Spain has never been very famous when it comes to Heavy and Thrash Metal in the 80's. Some of you might remember Baron Rojo that were more into traditional Heavy Metal. But this is not this band that'll interest us today as was releasing some of the strongest and fastest release in Spain; FUCK OFF. With such a straight in the head name and powerful record "Hell On Earth" released in 1990, this band was challenging Slayer, Onslaught or even Kreator. As the label Dark Rails re-released this famous album by the end of 2006, I took the opportunity to get information about this dead and buried band. Pep (guitar and vocal) answered this interview and tell us some words about his new combo "Barbarian" (http://www.barbarianinvasion.com/). August 2007
are you doing today ?
Fine thanx, I'm working on the last issues of Barbarian's next album.
Could you remember how you got into Metal and what were the first releases you discovered ? Back in the 80's it was a pretty common to listen to Metal through little radio stations that played underground stuffs in France, was the same for you
I first got into Metal after listening to bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Rainbow........and when I was child I could listening to Radio Luxembourg, which played good rock music.
Let's introduce your band explaining how FUCK OFF was born ? Who were the very first members and how old were they ? Did you only cover bands before getting own materials ?
FUCK OFF was formed in 1987 and I entered the band in 1988 after their single release "People In War", substituting one of the guitarists. The members of FUCK OFF were all approx. 20 years old. We focused on our tracks, although we did do a few covers of Slayer, Metallica, Motorhead.....
Line up on single "People In War": Joe-vocals, Xevi-guitar, Ringeling-guitar, Jackson-bass, Miki-drums.
Line up on LP "Another Sacrifice": Joe-vocals, Pep-guitar, Ringeling-guitar, Jackson-bass, Miki-drums.
Line up on LP "Hell On Earth": Pep-guitar and vocals, Ringeling-guitar, Jackson-bass, Miki-drums and vocals on tracks 6 and 9.
Why did you choose FUCK OFF as band-name ? It sounds much more being a Punk band name than a Thrash one ? Did the Punk scene back influence you then ?
No we weren't influenced by Punk music in fact none of us liked that style. I don't like songs without a guitar solo.The name FUCK OFF came from their singer, Joe, who came up with the name.
to Metal-archives the first effort from FUCK OFF was a single out in 1988
released through Justine Records containing two tracks "Fuck Off"
and "People in war", thence does it mean you never released
any demo previously ? And could you explain how a label signed you immediately
On Earth" is one hell of a Thrash Metal album, you really recorded
a fucking awesome release that had strong Slayer's influences, while the
vocals were pretty close to Onslaught. Thence, it was definitely a masterpiece
when it was out. Do you agree with me and what your view now on this album
Of course I'm very proud of the record, although it could have been much better if the record company had given us a higher budget to use the Birmingham studio, which wasn't really in optimum condition for more than just a week !
Let's keep on this topic, how does it come that with such a strong album you didn't get world wide recognition like for instead Kreator, Sodom, Living Death and so on ? According to you what lacked to FUCK OFF to break the world apart ? Do you think this album arrived a bit too late, as in 1990 the Thrash Metal scene had vanished ?
This album was harder and faster than the previous and the record companies here got scared with it because they thought it was so extreme and thought that there was no business in that style.
According to you, what is the best tune ever written by FUCK OFF and could you explain your choice ? How was the writing process of your band back in the 80's ?
Tracks like "Blasphemy", "Hell on earth".....are my favourite. I don't really have a defined process, sometimes the music comes first and then the lyrics and the other way round.
I guess FUCK
OFF played several gigs in the 80's, how was FUCK OFF on stage and which
gigs branded your mind ? Was there anything special during your gig ?
Do you think
that in '90 it was completely impossible to survive for a Thrash Metal
combo as Death Metal was extremely popular and Black Metal was raising
|Do you think that
FUCK OFF could do come back playing a huge festival in Germany such as Keep
It True, Wacken or n Sweden to Swedish Rock Festival ? Have you ever attented
to such a festival and how was it ?
I insist, FUCK OFF will never get together again. It only lasted for 2 years. From 88-90.
In any case it will be Barbarian who would go to those festivals.
What were your activities between the split of the band and now ? What do you think of the new scene now in comparison to the 80's one ? According to you , what are the main differences between these two scenes and are there new combos that you really enjoy ?
I have been in several bands, trying to continue with the style I want to play until today with Barbarian, in which I have achieved this purpose.
In the 80's Metal was at its best years. Everyone went to see Metal shows, even smaller bands had lots of followers. Now people don't care so much about shows and internet has decapitated the music industry. It we were a minority in the 80's we are even more now !!!
You also play in Barbarian a band that I absolutely don't know, could you tell us a bit about it and explain why you choose to play in 2 different bands ?
As I said, FUCK OFF is part of the past. The only band I have at the moment is Barbarian, where I have been playing for the last 4 years.
The last years
have seen a great number of coming back from Heavy and Thrash bands from
the 80's, I can't mention them all as there're too many but do you follow
these come back and which bands were you waiting for to see live again
or to listen to their releases ? What do you think of these come back
to you, what are the five Thrash Metal releases from 80's that really
branded your mind and definitely turned you toward the left hand path
guess that back in the 80's you were collecting vinyls and rare demos...could
you speak about your private collection ? What are your jewel pieces you're
very proud of ? Are you still buying albums today and are there new finding
you really like ?
Could you speak
about the 80's Spanish Metal scene ? Honestly except for BARON ROJO I
don't know many other bands from this country, so how was the scene back
them, were there many fanzines, radio show, Metal shop, and Metal pub