We got our grubby mitts on their self-titled (untitled?) six-track, six-minute EP last year and when we saw The Ergon Carousel featured members of Narcosis and Beecher, we got excited enough to go have a chat. About stuff…
Thrash Hits verdict: If you enjoy settling down to listen to a spot of death grindcore metal stuff, you will absolutely not be disappointed by The Ergon Carousel. If you enjoy songs that last under a minute and frighten your pants off, you will not be disappointed by The Ergon Carousel. The band says that we’re all fucked. It’s very, very believable.
How did you meet?
Well, Me [Oliver, bass], Johnboy [guitar] and Brody [drums] used to play in a band called Narcosis. That came to an end a few years ago and we carried on writing and playing together. Chris [vocals] had been a close friend and we used to play a lot with his band Carmen. It was pretty obvious he would help us out. Daniel we have known since the 90s. Me and him used to play together in a band before I joined Narcosis and he joined Beecher and he is one of the best guitarists we know. It was quite a painless process of forming Ergon compared to the usual bollocks of getting a band together.
What made you want to start The Ergon Carousel?
A single minded devotion to playing harsh, fast music. It was a natural continuation for me, Johnboy and Brody after Narcosis split. Maybe a bit more grown up? Maybe a bit truer to what we want to hear and our influences? We always knew we would carry on making music. One thing has gradually led to another and here we stand in 2009 with Ergon and its goal to play harsh, fast music.
Where did the name come from?
There are a few different reasons for the name, its not really important where the name came from. We just liked the oddness of it really. Doesn’t give too much about us away to the uninitiated.
What was it like growing up in the North West and how do you think it has affected your music?
The North West is terrible, but then so is this entire country. I always see bands from the North have a darker outlook on stuff, maybe its smalltown mentality or just more of a grasp of reality and the harshness of life, I don’t know really. We ain’t really near any sort of industry “hub” to put it one way. So I always see that as a key factor in bands’ independence and DIY spirit maybe. For us personally, it’s given us something to strive to better maybe. Whether we do I couldn’t say. We get away from it enough thanks to touring and playing shows and strangely, as I have got older I realise that it ain’t so bad where we are.
What are your musical influences?
Our combined record collections would make a hideous mess I am afraid. At the moment everyone’s heads are so far in different directions. At the root of it all is anything that is fast and possesses that agro quality that is so lacking in a lot of music nowadays. Our core influences have always been the same really, with others piled on top and mixed in. I know that sounds really wanky but I would hate to put some kind of obvious name to the fast parts and the slow parts as that would be so far off the mark.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in this band?
Getting to play music as much as possible. Being able to share all the adventures with your closest friends. Releasing records and touring. Seeing other places and countries. Meeting some exceptionally amazing people. Getting drunk with those people. You have so many memories of all the things you have done. Even the bad things that have happenned just go to make the good times better.
With which band would your dream tour be?
Haha one where we actually get paid and come home not skint and with new equipment. But seeing as this is the real world that ain’t gonna happen, is it. I would say ideally it would be with our friends’ bands. You could tour with your idols but that would only end in misery when you realise what cunts they are. With our friends we could guarantee a good time.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or your peers?
We never really aligned ourselves to any scene as such, even back in the Narcosis/Beecher days, with our geography we sorta managed to miss any association with locales. As far as peers go, its the same people we have known for years. The bands may be different but they all share in the same mentality. With Ergon, the Holy Roar lot are good eggs. They know there stuff when it comes down to it. The Freezing Fog, Throats, Evisorax, Krupskya, Hammers..those are bands that know a thing or two.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
I wouldn’t really like to make any bold claims but I don’t hear a lot of bands doing anything really fast and aggressive that much. Yeah, there are those death metal/slam death (?) sorta bands who are fast. But its only ever the drums. The thing about fast music is its all got to be fast, drums and riffs have to keep up with each other. Unrelenting harshness.
Plus we have Johnboy in our ranks. Which hands down makes us winners, straight off the mark.
How important is touring to you?
Touring is the backbone of any sort of DIY band. Nowadays it is easier to get your name out there with the internet and Myspace and it does seem like bands can gain credible exposure without even leaving town but then I think thats just a sign of hype over substance. We have always made an effort to play other places and tour. As much as its possible to tour when you work a full-time job. We would love to tour more but we manage what’s within our means.
What other band should everyone find out about?
I am gonna cheat and mention a few we all aggree on at the moment. Diet Pills are are good friends of ours. Really angular, noisy rock. Sorta got this Jesus Lizard/Unsane thing crossed with almost sludge influences. Really good. Crawl Back In, they are from Sweden and feature the old vocalist of Narcosis. Big riffs and drawn out instrumentation sounding like Sweet Cobra crossed with Godspeed/Explosions In The Sky and also this band called Let Our Enemies Beware who have this whole Sonic Youth/Noise Rock thing going on. All superb and Ergon approved.
Tell us a joke.
Whats an archeologist?
Someone whose career is in ruins