The brazen UK metalcore/rap band, Hacktivist, who are known for pulling out the tricks up their sleeves that combine a clash of genre styles and eight string guitars, have released their first studio album under UNFD/Rise Records, ‘Outside the Box’, which highlights lyricism aimed toward conspiracy theories, political corruption, and anarchism with full force. I caught up with bassist, Josh Gurner, to further discuss what the world has coming for ’em from five shrewd balls to the wall dudes…..
What type of creative patterns, routines or rituals have you guys developed?
We have a bit of a pre show routine of pumping some grime as loud as we can, doing shots and having a bit of a scrap if that counts? oh, and stretches. Occasionally we do stretches.
If you gentlemen could metaphorically affiliate one animal’s characteristics to your message/sound, what would it be and why?
Hmmm. Perhaps the platypus? All the bits separately are familiar, but you’re not used to seeing them all smashed together on one animal. Interesting fact- platypi don’t have nipples.
Hacktivist is defined as an individual whose activity is aimed at promoting a social or political cause. How does the dictionaries definition go hand in hand with your band name?
We liked the name Hacktivist because it does reflect our active anti-establishment political views. We’re not computer hackers ourselves, but we think it’s great that people are utilising this new generation of non-violent protest.
I noticed that “Taken” off of the new album, ‘Outside The Box’ features Rou from Enter Shikari. What a treat. Have you guys been a fan of Enter Shikari for quite some time?
I first saw Enter Shikari back in 2004 at our local venue and have been watching them go from strength to strength ever since. They’ve always been one to do things differently and have been hugely successful doing it. We love playing shows with Shikari, it feels like they’re our big brothers at this point, so having Rou feature on the album was always going to be a given.
Josh, what do you want your tombstone to say? (Yes, I am tossing you one hell of a random question)
JET FUEL CAN’T MELT STEEL BEAMS.
How do you guys spend your free time?
I genuinely can’t remember the last time I actually had free time! Whenever I do, it’s usually spent editing videos, answering interviews and getting faaaaded.
And last but not least, what can the world expect from ‘Outside The Box’?
If you’re familiar with our self-titled EP, we’ve pushed the sound further in different directions, introducing new elements, but still keeping hold of that distinctively H sound. If listening to the album is your first introduction to Hacktivist, then make sure you wear your boner pants.