!!!CROSSOVER THRASH METAL FROM POLAND!!!
Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.
Tell us a few things about TECHNOPHOBIA (Members, Starting Year etc).
Kajetan: Technophobia started in April 2023 as a side project for me and Barto when we still played in Buddah. I acquainted Barto and Piotr and from our love for Carnivore and beer arose a band. We played a few rehearsals this year and in September Oz joined as a vocalist. While aboard we played some rehearsals and finally recorded our EP.
You are going to release your EP ''Anti-Human Terror''. Tell us a few things about this project.
Kajetan: It’s a blend of our musical inspirations and some kind of escape from gray reality. You know, when you step in the rehearsal room and start thrashing all around, it's the best feeling in the world.
Piotr: We had one idea - Play fast, simple and crush everything around. You can hear many influences from many genres like speed/crossover/heavy metal.
Barto: We feel like a lot of our "magic" comes from the fact that we are good buddies, spend a lot of time together and the fact that me and Kajetan are still teenagers, young, angry and full of desire to play metal.
Oz: In my opinion, the lyrics are based on fast and powerful music, which give a message against the society where we are living and to the direction that all the new technologies and leaders are guiding the humanity to an imminent destruction.
Label or DIY and why?
Technophobia: DIY gives independence but all bands that want to grow past a certain point have to find a label.
Is there any funny or weird story from the recordings or from your live shows that you would like to share with us?
Piotr: Before the recording day, we wanted to hangout together as we usually do before the rehearsals. We drank way too many beers that caused Barto to puke into the toilet and Kajetan into the bathtub at the same time I was laughing a lot. Next day when the time to record came we were half dead, but still managed to record it properly, same as Kreator on their first album.
Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
Kajetan: CDs for collecting, digital for everyday listening.
Barto: Physical releases are of course better to put on and enjoy, but nowadays digital is really convenient for listening in the background while going about your day.
Piotr: It depends, digital formats are the easiest, but honestly I'm a huge Vinyl and CD collector with an amount of almost 1 thousand albums. The difference between digital and physical albums is the spirit - for example the difference between Exodus Bonded by blood listened on digital and on vinyl is FUCKING HUGE! On digital you're only a listener, but when you play that album on vinyl you can feel how Paul Baloff's voice is crushing to your brain through your ears. I wish someday I'll listen to Technophobia on Vinyl.
Oz: I prefer Vinyl and CDs because it is always better to have something tangible which can also be a piece of art that the appreciation is much better in real life than virtual or behind a screen.
Your music style is Crossover Thrash Metal. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
Technophobia: First of all if there were no Carnivore (R.I.P Peter) Technophobia wouldn't exist. Beside this our major influences are S.O.D, Dark Angel, Agent Steel, Nuclear Assault, Cryptic Slaughter, D.R.I and Excel.
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 for your band?
Technophobia: Honestly the social life, You are sacrificing your own relationships to play a gigs in different parts of the country every fucking week.
Describe your ideal live show as a performance band. Have you already experienced that?
Technophobia: Ideal show is the one where people are thrashing like maniacs, going wild, stage diving, instead of standing around the whole concert and drinking a beer with a sad, angry face.
What attributes do you think that a new Thrash Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
Technophobia: THE ENERGY! Bands have a tendency to be stiff on stage, but in Thrash its all about the “friendly violent fun”
Do you believe that Digital Platforms help the new Thrash Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a band to promote its work?
Technophobia: Today everybody uses digital platforms, it's important to have your music available for people all the time. But the primary way to get new fans is playing gigs, because the experience from listening to live music is totally different.
Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in Poland (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
Technophobia: We have some interesting thrash bands such as Exist, Grimoire, Night Lord. We also have a death metal scene which is growing pretty fast, bands such as: Morrath, BuddaH, Leprozorium and Murugan are prime examples of it. After the covid almost all of the old clubs known in Poland and Europe were shut down, but now happily they are re-opening, so with everyday there is another place to spread thrashing disease.
Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene?
Piotr: Actually I know a lot of Greek bands, because of my Greek friends like Exorcistoi, Konan, Suicidal Angels, Necromantia and well known Rotting Christ. Greeks have some special way of playing metal, as in teutonic thrash metal u can feel the German aggression you can also notice greek species in Greek metal - its sick, fast with amazing scales. HAIL HELLADA!
The last 3 years, worldwide in the world, we have faced many dark, strange & new situations in our everyday life (covid, lock-down etc.) Did all of this affect you positively or negatively?
Technophobia: It affected all of us negatively. New problems and struggles hit us, but we managed to go forward into the future. The current state of the world is fucked up, and we find escape in metal music.
What are your future plans?
Technophobia: We want to play as many gigs as we possibly can and start working on an album.
Thank you very much for your time & keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
Thank you for an opportunity for an interview. We would be proud if Hellenic maniacs liked our music. TxPx
By Steve the Filthy Dog.