AGGRAVATOR is a really cool band name. It sets the standard for what to expect from this band. Answers from Mike and Derek. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
What is this band really all about?
Mike We are creating music that brings back the old school thrash sound and doing what we can to keep metal alive.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
Mike We have never come across anyone that has thought differently about us because we are from San Antonio, but you always hear about the “bay area sound” or “East coast thrash” or sounds that label these bands by location. Honestly I am very proud to say that we are from San Antonio and help put our city on the map.
Derek Not really at all, San Antonio rules
When you release an album that get pretty good reviews how do you follow up on that? do you feel that you have a sound all your own that follows on from album to album? How important is identification from album to album to you?
Mike Progression from album to album is very important, but the key is to progress while maintaining the sound that our fans enjoy and expect. We do have a sound that separates us from the pack of all the other new thrash bands out there.
Derek Yea I do believe we have our own style, we are always writing new material, not an issue
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album, to write the songs or to come up digitally or is physical still cooler with really good songs?
Mike Writing songs has always been the same formula for me and Derek, he comes up with killer riffs, I lay down the drums, and everything else just kind of comes together. Digital is important in today’s market, but with the retro phase that is going on right now, physical copies are a must in all formats CD’s, LP’s and even cassettes.
Derek Getting together and jamming is the only way Mike and I still do it. Won’t change
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
Mike No, we record everything digitally. It would be cool to actually record analogue one day and keep that natural, raw and old school sound that many of our influences got by using analogue
How do you view your sound? Would you say that you have a sound that is all your own and that I’d recognize it instantly?
Mike We lean more towards the German thrash sound heavy, dirty and brutal. Our music stays true to the thrash formula, but if our song was next on a playlist, you would know exactly who it was.
Derek I hope so
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
What part does artwork for album covers play in the world of the band?
Mike Cover art could be the difference between someone being instantly attracted to the album and curious to what’s inside or skimming past it. The cover art has to reflect the music inside. Our artwork brings the album title to life.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
Mike Without a doubt.
What do you see in the future?
Mike We are already working on songs for album four. Much more traveling to support the Sterile Existence release as well.
Derek More and more fucking music, not going to stop