Liverpool metal supergroup Video Nasties have just released their debut single ‘Transvoltum’, and you can see it here first, exclusively with Terrorizer…
Featuring members of Iron Witch, Magpyes, SSS and The Bendal Interlude, Video Nasties are certainly more than the sum of their parts, marrying Stockholm style melodic death metal to thick, NOLA sludge in a refreshingly original manner. We caught up with bassist Rick Owen (also of Iron Witch) to find out more…
Could you tell us briefly how you all met and formed Video Nasties?
Rick Owen (bass): “Dave and Stu have known each other most their lives and have spent the best part of 20 years making music together in various bands – Linden Hey, Blades Of Unity and more recently SSS and The Bendal Interlude with Tommy. With Bendal and Iron Witch sharing a practice room we spent a lot of time jamming and when Bendal split earlier this year it just made sense to get something else going straight away. We’ve known Damian for years and admired his vocals for Magpyes so it was a no brainier bringing him into the fold… he also has a mega moustache.”
Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
“We did have an idea of a sound when we got together to jam. I don’t quite think we expected it to turn out how it has though.”
What kind of stuff are you and the rest of the band into? Who would you cite as influences?
“We could probably talk for hours about influences as we all come from different backgrounds and eras musically, so we’ll just say direct influences for this… probably John Carpenter and 90’s Sepultura.”
What can you tell us about your debut single, ‘Transvoltum’?
“‘Transvoltum’ is the first of two singles we’ll be releasing digitally before we put out something physical. It’s Latin for ‘Call Of The Void’ and it’s based on John Carpenter’s ‘Prince Of Darkness’. We went with that over the other songs as it shows what we’re about as a band but also leaves an element of surprise for the full release. I think writing it was the first time as a band we really knew we what direction we were going in too. We really found our feet with it. It’s out now and you can buy/listen on our Bandcamp or stream on Spotify/iTunes etc.”
Are there any plans for a full-length or EP to follow?
“Yeah, we have enough material for an EP currently. We’re going to keep writing over the next couple of months and we are looking to enter the studio in Feb/March.”
Given that you all play in other bands too, is it ever hard to find the time for Video Nasties amongst all those other projects? What do you get out of Video Nasties that you don’t get from your other bands?
“At the moment it’s only Iron Witch who are active. Bendal are on indefinite hiatus and Magpyes don’t play an awful lot so regular practices aren’t an issue. For us it’s just an opportunity to play something different. Change of pace and a chance to try something different with the live shows.”
What’s been your best moment as a band? And on the flipside, what’s been the worst thing to happen to you in music?
“Best moment so far would have to be playing the set live for the first time. We didn’t know what kind of reception we would get, thankfully it went down pretty well… we think. Worst things are Damian constantly sending pics of his love muscle to the group chat demanding we use it on a t-shirt… That and not being able to afford crush velvet loons made entirely of cocaine.”
What’s next for you guys?
“Hopefully making enough money to afford crush velvet loons made entirely out of cocaine.”
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