SW London based Deadwound are set for their debut EP, Identity Shapes, release later this week and it’s five tracks of unrelenting doom/sludge filtered through a black metal soaked rag. Pent up aggression and unbridled anger boil to the surface on tracks like “Crucifixed” and “Cruel Road” but they are just as effective on the slow paced acid burn of “Kult Warrior.” We recently featured a stream of “Witch” here and I highly suggest you check it out as it’s all you get until Friday. We recently got the chance to ask the band our series of Profile questions so read on to see what they had to say.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
Apart from Phil (Mann – guitar), we’ve known each other since we were kids, jamming on Slayer and Kyuss songs in a shed behind school. We started playing again about a year and a half ago and brought Phil into the fold, basically because he’s a sweet guitarist and also a good mate. Originally it was an excuse to get together one evening a week, drink some beers and play some tunes. Not long into it we started getting serious and writing our own songs. Gavin (Thomas – bass) and Phil are already in fairly established bands so Deadwound was a way for them to try some different music within a different band dynamic. We’re still a fairly new band so we’re pretty psyched to have our first EP coming out and to have played the gigs we have. We want to keep the ball rolling.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
We haven’t done anything like that, we’d like our music to speak for itself. If people want us to play their gig or talk about us on their site, we’re fucking honoured.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
It’s hard to talk about metal as a particular scene — the gulf between somewhere like Download Festival and a gig at the Unicorn in Camden is huge and there’s so much crossover with other genres. Even if you look at the Nine Circles Best of 2016 lists you can see how easy it is for other types of music to sit comfortably alongside metal. Too much hot air has been blown over the years about what is or isn’t metal. Once you stop caring, you can spend more time on what matters — whether the music is good or not.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music? (This question is especially appropriate for you since your music is quite an outlet for your physical and emotional pains).
Our passion is music. We haven’t set out to change the world, we just want to play some loud fucking riffs. Us as a band or the audience might have our own beliefs or causes and yeah, there’s some pretty shitty things going on in the world, but we’d like to think that when we’re playing everyone can escape from it all for a little bit of time.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
Kingston in south west London, where most of us grew up, is a great town with its own scene apart from the rest of London. Bands often do an extra London date there and some great bands have passed through. We started organizing gigs ourselves under the name Dead Horse Promotions as a way to put on local bands and keep the scene going.
What’s the stickiest you have ever been?
We had a pretty sweaty gig with a shit load of people crammed into a tiny east London bar, people and beers flying everywhere. Definitely needed a shower after that one.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Put in the passion and hard work that the musicians you cover put in. Don’t be a dick. That second one applies to everyone.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
More music, more gigs. We’re keen to do some splits this year as well, even though the EP isn’t out the door yet. Luke (Kempton – vocals) and Phil are tattooists, Greg (Allum – drums) works as a sound engineer and Max (Thomas – guitar) and Gavin use music to keep themselves sane after their office jobs.
Finally, when you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
Many thanks to Deadwound for their time!