The Lollards were a religious movement during the late Middle ages. They stood up against the Papacy and prepared the ground for the Reformation of Martin Luther in 1517. Entering the musical realm of the hispanic American Calvinist punk project The Lollards from Fortuna, California, is therefore a journey with deep significance to our understanding of truth.
At first I come to think of crust punk, but when most punk bands are stuck with blame-society-for-everything kind of lyrics, The Lollards pushes the boundaries of what punk lyrics should be like. Antiseptic from the album First Appearance goes "Mobile Beliefs bring unwanted waste. Corroding the world. No end in sight. / Antiseptic, vile of truth. Poured on the Earth, rejection leads to death. / Disease ridden filthy humans. Fear the power. / Antiseptic, vile of truth. Poured on the Earth, rejection leads to death. / Rejection leads to death. / Prepare for the cleansing.” It challenges the concept of traditional left wing punk with its total lack of sympathy for utopian visions of humanity holding hands as one big family. Life is a constant fight.
When I listen to The Lollards I hear a world set ablaze that will never stop burning until what happens? I cannot tell, all I know is that according to The Lollards there will perhaps we something better after the cleansing. It is fascinating and dark to follow this RiWi punk project on their journey towards the truth and nothing but the truth.
THE MANDATORY SEVEN
1. WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START CREATING MUSIC?
I started making rap beats and electronic metal under the name, The Mimic but I never released those songs to the public. This was in 2009 and 2010. Then I got my first guitar on my 13th Birthday. I am 19 now so it's been about 6 years. I started recording for The Lollards in January of this year and I started it as a way to be more straight forward and aggressive as opposed to my other projects which have more lofty lyrics.
2. IF YOU COULD BOIL DOWN YOUR MUSIC INTO THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Defending The Truth.
3. NAME THREE IMPORTANT DATES IN YOUR BAND'S HISTORY AND WHY THEY MATTERED?
There is not much history with The Lollards since I just started this project this year but I guess I could count this interview as an important date.
4. IF YOU COULD PICK YOUR FAVORITE SONG FROM YOUR ALBUM(S), WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
Followers Of The Beast, and Antiseptic from First Appearance and Don't Make Me Tell You Twice from the Lollards EP.
5. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO REACH OUT WITH YOUR MUSIC?
I think social media is a powerful thing and I am planning to get myself more out there to get the attention of people. There isn't really a big audience yet for this kind of music I think.
6. WHAT FUTURE PROJECTS CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO?
Well I just started writing for the next Lollards album but I have other projects I've been doing like; Nadab (doom/gothic metal), St. Markus Mezarius III (Vaporwave), and in turmoil (dark folk). You can find them all on Bandcamp.
7. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF RIWI/CCC MUSIC TODAY AND TOMORROW?
I think Right Wing and Conservative music is the new punk. Punk is all about going against the grain and going against what is widely accepted by people in power. I have hope that more artists like this will rise and make an impact on music.
THE PHILOSOPHICAL THREE
8. YOUR LYRICS ARE FULL OF METAPHYSICAL, SYMBOLIC AND POLITICAL REFERENCES, ALMOST AS IF YOU TURN THE POLITICAL FIGHTS INTO THE DARKEST BIBLICAL POETRY, WHAT DO YOU WANT POEPLE TO FEEL WHEN THEY LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC?
I want people to fear the consequences of ignoring the truth and I want those that agree with me to be angry with me.
9. HOW DO YOU LOOK AT THE RELATION BETWEEN ANGER AND HATE, REVENGE AND DAMNATION, IS THERE A DIFFERENCE AND HOW WOULD YOU SAT THAT YOUR MUSIC REFLECT ONE OR THE OTHER?
There is a difference because Anger and Hate are human emotions but Revenge is sought by the LORD through Damnation. I am angry at the World and the things of it and I hate the things in the World but the LORD seeks revenge on those that unabashedly do evil by condemning them.
10. YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC AS A CALVINIST HARDCORE PUNK PROJECT, COULD YOU ELABORATE ON THE IMPACT YOUR CALVINIST BELIEF HAS ON YOUR MUSIC AND LYRICS?
I'd say Calvinism is not the Truth but the Truth is Calvinism. It is a big part of what I do and how I do things. My lyrics reflect that there is only one objective truth and that some are chosen to believe this truth.
THE QUICK FIVE
11. HEART OR BRAIN?
12. PRECISION OR ENERGY?
13. ELECTRIC OR ACOUSTIC?
14. LIVE OR STUDIO?
15. SOLITARY OR SOCIAL?
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