It’s refreshing here in Houston to see a newer band playing grindcore the right way. You definitely remind me of early Napalm Death mixed with some Agathocles and Meat Shits. Give us your influences and explain how the band came together.
Well Nick, Max, Zach And myself, are into all sorts of music. We’re not closed minded at all. But for Tokyo Gas Attack, we all dove into our grindcore/powerviolence/crossover thrash roots. Napalm Death being a major one for myself, but we all dig Wormrot, Graf Orlock, Sex prisoner, Brutal Truth, Iron Reagan, Spazz, G.G.Allin, Pavel Checkov. On the next batch of songs we have written you will hear a big Japanese/ black metal noise influence as well, from the likes of Endon, Friendship, Merzbow, and also Full of Hell. Well the way the band was formed happened like all bands, me and Max had been jamming and originally we where gonna start another hardcore band but we also wanted to mix blast beats and we where having a hard time finding members. Then Max came across a post on Craigslist and it was Nick looking for a band to start or join. He was moving from
Virginia back to I believe. Well we
set up a practice and jammed and the rest is history. We all cliqued and
decided we worked better as a three piece. So that’s how we stayed until most
recently with the addition of Zach on guitar. Unfortunately, recently Max
played his last show with us a week ago. He moved back to his home town of Texas . He went back for
school and a great job opportunity. We wish him the best of luck and he will be
missed. Nick and Max brought the noise and samples. Detroit
I absolutely love your band name. If I had never heard your band before, the name itself would definitely grab my interest. What’s the story behind it?
Max came up with the name. It's surrounded around the Japanese cult Aum shinriku. They were responsible for the Sarin Gas attack in the subways in
back in 95. Tokyo
I like how the lyric topics are definitely all over the place. My favorite is the conjoined twin story in the song Dead Weight. Is the lyric writing done by one person or is it collaboration?Nick pretty much handles the lyric writing but we discuss the direction of the content and music writing as a whole. We all have a say in what we release. It's funny cause we use alot of movie clips and samples in our songs and alot of our stuff revolves around gangsta movies. Like Blood in Blood out, American Me, Shot Caller, Boyz n the Hood, also serial killers like Richard Kuklinski The Iceman. We don't dive into politics or take ourselves too serious. We just like to have fun and write crazy shit.
The noise elements you added are fantastic, especially in the song “Email Shemale”. Are you influenced by any noise bands?
Yea we dig the Japanese noise scene. Bands like Endon, Friendship, Merzbow, Boris we also dig stuff like Painkiller, and John Zorn's Naked city, Mick Harris' bands scorn and again Full of hell.
According to your bandcamp page, the EP was self produced. I think the production works perfectly with the music. Give us a breakdown of your recording process.
Yes the e.p. was recorded by Max and Nick. We decided fuck paying 100's of dollars for an over polished e.p. Since Max and Nick had all the mics and the programs and shit we said Fuck it. All our favorite bands’ releases where raw in sound and our favorites so we said Fuck it. We're gonna record all our own releases from now on. Plus there's no point in having over produced songs ranging from 2 seconds to a minute and twenty seconds.
You have an upcoming show in Louisiana. Will this be your first time playing there? Do you plan doing some out of state touring?
For Tokyo Gas attack it's a first and we do plan on touring soon. We will be booking our own shows with like minded bands be it skate punk, punk, d beat, powerviolence, grindcore, noise, crust, sludge etc. Locally too. Tokyo Gas Attack will be in a city near you. #preparefortheattack
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Thanks again for the interview.