Alien Weaponry - Back for Seconds
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 music growing? 

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 are. 

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.   

No. Title Length
1. "Whaikōrero" 1:36
2. "Rū Ana Te Whenua" 5:32
3. "Holding My Breath" 4:34
4. "Raupatu" 3:37
5. "Kai Tangata" 6:35
6. "Rage - It Takes Over Again" 3:37
7. "Whispers" 4:16
8. "PC Bro" 3:44
9. "Urutaa" 4:10
10. "Nobody Here" 3:03
11. "Te Ara" 4:40

  • Released:  June 1, 2018
    Napalm Records
Alien Weaponry - Tu 

Alien Weaponry is:

Lewis de Jong - guitars
Henry de Jong - drums
Ethan Trembath - bass

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