The Hyena Kill Interview
Steven Dobb talks to Manchester Rocks on his memories of Download down the years, his excitement to play it this year and opens up about their forthcoming EP, Spun.
Words: Phil Weller | Photo: Danny Allison
The Hyena Kill have been on Manchester Rock’s radar, and in truth in our blackened hearts too, for years. The band just has this uncanny knack to summon Armageddon with their music; it’s always as filthy and is it is venomously heavy, as angry as it is compellingly vulnerable and it is always, without fail, hypnotically – and deafeningly – loud. And they’re only a two piece.
Signed to Manchester label APF records last year, having already garnered huge moment from a host of singles and EPs as well as 2016’s rounded, planet-smashingly huge album Atomised. Now the band have a new, six track EP called Spun out in April, a news story that breaks, coupled with their recent announcement for Download. We spoke to guitarist/shouter Steven Dobb to get his reaction.
“We’ve been going to Downlaod as fans for years so its class to see our name on there. I went to the first ever Download in 2003. The line up was ridiculous: Defones, Marilyn Manson and Audioslave all played. I was absolutely smashed that whole weekend so it could have been any festival, although I do remember Audioslave playing after an insane thunderstorm that nearly cancelled the gig. They still came on and killed it. I was a wreck after that festival; I didn’t even take a tent or spare clothes.
“I've always thought Download did a lot for up and coming bands, I've seen loads of relatively unknown bands playing on the smaller stages over the years. You also have the Boardy Takeover Stage near the campsite. The smaller stages always seem to havea varied and different line-up every year. I think major festivals in general are doing a lot more now to give small bands the opportunity to play at there. Especially with the BBC Introducing stages dotted around the festivals.” Now the band can add a Download performance to a CV which also includes appearances at 2000 Trees, Bloodstock, Camden Rocks and more.
And speaking of new music, Dobb teases us with talk of a bigger, depthier sound to add further menace to their aggressive and cathartic rock n’ roll: “The new tunes are a lot more layered than some of our previous stuff. There is more texture to them. They’re still noisey as shit like, but the producer, Andy Hawkins, has really helped us get the best out of these songs and bring them to life.”
Catch The Hyena Kill at the APF Records Showcase all-dayer at The Bread Shed (formerly Pubb/Zoo). More info here - https://www.facebook.com/events/791925504312658/