Beastwars have their debut album out polluting young minds and are touring New Zealand to rabid audiences at the moment. The record stands as one of the great metal albums to come out of the shaky isles in quite a long time and we managed to catch frontman Matt Hyde for a few minutes between gigs for the inaugural interview in our new section Questions & Answers where we’ll try to cut to the chase and find out the latest views and happenings, mumblings and rants from a bunch of musicians…
How has your music evolved since the band first formed?
We are now about to start demoing the new album and we’re already 6 songs in. So far I believe it is sounding even larger and the year’s adventures have given us the confidence to write something bigger than the debut. About 4 of the new songs have already been played live so these are exciting times. We start our last tour for the year next week and will have a time in Whanganui on the day of the show to work on some more tracks. We hope to continue this pattern using different spaces on the tour to record.
Is there a story behind the origin of the name Beastwars?
Up until couple of years ago our drummer who came up with the name thought he had made it up. He believed it summed up the sound of music he want to create.
It feels like you have tapped into something that has been missing from the heavier end of the NZ music scene. Can you put your finger on what that is?
The country suffering through a recession, the end of the good times. We may of kind of brought a sound that people want to hear right now, I dont now its a hard one to answer but our record stuck out from a lot of other releases this year.
For a genre too often built on cliche you’ve invested some interesting angles in your music like post punk, noise and more textural elements. Was there a concerted effort to avoid any cliches?
We all have such a wide range of influences in the group we all brought it together to make the record and we were just trying to make a good record.
Dale Cotton (producer) has done a stellar job harnessing the sound of Beastwars, how was the recording experience for you?
What made it great was the deadline we set ourselves and also removing ourselves to Dunedin where we would wake early and make music late into the night. It was very focused but a hell a lot of fun at the same time.
Are you surprised by the attention the band has received over the last year?
It has been an amazing reaction, we have been very lucky. It’s been great to see the album embraced the way it has.
Many band’s fire their best shots on their first album, do you feel like Beastwars have hit their peak yet or are new songs still evolving the sound of the band?
It’s hard to say you will have to be the judge of that when we release the second album but I will say the new songs are feeling louder.
Does the band have long term ambitions, if so what are they? Any plans to get to Australia?
We wanted to come to Oz this year but have ended up having a great year here. The new album will be our priority in the new year and then hopefully after that we’ll make it over there.
North Island NZ Tour
Palmerston North – Friday Oct 28th
The Royal w/ Wall of Silents and Bloodspray for Politics
Whanganui – Saturday Oct 29th
Space Monster w/ Caves and Robin
Hamilton – Friday Nov 4th
Biddy Mulligan’s w/ Mountaineater and Arc of Ascent
Auckland – Saturday Nov 5th
4:20 w/ Mountaineater and Arc of Ascent
Wellington – Sat Nov 12th
Bodega with Arc of Ascent and Detrÿtus