Hi! What`s up in UK dude? What about your arrangements to the Eastern
Greetings! The UK is living up to every weather stereotype right now. If you
mean when are we coming to Poland, we have no plans to do any tours yet.
You`re a quite new band. Could you tell me what was the impulse to start the
The lack of a vegan straight edge presence in the UK hardcore scene prompted
me to want to do this band. Took forever to find a lineup, but now its full
You`ve released your debut "In Violation Of Asa". How has it been received by
the fans and media?
It has been very well recieved so far and we are all thrilled about it. Was
not quite expecting the response it has gotten. Thank you to everyone who bought
Did you toy around with the sound and did you get the result you were looking
for? Did you have any albums that were inspiration for fining your sound to this
The guy we recorded it with (Ian Boult - SOAN Studios) was very easy to ork
with and seemed to capture what we ere after straight away. Props to him. In
terms of the sound, I would say somewhere between The Eternal Jihad by Day of
Suffering and Dead Man Walking by Arkangel - both in terms of production and
You`re a hardcore band but with the strong metal feeling. Are you in metal
scene as much as in hardcore?
Personally we are all heavily involved in the hardcore scene, but love
metal. I dont think any of us identify with a metal scene. We just love the
music. Good thing about hardcore is the message and ethics, it seems to be
absent in every other scene.
I hear an inspirations from Earth Crisis, Strongarm, Hollow Earth - the band
which are very engaged in there message and putting weight on atmosphere in
their music. Is this your direction? Is this correct and if yes could you
explain why that is?
Yes, you are correct. Our message is not a particularly positive one. As a
result, the music which accompanies the message must be violent, hard and
condenming. We try to maximize this as much as possible. Hopefully it
You're signed to Atonement Records. How did you end up with them?
Darke is a good friend which we have known for a number of years through
being involved with the hardcore scene. He started a new label specifically for
this genre of hardcore and asked me if he couldnt release xRepentancex. Darke
knows his stuff and so we were happy to do it. Its a new but great label and
they put the effort in.
Could you explain a meaning the title of your ep? "Asha" is a term from
zoroastrian theology - something like "truth", am i right? What about the
connection of this title to your lyrics?
Correct again. Asha is indeed a central Zoroastrian concept which can be
translated as 'truth' or 'order' - usually in a moral context. The E.P. uses
this name to emphasize the human corruption and abusive of the natural world,
leading to inconsistencies and hypocrisies in moral frameworks.
You`re lyrics are have quite negative message. Are that inspired by your
I would say not. Our lives are relatively comfortable compared to some on
this planet, and it is important to remember that. Nevertheless, anger and
outrage at particular injustices in the world are defiinitely a part of our
everyday lives, as it is to most who are aware of them.
You`re a straight edge band. In "War of Attrition' you say that "This cross
is my escape". How the separation life from drugs made your life better?
100%. Drugs and alcohol in my view are a waste of time. Built on conventions
that I do not wish to accept.
Is veganism strongly connected with sxe for you? Can we put an equals sign
between hurting other being and destroying ourselves?
Veganism has strong moral aspects to it, whereas I do not think Straight
Edge does. Sxe is merely practical for me, a means to an end. By having a clear
mind and rejecting the passive and complacent nature of alcohol and drug
culture, one can focus on tackling moral issues, such as those approached by
veganism. That said, I do think there are strong psychological harms to human
beings that view and treat animals in the ways they do
What would you tell to kids from rich families who have a harshly party time
for their parents' money while other people do not have money to buy a bread?
No one should feel guilty for having a rich family. But I guess I would say
maybe to just gain some perespective and to use that money to travel abroad as
much as possible to gain experience. That way, they may appreciate what they
have more in the long run.
You use in your lyrics a term "Fraō.kərəti". I think that it`s from some
theology? What is this?
That is another Zoroastrian term, literally meaning "making excellent" in
the sense of renovation and renewal. Zoroastrians use it as a concept pertaining
to the end of the world, final judgement and the destruction of evil. Again, we
employ this theme metaphorically to reflect human treatment of the natural world
and its consequences.
What about your religious attitude?
None of us are even remotely religious, in the conventional sense of the
term. I myself am an Atheist, as are the rest of the band members I believe. My
view is that many contemporary religious views, particularly in the Abrahamic
tradition, actually serve to undermine the notion of animal rights, and
perpetuate the anthropocentrism which is responisible for the crisis we are in.
This arrogant view that the world was somehow created for us, and that nature is
ours to exploit, is disgusting. No matter what the scripture says, the
theological framework encourages it, and must be avoided. That is not to say
that some religious or theistic views are not compatible with an accurate
conception of nature, but their coherence is another question altogether.
I found in your lyrics some interesting words "Violence in the name of
liberation/A call for jihad on all mankind." Is that a declaration of your
From the other hand - what are the brightest moments of being on this planet
Forming bonds of friendship with others, the creation of art, aqquring
knowledge and understanding, self improvement, natural beauty. There are many.
xRepentancex just focuses on the negative. We are actually nice people in real
We will finish this conversation. Do you have any split CD's, 7' or other
releases in the works?
The demo is being pressed to 7", then we are working on an LP.
Anything you'd like to add to conclude this interview?
Thank you very much for the interest in my band. Good luck.