"Ace thrash, headbanging and amazing hi-tops" - Twenty Questions with Danmaku

The Well-connected Brit thrashers have a new album out, and what better way to celebrate than by taking a canter through our famed questionnaire?

Who are you, and what do you do?

I am Paul and I play guitar for Danmaku

Where are you?

I'm sat in one of my favourite places – my studio at home in Birmingham (UK), surrounded by guitars.

What will the next food that passes your lips be?

Thrash pasta (with mediterranean  vegetables and cheese)

If we’re speaking to you, it may well be because you’ve got something to sell – tell us a little about it.

Our debut album. It's called Turn Up The Gas and it's out now on Thrash Lizard Records (www.thrashlizard.bigcartel.com). It has grown out of our love of the classic thrash and death metal bands of the late eighties/early nineties and our aim has been to create something rooted firmly in those genres with a heavy, modern production. Hopefully we've succeeded (obviously, we think we have).The album will provide you with plenty of thrashing, shouting, widdling, power pedals, dive bombs and, most importantly, good quality fast and crushing metal that has had a lot of thought and time put into it. Also the artwork has a tank, a skull and lots of neon pink on it, so what's not to like?It's been a real labour of love over the past 2 years. I've written, performed and recorded all the music for the album in my home studio and Mikey (vocalist) has written and recorded all the vocals. We've done everything ourselves and are really proud of the end result. Hopefully you'll all like it too.

What’s the best thing about being in your band?

Playing ace thrash whilst headbanging and wearing amazing hi-tops.

And the worst?

Can't really think of any bad points. I suppose not being able to rehearse more regularly as the band is fairly well dispersed around the country.

Where would you most like to perform that you haven’t already been to?

Tokyo. I've been lucky enough to play all over Europe and in America with Anaal Nathrakh but despite my best efforts to harass Dave and Mick into playing in Japan, it hasn't happened yet. But it will happen one day, oh yes.

Was it a bad thing for Judas Priest to appear on American Idol?

I wasn't aware they had! I don't watch TV so that one completely passed me by. Provided they played live and enjoyed themselves then I don't see any problem with it at all. All power to them.

Who or what first alerted you to the fact that you’d like to be a musician?

As a 14 year old schoolboy I saw how everyone loved a mate of mine who played a few simple Eric Clapton riffs on his crappy les paul copy. 2 days later I was round his house badgering him to show me some chords. A week later I could play proper songs and after a few months of religiously hammering away at my dad's old acoustic my parents realised it wasn't a fad and bought me my first guitar – a Hohner ST Viper II. I stuck a pushead sticker on it and started playing along to Metallica, and here I am.

Who would win in a fight between a badger and a baboon? Why?

The Badger would totally win. Badgers have nasty ass claws and basically are total tramps and, I reckon, 100% prepared to fight dirty. Baboons just look stupid.

Motley Crue or Nirvana?

Motley Crue all the way.

A genie grants you 24 hours as a member of another band – who do you join?

Metallica. I could then have a good sit down and a chat with James and explain to him where he is going wrong. Give me tea, biscuits and 2 hours in a room with him and i'm sure I could set him back on the right path. Plus i'd get to play all my fave songs with them which would be, not to put to finer point on it, absolutely ace.

Are Cds a dead medium for music delivery?

I'd like to say no because I like CDs, they're cheap, sound good and have artwork, plus they satisfy my prominent collector gene. However, i'm sad to admit that they pretty much are. Most people these days are happy to download music and, in many cases, not pay for it. Don't get me wrong, if i'd been able to do that as a skint teen I absolutely would have done. All that said, if you knock out a nice looking package and maybe add some collectables with it and don't charge over the odds, there are still those out there happy to buy CDs. I think they are more and more becoming the preserve of the gig merch stall and/or collectors CD shelf.

Only a fool comes off tour with less money in his pocket than he started with. Discuss.

Well I guess i'm lucky, all my touring has been done with Anaal Nathrakh and although we're far from hugely popular, we've got to the stage where we can do ok from a gig (having a decent rider obviously helps). I guess it all comes down to what you want out of a tour. If you go out, play ace gigs and have a blast then does it really matter if you've made money or not? I think not.

What sort of music can you absolutely not abide?

I honestly cannot think of a style of music that I don't like. Don't get me wrong, there's a LOT of bands I can't stand but there's always at least one proponent of every style of music that I can enjoy. I suppose if I had to pick a type of music I don't enjoy it would have to be the kind that is manufactured, thoughtless and devoid of talent.

Which of your songs would you like the cast of Glee to record?


What one item of non-musical equipment can you not do without on tour?


Can you do a Hospital Corner?

I don't know, what's one of them? Sounds rude............Just looked it up on wikipedia. I'm going to say yes. I've never actually tried but it looks eminently doable. I may try it later as I feel it could vastly improve my bed sheet corner quality. Interview me again and i'll let you know how I got on.

Here’s one last chance to spruik your band/tour/album... What else should we know about it?

Ahh, wiki is my friend again. (we think he had to look up Spruik - dictionary corner Ed). Go check out the album Turn Up The Gas on our myspace page (www.myspace.com/danmakuthrash) then go buy the album and a Tshirt (www.thrashlizard.bigcartel.com) then tell all of your friends about us please. Seriously, if you like good brutal thrash/death, good musicianship and good production then check us out. Also look out for us live very soon.

Finally, if it, helps, Danmaku is brought to you by the combined power of Anaal Nathrakh, The Ocean and Hospital of Death.

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