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London experimental metal mob Asian Death Crustacean have just dropped their debut album, ‘Baikal’, that showcases their combination of ambient music with the underground jazz scene in a fascinating clash of euphoria and aggression.
We caught up with Dan Peacock (Guitars/Sound Design), Rob Doull (Guitars), George Bunting (Bass Guitar) and James Kay (Drums) from the band to talk origins and the future.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Asian Death Crustacean before?
RD: Overall, I think we’d call ourselves an experimental metal band, but there’s a lot of inspiration from jazz, ambient music and a variety of other genres coming through as well. We hope that listeners will hear something new in the way that we combine these influences together, and the way that the arrangements we’ve written take their time to slowly but deliberately evolve between different moods and levels of intensity.
DP!: How did the band form?
JK: Dan (guitar) and I had met by chance a couple of years before onstage at an improv event, which led to us forming an improvisational jazz fusion project. I was also playing in a blackened death metal band with Rob (guitar), and when both projects came to an end at about the same time we had the idea of seeing what it would be like to start a new band together. Dan and George (bass) had known each other since school and Dan suggested George join, which turned out to be a great decision since his style of bass playing is pretty unusual for metal, coming more from a background in soul, funk and punk, but does a lot to glue all the elements in the sound together. Though we’d all known each other for a long time, we had no idea if the collaboration would actually work, but I think for Rob and I it was great to be able to combine metallic elements with a strong sense of melody that we’d been missing in the previous project we’d done together.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
DP: Our main focus for the rest of this year is continuing to promote the album, but we’ve also been using the time in lockdown to experiment with collaboratively composing over video calls. It’s a very different process to what we’re used to, but it’s forcing us all to get much more fluent with recording software, which can only be a good thing. We’re also doing what we can to be ready for when the live scene starts up again.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
JK: Gatecreeper – very rotten old-school death metal from Arizona.
GB: Goat – a fairly new experimental psychedelic / stoner rock band from Gothenburg.
DP: JPEGMAFIA, an experimental hip hop project.
RD: I’ve found a band called Barishi through their new album Old Smoke, the vibe they go for strikes a really nice balance of elements for my tastes.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
JK: I’m not sure a particular band comes to mind that we would model ourselves on, but the artists that we’re inspired by most have kept evolving and exploring throughout their careers.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
GB: Hearing the amazing feedback we’ve received from people about the album has blown us away! We’re super grateful to everyone for their messages and comments – knowing people are hearing and digging the music stands out above everything else for us. Shows wise, playing a packed room supporting curse these metal hands last summer is probably the standout so far.
Asian Death Crustacean‘s new album ‘Baikal’ is out now.
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