morning’s Desert and it is about having a really bad hangover. We all organize gigs together with the guys from The Citadel under the name Ice-Nine Crew (https://www.facebook.com/Ice-Nine-Crew-464497710277067/?fref=ts). We mainly focus on hardcore and grindcore gigs, but we make everything in between these genres. We usually organize in Sala or Sered (that means in our surroundings) but we already organized few gigs in Bratislava and Budapest. I have also a side project band together with the sludge band from Budapest called Torn From Earth: our bands name is The Molnár’Z and we play only shitty punk-hc music, of course a very noisy one. You can check it out here: https://molnar.bandcamp.com/ I think this is all in short about our activities…
      Now talk about the Ice-Nine Crew please. Who is involved to the team, how did you decided to start organising shows, and what motivates you?
      Attila: at the beginning in Ice-Nine Crew were only two people: Spikey, the singer of the band The Citadel and myself. After that Spikey ‘s brother joined us; he is meanwhile the guitarist in their band. After some gigs I think we can say that all members from both bands are part of the Ice-Nine Crew, so we are a big family hehe. We organized some gigs also before that crew but we decided to do it more in common and under one name which can be remembered by the people, so we put Ice-Nine Crew together. Motivation is there always: we do gigs for bands that we like, that are friends of us or we think they deserve to play. Of course, the vice-versa thing is also ongoing: that means we organize a gig for a band and then the members of that band organize for us a concert at theirs home-town. A very big part of the motivation is to meet new and nice people, listen to fucking great bands and just enjoying the party on the gigs and afterwards.

covert of split live cd and mc with Jack
        How many people visit the gigs you organise with Ice-Nine Crew in general? Are there good venues, clubs in your country for grindcore shows? What was the most memorable concert you’ve organized in Ice-Nine Crew, and why?
      Attila: I think around 30-50 people are there on each gig. That is not so much, but as we are from a small town it is quite enough. We usually organize our gigs in town called Sala, there is one club who welcomes our genres. We can also organize in town called Sered. This is the town where the before mentioned FFUD Fest takes place. The organizers of that festival are also doing many gigs during the year under the name “FFUD Shows Sered”. According the most memorable Ice-Nine Crew gig I’m quite in trouble, we had really nice events! Maybe I can mention our gigs with Rageous Intent and Disturbance Project in Slovakia, which has been really awesome. And the Santa Claus party kicks ass every year!!!
      I will write to you some grindcore bands, and I’d like to know your opinion about them. Do you like them, which ones are your favorite from their discography, and how did they inspired or influenced you personally?
- Napalm Death: one of the first grindcore bands which I ever heard. The first albums are really awesome, but after that the more metallic ones are not belonging to my favorites. But as they are one of the first bands, who had anything to do with grindcore, there is a respect for this from my side
- Brutal Truth: the album “extreme conditions….” is nowadays one of my favorites. I also have the “machin parts” 7”, that one is also okay but nothing special
- Terrorizer: split with nausea and world downfall rules, the others are not my cup of coffee
- Assück: rules!!
- Nasum: one of my really favorite band ever. I mainly love everything from them and I mainly have everything from them on vinyl (except some early 7”-s). Mieszko R.I.P.
- Insect Warfare: this one was also a fucking great band with one of the most aggressive sounding what I ever heard in the grindcore scene!
- Rot: old dirty grindcore hehe, we play also a tribute song from them which is calles “Russian Roulette” and I think it has been played by the half of the grindcore bands existing on the earth haha
- Excruciating Terror: great old band with nice grindcore tunes which has been dead for long time. But there was a reunion before some years, but I didn’t hear any new release from them.
- Agathocles: to having all of their 7”s is a dream which will never come true haha. Tomi has I think around 100 pieces of their stuff, but that is also not enough. They are a really old but active band and good people!
- Unholy Grave: lot of really good bands are coming from Japan, UxGx is one of them, they are really a vile ago on the scene with huge amount of releases. Great shit!
      Thank you so much for your time and answers, finally, what are your plans for the future, please tell me about your next steps!
      Szilard: Thanks a lot for your interest! As I mentioned we are planning our spring tour to Spain and maybe some shorter mini-tours we can manage as well. But now the most important is to rehearse, drink beer and work on our new songs!!
      Attila: Thank you man for the questions!!! As addition to Szilárd’s writings I can only mention, that we will have a 10th year anniversary party sometime next spring, and we are also planning our next split release and now on a bigger format then a 7”!


AxIxEx - aleagrindcore[at]gmail.com
Attila - casusbelliesthomo[at]gmail.com

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