“Sort of,” measured Lewis de Jong, vocalist for New Zealand teen thrashers Alien Weaponry when asked if it was hard to get respect in the music industry because of their youth, “but it’s mostly from other people that are on the same level as us. We had quite a bit of criticism from a lot of guys about a year ago when we weren’t as well known. They were in our peer group of bands and a lot of them got a bit salty…”
“If being young is the only thing they can criticise us about,” interjected brother and drummer Henry, “then we’re getting off pretty lightly (laughs).”
This response typifies Alien Weaponry’s refreshingly laid-back approach to a musical style that is becoming increasingly bullish. The brothers – along with bass player Ethan Trembath – release their eagerly awaited debut album Tu on June 1 and can barely contain their excitement about an album that has been almost eight years in the making.
“It’s starting to look like it might be finally paying off,” Lewis laughed. “We’re just excited to see how it goes and to celebrate the release at our launch party.”
“We hope people will like it as much as we do,” Henry added. “We’re really happy with the way it’s worked out. We didn’t want to cut any corners with it, especially for people overseas. It just doesn’t cut it if it’s not up to scratch.”
To hear Alien Weaponry explain the title of the album, as well as their reasons for singing predominantly in their native Maori tongue as well as tips on how to stay relevant in the modern industry plus more on the perils of being a young band in a hostile market, listen to the attached audio.
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