Thrash Hits verdict: They’re from Norway and they sound like Kvelertak. It’s an easy comparison but, luckily, it’s a very true one. We think their debut album, Idiokrati is excellent so we caught up with guitarist, Erlend Sætren.
Describe your sound in 3 words
Kick ass hard
Where did the name come from?
We decided on Man The Machetes because we liked the word machete. Personally I am a huge fan of the Young Machetes record by Blood Brothers, and that probably did the trick for me, but still, Man The Machetes has a nice ring to it, in our opinion anyway. It also helped that people around us didn’t think it sucked too much. At least it’s better than Sudan, which was our previous name, and you can shorten it, MTM. Good shit.
What are your musical influences?
A lot! Even though we agree on bands like Refused, Hellakopters, Meshuggah and Kvelertak, we have personal favorites that influence us as well. Chris, our singer, likes Nine Inch Nails, I like things like Old Man Gloom and Blood Brothers, Morten loves his Rolling Stones, Erik his classical piano (seriously) and Per his Deftones.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene?
Speaking of established acts, the scene obviously consists of bands like Kvelertak, that mix different genres and especially rock n’ roll with screaming vocals, but also more punk like bands like Gallows, Comeback kid and the above mentioned The Bronx. Metal wise, Cancer Bats maybe. But these are established acts and we’re just starting out.
Please explain the concept behind your promo photos.
Well, I always fancy a disturbing photo. If you’re talking about the photos with us wearing plastic and womens’ clothes, the idea was to be somewhat disturbing. We also wanted it to be gritty. We did our best.
What’s the most memorable show you’ve played?
We did a pretty good show at the Hove Festival once. It was a small stage, in broad daylight, but it went well and the crowd seemed pleased, so. That and the Pstereo festival. To do the most memorable show is our goal going to every gig though.
What is the most metal thing you’ve done?
During our shows Chris tends to headbang so much that he starts bleeding. The same goes for our bassist, Erik. Sometimes they touch skulls. That’s pretty metal.
Having released their debt album, Idiokrati via Indie Recording, Man The Machetes are planning on touring as much as they can, even if that involves “threatening a big band to let us onboard their giant night liner or something”. Good luck to them.