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Future Hits 185: Sunnata

October 8th, 2014

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From: Warsaw, Poland
Lazy equation: (Shrinebuilder – the hipster stigma) x Polish sensibilities on the necessity of heaviness
URLs: Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp

When you think of heavy music and Poland, it’s natural that your thoughts gravitate to either the death metal heavyweights the country has produced such as Decapitated and Vader, or the likes of modern day blackened superstars Behemoth. That’s not all that this particular corner of Eastern Europe has to offer though, as the likes of Sunnata can attest. Heavy on riffs but even heavier on atmosphere, Sunnata’s just-released Climbing The Colossus weaves in between traditional-sounding big riff worship and more experimental near-ambient passages. It was more than enough to get our attention for a Future Hits interrogation.

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Future Hits 184: Guerrilla Monsoon

September 26th, 2014


Guerilla Monsoon
From: Birmingham, UK
Lazy equation: Descendents + (Gnarwolves if they went through a second puberty)
URLs: Facebook // Twitter // Bandcamp

We went to Leeds Festival and spent a lot of it badly DJing to crowds of dis-interested hangers on in the guest area. One of our fellow DJs was a man by the name of Lewis Bloor. Because we were too busy telling people that no, we weren’t going to play The Killers no matter how many times they asked, we didn’t find out he was in a rather awesome band by the name of Guerilla Monsoon until after we got back to London. Which is why you’re only reading our Future Hits interview with Lewis and his fellow vocalist/guitarist, Mark Bussey, right now.

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Future Hits 183: Dust Moth

September 12th, 2014

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Dust Moth
From: Seattle, USA
Lazy equation: (late-period Mastodon – male vocals) x the smoother shoegaze edges that Deftones have been flirting with + Irene Barber’s PJ Harvey-isms
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp

We won’t say the word s*p*rgr**p if you don’t. We make no secret of our enduring love for Narrows, so when we heard that their guitarist Ryan Frederiksen had a new project on the go with Matt Bayles (yes, he formerly of Minus The Bear), we were naturally intrigued. The band in question is Dust Moth, which the pair formed along with a few other luminaries from other, highly-regarded Seattle-based bands. They make music that shares textures with many of the bands MAtt Bayles has produced/engineered for (and there are many) but the end result is something unique in both timbre and tone. 

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Future Hits 182: PIST

August 29th, 2014

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From: Manchester, UK
Lazy equation: Alabama Thunderpussy if they drank too much.
URLs: Facebook // Website // Bandcamp

As if their name wasn’t enough of a clue, Manchester’s PIST like drinking. It’s pretty much their favourite thing in the world. To be honest, we’re a little bit worried they like it too much, after giant massive Southern Rock-tinged groove-metal riffs. We saw them play the Unicorn in Camden earlier this year, and and we mean that in a really-real way, not in a make-light-of-potential-alcohol-abuse-issues-for-a-pithy-introduction-to-a-Future-Hits-interview. We caught up with guitarist John Nicholson.

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Future Hits 181: Catapult The Dead

August 14th, 2014

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Catapult The Dead
From: Oakland, USA
Lazy equation: Mournful Congregation x early Cult of Luna + even more crushing despair
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // BigCartel

Oakland’s Catapult The Dead do not take shortcuts. They make anti-Easy Listening music. Case in point being their debut release, All Is Sorrow: a single, 37-minute track that drives through six distinct and equally harrowing passages of punishing heaviness. It was written to be experienced in a single, uncompromising listening session, and boy, it was an intense 37 minutes. We got in touch with them to ask them to explain what we’d just experienced.

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Future Hits 180: Halshug

August 7th, 2014

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From: Copenhagen, Denmark
Lazy equation: Doom (the band) if they were Danish and made a point of taking even less shit from idiots.
URLs: Facebook // Website // Bandcamp

If Greg Anderson – he of Goatsnake, Sunn O))), and co-founder of Southern Lord Records – listens to you EP and wants to sign you to his label, then our collective ears  here at Thrash Hits prick up and pay attention. That’s what happened earlier this year to Danish no-nonsense hardcore punks Halshug.  Just one spin of their Dödskontrol EP was enough to convince us to reach out to the trio to get a Future Hits interview sorted – this is brash, bold, and brutally effective stuff.

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Future Hits 179: Trudger

July 29th, 2014

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From: Barnsley, UK
Lazy equation: (Neurosis if they had insomnia) x a willingness to put their foot on the accelerator every now and again
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // Label
Trudger might not be a totally new name on the scene (their debut EP came out two years ago!), but with their debut album finally out in August, they’re very much fresh in our minds. Dormiveglia has highlighted just why Trudger are one of the most promising bands coming out of the North West blackened-crust/hardcore scene right now, which is why we caught up with guitarist Jack Kavanagh and vocalist Chris Parkinson to put them through our Future Hits paces.

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Future Hits 178: The Males

July 21st, 2014

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The Males
From: London (via Dorset), UK
Lazy equation: Queens of the Stone Age if they’d spent their formative years around urban foxes rather than desert fauna
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // Soundcloud

We’re a sucker for anything that even remotely sounds a bit like Josh Homme. The Males might crib heavily from the work of the Queens of the Stone Age frontman, but as far as influences go, he’s a good one to bounce off of: the band’s new EP has cheeky nods to both early and latter-period QOTSA, with just enough of a Brit-twist for it to really grab our attention.

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Future Hits 177: EXES + first listen to Reptilian

July 18th, 2014

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From: London, UK
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp

Our verdict: This is a rock band! Formed from the ashes of Tropics – a band we were quite partial to – they have become slightly odder in their melodies and there seem to be more melodies on what evidence we’ve heard so far, which we are very much down with. The great news is that there’s still a lot of rocking to be done by Exes and so they’ve let us put their new song, ‘Reptilian’ up on this site. That’s bloody good. Here’s a wee interview with Jodie Cox too. Read, listen, enjoy.

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Future Hits 176: Making Monsters

July 1st, 2014

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Making Monsters
From: Derry, Ireland
Lazy equation: Clean/guttural vocal switches with a non-nostalgic twist of 90s Brit-metal pacing.
URLs: Facebook // Website // Bandcamp

You know what cliche we really, really hate here at Thrash Hits? It’s when in an interview a band describes their new album as being “heavier, but more melodic”. Do you know what that really means? Nothing. It’s just bands flapping their gums because they can’t think of anything interesting to say to a journalist who can’t think of any interesting questions to ask. Northern Ireland’s Making Monsters, on the other hand, will never have to tip-toe around the issue of balancing these two often-conflicting concepts as they’ve already got it down tight. That’s why we caught up with bassist Joe Coyle for a little Future Hits interrogation.

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