EMQ’s With Küntsquäd

EMQ’s With Küntsquäd

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Australian Crustmetal/ Deathpunk band, Küntsquäd. Huge thanks to them all for taking part.  

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Paula: Guitar, vox, 

Steve: guitar

Brett: bass 

Adam: drums

Paula: Küntsquäd started after I had finally extrapolated myself from a difficult relationship… I was ready and needed a new distraction. So, I put up a Facebook post and old band pic of me and my guitar literally stating I was ready to do this again and who’d join me. First off the block was long-time friends Steve, and Bryce (our first drummer, who is no longer with us) and then managed to score ourselves through friends and networking, Brett and finally Adz . This was around 2017 or thereabouts. 

How did you come up with your band name?

Paula: Well we wanted a name that was representative of us being (Australian) Straya… the word kunt is both a term of endearment and of disaffection so most appropriate to describe our disposition… but more importantly the idea for the band name was derived from its powerful historical connotations found in many diverse languages and cultures. The fact is the word ‘cunt’ has strong feminist origins. It’s best described in this article here qz.comhttps://qz.com › the-most-offensive-…The most offensive curse word in English has powerful feminist origins (for a more detailed description). It also has a history in the story of ‘Kunti’ who is held as a figure of great importance within many Hindu traditions and especially with worshippers of Krishna Vaishnavas. It’s a term of empowerment for women and it is being reclaimed by feminists of all genders. Therefore, it was fitting that we used the play on the word cunt (the unofficial Australian’ slang word of affection or disaffection) and reclaim the word to embrace all these things. Also, the umlauts. I like the fact the umlauts make us sound Norwegian, cos we’re obviously not, but the umlets changes the vowel so that the pronunciation changes to “Koontskard’ in case someone’s mum is unintentionally offended by the word kunt.

What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?

Steve: We are in Melbourne, Australia and it is fucking hot here at the moment. 

Paula: Yes, Summer in Melbourne is a bit schizophrenic – hot one minute and the next it’s freezing but we’re all used to our home town’s nuances. Personally, I find that my songwriting and the band is more productive in the cooler months, chillaxing indoors and listening to music from the rad number of really epic Australian bands. We’re not exactly the stereotypical beachy types OS people assume of most Australians. 

I think some of the best bands have emerged from Melbourne in particular. In the summer there’s lots of really good gigs and festivals on, so keeps us all busy, whether we be spectators or participants. The metal and HC communities (and everything in between) are generally quite cohesive and most people know each other personally, or at least know of others in the community via mutual friends and bands etc. 6 degrees of separation, as they say, so I guess it’s relatively easy to find people who are in tune to what you’re doing as a musician and recommendations for people to join bands or form bands comes from within the scene. The live music scene struggled during COVID, but it’s getting back to its original state of healthiness…. slowly. Lots of venues suffered during the lockdowns, but there’s lots more now who have not only survived, but newly established themselves. There’s always gigs on in Melbourne, every night of the week so yeah, It’s quite healthy that way. 

What is your latest release?

We have released three singles. ‘Gods Of War’, ‘Xhrist’ and ‘Necro Nightmare’ all from our debut self-titled album, which has a total of 14 tracks. Each single has been accompanied by a video – DIY all the way for us. We’re pretty old school that way, and prefer things to be a little more organic and less processed when it comes to visuals, style and production. 

Who have been your greatest influences?

Steve: We all are pretty eclectic with our influences and like a lot of different music, especially the more extreme bands … without wanting to emulate any band in particular.

Paula: we have diverse musical tastes within the band, but the commonality is the fact we all like extreme music to varying degrees and styles. I personally enjoy old school bands the most; bands like Sepultura, Discharge, ENT and Sadistik Exekution including old school black metal and death metal such as Dark Throne, Mayhem and their contemporaries. But we all also have huge admiration and respect for the forefathers of all things heavy: AC/DC, Maiden, Sabbath, Motörhead etc. (Rok from Sad Ex designed our logo and our CD cover art btw) For us the most important influences stem from the ethos of these bands rather than just the music itself… Integrity, solidarity and truth. 

What first got you into music?

Brett: My old man was a big music lover with an extension vinyl, cassette and CD collection. So I was hearing music all the time. As for playing, it was mates. They had a band going. I started to play along on bass. I think I was 15 or 16.

Steve: There was always music on in our house. Music was the favoured form of entertainment, more than T.V.

Adam: I was around Family and Friends that loved music and they had awesome collections 

Paula: I was in a family band since the age of 14, so my interest in playing music stemmed from playing covers from all sorts of genres from a very young age, with that band. There was always music in the house and my dad insisted I learn an instrument. It was keyboards at the time, but I really wanted to play guitar, so I taught myself. The rest is inconsequential. 

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Brett: Probably Max Caverlera. That would be awesome. Love early Sepultura and Nailbomb stuff.

Steve: Paul McCartney and Ringo. I love The Beatles

Adam: Devin Townsend, amazing song writer and guitarist, lots of different styles 

Paula: So many people I’d love to collaborate with, but I’d love an audience with Mortician. 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Brett: Would have to be Wacken in Germany. I’ve wanted to go as a punter for years but to play there we be a dream come true.

Steve: Wacken is legendary. Also the British festivals have always had phenomenal line-ups.

Adam: Wacken cos so many of my favourite bands have played there.

Paula: I’m not picky… any festival would do me. The bigger the better. 

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Steve: Haven’t received anything yet. Once a guy tried to lick Paula’s boot. 

Paula: he did lick my boot, then gave me a bunch of rad DC and Marvel comics that same night. 

Brett: Yeah, same guy bit my stomach. So I gave him the gift of a punch in the head! 😂

Paula: Actually I was given a lovely antique tea cup from a good photographer friend of mine… straight after our set at a a gig we played at a mini fest. Figured I needed a good cuppa after that. Noiyce! 

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Steve: Thank you for the support. The reaction we’ve been getting from around the world has been mind-blowing🤘🤘

Paula: Grrrls to the front .. stay brutal farken. 

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Brett: Bon Scott. I would love to have a drink with him🍻😁

Adam: Randy Rhodes.

Paula: I’m with Brett on this one. Oh and one for Steve I’m dobbing him in for Lemmy. 

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Brett: Likes ….The, The rush you get from playing live.

Dislikes ….Lugging gear,especially late nights when you’ve worked that day

Adam:Definitely the lugging. Love playing music to people, though do hate lugging the drums around.

Paula: It’s definitely a cathartic thing for me. It allows me to purge and vent and exorcise everything that needs to be exorcised… with a hope that something of worth has been created. It’s a small piece in time, in that space represented. It’s also what I hate… the frustration is sometimes personified in the pressure I put on myself to have to create something meaningful. I’m not always successful, so it’s a bit of an oxymoron. 

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Paula: Gatekeeping. It can be so incestuous or insular at times in certain genres of metal, so I’d like to see more of a mash up in the perception of what that looks like… to possibly broaden people’s perspective and discover new art, be inspired, create something new. I’m looking for chaos in the most extreme and brutal form… yet to have that itch scratched.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Steve: Too many to recall. ”Revolver” by the Beatles would be right up there

Brett: AC/DC “Back in Black”.

Paula: Sad Ex Fukk /TNT AC/DC.

Adam: Megadeth “Killing Is My Business”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Steve: I’m a huge fan of vinyl especially vintage pressing. Nothing else comes close

Brett: What’s best. Can’t go past vinyl, especially at home. Downloads are handy everywhere else.

Paula: Everything has its place. I like vinyl as well but sometimes it’s not practical to access, so I tend to have a bit of everything in my collection. I like gnarly cassettes though. A lot!

Adam: Vinyl best sound, gotta love that warm analogue sound, the rest very convenient though.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Steve: I played a biker festival back in 1999. That was pretty crazy. The same band (Psycho Circus) played their headquarters a couple of months later and that was even crazier

Adam: Telecast of Lemmy’s funeral at cherry bar with Ace Of Spades tribute band.

Paula: I have no recollection of the best gigs… hence they were the best gigs 

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Steve: I have no idea what I’d do instead of music. We’ve always day jobs to get by so I guess I would be driving trucks.

Brett: And I’d be doing more Security gigs

Adam: If I didn’t play drums, I would have a lot more free time to be bored 

Paula: I’d be a full time personal trainer… if I could be fucked. 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Brett: Zellensky and Putin would be a start. I know someone who can cook the food😉

Paula: plus Jello Biafra, John Lydon, and Lisa Simpson.

What’s next for the band?

Steve: Album release and launch. Then tour, tour, tour.

Adam: Gigs, touring and next album 

Paula: Visits to strange exotic lands from outside the arse end of the world. Also want to record again very soon. Have a bunch of stuff that needs exorcising. 

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Our social media platforms include all the usual suspects: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, and Bandcamp. The lovely people at Wormholedeath Records and our management Black Roos Entertainment also do a good job at getting our stuff out there. 

Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun, a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?

Steve: this Sandwich question is insane. I’m guessing it’s a muffin.

Adam: A roll 😆

Paula: I’m guessing a cob… as in Cobber

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Steve: Thanks again for all the support. I hope we’ll get over there to play for you soon 🤘🤘

Brett: Cheers everyone for the support so far. Hope to see you on tour soon🤘

Paula: Get a dog up ya yer good bunch of kunts . Hashtag, greetings from Staya!

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