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Date: 30th, September 2013
(Answers by Nick Karamitanis - Drums)

Time for Death Metal, technical, fast, brutal and fucking guttural!!!! They have an awesome EP recorded in 2012 with an killer artwork and 6 great songs inside! Highly recommended in you want your ears to bleed!  

1. The band was established on 2011. Tell us a bit about the early days of HEADLESS and any difficulties you found in establishing yourselves in the Australian scene. 

Sure was, we formed around May 2011 with band members Luke Helgesen on guitar, and Nick Karamitanis on Drums.  We used to jam on Friday/Saturday nights jamming out to early styles of Death Metal/Grindcore until we started writing our own material. Our first song would be Hacksaw abortion, which is on the Cremate the Living EP.  After we started writing more material, we were looking for band members to play in the band, not to mention think of a band name. We spent days thinking of band names till we thought, we need something easy to remember, yet brutal in a way. So we came up with HEADLESS after hours of drinking and deciding ha-ha! But eventually we started looking for band members. Nick Woods would be the first person to try out for HEADLESS. He was good mates with us, and was looking for a heavier band. So he was willing to try out for HEADLESS.
So time had past, Nick Woods was in the band. All we needed was a vocalist! Which would be hard to come by, as no one was interested in doing vocals for a Death Metal band? After numbers of auditions and months which had past. We eventually found this crazy fucker named Alister Roy. We finally found someone who suited the sound, and was accepted into HEADLESS!
By this time, we were tight and willing to play shows. But we thought we were missing something, which was a rhythm guitarist. So we put up auditions for the band, and after a few weeks of auditioning we found a guy named Matt Kazi. Great guitarist and a good dude!
So after a good 10-12 months we finally had a full line up! All we needed to do was keep writing material and get the band extremely tight!

2. I am curious to know more things about your debut EP. Tell us something about the main idea of the 6 tracks. Where did you record? Did you have any problems in studio and all sorts of interesting details for our readers?

Well, the thing is. By the time we had a full band line up. We already had 6 tracks which would be ready to perform or to record! So there was no point in not recording all these tracks? So it would have been around mid way in the year before we started recording our material. Funny thing was, we didn’t record our material in the studio. We could not afford to pay for a studio or anything to crazy! But luckily enough our bassist had a room which was sound proof and set up to record. So we recorded Guitar/Bass and Vocals in this room! The drums would be also recorded at a home based studio which had the works! The sound was perfect.
All tracks were completed with all instruments and vocals in one or two months. Was more of a project at the time! But we had a great time recording it.
No negative vibes!

3. The cover artwork from your EP is very impressive. Could you tell us a bit about the person who made it? And what is the concept behind it?

The concept behind cremate the living's artwork was basically goes with the track.  About a sick fuck which burned people and started eating them. Mothlord, the artist, added his own touch and paid a little homage to our name by making the main corpse Headless, which we were pretty psyched over!

I think the most interesting songs on the ‘EP’ are would be Radiation Malformation or Determined to Die Determined to Die, more so than Radiation Malformation, because it's loosely based on a true story.  Last year a man in Tasmania tried to kill himself in the shed behind his house.  Over three times he tried killing himself with a sawn-off shotgun, he ended up having to use his feet to pull the trigger because his torso was so messed up, pretty fucking brutal!

4. Let’s talk about the live aspect of the band. Do you have serious opportunities to play in your area?

I’d say that the whole band puts in as much effort as possible. From playing extremely tight, to giving the viewers a show/set to remember!
The band itself has had a few big opportunities to play. We have headlined lots of shows and opened up for some big bands such as “Belligerent Intent”
But for the meantime we are just playing local shows, getting known in the Melbourne scene! But we are hoping to start touring Australia really soon. Would be a dream to play shows outside of Australia, play lots of shows in Europe or America, but I guess we have to keep that to a future reference for now.

5. What are some of your interests, occupations and hobbies outside of composing sick
music?

Well, the guitarist “Luke” would be highly interested in cars. As he works on them for a job and a hobby.  The drummer “Nick” is also highly interested into Motorcycles and Cars and Planes, as he is a mechanic. Not to mention he loves skateboarding! Our vocalist “Alister” has many interests, but is still completing high school. So he is always is always busy and packed down with homework. Ha-ha!

6. You recorded your first and unique release, “Cremate the Living”, almost one year back, so I’m guessing you’ve come a bit since. How’s the writing process going, any plans so far for next recording session? 

What can I say, time has flown past! But the band has improved so much! On stage and off stage, our way of writing music is so much more relaxed and laid back. We have a lot of new material which we have worked on in the last year. I would say that the new material is a lot crazier then our older material. A lot faster! Heavier! Basically you want to bang your fucking head!

Also, we might as well tell you a little secret. The band has recorded a new track which we only play live. We have just finished recording this track as we are releasing this as a single. And will surely be out really soon! So keep an eye out for this beast of a song! But we will love to return to the recording studio and release a whole album. But we can keep that for the future!

7. What are your thoughts about the underground scene and the Australian scene in particular?

Like most underground scenes, it seems the Australian scene in particular, it is pretty loyal, but that loyalty only extends to the more well known bands in the underground scene. If you're just starting out, like in anything, you're going to have a hard time finding your feet, but if you stick your foot in the right door, you’ll be on top of the scene before you know it.

9. Well, that would be all for the moment...thanks very much for your time. If you have anything to add in the end to conclude this interview.

No problem! Thanks for having us, and we hope to work with The Pain Fucktory in the near future! And to fans and people which have just heard of us! Keep an eye out for our new material! Heavy as fuck! Thanks!

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