Returning to the darker, harsher sounds of the band’s electro/EBM roots, PreEmptive Strike 0.1 has a new lease on musical life in this special InterView contribution to ReGen Magazine.
An InterView with Jim “The Blaster” and Yiannis “Dseq” Chatzakis of PreEmptive Strike 0.1
By Dimitrios Mistriotis (DiMist)
Let’s start with the follow ups from the last release, Progeny of the Technovore. How was it received and how do you feel about it looking back? I feel, and please correct me if wrong, that media response was a bit more quiet than usual.
What are your thoughts on the album looking back? For me, I enjoy it a lot, but do not have that many tracks that I could come back to.
The Blaster: In either case, some tracks will become what we call ‘classics’ and will be performed at any of our live performances in the future, such as ‘Constriction Process,’ ‘Xenobiological Exodeity,’ and of course my most loved, ‘Tactical Nuke Incoming.’ I will agree with you, probably you refer to tracks not having memorable refrains, having more ‘abstract’ trance structures, although I am not responsible for this. I have to add that it had an amazing cover and corresponding artwork in general.
Describe to us your latest release, The Dread Files – music, lyrics, artwork.
How is it different from the previous one?
The Blaster: 100% different from Progeny of the Technovore! I do not think it has many trance influences as it is more based on old-school dark electro patterns – a back to the roots approach, I would say. Also, lyrically, as I mentioned, before it is very different. As all fans of the band know, PreEmptive Strike 0.1 never releases the same record twice!
Dseq: The main difference with Progeny… in my opinion is that there is more atmosphere in the tracks with the harsh element being less present. The BPMs are lower while aesthetically, it is closer to dark electro more than the trance side of the scene, although I believe there are still elements that refer to the recent PS01 style specially in ‘Evolution/Retribution.’
Where can someone find it?
The Blaster: Either straight from DWA, which released it in limited vinyl and MCD on September 25, 2020, and from everywhere else in Europe from where it is officially released after December 11, 2020.
How has the composing/recording flow changed? How is it working only with Yiannis?
Dseq: This time, I had more ‘space’ to express my ideas. I generally like to write music and express myself based on how I feel at the time and what I listen to. Lately, I listen to lots of dark electro and modern techno/EBM. I would not like to repeat myself or do something that would look like a caricature of the established styles or sounds of the genre/scene. I would not even be able to do it.
A few words for each band remixing you, starting with Llumen.
The Blaster: We met all of them personally in Belgium when we played there and purposefully wanted to do this, connect with remixers only from this country!
PS01: Amazing guy – we hang out in Belgium, was our sound engineer. His band, although new, has a special sound.
Continuing with The Juggernauts.
PS01: A rising old-school EBM band from one of the oldest members of the scene who facilitates most of the live shows happening in this place. We did not expect them so easily to accept remixing us because our music differs a lot.
PS01: There are not enough things to be told about Len Lemeire and this band. A unique, ‘magical’ figure in the genre with his remixes being memorable.
Finally, IC 434.
PS01: Fans of them since late ’90s; a major band, performed with them in Belgium this year. Great person and artist. Nothing else to say!
For the last two years, which are your favorite releases from EBM, industrial, and metal?
How has the whole COVID-19 thing has affected your band and how do you feel these days?
The Blaster: Do not want to say a lot. It is the worst that has ever happened to me because it contradicts with my way of life. I cannot find anything positive in being quarantined; whoever says the contrary is at least lying.
Dseq: Mood influences a lot my music writing. This quarantine isolation has a negative effect on how I feel. Definitely, there was time available to write/create music. As everything in life, this needs to be managed. Where it has definitely impacted the band negatively is the ability to play live.
On ‘Doctor Dread,’ is the base loop based on a classic electronic song? It feels eerily familiar, something like ‘Song For Denise’ from Piano Fantasia.
Dseq: No, it is not based on a particular song. I have listened to lots of ’80s music, so some of this might have an effect on the music I write.
Anything else you want to say to your followers and to people reading this?
The Blaster: Once the torture we live in is over, we will see each other again, either in live shows or events, parties, etc. Then and only then, we will write new material while we have the opportunity to present it live.
Photography provided courtesy of PreEmptive Strike 0.1