‘We went nuts when record­ing our al­bum’

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE -

NO-SLEEP, all-night record­ing ses­sions – hard­core punk fourpiece Max Rap­tor went to ex­tremes to record de­but al­bum Por­taits. Now the band are ready to show the ded­i­ca­tion paid off as they play The Tun­nels tonight. Singer Wil Ray said: “We never slept through the all-night session. “It en­sured we were in this weird half slum­ber and we were so tired and sleep-de­prived I be­gan hal­lu­ci­nat­ing. “I ac­tu­ally started see­ing things fly­ing through the air in the stu­dio, they were like birds.” Max Rap­tor pro­duce a full- on noise as­sault, but be­hind that wall of noise there is an emo­tional depth to Ray’s vo­cals. And Max Rap­tor have also been will­ing to em­brace ex­per­i­men­tal­ism to ex­pand their sound. “We were up at 6am, half asleep, bash­ing bits of wood against metal bins to try to get these weird sounds,” he said. “When you are lis­ten­ing to it, you can’t ac­tu­ally hear that we’re hit­ting big metal drums but it adds some­thing to it and gives it a bit more depth. “The al­bum was recorded in an old fac­tory so we could go nuts.” Max Rap­tor have se­cured a num­ber of high-pro­file sup­port slots over the last year and toured with punk le­gends The Stran­glers. Now they have em­barked on their first full head­line tour. Ray said: “Now we are out on the road on our own as the head­line act and there is new pres­sure with that. But our live shows are fan­tas­tic so we are ready.”

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