are an Industrial Punk Metal Noise avalanche of audio attack, hailing from
the hazy shores of Holland. Our Dutch comrade Gerardo (of
Industrialized Metal 'zine) talked to these fellow countrymen to
shed some light on what they are about - some reading material for you lucky
people who are downloading their release and turning up your speakers..
First of all, what is Hæckefløsse and why was it formed?
is a dutch full-speed Industrial-Metal/Cyberpunk band. We started out
in 1997 as a punk-metal-band with industrial influences, but evolved in
an industrial-metal-band with a punk-attitude. The use of samplers, synthesizers,
sequencers and computers besides guitar bass and vocals cause an impressive
wall of sound that not only plays your eardrums but also your emotional
state. It has to do with a lot of chaos and anarchy. Guess the reason
to start Hæckefløsse is just to make music. Nothing fancy,
nothing, just a way to express yourself.
Now a little practical question - what on Earth does 'Hæckefløsse' mean?
That’s one of the best kept secrets on this planet. Actually, the meaning is totally unimportant. What’s important is the fact that the question about the meaning is raised. It makes people think and that’s exactly what we’re trying to reach. Guess we succeeded.
How would you describe your music, and what are your main influences?
difficult to label it. We call it full-speed Industrial-Metal-Cyberpunk,
but other descriptions could be OK as well, or perhaps better. We’re
influenced by everything that’s fast and loud and that’s not
necessarily limited to music. And once in a while we even give some less
fast en less loud influences a chance. A good illustration for this are
the vocals; instead of a continuous grunt, the vocals vary a lot. But
for a basic idea about our music, try to visualize (shouldn’t that
be audiolize?) the combination between Ministry, Lard, Fear-Factory, Bile,
Meathook Seed, Wupmscut with a bit of NIN and a lot of steamengines, electric
drill’s, crashing rockets and the Chinese red army hitting mars.
Our music is, especially live, very confronting. It hits you in the face,
your eardrums and your stomach. Live shows are fierce, energetic and make
you feel like you’re being ran over by a herd of grinning mammoths.
The idea is that people are still thinking about what happened when they
wake up the next morning.
The main reason is of course publicity. This is the perfect way to give more people access to your music. We’ve always distributed our songs for free via our own website, to give everybody a good idea about Hæckefløsse. But the number of visitors is limited of course. People have to know you to go to your website. DTM has a lot of members, interested in non-commercial, underground-music. And to offer music as a (free) download makes it easy for people to give our music a chance. We still have some hard-copies left so everybody who likes our music a lot can buy one. But even on the hard-copies we don’t earn any money. Everything we get is used for our music and to record a new CD. Which by the way will also be released by DTM in the second half of 2009.
What is - in your opinion - the best track on the release, and why?
That’s very difficult to say. The best track will always be on the next album. Every song has it’s own characteristics that makes it special. But if we have to chose it will be “Who am I”. This song contains very powerful guitar riffs and a continuously repeating synthloop. It's got strong growling, sometimes rough and harsh vocal lines. It’s about how you can feel alone in a crowded world, how you can feel lost as a result of too much information, how to keep sane in a twisted society. "Who am I" gives a perfect impression of Hæckefløsse.
What's the message you try to spread lyrically?
The strange thing
is that we don’t really mean to have a specific message, but if
we give a closer look to all our texts there seems to be a general theme
in almost all the songs. It has to do with questions about the present
and the future. The way mankind is behaving and destroys the world, although
most of the time unintentionally but that doesn’t make it less worse,
maybe even worse. The combination of egoism, greed and the strive after
power is a real threat and the wide-spread indifference makes it possible
for that thread to be rampant.
Since you're active as a band for many years already, you must have quite an elaborate view on the music scene. How did you witness the so-called 'tape trading era' moving to the so-called 'digital revolution'? What are your views on the scene these days?
We’re not sure if we really have an elaborate view on the music scene. From the beginning we’re a sort of outcast, doing too much our own thing and refusing to adept to whatever is normal in the scene so we’re not the right people to give a general overview of the (evolution of the) scene. But yes, we’ve seen some changes. Some things are a lot easier in the modern digital times. The internet makes it easier to make contact with other like-minded people and people who share the same (musical) interest. You’re able to spread you music very easy. People always tend to be nostalgic but to be honest, taping your demo 500 times is no fun at all. On the other hand, we see a decrease in the number of people visiting concerts so that’s a threat. Less and less money is available an venues are more and more focused on commercially successful events. That’s a threat for all the bands active in the sub-cultural scenes. Luckily there still are some people very active trying to keep the underground music alive. The industrial-metal scene is very small, but very pleasant to be in. We don’t see a lot of competition between the bands, instead most people are very cooperative.
After a submission
to the 'F**k Em All - Volume 4' compilation, this fresh release is the
second collaboration with Death To Music Productions. What do you expect
of this collaboration?
Got any final words? Why should the readers check out Hæckefløsse?
The most important
reason to check out Hæckefløsse is curiosity. That goes not
only for Haeckflosse, but for all music. You don’t have to like
it, but you have to give unknown music a chance. If you never listen to
music you don’t know or you didn’t read about in the big music
magazines, you miss a lot of good music (and you gonna miss Hæckefløsse).
Don’t you have somewhere a little tingling feeling that makes you
question: what the f*** is Hæckefløsse all about?