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Interview - Anders Manga (Bloody Hammers)

Interview with Anders Manga from Bloody Hammers
by Joe Reed at 15 November 2013, 3:49 AM

Latest Doom Metal sensation of husband-wife duo BLOODY HAMMERS have taken the scene by storm, garnering immense favour with fans all around with their new release, “Spiritual Relics”. Man of the hour Anders Manga talks to Joe Reed about his interesting and highly varied musical influences and what the future may bring from this unconventional class act. 

Hello there Anders, how is it going? Thanks for taking the time for this interview.

Hello and thank you for talking the time to interview me!

Just for the folks to know you guys better, can you please provide a short background on BLOODY HAMMERS? How did this project come to life?

I've been writing and recording music for many years just because it's something I like to do. I have a modest home studio and I like to go in there and experiment with different types of music from Hard Rock and Metal to weird electronic music. One day I realized I had enough similar songs to release an album so I put them up on bandcamp and didn't think too much about it. After only about one day on bandcamp, Soulseller Records contacted me and wanted to release it and basically here we are.

North Carolina has a rich history in Metal, particularly the Sludge subgenre with bands like BUZZOV-EN, SOURVEIN, and WEEDEATER. In what way (if any) does your environment shape your music?

I live on a mountain in a very small town in Transylvania County, NC. I'd say being up here is very inspirational to me for writing. For such a small town there are many talented musicians here but most play Bluegrass or Classical music. I can appreciate all kinds of music so that's ok with me. Here, it's pretty much play music, hike and drink beer. Pretty cool.

One of the things I find most intriguing and interesting about Spiritual Relics is the varied use of instrumentation, particularly the organ and use of acoustics. Is the organ meant to capture a particular aesthetic or vibe?

I just go with my gut and my gut tells me, “Ya know, this would sound better with an organ”. Plus Devallia, my wife and bandmate in BLOODY HAMMERS, plays great organ so it all works out. I love synths and keyboards. Gary Numan's The Pleasure Principle was one of my first records as a kid and was pretty influential. I love the organ in early ALICE COOPER, ATOMIC ROOSTER, DEEP PURPLE and such… I guess it's just personal taste. It's just adds some extra spooky atmosphere to me.

I hear Desert Rock influences, particularly on “At the Well of Nazareth,” as well as Gothic influences throughout the record. Is this accurate? Do these genres or artists from those genres inform your sound at all?

Absolutely. I loved KYUSS but at the same time I loved SISTERS OF MERCY. I grew up with an identity crisis because I loved BAUHAUS, JOY DIVISION and all that dark stuff but equally loved SLAYER, KING DIAMOND and all Metal.

What are the primary lyrical/conceptual inspirations for BLOODY HAMMERS?

Lyrically I tend to be influenced by local folklore. The next BLOODY HAMMERS album will be heavily based on Western North Carolina urban legends.

What is the primary objective for BLOODY HAMMERS? What are your goals and expectations for the band?

At this point we're just playing it by ear but we're looking to tour much more in 2014 and play a few festivals.

How has your experience been thus far on Soulseller Records? Are there any other artists on that label that you’d recommend?

DEVIL is good… TOMBSTONES as well. Jorn at Soulseller Records is a class act and I can only say good things about him and his company.

You have an upcoming tour with CHURCH OF MISERY and AGAISNT THE GRAIN in November. What can fans expect from BLOODY HAMMERS live?

If you like Bloody Hammers on record, then you'll really like it live. There is a power to these songs that only can be created live and in the moment.

Given the state of the music industry and the decline of record sales, how important do you think the live show has become for bands?

It all depends on if a band wants to try and make a living by playing live. Touring is very expensive so you have to tour smart. I've seen fuel cost alone break bands and send them back home.

Who is a band or artist that you have not played or worked with yet that you would like to work with in the future?

Oh yeah the list goes on and on. ALICE COOPER, MONSTER MAGNET, DANZIG… so many great bands out there still touring!


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