Anthony Badziong of Ashylus
If Ashylus were a musical triathalon, with each of the three tonal ranges being the legs of the extended race, then Ashylus would be a seamless bike through rumbling lows, run through mid range breaks and swim through swirling highs that pierce through each song. If fans dare to participate in live performances from these Tri Cities, Washington rockers, they may want to bring protective gear as no fan will be guaranteed to escape without a proper bruising. Their name which stands for Ambition | Strength | Heart | Youth | Love | Understanding | Sacrifice serves as a certain rallying cry that has set these young men well on their way to establishing themselves as a presence in the hardcore/metal circles throughout Washington and Oregon. Rapid fire drums are complimented by consistent screams and blazing guitars which test their metal with looping solos to craft an entertainingly core-blending orchestra of brutality. Ashylus offers scene shattering depth in both their musical creativity and their lyrical sincerity, working to build a fan base that shares their drive for enjoying the moment as well as challenging the flimsiness of many truth claims.
Your songs seem to be of a more somber nature with titles such as “Will We Ever See The Light of Day” or “Unattainable,” what do you strive to communicate through the tone and content of your songs?
Anthony Badziong (Vocals) Well, First off, The song “Will We Ever See The Light of Day” was written about how a lot of bands that work very hard to display a message in their songs get overlooked by people who don’t see the meaning behind the lyrics because they don’t understand the style of vocals, we just want all the bands to be seen for what they are worth. We play our hearts out whether there are 300 kids in the venue, or 5 kids, Ultimately, we just want to have a good time and hope the kids do as well.
“Unattainable” is about how people have their own beliefs on how the human race was originated, but there are really no facts set in stone. You can believe in Christianity, evolution, or any of the other theories, but the point is, we’ll probably never know the truth, so lets just live our lives and get along with what we have.
Your title track “Enslaved By False Belief” has a message thick with political phrase, “They say we need change but what we really need is an awakening…they are the power, we are the blind.” Is this song purely fueled by disgust with the current state of American politics or is there a deeper narrative influencing these lyrics?
AB That is correct, the song is definitely fueled by disgust with the current state of American politics. The government is controlling society like drones.
Do you think we as a society are blind because we want to be?
AB We believe that most people are blind because of denial, such as the older generation, they believe the lies that they are told. People don’t want to be blind, sometimes people just want to believe that they are in good hands… even if they know they’re not.
What do you believe people should do to begin to set things right (can the blind effectively fight back)?
AB Well, were just displaying what we believe, one person can’t make a difference, but if people work together to prove what they stand for, then they can definitely make change.
The hardcore/metal scene has become more than underground but less than mainstream, as a band and on a personal level how do you fight the constant pressure to compromise or blend in?
AB We are always open to constructive criticism. If someone says we should have more leads, or more breakdowns, we will consider what they are saying, but ultimately we will always play what we feel in our hearts. If we don’t make our music the way we love it, then it simply wouldn’t be Ashylus.
So the name is spelled Ashylus but is pronounced uh-shy-lus, what is the meaning behind your name?
AB Ambition | Strength | Heart | Youth | Love | Understanding | Sacrifice.
Having started out in 2007, what have been some of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome as a band over the three years of your existence?
AB We found ourselves, as musicians. That was the first part, then we realized that our personal lives had to be sacrificed in order to actually be able to get our music out there, it’s a hard process but its what we love so we will continue playing music for a long time.
What has performing music taught you about life and music that you didn’t see as clearly before?
AB Honestly, we could answer this in 1000 words, but mainly we learned that in order to achieve your goals in life, you have to make sacrifices and really be motivated by the ones you play with in order to be successful. The attitude of the band just stays positive and we try not to loose track of what we’re trying to accomplish.
You are preparing for the Metal Vaccination Tour being presented by AAP and Monumental Booking with another band Return From Exile, will this be your first tour of this magnitude?
AB Actually this will be our first tour in general, we have played a ton of shows all over the north west, but we are very excited to play in other areas including California, Nevada and Arizona.
How did you get hooked up with all the parties involved with this show?
AB Will from AAP (AAP HC Interview) has known about us since before we played our first show. A few months ago we became a part of AAP management. William has helped us a lot by getting us our endorsements and tour booked. Monumental Booking has been booking shows in Spokane and our home in the Tri-Cities for a while now. Ryan Levey, The Owner of Monumental, offered his help by booking dates and coming along as the tour manager. We’re Stoked.
What are the best and worst features of being on the road?
AB The best, Playing music with your best friends all the time. The worst, Being away from home.
If you could see the end, when you look back on what you were able to accomplish as a bunch of dudes who loved playing music, success for Ashylus would be what…?
AB The continuous growth of our fan base.
Ashylus is: Anthony Badziong – Vocals; Bijan Davari – Guitar; Aaron McKinney – Guitar; Kevin Ubiadas – Bass; Andrew Badziong – Drums. Ashylus will be on a 2010 West Coast Summer Tour from July 18th through August 2nd. Debut EP “Enslaved By False Belief” now recording. Keep up to date with recording and tour information at the Ashylus Myspace Page
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