Meet Ashestoangels, the synthy goth punks from Bristol in the UK – a collective ready to break out and take the world by storm. They’ve already gained the attention of none other than William Control from Aiden, who would go on to produce their album With Tape And Needles. Now available worldwide on Itunes including a Deluxe Edition with live tracks, With Tape And Needles contains exhilarating anthems that are instantly memorable.
Here is a recent interview we conducted with front man Crilly to find out more about this explosive band from across the Atlantic ready to rock you into oblivion. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Ashestoangels, and how long the band has been together.
Hey there! My name is Crilly, I sing, synth an occasionally chord in Ashestoangels. We’ve been around in one form for a while, but I consider the band to have really started when Adam Falkor joined. Everything up to that point was just tuning up.
Where is the band based out of and what is the local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Bristol town. We love it here, we’re working our hardest to build a local scene and it seems to be working. Locally we’ve got Her Dark Embrace who have got a bit of a doomy goth rock thing going on and Heaven Asunder who sound a bit like Children of Bodom playing Rise Against songs.
Is there any story or concept being the CD title With Tape And Needles?
There are some themes that run throughout the record but it’s not a concept album.
Select two songs from With Tape And Needles and what inspired the lyrics.
I don’t really like to explain what my songs are about. They mean different things to each listener and I would never want to say they are wrong. But I’ll give it a go!
Dolls dolls dolls is about atonement. Just trying to do anything I can to not feel like a worthless waste of skin. I’m not very good at explaining things. Sometimes I feel like I can save the world, some days I just feel so sad that I can’t think. Which is useless, so I just keep trying to fix things. Or something.
Ghost frequency is about watching someone drown and realizing it’s you. Kind of. It’s complicated and I don’t want to give to much away. But in terms of inspiration, the lake is real. The song descends into metaphor (or maybe simile…) a few words later but the lake itself is a real place.
Well I explained very little. Good. Keeps me interesting haha.
How did William Control become involved with the band and what was it like working with him?
Via the wonder that is twitter. Tweets were exchanged, DMs received and before you knew it he was in my house. Working with him was ace. He is the gentleman of rock. And also a harsh taskmaster. Fan of the afternoon nap. The band, William and Trox would just get into pyjamas during the day and we would all spoon for an hour. Well that’s not true… But it was great. Love him.
What could one expect from a live Ashestoangels show?
We are trying to get the audience fully involved. Our past few shows we’ve been encouraging them to put the fucking camera / iPhone / whatever down and just enjoy the show. The result has been a lot less photos and a lot more stage diving. We want to be like the Misfits in the 80s. Just (good natured) chaos. We play the way the music makes us feel if that makes sense. Nico broke my ribs on stage, I broke Adam’s fingers once. There is always sweat, sometimes blood and we get off stage with nothing left. I don’t drink or anything anymore but the feeling you get when you come off stage and you can’t see or talk and the rooms spinning is the best in the world. I do however drink more caffeine than any other man in the world… As evidenced by how much I go on and on and on and on.
If there was one band either now or from the past that you would like to open up for, who would it be and why?
Danzig and Doyle, supported by Famous Monsters Misfits. Us on just before. Just so I could see that show haha.
Has Ashestoangels ever played here in the States or plan to do so in future days?
We want too. So much. Can you hook us up? We will be your best friends for life!
Who are some of the bigger bands you have opened up for in the past and what was the experience like?
Wednesday 13, William Control, KMFDM, Madina Lake (soon!). I think there are more, can’t remember!
Honestly with the exception of WC it’s been a little underwhelming. We’ve never played with a big band who’s fans would actually like us haha. So it’s just our crowd at the front while the rest of the venue waits for the headliner. One day we will get to play with someone who makes sense haha.
Any strange or scary happening while on the road or at a show?
Just normal road stuff. Been a couple of terrible venues/promoters. And one place where I started to load out cause they wanted us to pay to sell merch haha.
The Queen of England invites Ashestoangels to play one song for her at a Royal Command Performance. What song would you do for Her Majesty and guests and why?
A mash up of God Save The Queen by Sex Pistols and the National Anthem. I love the Queen, not in any kind of patriotic way, just because I feel like the royal family have basically won at life. They get to just kick back and whittle some, just cause of who they are.
What is it you’d like someone to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
What’s up next for Ashestoangels?
Tour and then I’ve written the next album. Gonna go record that.
Any final words of wisdom?
Be excellent to each other. X
Crilly – Singing/Synths
Nico – Bass/Singing
Jim – Drums/Singing
Adam – Guitar/Singing
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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