– Hello, thanks for your time. What’s currently keeping AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED?

Scott is hard at work on a new Pig Destroyer album and breaking in their new drummer, so we’re not doing any thing right now. But the next thing we’re going to do is a new full-length record.

– First off, would you mind starting making some history of the band?

This one beings with Scott also. He sat down with a drum machine and different singers and started working on demos and split 7”es. After hearing Enemy Soil and Mortician, he thought having a drum machine band could work. He got together with Jay, and they would collaborate on the concept and Jay would write most of the lyrics. Eventually, ANb got on Relapse, and that’s when things really started to blow up. I joined the band during the recording of “Frozen Corpse Stuffed with Dope,” but I had sung on a split 7” previously as a guest singer. We’ve had some more line up changes, and ANb played one gig (three songs) at a New England Metal and Hardcore Festival years ago. These days, it’s me, Scott, Jay, and Kat in the band.


– What are the band’s main musical influences?

Nothing you’d be too surprised at by listening to us. Everything from Napalm Death to Corrosion of Conformity, the Accüsed to Godflesh.


– And why did you pick the name such name for the band? Both its origin and meaning.

Scott wasn’t agoraphobic exactly, but he used to be a homebody. I think it

just sounded good, so he used it.


– If you had to describe ANb’s sound to someone who has ever heard about you; how could you do it?

Basically, a grindcore band with a drum machine and three singers, with varied influences. Something like that. Then I’d explain what grindcore means if I had to.


– You recently released a split album with DESPISE YOU. How did everything start?

I actually don’t know. Probably I heard about it when Scott announced that it was the next thing that we were going to do. Despise You, I think, recorded for it a lot sooner than we did.


– How tends to be the songwriting process in ANb? Is it a spontaneous effort?

No, not at all. Scott writes the music, that is, the guitars and bass and programs the drum machine. When we used to have a lot of noise, he would do some and Jay would do some. The lyrics are written separately, mostly by Jay. The vocals are more spontaneous, at least in my case. Sometimes we (Scott and I) come up with an idea or two on the spot while we’re recording vocals, something to do with the arrangement or adding an effect. But mostly Kat and I arrange the vocals and try to decide who is going to sing what beforehand. That sometimes changes. JR from Pig Destroyer has done a lot of arranging also.


– Tell us a bit abour the main lyrical ideas and concepts behind the band.

It really depends on what Jay’s writing about. He used to be a lot more obnoxious than he is these days in his writing. Some of his material is more political in nature today, but with his own twisted slant. “Altered States of America,” at least some of it, had a kind of theme to the lyrics.


– We had to wait none less than 6 years between «Altered States of America» and «Agorapocalypse»; will we have to wait that long until your next full-length studio album?

Supposedly we’re going to get working on it faster than that. Also, in between those two records there were some splits, keep in mind.


– I could say «Agorapocalypse» was your most mature album thus far; do you think you have now reached the highest maturity degree for upcoming efforts?

I think that’s right about the album. I don’t know how the next record is going to sound. If you compare the split with Apartment 213 to “Agorapocalypse” to “Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope,” that’s all quite different.


– Anyway, you haven’t wasted your time and have released plenty splits, etc. Do you prefer releasing short-length albums than full-length ones?

We like both. If we can get a split or two out here and there, that’s good, because we don’t play live. Sometimes the splits only have some people on them. Kat was the only singer on one of the splits, I think, and that was the same case for Jay another time.


– And which band you haven’t collaborated with would you like to record a split?

Hmm. It would be a dream come true to do a split with Napalm Death.

They’re a major influence on me. That’s the first thing that comes to mind.


– The Grindcore scene seems quite interesting in the US but, what bands could you suggest?

Triac, for one thing. I’m biased because I used to play bass in that band. I like Defeatist also, and Magrudergrind—I’ve collaborated with them. Shitstorm is very good. Also, another Relapse band is Noisear. A band that’s been broken up for a long time that had a record I really appreciated is The Dream Is Dead. Their “Hail the New Pawn” album was an interesting mix of grindcore and hardcore.


– Finally, what are your near-future plans?

Just the next full-length record, and again, I think that’s the next thing we’re going to work on.


– That has been all from my side, thanks once more for your time. If you want to add any final words; feel free to do it.

Thank you. I’ll just say thank you to anybody in Spain that listens to Agoraphobic Nosebleed. I appreciate their support!


Sergio Fernández


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