Bolt Gun sonically create both sides of their own unique yin and yang. Harnessing some of metal's darkest, most chaotic aspects and placing them next to comforting ambient aspects, Bolt Gun appear to place a high regard on intelligent experimentation, and the payoff is spectacular. Iron Surgeon drags the listener across the gravel pit, unleashing a flesh-tearing fury of drums, riffs and howls with dashes of black metal and droning noise ducking in and out of the music, before fading out with a contrasted ethereal ambience.
Bolt Gun and Illyria support Alcest for a belter of a line-up at Perth's Badlands come Saturday April 29. We caught up with vocalist and co-founder of Bolt Gun Andrew Trevenen as part of our Two Minutes With... series.
What are five words you’d use to describe your band?
Just four desperate cretins trying.
What’s been going on in the world of Bolt Gun?
We've just finished recording our third release entitled Man is Wolf to Man, which we hope to have out soon.
What drives Bolt Gun to make music?
We’re heavily influenced by film, particularly Tarkovsky, Kieslowski and Lopushansky, which we combine with a shameless worship of bands like Bohren & der club of gore, Swans, Einstuerzende Neubauten and Burzum.
Quickly tell us about an album that’s shaped the band in one way or another.
Kollaps by Einstuerzende Neubauten; the unconventional approach.
What can people expect at one of your gigs?
Heavy emphasis on ambience with occasional black metal outbursts.
If you could open for any Australian or New Zealand based artist, who would it be and why? Feel free to choose acts that no longer exist.
The Necks, makes the rest of us look like complete amateurs.
Ten years from now you’ll be…
Watching Stalker instead of making music
What’s the best compliment you’ve received at a show? What’s the weirdest?
It was a great honour to receive praise after a show we did for the Black Captain (Pete Dunstan), he got me into black metal and experimental music in general through his radio show Behind the Mirror many years ago, which encouraged us to play live more. The weirdest/best comment described our show “as being caught in the tidal wash off an ocean of crushed glass”.