Alien Weaponry - Back for
by Dave Schwartz
Alien Weaponry is a New Zealand band
featuring Henry de Jong (drums), Lewis de Jong (guitar) and Ethan
Trembath (bass). Armed with their new single – “Blind” – the
band recently completed their third tour of North America.
Alien Weaponry is unique partly because they sing many of the songs
in the Māori language, also known as te reo. The band called
into DaBelly to discuss the tour, new single and 2020.
DB: Thank you for taking the interview
with me today… Welcome back to America. I know that you’ve
been here a little while. In fact, your tour only has about 6
dates left. Talk a little bit about being on the road with
Black Label Society and doing some headlining shows as well.
AW: The band has been on the road for
about 6 months all together. We’ve been touring in America and
Europe. We just finished up our tour with Black Label Society
and that was really awesome. We’ve become really good friends
with the boys and that was a really good tour. As far as
headline shows, we’ve done two of them so far and they’ve been
awesome. We’ve had a really good reception. Our last one
was in Window Rock, Arizona, so that was really cool.
DB: By my count, I think this is your
third tour of the states. Do you feel the enthusiasm for your
AW: Yeah, there are more people
discovering our music every single day. We get messages
everyday on the band's Facebook page saying they just discovered our
first album. And a lot of those messages are from the US
market. The US is our biggest streaming country on Spotify at
the moment. So, we’re definitely doing really well over here
and I can’t wait for more people to discover us. We’re looking
at putting out new music as well for those who already know who we
DB: Speaking of new music, you’ve got
a new single out, “Blinded.” It’s from the 7” you recently
released. I really like the video for the song. It tells
a story but it’s certainly left open to interpretation. The
video is so well done with many things happening within it that it
leaves the viewer to come to their own conclusion. How did
that video come about?
AW: A lot of it was Lewis’ idea.
We wanted to do something a little bit different. We wanted to
make a video that wasn’t as straightforward as most videos.
There are a lot of artistic representations and cool camera work
like with the floating rocks and the cutting between our faces.
The song is about a confusing situation ad the video replicates
that. We’re all really happy with how the video turned out.
DB: Well, my take on it is that the
video is a little bit about confronting our own dark side. I
think that process is a valuable lesson for us all and something
that we all do at certain points in our lives and sometimes at many
points in our lives.
So, I gather that the band is working on a
new record. Talk a little about what you’ve done so far.
AW: We’ve released two singles since
we released our first album, “Tū.” That’s all we’ve got so
far. But when we go back to New Zealand we’re planning to get
back into the jam room and start working on some new fresh ideas.
Next year we plan to be songwriting, recording and I think we’re
excited about getting back into it.
DB: That’s exciting. We’re
looking forward to more new music from the band. Earlier this
year you were in Europe playing some of the many festivals.
Talk a little bit about the festival scene in Europe.
AW: The festivals in Europe are done
on a grand scale. You’ve got huge festivals over there that go
on for a whole week from 10 in the morning until 2 at night.
It’s kind of crazy just how big they are but at the same time you
can find these tiny little niche festivals where you get hundreds of
people showing up for several days. It’s crazy but they love
us over there and we loving being there.
Alien Weaponry have begun work on a new
record that they hope to release in 2020. And with it will
come more touring and more opportunity for the band to share their
music. Be sure to check them out on social media and watch for
the band to return to your home town.