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Interviews: Nothing Sacred


On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Speed Metal/Thrash Metal band, Nothing Scared from Australia. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Sham: before the name “Nothing Sacred” the band used to be called Heresy. We were never really happy with that name, we just needed something to call the band because we had started gigging on a weekly basis. A good friend of ours Phil Crouch who was the M.C at the Metal For Melbourne festivals during the 80’s threw the name Nothing Sacred at us one day and it stuck. We became Nothing Sacred from that day onwards

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

Sham: for me, 1975 Kiss Alive came out and even though I was only 9 that was all I wanted to do from that moment on. I hounded my parents till they bought me drumsticks then I used them to destroy the couch, the car dashboard and the kitchen table. I basically bashed and ruined everything that was hittable until I got something that resembled a drum kit.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

No, but we’re talking early 80’s for the origins of Nothing Sacred. Our later reincarnations of the band were different though. All the musicians that have been in the band we’ve known since the 80’s. The 2 singers that joined after our original singer Mick Burhnam left were Chris Stark and now James Davies, we met both those guys later

4. Each band member favourite band?

Sham: I don’t think any of us have one favorite band though if we needed to pick one for this very moment they would be Sham, Transport League Stu, Alter Bridge Karl, Epica James, Tool George, Thin Lizzy

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Sham: as a band we write tracks in every different way possible. We have a riff folder online that we can all add to and draw from. Sometimes a member will bring a whole track that is perfect as is or just needs the slightest tweak. Sometimes we get together at a band member's house for a feed and quietly jam around a table throwing about ideas. Or other times we just smash stuff out in a rehearsal room and a track will write itself.

6. Where was your last gig?

We played at the Churches of Steel Festival in Adelaide just before the 1st lockdown here in Australia

7. Where would you like to act?

Sham: That’s an easy one Wacken. We’d really like to play anywhere that’s not Australia. We’ve been on all the rides over here.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Sham: personally I would love to play with some of the bands I’ve grown up with that are still playing like Angel Witch, Raven, Saxon, Anvil etc

9. Whom not?

I’d prefer to not play with and bands that are arseholes

10. Any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Just try to enjoy yourself on stage, what’s the worst that can happen. The only person that cares if you make a mistake or three is you

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Sham: my early influences are Hawkwind, early Motorhead, 80’s heavy English Punk

George: Purple, Zeppelin, Sabbath. Later Anthrax, Metallica, Bay area Thrash

Stu: Maiden, Priest, Accept then Testament, Forbidden, Metallica. And about 1,000 other bands.

James: Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, Scorpions, Soundgarden, Tool

Karl: Purple, Sabbath, Bowie, Motorhead, Plasmatics, Hawkwind, Anthrax (especially John Bush era!!!) 

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Sham: for my drumstick as we were getting up on stage. He was all geared up to get up on my kit and have a bash

13. What do you think of your fans?

Sham: We come from a pretty tight-knit scene here in Melbourne. When we play we seem to be able to pull a lot of people out of the woodwork to our gigs. We have a long history as a band and a lot of our fans if you like to call them that are like our extended family.

14. What do you think of our site?

Sham: I’d have to say your site is totally insane It’s a crazy amount of genres you have on here. Some I never knew existed. When did Nintendocore happen and where was I at the time?

15. Something to add?

Absolutely, people support your bands during these shitty times. There’s not a lot of return for bands in this day and age, especially for new and upcoming ones. It’s near impossible for bands to make a living out of what they do nowadays, yet let's face it, all of us would be lost without them.

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