Band of the Day: Warwound

By on 27 January 2016

Vintage D-beat hardcore punks Warwound are back with new music and a tour scheduled. Here’s everything you need to know…

How did you get started, where did you form, how did you meet and when did you begin?

Warwound existed originally in 1982/1983, until bassist Damian left to join the Varukers on guitar, and then he went on to form Sacrilege – and the rest as they say is history! When he put Sacrilege back together last year, to write a new studio album, Damian had the itch to play some harder faster punk music again as well, and resurrected Warwound – he recruited Rat from Discharge and Varukers on vocals, Ian from Stampin’ Ground and Freebase on bass, and Stevie from Hellkrusher and The Vile on drums. We all knew each other from being veterans of many years around the UK punk scene, and it instantly clicked between us – Warwound sounds nastier and gnarlier than ever.

Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?

Just a continuation of the horrible noises Warwound were making back in the early Eighties, but now filtered through better musicianship and a hint of metallic crossover and hardcore to bring it up to date. UK82 spiced with Cro-Mags and Entombed, haha!

What kind of stuff are you and the rest of the band into? Who would you cite as influences?

Punk, hardcore, thrash metal… Warwound were one of the earliest D-beat bands, so obviously Discharge were a major influence back then. Damian even tried out for them on guitar when Bones left!

How does your writing process normally work out? Will you meet up with song ideas pretty much fully formed beforehand, or do you tend to jam stuff out a bit more?

We all live so far apart we do a lot of writing and trading of ideas via our PCs, to make the most of our time when we do meet up to rehearse and record. We’ll jam when we’re dead.

What are your ambitions for the band?

We’re getting offers from all over the world to go and play. People are really excited because we not only play Warwound songs in our set, but lots of classic Sacrilege and Varukers songs that Damian wrote, so there’s a great back catalogue to mine. We just want to get out there and play as much as we can, and to write a great new album as well, to prove we’re still relevant and just some old gits milking past glories for a quick buck.

What’s been your best moment as a band? And on the flipside, what’s been the worst thing to happen to you in music?

Our best moment was probably when we first jammed together and it was as if we’d been playing together for years – we nailed an eighteen-song set in a few hours, and we realised that we have a unique chemistry together. We’re all on the same page musically, and we’re all old hands at this, so there’s no egos, and no bullshit, between us. Every gig sounds better and better, we’re on a roll right now…

And the worst thing to happen in music was probably ‘Grave New World’ by Discharge, haha!

What’s next for you?

We’re going to finish off writing a new album; we have a dozen songs already written, so it won’t take us too long… if we can find time between all the gigs we’re planning on doing!

Warwound are:

Rat Varuker – vocals
Damian – guitar
Ian – bass
Stevie – drums

You can catch Warwound on tour:

US tour with Hellbastard and Nerve Damage:

Thurs Feb 18 – The Lost Well, AUSTIN, TX
Fri Feb 19 – Three Links, Deep Ellum, DALLAS, TX
Sat Feb 20 – Gacy’s Place, KANSAS, MO
Sun Feb 21 – Triple Rock, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Mon Feb 22 – Live Wire Lounge, CHICAGO, IL
Tues Feb 23 – Fubar, ST LOUIS, MO
Weds Feb 24 – Drkmttr, NASHVILLE, TN
Thurs Feb 25 – Siberia Nola, NEW ORLEANS, LA
Fri Feb 26 – HOUSTON, TX – Bad Ass Weekend

Other dates scheduled for later on in the year are:

The Liquid Room, Edinburgh – March 26th
Boston Music Room, London – April 30th
The Cowley Club, Brighton – April 31st
Roadmender, Northampton – May 15th
Obscene Extreme 2016, Czech Republic – July 13-17
No Sanctuary festival, Croatia – July 29th


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