1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Disfago is a three-piece that EXCLUSIVELY plays anti-retro blackened punk thrash ‘n’ roll of death…We’re three friends from various bands and we decided to combine our disparate musical influences in frustration at boring, safe and self-important metal bands. We just put out our first 7 inch on a new UK label called Witch Ghetto.
2.Recently you have released a 7 inch, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Violent, catchy and DIY - There’s elements of thrash, black metal, hardcore, oi and rock n roll all combined, we’re not interested in being anyone’s tribute act.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Anything we feel like, so on the 7 inch that’s alcohol (x2), taking the night bus, the death of Colonel Gaddafi and our thoughts on the metal scene (“400 tonnes of virgin flesh”).
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Disfago'?
The band name is a collision of punk and metal, just like our music, as well as a piss-taking nod to all the generic tribute acts in both scenes.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Any of the shows we’ve played with our mates in Oiz II Men and Seppuku. Support slots for Aura Noir and Sonne Adam were also great, as was a chaotic night in Lemington Spa and an especially messy squat show. A broken strap saw our guitarist Miika finish a set playing from a comfy armchair, while at other shows we’ve had to fight over-enthusiastic audience members to get back microphones. One time a promoter even gave us a rider.
Our performance? Depends on the booze, but we’ve been described as “tighter than expected” and once even made it onto a Terrorizer shortlist for best live band of the year.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We’ve only played twice in the last two years (we’ve been busy in the studio and writing lots of new songs) but we plan to ramp things up this summer — get in touch if you’re interested in putting us on. But no full tours. Surviving in London’s not fucking cheap!
7.The 7 Inch was released on Witch Ghetto Productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Witch Ghetto is the label of our friend and supporter Dicko. Our 7 inch is Witch Ghetto’s first (and so far best) release but Dicko is active in a number of punk and crust bands in the north of England.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of underground metal?
Do phishing emails asking for free shit count? We’ve already had some unexpected attention from places like Canada but this is only our first 7 inch so hopefully we’ll see more.
9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We have already recorded (and are currently mixing) a full length concept album about a black metal fan having a terrible time at a house party. Think of Plasmatics’ Maggots: The Record or WASP’s The Crimson Idol. We’ll see if anyone is brave enough to release it!
Before that we’re planning to follow this 7 inch with a tape compilation comprising our 2012 demo, three new songs we recorded last summer and a taster of the full-length.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Between the three of us we have pretty varied tastes but I’d say Disfago’s sound has elements of Sarcofago, Motorhead, Tank, Turbonegro, Bad Brains, Slayer, Darkthrone, Disrupt, Sodom, Venom, Gospel of the Horns and more.
Recently I personally have been listening to lots of Uriah Heep, Macabre Omen, Eyehategod, Iron Monkey, Easy E and Judas Priest.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
Non-musical interests?…er…well…We all enjoy a bit of a knees-up but Miika’s also a footie fanatic and Bert’s a keen gardener. Me, I’m a miserable sod with lots of books. JG Ballard is my favourite author and The Atrocity Exhibition my favourite book, if that tells you anything…
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks for the interview – if your readers are sick of retro bands and want to hear something original than tell them to check us out!