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Taming The Beast With ZAK THOM From DREGG

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*interview contains some language that may be offensive to some readers/listeners*

“We have two mottos in the band. Fuck it and who cares?”

Zak Thom

Since bursting onto the scene in 2015, Melbourne noise machine Dregg have been a musical force unto themselves, throwing an eclectic mix of genres against the wall and making cherry pie with the resulting residue.

Their music has always been ferocious, confronting, and, most importantly, different, with a fearless blend of elements of metal, hardcore, rap, and electronic music, crafting a sound that embodies their bold, no-rules attitude.

But just when you thought it was safe to go back into the moshpit, Dregg return with a new lineup, increased energy and more metal in the form of new single Dog Cunts. It is a vicious, snarling slab of music that hints at the slightly newer direction Dregg will be taking with more upcoming music.

New guitarist Zak Thom sat down with HEAVY to talk more, starting with the early response to the track that came out on May 17.

“(It’s been) Great, actually,” he enthused. “I honestly had no idea how it was going to go, because it’s my first time being in a band that’s had this much reach. So I’m fully just gauging off everything Chris (Mackertich, vocalist) says (laughs).”

We ask if he attributes much of that positive response to the use of the suddenly popular C word in the title.

Yeah, definitely,” he laughed. “If you look at the comments that have been popping up, people are saying ‘Dog Cunts, are these guys Aussie?’ I feel like it’s such a draw. Even when we sent it to our managers over in America, they loved it immediately. Just the fact it says Dog Cunts which is such an Aussie term.”

In the full interview, Zak talked more about the release of their new single Dog Cunts and the positive response it has received. He also talked about their upcoming album, which will feature heavier and more experimental elements, and their intention to explore diverse musical genres. He discussed the visual concept and storyline of the music video for Dog Cunts and the potential release date and the working title of the next album.

Additionally, Zak introduced himself as one of the new band members and discussed Dregg‘s unique mix of music genres and their process of pushing boundaries in their music. He also talked about the band’s upcoming show and how the addition of new members and a slightly more aggressive sound will alter the live performances.

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