Reverse Records UK / July 2014
Interview with Anthony Kuchta III (Vitriol Gauge)
(Photography by Marc Church)
BAND NAME: Vitriol Gauge
BAND MEMBERS: Anthony Kuchta
GENRE: Death Drone/Power Electronics/Noise
Binding Ritual (2012) Online Release
Passion Transplant (2013) Online Release
Black Sounds Split Release W/ Obiekt 172 (2013) Online Release
Easily Forgotten Split Release W/ Autumus (2013) Limited Tape Release
Compilations: We Ride Volume 1 (Brainrape Records)
S3CR3T SØCI3TY Volume 2 (Owlcave Records)
2 Upcoming releases in 2014
BAND WEBSITE: https://Facebook.com/VitriolGauge / http://iffwreckordsdetroit.bandcamp.com/
OTHER PROJECTS: none (currently)
(Photography by Leah McGough)
RRUK: Let’s start with your band name, what made you choose it for this project?
Anthony: Anyone who has known me for a decent amount of time will tell you that am a bitter person. I also tend to have a pretty bleak, cruel and coldly logical thought process on just about everything. I used to use physical violence at shows or working out to release that pressure, now I try to use creating music to do that….I release that pressure, and a gauge reads pressure. So I combined the two, it sounds good to me.
RRUK: How would you describe your sound and working process?
Antony: As for my sound, I have been described by other people as having a Japanoise sound with Death Industrial or Power Electronics bite to it. Others say its like a harsh drone because some of my stuff doesn’t change to much through out a track. Since I’m not Japanese I don’t label myself as such, I consider myself a combination, So I say Death Drone or Power Electronics. As for my working process…I turn my gear on? I guess I don’t fully understand that question. Although when I turn my gear on, its usually when I’m agitated about something, I don’t usually record when I’m in a great mood, considering the mood of my music, putting a positive energy into it seems weird.
RRUK: About the instruments and technology you use to produce the sound, do you constantly update them, or are old synths and the like still good for your purposes?
Anthony: One of my best musical friends (Richard Kik) is a total gear slut, and he helped set me on my path and taught me a lot. Because of that I will admit I like having a lot, but I tend to use the same tools and occasionally add onto that sound with different effects. My main setup is an analog synth, a sampler, and a simple drum machine. I put those 3 things through any number of effects be it distortion reverb or delay.
(Photography by Leucosia Nox)
RRUK: Who or what influences you and your sound?
Anthony: I take influences from a lot of things… Life situations, Movies, Documentaries are a big part of it, I am a huge horror movie nut, and a lot of samples come from that stuff. As for musical influences, some of my biggest are stuff like Brighter Death Now, Operation Cleansweep, Converge, and The Locust.
RRUK: With regards to electronic/experimental artists, which band did you discover first? How did you come across them?
Anthony: Well as you can probably tell from the influences I gave, Its a varied answer. I have been into aggressive music since I can remember, I started off by listening to metal, then I moved into the hardcore scene. I dropped out of that around when I was 21 and started to get really into industrial, but I still had that pissed off hardcore attitude that I was trying to fill the void with. Then I found stuff like Brighter Death Now and Atrax Morgue and I have never looked back. There is something about that…just seething dark deep angst that I completely connected with.
RRUK: A lot of “noise” artists tend to release 30+ albums per year. What are your thoughts regarding this rushed approach?
Anthony: I don’t really understand it, I know its a big thing in the harsh noise world, but its not for me. I sometimes think I take to long to release stuff, but everyone has there own pace, and I want to be happy with what I show other people.
RRUK: Do you have a preferred format for your work, e.g. vinyl, cassette, CD, download. And is there a format for which you would never use?
Anthony: I would release on anything really, most of what I have done thus far has been online. I just don’t have the knowledge or know how to do much physical releases at the moment, I would love to do more physical releases, point me in the right direction please!
RRUK: What is your opinion in particular of Power Electronics, Noise, and Japanoise, looking at their main artists like Merzbow, Masonna?
Anthony: I enjoy both Merzbow and Masonna. Not all of there works obviously (because there are to many to bother with). I prefer when people actually use instruments though. Working off of just a laptop, like Merzbow has switched to, really really bothers me. I don’t like people that perform live using merely a computer, its lifeless and doesn’t require much effort beyond the initial creation of the track.
RRUK: I would like to ask you if you are interested in which kind of people listen to your sound, I mean, how do you imagine him/her to be?
Anthony: I don’t think about it to much, I am always happy to hear and learn about the people that do appreciate it but its not something that’s on my mind. I make the music for me first, and for others second. Its my catharsis.
RRUK: Women seem to be a main focus in the noise/PE scene: humiliation and bondage – in the form of album covers, themes, and track titles. Are you interested in deviated or perverted sexual behaviors? If so, what attracts you so much in sexual violence and language?
Anthony: I am guilty of falling into that stereotype. I consider myself a dominant in that area, and have a passion for Shibari. Also I don’t trust women as far as I can throw them…Cant live with em, cant live with out them I suppose.
RRUK: Are you interested in serial killers? Do you think they are a typical product of 20th century society, and what is your opinion about in particular American “serial killer culture” ?
Anthony: Oh yes, I think they are incredibly interesting, I constantly watch programs or read about them. I don’t know how anyone couldn’t find the subject interesting. Bizarre and violent crimes intrigue me. My personal favorite is Ed Gein (not technically a serial killer but, memorable none the less).
RRUK: If you could perform live anywhere in the world… where would it be?
Anthony: I would like to play some place in Germany, I feel I would be well received and I have always wanted to go there.
(Photography by Leucosia Nox)
RRUK: With regards to other sound projects, is there any country in particular that inspire you more than others?
Anthony: Not in particular, every place has a couple great projects to choose from. Pissed off people are all over the world, you just have to look for them.
RRUK: Do you listen to different types of music? A secret Elvis collection, perhaps?!
Anthony: I grew up in the 90s, I love Ace of Base, Ha! In all seriousness though, I tend to listen to mostly Industrial, Noise, Post-Punk and Hardcore. But if you looked through my hard drive I’m sure you would find a couple “wtf’s” in it.
RRUK: What first, chicken or the egg?
RRUK: Anything else you would like to add here?
Anthony: Speak your mind, its the only real freedom anyone has anymore, if people don’t like it, they can choose not to listen.
RRUK: Cheers Anthony. All the best with your upcoming releases!
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