!!!METALPUNK FROM CHILE!!!
Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.
Tell us a few things about ABYECTA (Members, Starting Year etc).
Hi!!... Abyecta started cause Carolina, the vocalist from Chile, moved to Barcelona and showed a demo song to Marc Boleas (drums) in 2019, he has kinda the same music taste between raw punk and eighties metal. Marc who was originally from Barcelona was active in some other bands as Guillotina and Oppenheimer terror. After a few months of practice they recorded the first EP "Infrafuturo" right before pandemic.Pandemic came and vocalist had to move back to Chile and she re-started the band there. The second EP was recorded in Chile in Lion's Roar Studio in 2021, and released by symphony of Destruction later in 2022.
You have recently released your EP ''Enemigos de la razón / Infrafuturo''. What is the feedback from your audience as well as from the press?
We couldn't tell what people like the most exactly but some feedback we had from a few people, is that they might be more more into first EP cause of its gloomy vibes and catchyness while the second has the headbanging factor (someone said that) and raw feeling but keeping the catchyness of the first one.
Label or DIY and why?
We do both. Both EPs are released by an anarchist french label named Symphony of destruction which part or most of the incomes goes to benefit causes and so. And DIY when it comes to tapes distribution within Chile made by the singer whos recording tape by tape at home. Is not a real preference, at first place Jony form the french label contact us through a friend and that was such a surprise cause we could say is way easier for bands in north hemisphere to be released in physical format, since pressing is cheaper than South America at least. We feel grateful and lucky about it.
Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
We prefer tape cause is cheaper and it has that special feeling the surprise factor, before you get home and listen to ir for first time rather than listen to it in digital format… cause you can touch it, feeling it, see the artwork, the design everything and having the expectation of listen to it without having any hint or idea of what you're going to find out. I know that's not really common nowadays but with some friends we keep that "ritual"or whatever you want to call it. Digital is helpful too cause it helps bands that can’t afford physical releases and makes everything faster when it comes to reach more audience depending on the goal or preferences a band might have. Whether analog or digital, both works but analog keeps the romance/nostalgia we all know.
Your music style is MetalPunk. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
Some of the influences are Gism, RUG, Acid (Belgium), Razor, Gai , G-zette, Flatbacker, GBH , Broken Bones, Detente ,Sacrilege, Plasmatics , Las Brujas (Argentina heavy metal) and some old hardcore.
Which things, do you think, a Band should sacrifice in order to succeed? Have you ever sacrificed anything in your life for a better future of your Band?
Being constantly doing things for it, doesn't matter the pace you have, whether slow or fast... Being constant, steady to get to the point you want as a band, and super important too that all members are in the same page otherwise is bit difficult. I think being steady and constant sometimes is more important than being talented. Also being original or at least try to, what we mean with original is basically being honest to yourself, express yourself no matter people might like based on the trends of the moment.
Describe your ideal live show as a performance Band. Have you already experienced that?
Our favorites gigs are anywhere in the streets or hill or under a bridge with a generator in the outdoors. It's something about taking spaces,spots in random places of the city or the country side, that has a special vibe cause is all ages, is accessible for everyone and it's keeping the neighborhood culture alive and making the neighborhood part of it, sometimes in solidary activities.We Think that's important cause that's the origin of all of this, a net of friends or people who shares the same passion and interest taking the streets for any cause. One of my faves was in the south of Chile under a bridge next to a river in Temuco, It was cold as fuck but nobody cared and the bridge helped a lot to the sound,considering sometimes might not sound the best.
Which attributes, do you think, that a new MetalPunk Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
Being original mostly, which is hard nowadays cause everything is done, but the way you put the elements in the blender marks the difference. I guess, the bands we love from the 80s weren't thinking about being like this or that, they were just doing their thing mostly and ofc there was way less stuff poppin up at same time or they didn't have internet to caught up all what was going on, and maybe that was a helpful factor too, cause they weren't paying much attention to the trend or what other ppl might be doing in the other side of the world. Maybe lack of internet was making it easier to be yourself, but is just a personal opinion. Maybe making a mix of styles/influences and putting them together as a Frankenstein could be considered original. On the top of that, we feel nowadays people also love revival bands, that catch the perfect spirit from past decades, turning them a bit fresher but sticking to their sound. Is like travel in time and people fancy about it a lot. So whether you're a revival or purista punk or a Frankenstein both works, we don't think there's an specific formula to be unique.
Do you believe that Digital Platforms help the new MetalPunk Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a Band to promote its work?
I'm a fan of bandcamp! , definitely the digital platforms help a lot! but more important, is trade music with friends, support friends mostly, support the local scene. Internet help to spread your music for the rest of the world yes, but more important I think is support your local scene so we keep the flame alive from the most important spot heart of it.
Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in Spain (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
No idea what's going on nowadays I lost the attention about the scene there but I highly recommend Cruz, Bocc, Dentellada, Madsher and Cuero! Also highly recommend a webzine named Queens of Steel from Catalunya which is a feminist, punk/metal/hardcore zine to be updated a bit about what’s going on there, and a podcast named “La ballesta Radio” also a punk/metal radio under show.
Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene?
We are into Chain Cult, Hekate (punk), and about metal Danger Cross, Chainsaw, Rotting Christ, Flames, Macedon Harriers and Spitfire. If you have any recommendations that’d be super cool too!
What are your future plans?
We have an upcoming south American tour in Peru-Ecuador y Colombia, and European tour this 2023! very excited about it.
Thank you very much for your time & Keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
Thanks to you for the interview.
By Steve the Filthy Dog.