Sometimes you hear a demo you instantly fall in love with. As was the case with this Nibiru demotape. It feels like it combines my love for NYHC with my love for grunge. It has crushing grooving ‘moshparts’ combined with some great sung choruses. I’ll put a review on the site soon, but I thought I would give them the chance to introduce themselves first. Keep a spot open on your yearlists for that demo people. Martin answered these questions.
What’s going on in Ireland at the moment? What’s on your mind?
Ireland is a mess run by idiots, with far too many economic and social problems to list. I still love it, though.
Everyone can enter “Nibiru” into Google so I’ll forget about the question where the name comes from, but how about who’s in the band exactly?Anyone we might know from previous bands?
Everyone, except for me (Martin) was in Famine, who played their last gig about a month ago. Nibiru played for the first time the next day so the transition worked out pretty well – there was very little time to mourn. Cruise and myself play in Frustration, who will be releasing an album early next year. Robbie and Jonathan play in Bang Bros, Ireland’s hardcore powerhouse heavy-hung stallions, and Lee sings in Pulled Apart, who just recorded a banger of a first demo.
The thoughts of a million different nut job conspiracy theorists and pseudo-scientists will always give me something to write about – anyone that dares to challenge the word of those in power and attempts to shine light on secret knowledge, no matter how outlandish or paranoid, has had an influence on this band. The more paranoid, the better, in fact.
Who or what are the biggest influences on Nibiru?
Music-wise, the sound of New York in the late 80s and early 90s, bands from the Cro-Mags and Leeway to Only Living Witness and Type O Negative. As well as this, the vast majority of music we listened to in our teenage years has had an influence on our song writing, everything from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and the Smashing Pumpkins to the likes of Tool, Pantera and Machine Head. We like our music to maintain a constant groove and a certain degree of melody while remaining hard and heavy and not drifting too far from hardcore. As far as lyrics are concerned, the works of Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein have influenced me greatly, as well as a host of other science fiction writers. Similarly, the thoughts of a million different nut job conspiracy theorists and pseudo-scientists will always give me something to write about – anyone that dares to challenge the word of those in power and attempts to shine light on secret knowledge, no matter how outlandish or paranoid, has had an influence on this band. The more paranoid, the better, in fact.
You just released a demotape, what’s next? Any plans yet? Any label that showed interest yet?
At the moment we’re just working on getting some more demo tracks done. Hopefully we’ll have another demo out early on in the New Year – we’re not short of ideas anyway. As soon as that drops I’m sure all the majors will start a bidding war over who gets to release it.
What’s your favorite Nibiru lyric so far and why?
Well the opening phrases of Earthbreeder are from the Necronomicon, and there’s one or two lines lifted from 2001 and Starship Troopers, so any of those. Both songs on the demo deal with similar themes: the birth of man, the birth of violence, and how the two have always been inseparable. That, and aliens.
Both songs on the demo deal with similar themes: the birth of man, the birth of violence, and how the two have always been inseparable. That, and aliens.
Stop. MISS UNIVERSE time. If you could go back in time and change a single moment in history, what would it be and why?
It’s the 11th of September 2001 and I’m standing outside the Pentagon.
Any other bands we need to check from Ireland?
I really hope I don’t leave anyone out here, there’s lots of good shit going on musically in Ireland at the moment. I’ll get all of our other bands out of the way first, as we all have upcoming releases and I’ve steered clear of shameless self-promotion so far – so check out Bang Bros, Loose Nut, Frustration and Pulled Apart. Some other great bands playing in Ireland at the moment are The Blind, Rats Blood, Zom and Contort.
What should people definitely remember about Nibiru after reading this short interview?
Nibiru play hardcore bone-crunching mayhem psychedelic sex-funk from heaven, and we’re here to perpetrate the funk into your anal cavity. So pay attention.
That’s it I guess. Got anything to add?
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Interesting, very interesting. Damn good vocals on Earthbreeder. Cymbals/hi-hat sound quite annoying and over the top for me, but otherwise it’s really good. Definitely looking forward for more.
extra points for namedropping necronomicon, starship troopers, clarke, heinlein and asimov.