Wednesday, January 5, 2011
ASKO - ME DAS ASKO (2008)
Asko was a band I was in back in 2008. A lot has been said about this tape and it has been hosted on countless other blogs, so I thought I would give an inside perspective on this band, what it meant, and why it died out almost as quickly as it started. At the time when the band started, I had just left Vakraant (my old crusty d-beat band of 6 years). It was created by 3 friends who had nothing better to do and it was really done in a hurry. In fact, most of the songs we had were written within about a week or two. We were influence by bands like THE STALIN, RATOS DE PORAO, and RIP. It was Abe on bass, Gaby on drums, and I was on guitar and vocals. There was really no rhyme or reason to anything we did musically. Gaby and I wanted to play faster, while Abe constantly wanted to play slower. In a way, that kind of helped to balance the music, as without Abe we would've just been a noisy mess. The tape demo was recorded within the month (including a song we could never play live), and the rest is, as they say, history. It was the first release on Silenzio Statico (although back then, that didn't mean shit) and I do believe that to this day, it's still in print. Everything was done quickly and in the end we only played about 12 shows before calling it quits and forming our own separate bands. Gaby and Abe formed Tuberculosis (a name we had messed around with after Abe actually got Tuberculosis!), while Kaye and I went on to form Rayos X. So that's it. It was band that lived fast, played fast, and died young. It was made out of the frustration and boredom that we all felt. It was fun while it lasted, but we all had to move on. To this day, everyone always asks me about it, so I decided to do a post on it. Hopefully this answers everyone's questions.
Here's some videos I uploaded to youtube (I think it's our last show). It's a little dark and I'm a little drunk, but it's all good:
And here's the only tape we ever released: