Exclusive interview – hellfest.fr: INSANITY ALERT [Heavy Kevy (vocals)]
“Smoke weed, party hard, thrash harder!”
Heavy Kevy – March 27, 2017
So how did it feel to get the call to play Hellfest?
Like a dream! Four retarded thrashers from Austria get to play one of the biggest metal festivals in Europe. It’s almost surreal. We never expected this when we started the band in the summer of 2011!
What do you think of this year’s lineup?
Like always it’s amazing! We’re on the same bill as Deep Purple, Aerosmith and Slayer hahaha! Bands that I really dig myself include Obituary, Hirax, Ghoul, Suicial Tendencies, Rancid, The Damned, Helmet and Verbal Razors, just to name a few.
Have any of you attended Hellfest in years past? What did you think of it?
I’ve never been there myself, just heard the stories. I prefer playing over visiting the festivals.
Are you planning anything special for the festival?
Yeah, we’re working hard on making it a special show. It’s not that often you get to play a show this big. So many other great bands, we wanna leave an impression.
I’m assuming this will be Insanity Alert’s biggest show ever – how do you think you will adapt to the larger stage and unique setup?
For sure! Last year we played a few festivals, like Summer Breeze for example. But this will be by far the biggest yet. I think it will be a huge challenge, but with the right attitude and preparation Insanity Alert will be ready to destroy like we always do.
What are you most looking forward to at the festival itself outside of performing?
Watching the other bands, and basically the whole experience. Also the drinking and the weedsmoking after our show. We shall get wasted!
How do you feel about the thrash metal scene as it stands today? Is it healthy or is the bubble going to burst?
I think it’s pretty healthy. Many bands everywhere. Thrash is also getting more and more diverse, old school, modern, crossover, hardcore, skate etc etc. Some scenes will die, but there’s no stoppin’ the thrashers from moshin’.
What inspires you to keep making silly thrash metal year after year?
Look at the world at the moment! It’s one big chaos, I feel like I’m surrounded by idiots. So much hate, violence, racism and negativity. With our songs we wanna put things in perspective. If everyone would lighten up, show some compassion and empathy, the world would be a better place. Fuck that shit, let’s circle pit!
Where do you get the ideas for some of your sillier lyrics?
Mainly weed and dumb-ass television.
Your record obviously dropped fairly recently (Moshburger – September 2016) – how are you feeling about it now that you’ve had some time to sit on it?
Still very proud of it! The songs, the recordings, the artwork, all very satisfying to me. Also the reactions are great, especially in Europe. More and more people are coming to shows and sing along. That’s what we do it for, keep spreading that crossover thrash virus.
How did you get the art on the new record? It’s incredibly fun and over the top!
I’ve been into the work of James from Barf Comics for a while. Got to know him through his work for Municipal Waste. I had the Moshburger idea in mind, and immediately knew he would be perfect. We did a lot of email-brainstorming and eventually he came up with the cover. So much to see, so much weirdness and crazy shit.
If you could change something you did with the record as a whole, what would it be?
That’s a tough one. I really like everything about the record, but there’s always room for improvement. I’m also really satisfied with the label, This Charming Man Records, but one day I hope to release something with Insanity Alert on a label like Napalm, Nuclear Blast or Metal Blade.
Have you started work on the next album? If so – what direction do you think you are going to take?
New riffs and lyrics always appear out of nowhere, same goes for song titles. I’m hoping the next record to be even more funny, more over the top and more influences from d-beat, grind, blast etc. I want it louder, I want more party.
What’s the plan going forward for the band? Do you think you can leverage Hellfest into international opportunities?
We never really had a plan, we just wanna thrash for as many people as possible. I think a show like Hellfest is really important, because it offers us a chance to play for a shitload of people. Our shows with Municipal Waste last summer really helped us a long in getting some name for ourselves.
Aside from Hellfest, what are you most looking forward to in 2017?
We’re playing a few shows as support of DRI. That band is a huge influence of us, and it will be such an honor sharing the stage with them, and hopefully get to meet them in person.
What do you love so much about music?
Not sure, but it’s all and everything. Ramones, Slayer, ABBA, Buddy Holly, Black Sabbath, Ella Fitzgerald, Goatwhore, it never stops!
Do you have any final words of wisdom for me?
Smoke weed, party hard, thrash harder!
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