Get ready for yet another pummeling of blackened thrash, death metal and crust… Saccage is back with a brand new full length album! More beer drenched crust hymns, more debauchery of every possible kind awaits on the very first note Récidive has to offer… But, wait. You don’t know who Saccage are? Well, it’s a good job we asked them to tell us all about themselves then, isn’t it?
We are from Québec city in the Québec province of Canada. The oldest town of all North America created 409 years ago!
How did you meet?
We met because of the musical scene, mostly in shows and through random debauchery with other musicians from the metal scene here in Québec.
How long have you been playing as a band?
It’s our 10 years anniversary this year. We drop our third album this summer. Time flies.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Saccage is a French word that means “pillage” in English. Because yeah, we are a francophone band. Québec is probably the only place in North America that speaks French as a mother tongue and we stay close to our roots.
What are your influences?
We are real music lovers, so we have a lot of influences. But to make it short with the Saccage machine, it’s mostly influenced by old school death and black Metal, 90’s thrash and Swedish crust punk. Let’s say Motorhead, Venom, Darkthrone, Entombed and Discharge to name some big bands.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I think this band is a nice blend between catchy riffs, lyrics and aggressive music structure. There is a special spirit within the mentality of Saccage and we try to create a unique style of music without being too limited in our influences. The fact that our fans are sometimes totally different, from metalhead to hard rockers and punk is not something that you see often in this type of underground music.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Our lyrics mainly deal with the evil that we all carry somewhere within us. It could be described as modern version of the old expression “sex, drugs and rock n roll”! Those kind of nights when you blast some Motorhead while doing cocaine on the ass of a beautiful whore for the glory of Satan. Let’s translate it to Orgasm, Debauchery and Heaviness. We are the kind of band that your parents warn you about when you were young.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
This year we will reach our 60th show with this band. We played with a lot of bands and we like to play in a lot of underground extreme festivals from Québec province and on the Canadian East Coast, from the infamous ”Messe des morts” to the international grind/death festival Obscene Extreme (the North America edition) just to name a few. Saccage’s live performance is a raw beast ready to bite anyone. Circle pits, stage dive, distortion and beer shower… It is the celebration of evil.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Without saying one particular show, I would say that a lot of shows end up with a soundman or a stage director pissed off because we ask the crowd to totally go nuts and we mess up the stage with beer, broken glasses and so on. People come to sing along and trash the place. We encourage that during our gigs, we love chaos and doom. Sorry not sorry.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
We are currently playing with two Marshall cabs using Engl and Triple X amps. For the drums, we use a Pearl kit with two toms, 1 floor and 6 cymbals.
What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
We are doing a tour of the Canadian East Coast to present our new full-length album called Récidive, out on June 21st.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
To open for us we would bring one of those Québec brothers : Outre-Tombe, kaotik, Sight of War, Hellacaust, Canceric, Atroce, etc. (there are so many bands around us that kick ass, it’s too hard to choose). Touring with a cult bands like Destruction or Venom would be a fucking dream. But good news, We are opening for DRI this summer, not so bad.
Courtesy of previous Band of the Day artist Ruben Altman: What phase of the creation process do you find most difficult and how do you cope with that?
Our life in society or the so-called working class lifestyle! Playing music is a true passion, the creative process is something that is easy for us, and we have a lot of inspiration. However, to take care of a band, record stuff and to tour/play shows is something harder when it comes to the free time that we have aside from our (shitty) jobs. We embraced our musical path, but we have some life obligations that we do not really have the choice to follow if we don’t want to ended up dead! We have to work in ”real” jobs to buy food, rent apartments or to pay for our gear, our rehearsal room and the recording session!
All the money that we get from our music goes 100% into making more music, this band is a real dedication for us, we don’t do it for the money or fame. We do this for the music worshippers like us and to unleash our artistic vision. Everybody should support the artists you love and their music label, especially in the underground scene. It is the only way you can help them to actually continue playing music without having to sell an arm or a leg to produce quality stuff. Go to shows, buy merchandise and give them something when you download their record instead of wasting money for a coffee in McDonald’s.
Thanks for the interview and don’t forget to listen to our new single!