Black Thrash’n’Roll from Australia – Bastardizer, the band whose music will destroy your ears!
Hi! Tell me about Bastardizer. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
We struggled at first to come up with a band name that suited our sound, and that of course wasn’t already taken by some other band. One night I was staring at my record collection and looked across a couple of Motorhead albums and thought ‘I’ve got it!’ Join ‘Bastards’ and ‘Motorizer’ together and there you have it. Suits us perfectly! We wanted to be a dirty bastardisation of thrash, rock n roll, black metal etc with tales about depravity and filth.
“Bring Back the Riff” split with Bulletbelt was released July. There is just one song from Bastardizer, and it’s a cover version of Skyhooks… Do you preparing some stuff for new album now? Have you had some kind of hiatus due to Jackson, Ray and Andrew left the band last year?
Yes we have been working on material for a new LP for a while now, and indeed, due to these lineup changes that’s delayed getting that out there. But with a new solid lineup we’re back writing and the new tracks we’ve come up with so far sound killer! So you can expect a new LP soon.
Since you have now two new members, do you think there will be some changes in music, and will you accept new ideas from new members?
I don’t think there will be much of a change in the musical direction. The new members of the band are into the same kind of music as myself and Chris, who have basically written every song we’ve come up with so far. We will of course hear any ideas that any one in band comes up with though. But we will never go soft!
Where do you take all inspiration from? Your main themes are women, leather & hell, it’s clerar about inspiration for women and leather, but what about hell?
Hell ain’t a bad place to be! It was just natural to write lyrics about these topics.
I see you playing live often, but mainly in Australia. Do you have the plans to visit Europe or USA near future?
We do certainly have plans to tour the USA and Europe in the not-too-distant future. It is, however, not cheap or easy for us travelling all the way from Australia so this is a minor hurdle. USA is probably our main fan base outside of Oz, and we have a fair few fans in Mexico and around the Americas so it’s only a matter of time until we go there. As for Europe, Germany of course seems the most supportive country of ours.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Bastardizer’s sound?
We call ourselves ‘black thrash n roll’ and I think that sums it up nicely. We don’t want to be part of one genre, we like to throw in a bit of everything into the sound from punk to metal to rock to whatever. Someone said we sound like Bathory mixed with Motorhead on speed. I’ll take that.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
There are a few bands we call out as influences, or just bands we like. The main ones being Aussie bands Gospel of the Horns and Destroyer 666. We probably sound more like GOTH than Destroyer though. Some others who do similar music like Toxic Holocaust and Midnight, both of whom we’ve been able to play live shows with. Other groups like Darkthrone, Tsjuder make up our black metal sound and then you have W.A.S.P. and KISS and Judas Priest whom we get our catchy rock from.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
We have plans to use some guests to do some vocals or solos on the coming releases. No one particularly ‘well known’, just guys we think are great musicians who could service the songs well.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
It is difficult today to get your band heard by a larger audience as there are just so many bands out there in the world, but we have a simple strategy and that’s just be fucking awesome! Be a killer live band who put out great releases and soon enough the world will want you.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
We all have hobbies outside of music. I personally play sport and a couple of the other dudes are big on fitness etc. One guy is a father. We have varied tastes outside of music.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Yes, even though our parents may be shocked by our musical style they all support us and buy our records etc. They probably don’t quite get that we do this for the love of the music as we aren’t becoming millionaires out of it, but they’re all supportive.
How’s the metal scene in Australia right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
The scene is probably stagnating somewhat down here. There are always gigs on, however, though but there aren’t as many crazy scenes as we’ve seen when we’ve played Asia. Sydney and Melbourne are the biggest scenes and we play there often, but there are scenes across the country mainly based in capital cities. Most cities will have a dedicated metal record shop, or multiple stores. We have a fair few international bands come and tour as well. In Sydney there are not too many venues that you can actually play metal sadly but we are still able to play when we need to. It’s just that we end up playing the same venues all the time, hence why we don’t play too often.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Cheers! Catch ya at a gig!