Written by Aaron Jolly
21 Tuesday 21st September 2010

Throats are a new young hardcore band based in London that merge grindcore, hardcore, punk and thrash to create a musical onslaught that is very much their own. They stand out in a sea of mediocre metalcore breakdowns, they hate the capitalist society that we live in and love playing festivals. Read our interview below to find out more.

How did you meet?
Thomas: I met Tom when we were about 15, just through the Peterborough hardcore scene.
Mark: Yeah I put on a lot of shows around there and people would travel there I definitely met Al(vocals) at those shows. There was a really good scene in Spalding Peterborough at the time.
T: Yeah we just met through that I think.
When was your first gig together as a band?
M: Well you guys played a few shows without me.
T:Yeah the bassist was about 26 and he had a stable job and didn’t want to move down to London. The drummer was 16 at the time and we were 18 so we decided to move down to London. Tom joined the band immediately and we started auditioning for new drummers.
M: Well we tried like two people out, our first shows were pretty awful I remember we played with Coliseum and it was so shit. I mean we love Coliseum and we have respect for them as a band and to play with a band like that its just like fuck, I really kicked myself over it being so shit.
So what bands or artists have you guys been listening to lately then?
T: Pink Floyd.
M: I’ve been listing to a lot of Slint and Godspeed Black Emperor, Breach, all sorts really, and The Power And The Glory.
T: Yeah The Power And The Glory are amazing, It’s crazy how many bands that you could reel off that are influenced by them, like Trap Them for example.
M: I mean they obviously influenced us aswell.
T: Yeah, exactly, I mean once you’ve listened to them other heavy music just doesn’t seem relevant.
M: Or original, when I listen to that Breach record the ‘Kollapse’ one and listen to bits of ‘Axe To Fall’ (converge) its like, how did they get away with it?
T: Converge are a great band, probably one of the best defining heavy bands out there.
M:They just merge influences so well.
T: But it's great because that’s what music is.
M: Yeah taking influence and putting it in a different context when you look at Jesus Lizard and Shellac its like all their (Converge) best songs are just rip offs of those bands. And I fucking love that band.
T: Yeah they are incredible, what else am I listening to? Beyonce , genuinely I like Beyonce.
M: I like that Sleigh Bells record, its really noisy. Kind of like MIA but you know when you listen to stuff on headphones and the drums are ridiculously loud, it’s recorded like that.
T: Talking about MIA, Christina Aguilera’s new album is amazing it features MIA it also features Ladytron.
M: The new Knife album as well, its really fucking weird, its like the story of evolution of life, it starts out like kind of Merzbow-growly noise and by the end its fully formed songs. It’s really interesting.
Have you ever played with a band that you are really into and been kind of awestruck?
T: Yeah we played with a band called Cursed every band that Chris Colohan has been in I think are just so good. His lyrics really speak to me more than any others in heavy music. and he was a super nice guy.
M: How about Corey Taylor, were you not awestruck by Corey Taylor?
T: No because he was wearing the most hideous suit I have ever seen in my life, it had like cut off ¾ length legs.
M: He looked like an idiot.
Where is your favorite place to play?
T: We once played a squat in Paris and there was 40 dogs just in the room, on the stage and stuff!
M: We didn’t have any fans there, I don’t even know why we actually played, but it was interesting, that’s probably the weirdest gig we’ve ever played.
T: I also had tonsillitis at the time and I’m allergic to animals so I was basically dying on stage.
M: The reason they had all these dogs was because they’re was some sort of dog prison around the back and they were freeing all the dogs. After, we had like the cruelest meal ever we had like veal and baby turkey.
T: They were like animal libertarians, there are a lot of awesome venues around Europe where you’ll like play a gig and then they’ll have bunk beds and you can stay over night.
M: A lot of them are government subsidised as well and it just shows whether the government care about music.
There’s not much of that in England is there?
M: No, because its all about aggressive capitalism and profiteering from anything that’s like that over here. That’s the issue, I think they value culture and art so much more over in Europe than they do over here.
T: We have been treated much better in Europe than over here.  Because in Europe they can afford to but here they can't, so kids have to front money themselves.  Over here it’s a lot more likely that you will lose out, so you have to take this capitalist approach to things or else you’re going to lose out and who has money to throw away, especially not in London. Its no ones fault, its just the government.
M: Within 100 years the capitalist system will be dying on its arse, so yeah.
Ok, so tell me of any gig mishaps.
T: Fractured my knuckle about three weeks ago.
How did you do that?
T: I don’t know I was really drunk at the time.
M: I almost killed Christian once, I was really pissed off at a gig so I took off my bass and just threw it.
T: Yeah it was a close one, to be honest I think our spatial awareness is quite good because we’ve had quite a few close calls.  We get more injured in our everyday life. We are just frustrated, passive-aggressive people.
So what’s the plans with the new album?
M: Well that’s what we are doing  his afternoon, we are going to go write an album. We are really trying to make an effort for it not to just be a group of songs, we need something to really tie it together. We aren’t recording until November so we have some time.
T: Every release we have done so far has been so rushed.
M: We are recording the next album with Ben Phillips who has done some songs with Rolo Tomassi, Gold Kids and a Bossk record.
T: Yeah he has the studio in an old lightship, we have a lot of trust with Ben doing it.
And where did the name Throats come from?
M: No idea.
T: Well I think Throats started out in around 2004-2005 and the only members were our guitarist Bill and our singer Al. And when we came to do the band we just liked the name Throats, the connotations are endless and its just a really harsh word.
M: Yeah subconsciously I think it just hits you and when you hear the music it just fits.
Have you enjoyed the festival season so far?
T: To be honest not really, I don’t enjoy playing them, I’m not a festival kind of guy.
So you prefer smaller shows?
T: No, that’s not true either, maybe I just don’t like shows. The good thing about festivals is they are all ages so you get to play to a younger audience.
M: Yeah, because when I was 13-14 that’s when it was really making a big impact on me. And the old dudes that are there to see Maiden, you know you’ve got a fan for life in a Maiden fan.
T: They have got denim tributes.

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