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Thursday, June 27, 2013
1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
We are a Long Island based duo that arranges and performs music reserved for more than 2 people.
2. How would you describe your musical sound?
We translate world/fusion rhythms into an abrasive thrash dynamic via rapid drumming, polyharmonic bass tapping and the occasional live synths and vocals.
3. What are some of the concepts and ideas the band brings out with the music?
Conceptually, you can see and hear how we heavily use drum rudiments on instruments that aren't traditionally percussive.
Cerebrally, I like to think that we're sonically melting everyone's mind ice cream while bullet ants are feasting on the cone.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
It's a portmanteau that we jokingly came up with referencing Atif's Bangladeshi origins and my sensio-neural hearing loss(deaf is an exaggeration).
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
The best shows we've done were the "anything goes" Halloween shows where not getting knocked over while you're playing is a real challenge.
Additionally, it's tough to develop a following outside of your homebase but we've been killing it in Rhode Island every time we perform there.
Our stage performance has been described as dizzying and inspiring but i'm sitting too close to the fire to tell you how hot it is. Come check it out for yourself.
6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Being a two piece with limited funding makes it very hard to tour, but you can find us going up and down the east coast quite frequently throughout any given season. We perform on a regular basis and have plans to hit the west coast in the spring. We're also impulsive and could quit our day jobs at any moment to share this beast with the world. Or feed the world to this beast.
7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal and experimental?
We've been very thankful and shocked at the mostly positive critique and ever increasing fanbase. What we play is not accessible to all but we could be underestimating ourselves as I see more and more musicians and non-musicians totally getting into it. We may be chaotic but we still hold that bass and drum groove for folks to wiggle their jiggly parts to.
8. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
This is a full time line-up for sure with 100% dedication. We don't like to venture out or put ourselves on the market as "hired" musicians. Lately, with the increasing attention being paid to us, we've gotten some great offers that we have to turn down or commit to at our own convenience. Aside from a few creative workshops with friends, it's Bangladeafy all the way.
9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases/
From an instrumental standpoint, I see more use of me simultaneously playing synth and bass in addition to Atif utilizing more cowbells. He loves his cowbells. From a thematic standpoint, we've been getting very inspired by natural earthly phenomenons and it may lend itself to the next release.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Ebu Gogo, Squarepusher, Battles, Fat32, Secret Chiefs 3, anything Zach Hill related, Animals As Leaders, Zu, Tub Ring.
Lately, I've been listening to tons of NES soundtracks as I go through my day. I absolutely love 8 bit/16 bit compositions and have been eating up anything by Disasterpeace. Black Moth Super Rainbow also gets a lot of slots on my playlists.
When it comes time to spend hours between shows riding in Atif's car, it's strictly live comedy or podcasts. That's his life right there.
11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
By day, I'm a dogwalker and I'm freakishly into it. Dogs don't give a shit about where you've been or where you're gonna be, so for that I give them tons of love and attention. I'm also a huge nerd as I play NES emulators and watch cartoons because I'm overly attached to my inner child. Atif is heavily into comedy culture and lifting weights. What a dweeb.
12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
July 9th, we'll be dropping our new EP, The Briefcase on Nefarious Industries. If you're already a fan of our live show, you'll eat up this recording as it is chock-full of awesome thematic bonuses that will take place of the visual aspect.