The UK has been a hotbed for hardcore over the past few bands with bands like Abolition, Shrapnel, The Flex and Renounced showing the variety on offer. With bands like xRepentancex, Digress and Gaia Bleeds ushering in a new era of vegan straight edge hardcore, new bands like xServitudex are picking up where those bands have left off and are making a name for themselves very quickly with their Arkangel, Congress and xMaroonx inspired music and strong vegan straight edge stance. We are proud to be working with them on the debut release 'Path To Anmesty' you can read more about that and them here...
Yo! Can you introduce us to the band and how your got introduced to hardcore?
My name is James and I do vocals in xServitudex. I got introduced to UK hardcore through the straight edge scene.
Can you tell us how the band got started? And how it’s been received so far?
The band started after the dissolution of previous band a few of us were involved with. Myself, Ben (guitar) and Ryan (drums) wanted to play and create something different with a tighter knit of friends who were musically capable. Being limited of vegan straight edge musicians in the UK, we thankfully had no issue finding friends to join us, we've been friends with Shaun (guitar) and Dan (bass) for years now so this project gives us all a reason to hang together more, as we're sparsely located around Scotland and England. It's been received great so far. We've had a solid backing from various bands in the UK, labels, those who checked out the release and people who caught us live. We're grateful and it's really appreciated.
Was the intention of the band to always be a vegan straight edge band or did it happen organically?
It was organic, but undeniably the main intention from the beginning. We all had influenced ideas of what we wanted to achieve before we got the band together. First and foremost we wanted a strong vegan straight edge message with a solid foundation based upon our beliefs that was portrayed through the music itself. We needed to hold integrity, ensuring what we speak is aligned individually with each member. With it being our debut release, we all achieved what we set out to create with Path to Amnesty and are in the process pencilling in extensive ideas to cover for our future release.
Photo by Dai Tan Films
Being so close to Europe gives you the opportunity to tour a lot of different countries in a short amount of time, is there any plans to get over to the mainland soon?
We were lucky enough to go over to Belgium with our friends in Transcendence and Revolve back in July, it was before we had released any material and the reception was great. We’d love to return, hopefully early next year!
Your debut release ”Path To Amnesty” also has a distinct H8000 flavour, what made you want to do a band like that?
Personally, for me the early H8000 edge-metal scene is my favourite era of hardcore, it spawned some of the most influential bands and captures a pinnacle of European hardcore in the 90s. It generally comes down to the fact we all have a deep appreciation for this unique style and when it came to writing the release, we were strongly influenced by some highlight bands from that area. I'm unsure if these bands are also from the H8000 area, but in 2017 Belgium is still churning out some of the sickest bands such as Deconsecrate, Minded Fury and xDevourx.
You’re lucky enough to be playing the final CTW fest, what impact do you think CTW had on hardcore in the UK? And who are you more siked for; Integrity or 108?
Carry the Weight has undeniably had a huge impact on hardcore in the UK. For someone who has never experienced a true hardcore setting outside of the UK I am unaware how scenes in the US or even Australia compare, but I believe the bands CTW has put out pushed the scene here to another level. From their inception, putting out bands such as Abolition, Never Again, Breaking Point and Survival... to Renounced, xRepentancex and ending their label career with the Racetraitor repress - they've had a solid run and will be remembered for years to come. We're stoked to be playing the final CTW fest. It's difficult to decide but I'm most excited for Integrity. 108 will be fantastic too.
The United Kingdom has had some insane bands over the years like xCanaanx, Unborn and Slavarc as well as more modern classics like Abolition, Renounced and the gone too soon xRepentancex, what current bands should we check out from the other side of the globe?
Active UK bands with new releases in 2017 you need to check out - the new Nihility record, which is my current favourite UKHC release of the year. Realm of Torment dropped a new EP last month which is their best work to date. Revolve from Glasgow dropped 'Reduced to Ash' which is mad underrated. Chamber from Telford put out 'Void of Hatred' which is a solid release. Check out and follow Rage Records at ragehc.bandcamp.com.
Pick your king;
Arkangel or Kickback?
I'm not a fan of the people who were in either of these bands, but they both released iconic records. Kickback had a consistently solid career but Arkangel are king. Prayers upon Deaf Ears is one of my favourite releases and even after they sold out they controversially created a great album, (IHYDBO). I'm personally not a fan of their 2008 record though.
Congress or Liar?
Both are supreme but for me, Congress are my favourite band to come out of the H8000 area.
Thanks for the interview! Any last words?
Shout out to Michael and Robert (and team at LLR) for everything they do.
Thanks a lot for the interview!