Fancy a nice, gently, lilting bit of folk/prog on the Day of Rest? Then look elsewhere, because Killerkorp are more the type of band to try and skin you alive with their riffs…
We are all from Ipswich, Suffolk.
How did you meet?
Ben, Jake, Sonny and Daniel have all known each other for 10+ years. With Ben and Daniel being brothers, Jake and Ben became best friends from the ages of 10 and 11, we met Sonny in high school and then Jon in college. So we’re a pretty tight knit bunch.
How long have you been playing as a band?
We have been playing together for around a year now. With our first gig being at our crappy local pub.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
So our band name came from me (Ben) pondering ideas for a while. We had many other names that ended up being scrapped. Killerkorp stemmed from the idea of ‘kill the corporation’. Which then ultimately changed to Killerkorp, and it stuck.
What are your influences?
We have a range of influences. From Slipknot and Machine Head to Converge and the Dillinger Escape Plan and then the more grindy/punky stuff with Napalm Death and NOFX. We all prefer different stuff which adds to the extreme difference and dynamics in our music.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I think what makes our music unique is our commitment to making sure none of our songs sound the same, and also that we refuse to label ourselves. We have songs that are a short and quick punch in the face and stick to one simple idea, but we also have songs which can be put into 3 or 4 different genres within themselves. So I think the uniqueness comes from our songwriting approach and our overall energy.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Not really, we like to give all of us an opportunity to contribute. So we have songs that are clearly very different lyrically. But so far they range from talking about our scene, and how it felt to be the new band on the block in the shadow of the veterans and naysayers. We have songs about being taken advantage of, and songs about our specific life experiences.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Chaos. We put a lot of effort into making our shows energetic and engaging. We have no rules other than don’t stand still. Me and Daniel fight sometimes, it’s just no holds barred. And that’s exactly how we like it. We run ourselves into the ground at every show, because we like to give people the sense of danger and not knowing what’s gonna happen next. So even if the crowd dislikes our sound they can’t deny the effort we put into our live show. We’ve played around 15 shows now.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
The wildest thing I’ve seen was the Dillinger Escape Plan in a tiny venue. It changed my whole outlook of how I wanted our band to perform. The wildest thing we have done I think is just forcing the crowd to move. Through means such as jumping at them and just physically moving them, as most people seeing us the first time do not expect us to be so hands on. Whether that is to our detriment or not remains to be seen!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Our drummer Sonny uses Sabian cymbals and a Joey Jordison signature snare with a Pearl double bass pedal.
Lead guitarist Jake uses a Jackson Monarkh Dinky series, Ernie ball strings beefy slinky and a Blackstar ID Core 150w combo.
Rhythm guitarist Jon uses a Laney Ironheart 120 watt head and cab, Jackson RRTMG Pro series Rhoads, Maxon OD808, TC Electronics Sentry noise gate and Elixir strings.
Bassist Daniel uses a Fender rumble bass amp 300w and a Rockburn s-type bass
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Well, we have not long finished recording our debut EP which will be out in the coming months. We have merch on the way also, but mainly we just wanted to promote ourselves and our live show.
What are your plans for 2019?
Our plan for 2019 is to continue what we’re doing. Just playing as many shows as possible so people physically see us. Putting out our debut EP and giving people an unforgettable live experience.
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!
I would love for us to be main supports to our good friends in Die Kur one day. They are amazing guys and extremely talented and they believe in us a lot. Below us I’d love a local 2 piece noise band called KULK. Simply because their live show is full of energy and engagement, and when we have played with them guys before it got my Adrenaline flowing!