No one listens to anyone unless something fucking explodes

Stick To Your Guns

Right after the publication of our previous issue, we received the answers for our interview with Stick To Your Guns. That means, this one has been lying on the shelf for quite some time. This is a prime example of why I prefer real interviews over emailers myself, but that could be just me.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us! These are exciting times for STYG! A new label, a new EP, you must be very happy people right now?

Yes of course. We have been with Pure Noise for the blink of an eye and I already know it was the right move for us. They are so supportive of us and it's just been an incredible experience.

The first single of your new EP Better Ash Than Dust, Universal Language deals with hate and fear against others not like you. Something that still is unbelievably current, strangely enough. How do you look at the world we live in right now?

It's hard not to have a harsh and bitter view of the world but I was raised by women. So I understand the importance of patience and of nurturing a world that works best of everyone. The importance of turning a kind face to people, to stick up for people, and to let those who believe that the luxuries are only for them that that my scorn will be felt.

What to you is the universal language?

Its clear. Its violence. These people who are sold to us as our enemies have tried to use their voices to speak but go unheard. No one listens to anyone unless something fucking explodes. People have to become belligerent and violent in order to be heard. Until we can sit and hear someone, this won't change.

What is the title about, Better Ash Than Dust?

It was inspired by Jack London. He pretty much states in the Jack London credo that we will all return to the dust from which we came. We will all die, so instead of being dust be ash. Use your time. Don’t try to prolong it. Do something important. Inspire people. Don't just spend your time wasting it on figuring out how to live longer. Make something of yourself.

Hardcore, as it was born out of the punk scene, has always been a great vessel to rally against politics and other world problems. What do you think are the biggest challenges we face as a species right now?

Too many to name but overall our worship of money and allowing ourselves be tamed by mundane routines.

What can you tell us about the sound on the new EP, it somehow sounds a bit more aggressive, hardcore to me than your previous album!

We decided to add parts to this EP that we felt were missing from disobedient. I love these songs.

What’s the rest of the EP about, lyrically? What makes you tick right now?

Everything.

What would you say is the biggest defining element in your sound?

Heavy as possible and big anthem like parts. We want to bring people together and then make them riot all together for the greater good.

Where it comes to a live show, what do you offer your fans, what is a STYG show like?

Unrelenting energy.

Are there any plans already for a full length album?

Of course. Hopefully sooner than later.

What do you listen to when you’re not writing or on stage, who influence you musically?

Swain, Bon Iver, and all hardcore.

Where will we be able to see you live in the coming months?

The world.

Any last words for our readers?

I love you.

Randy Gerritse