EMQ’s with PRIMAL AGE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Normandy, France based Metal/Hardcore band, Primal Age. Huge thanks to them 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?
Of course, we are PRIMAL AGE, and we play a mix of metal and hardcore since ‘93. PxA is about 800 shows in three countries on three continents. We’ve played with almost all the more famous bands of metal or hardcore.
How did you come up with your band name?
Animal rights and defence of Mother Earth have always been at the centre of our albums, so the name is a kind of reference of a former period in history when the air was more pure and the sea less polluted.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We come from Normandy, France, there are of course many bands but it’s hard to exist for most of them.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We just put out our last album called “Masked Enemy” and you can watch two video clips for the tracks: ‘The Devil Is Hidden In Shadow’ and ‘The Two Heads Monster’.
‘The Devil Is Hidden In Shadow’ (Official Video)
‘The Two Heads Monster’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
We like metal and hardcore, so on the one hand you can find Slayer, Sepultura, Napalm Death, Dew-Scented; S.O.D….and on the other hand Earth Crisis, Minor Threat, Madball, Hatebreed…
What first got you into music?
I was 17 and my best friend got his first guitar, so I had the idea to be on the bass and singing. We were listening to punk music so we tried to play like this, without any drums. It was fun.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
A European tour with Napalm Death could be cool 😊
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I’ll choose one we have never played. It could be the Dynamo or the Wacken in Germany. These places seem to be great with so many famous bands and a huge audience.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
In Japan, one girl gave me a thing made by her grandmother to give me luck. It was a very kind attention and it’s always attached on my bag when we are on the road, cause it’s a great feeling when I remember this area I had dreamed to play in for a long time.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
We hope to see you soon on the road. It has been a long time without shows because of the shitty times, so we hope to see you as soon as possible to share the passion we have in common.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Lemmy Kilmister, he is so iconic and when I was 10, Motörhead was the first band I listened to.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
We are a non-professional band, so we have the chance to be very free without any pressure from a label or something. We have the opportunity to travel worldwide, that’s the coolest thing for me. What I dislike is when fashion becomes bigger than passion and you see guys or bands changing to follow the trend.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Quantity vs quality. We have that chance to be independent and we don’t feel the need to produce a lot. Many bands, when they make an album have just 2 or 3 good singles and the other tracks are filler.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
I’ll give you two, “Aris” by Sepultura and “Master of Puppets” by Metallica, two revelations for me.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
It depends on the context. At home when I want to hear some music, I prefer vinyls, CD’s when I do other things and MP3’s when I’m driving. Cassettes are only for my collection of old demos.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I think the BloodAxe fest in Tokyo will stay in my memory for all my life cause it was a dream to play in Japan, and I couldn’t imagine to see that thing happen when I started to play!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Music is a passion but I live with another passion which is sport. I began French boxing 30 years ago and I teach it and still practice every week. My life as a fighter is behind me but it’s always a part of my life, I need it for a good balance.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Jesus, Yavé, Hahommet (Muhammad), Boudha and…Odin, cause I have needed to have some explanations for a long time, cause so many things aren’t very clear but make people so angry.
What’s next for the band?
The promotion of our new album is on its way and we are now more than ready to make shows. We hope to play in many areas with great bands.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanxxx for the support.
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