Do pol­i­tics have a place in metal? These Bucks hard­core gut­ter­snipes are will­ing to risk it all to make a stand

Metal Hammer (UK) - - New Noise -

“We’re not di­rectly

say­ing we of­fer any so­lu­tions in our mu­sic, that would be ridicu­lous,” scoffs Cas­ket Feeder gui­tarist Con­nor Caza­let-Smith. “But at the same time, when you put a mi­cro­scope on cer­tain is­sues, like how the re­cent tracks we’ve dropped have been about the rise of far-right groups and the KKK com­ing back, that shows how hor­rific that sce­nario is. Then you are show­ing peo­ple that that is not the [right] path.”

Con­nor’s band have a hell of a lot go­ing for them. They’re young, they’re in­tel­li­gent, they’re ar­tic­u­late and they’ve just re­leased an EP, Scalps, that sounds like Frank Carter fronting Trap Them af­ter they’ve had a Ni­hilist and Dis­mem­ber binge. Form­ing, as Con­nor puts it, “to make the sound of the Swedish death metal from our youth that we’d missed hear­ing, and to ad­dress the so­ciopo­lit­i­cal frus­tra­tions that we all share”, they have a pur­pose, too. If you’ve been look­ing for a band that have the words, the drive and the at­ti­tude to back up their mu­si­cal chops, then Cas­ket Feeder are es­sen­tial lis­ten­ing.

“We’re from Mil­ton Keynes, which is ob­vi­ously a fairly modern town,” Con­nor con­tin­ues, warm­ing to the theme, “and a lot of my fam­ily her­itage is in In­dia, so I have friends from all walks of life, all creeds, and I can’t fathom [the rise of racism]. It makes me feel re­ally an­gry, and also re­ally sad for where the hu­man race is head­ing. We’re just re­peat­ing our­selves again.”

“The thing is,” chimes in vo­cal­ist Matt Downes, “we’re liv­ing in the dig­i­tal age. We were all told that this would be the start of the uni­fi­ca­tion of the hu­man race, that we’d all be con­nected, and it’s ab­surd that it is do­ing the opposite to that. You have ev­ery sin­gle piece of in­for­ma­tion in the world at your fin­ger­tips and you still choose to be a nar­row­minded bigot? I call it wil­ful ig­no­rance. That’s the most wor­ry­ing thing to me.”

The guys cite the vi­ral suc­cess of Child­ish Gam­bino’s This Is Amer­ica video as ex­actly the kind of state­ment they’d like to see more of in our world.

“It’s not a type of mu­sic I en­joy,” says

Matt. “But you have to re­spect the in­tent, you have to re­spect the brav­ery and mes­sage he is try­ing to put across. I’d love a metal band to have the bud­get to be able to do that. It would feel like ground zero for all of us.”

Of course, there are many fans that lis­ten to mu­sic as an es­cape from the ba­nal­ity and con­stant bad news of the real world. If you’re firmly in the ‘keep pol­i­tics out of mu­sic’ camp, chances are you’ll be rolling your eyes at yet an­other bunch of so­cially con­scious punks telling you what you to think.

“I’ve seen that a lot, yeah,” ad­mits Con­nor with a sigh. “And that frus­trates me. Surely it’s our mu­sic? Surely we should be ad­dress­ing what we feel we need to ad­dress? The thing is, peo­ple in metal, I think, are usu­ally more switched on and do have a lot more to say, and we all have a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on things…”

“And peo­ple want to shut us up,” says Matt, jump­ing in. “The sad thing is that bands then do keep quiet be­cause they’re scared to lose fans! That’s in­sane.”

Clearly, it’ll take a lot more than just los­ing a few Twit­ter fol­low­ers to dim the noise com­ing from Cas­ket Feeder.


Cas­ket Feeder: mak­ing a stand

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