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1. Hello, can you write a little history of OLDSKULL? The band isn’t new, I think you had released a demo at the time of myspace (In 2009), but I believe you have been dormant for a few years...

OLDSKULL began as a 3 piece band in 2003: Seb (vocals), Manu (Guitar) and Hervé (Drums). Around 2005 we recruited Damien on bass and we could play our first concert. Then Yann (Bass) joined us in 2006, thanks to his experience we were able to move forwards new composition and play a few gigs.
A four tracks demo was released in 2009.
Then, we have been searching for a little different way of composing to be more efficient.
We did a few good concerts such as the XTREME FEST in 2015, and even played with SKELETAL REMAINS at the Pavillons sauvages.
No, the band has not been dormant. We continued to compose songs, to deepen our style and way of playing.
Following a concert at the Club in Rodez in 2019 (A date shared with MERCYLESS, RITUALIZATION and SAVAGE ANNIHILATION), Nico joined the band as second guitarist.
It was a long time we thought about having 2 guitars in the band, to open new technical horizons to our compositions.
Beginning of 2023, release of the Ep “The Defeat Of Humanity”, followed by a few concerts including « Une Nuit En Enfer » for the 20 years of the festival (Date shared with MISGIVINGS, CONVICTION and VENEFIXION).

2. You practice a death metal the old way and influenced by the 90’s, we can recognize the spirit of this epoch very well. Listening to your last MCD I hear between others : DEATH ("Leprosy"), BOLT THROWER, BENEDICTION, some more Scandinavian influences, a touch of PESTILENCE and maybe GRAVE at the time of “Back from the grave”… Tell us a bit about the ancient band that you love and influence yourselves in the compositions for the old skulls.

OLDSKULL counts 5 members so this is as many different influences, however we all find ourselves on the golden era of Death metal from early 90's such as: Unleashed, Disincarnate, Hypocrisy, Luciferion, BoltThrower, Death, MorbidAngel, Carcass, Morgoth, Sinister, Napalm Death, Memoriam ,Cannibal Corpse, Grave, Benediction, Entombed, Deicide, Resurrection, Vader, Pestilence, Obituary, Malevolent Creation, Dismember, Gorguts, Asphyx, Demolition Hammer…
But also some good thrash: Protector, Possessed, Sepultura, Slayer…
We all have our own influences in other styles but Death metal remains OLDSKULL’s reason of existence.
One shouldn’t forget France also owns cult bands that released timeless death metal classics such as Loudblast, Mercyless, No Return, Agressor and Massacra.

3. How would you describe the musical evolution compared to the first demo ? First of all I hear the more powerful production, then you new songs seem to be more efficient in the style, and it also appear to be more inspired ‘(Than the quite old remembrance I have of the old myspace tracks)…

Thirteen years separate the two recordings therefore more experience was gained by each musician at the level of composition, then we updated our way of composing by sharing files online: Meeting each others on a regular basis became more complicated since half of the musicians also play in other bands.
Oldskull also went from one to two guitarists in 2019, it allows to lighten the songs or on the contrary to make the sound more massive when necessary. The integration of Nico allowed us to dare including more melodic parts, to try some kind of leads. We think the main evolution since the first demo lies at this level. We chose a path towards more moderated tempos, to give way to accelerations or effective relaunch.
Concerning the integration of Nico: It was an excellent idea because two guitars are essential for some riffs!
Finally we are all friends since a long time and it’s very important to be a part of Oldskull.

4. So you have released a new CD as a self-production. Tell us about the different steps that led to the final product (Composition: How long did it last? Recording: Where was it executed? Cover: Who took care of it? etc). How can peoples obtain a copy of this release?

The composition has evolved a bit since our beginnings. The moments of reunion around our instruments are less frequent than before. Driven by the COVID period, we have experimented remote work. Finally it’s quite efficient, when we get together in the rehearsal room, we also have material to work on and bring to life.
For the composition it’s very random, hard to give an average length, some songs were written fast enough (Until the last breath for example), others took longer.
Two years ago we were contacted by a film director from Toulouse, who offered us to compose a track for his short film. From this positive experience was born the song “Good blood” and the desire to record the Ep. The recording took place at the DISMALSOUND STUDIO, but Manu (Lead guitar) did a huge post recording work to arrive at the result of the Ep. The cover was drawn in pencil by someone we know then a graphic designer provided the final touch.
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5. I see two members of the current line up are a part (Or were involved in) TRASHNASTY and NECROCULT.  Have they always been a part of the band, or is it more recent? Who takes care of the composition the most: Is it a team effort?

Manu is still a part of NECROCULT (Vocals/ Bass).
Following the split of TRASHNASTY, Yann also played in EXILE FOR LUNACY that he left since then, to fully devote himself to OLDSKULL and DEFËKT (Crust punk), in which Hervé also plays drums.
Manu is the main composer, then we refine the songs together during rehearsals. But the riffs and ideas come from everyone. For example the opening riff of "ln the name of science" was found by Seb (Vocals).

6. OLDSKULL is a quite flowered band name, I find it would suit very well a perfume shop or a store for decorative tissue flowers AhAh… It probably comes from on word play on the words “Old school”, but do you give it another meaning? For example “Old school” might as well be the cranium of a narrow-minded and quite grumbling old death metaller AhAh

Yes that’s it, this is a quite average word play on the terms Old school. The skull has a strong image in death metal and the morbid side of things more generally.
We are over forty or more… so we are old skulls. The advantage is the older we get, the more the name of band takes its full meaning…  We were always interested in old school death metal and we tried to compose a music that respects this identity, so this word play seemed to be obvious to name the band.

7. You are located in the South of France, while I’m in the North… Even if we have access to the internet, we can’t be informed about everything… Tell us if you have a nice local scene, with bands worth the earshot, and bars worth the beer mug?

The local underground scene has always been active, but we cruelly lack of networks with the other areas to organize concert exchanges with other bands. It always works by word of mouth, for example we met Vayron during a concert in Tarbes, we hooked up well and they offered us to play in their area in Dordogne.
Yes the south of France owns a good scene with associations and bands that move their ass. It can be in the Tarn with the asso Profusion, the bands Defekt, Spit the curse, Necrocult, Exile for Lunacy, Pestiferum, or the pyrenean scene with the assos Be gore in bigorre, Troopers of doom or Pyrenean metal, the bands Asile obscene, Smashed, Tentation. And the Toulouse scene with snakebite prod, Corporal punishment and Noiser. There are a lot more on the east, west, north and south of Occitanie we probably aren’t familiar with and that keep the underground extreme scene alive.
Concerning the bars, we only know the Celtic Pub in Tarbes were we played recently, in Albi it’s dead. In Toulouse there’s also l'usine à musique, the  Rex etc, but rather than bars it consists of structures dedicated to concerts

8. Are you familiar with the Thai band that bears the same name? They also play death metal the old way (I have their first Ep “Oldskull of death” that was very cool)… On one hand the fact two bands play a quite close style and bear the same name is a bit bothering, on the other one they are located far enough I would say… What do you think about it? I don’t believe you plan to make a career in metal (Especially for death meal in France, to achieve this you would have to sell your underwears, or more Ah Ah) but well…

They caught our attention by covering BOLT THROWER during their concert, and we listened to their album before which is not bad at all. They also play good death metal. There are also polish and German bands that use the name Oldskull.
We thought about changing the name for a while to avoid confusion, especially since this word play is becoming more and more common. But we never found anything hard-hitting, then Oldskull suits us well and it seems that we started before the other bands mentioned.
It’s the same than for Incubus: There’s the good one, the true one, then the other one…
They’re from Thailand so there’s not much risks of confusion, we discussed a name change several times in the band but as explained above OLDSKULL suits us so well ... and the band was created 10 years before the Thais so ...

9. Do you think it’s still possible to create a music to be both original and deeply inspired in metal in 2023? Some bands that practice more modern styles are able to compose musics that sound original/ different, but I find the emotions globally remain “on the surface”… At least I can’t find the emotional intensity and depth of soul of old school metal from back then… It’s a bit as if when trying too hard to be original/ complex/ never-heard we lose the spontaneity and sincerity… Are you listening to old school music only, or are you hears also tempted by more modern genres, or styles that don’t belong to metal?

According to OLDSKULL : If you have the right riff with good vocal lines, double bass drums and a big two times, that works ! Then tastes and colors… We are all conscious about it therefore our influences lie in the past: The peak of death metal leads us back to 1993, so for us anything composed after this date will sound good… But many will have a taste of ever heard… But yes, there remains a lot to be done in this kind of music, we believe in it! The founding idea of OLDSKULL was and remains to play “traditional” Death metal in its original conception, to resume your words: sincerity and spontaneity.
The same thoughts arise for each new idea: Does it sound like death metal? Is this riff good sounding? Is this break efficient? Etc…
Concerning what we enjoy listening, each has its small preferences but once again we all agree on 90’s Death metal.

10. It’s the playlist question, can you tell us which bands or albums/ Eps you have listened to the last weeks ? Are there new discoverings we shouln’t miss?

There are dozens of bands coming out every day, it’s impossible to check out everything, but it’s certain there are good ones in the middle. Then we also discover quite a lot of old stuffs that didn't get noticed back then but remain worth the listening!
There also remains the elder bands like Obituary that still produce very good music for example (Barely alive, our necks didn’t recover yet…)
Vayron’s 2022 Demo is very cool, the recent albums of Asile obscene and Smashed are also very good. We can also advice Corporal Punishement’s “The New Plague” Ep and Cruz’s “Confines de la Cordura” with closed eyes. For the international bands, the new Enslaved, Enforced.
Then still and always our good old death metal collection that will accompany us until our last breath.

11. What are the current and future projects of the band?

In the close future : New compositions and a «video clip»! To play more concerts and to keep  on progressing in group cohesion.

Today and tomorrow : To keep on offering a sincere death metal and all the more to perpetuate the death metal tradition!

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