ONE STEP BEYOND (for Rock And Wrestling)

(Rock And Wrestling)

-Tell us about the origin of the band.
Greetings. We formed during the last summer of 1997 in Adelaide, South Australia. Initially as a 2 piece with a drum machine, inspired by bands like Mortician and Godflesh who had the same line-up.

-Reasons to create the band, inspiration and influences.
I'd been raised to love music. There were thousands of albums in the house when I was young. Many genres. There were instruments too and a Commodore Amiga with some very early sequencing software. All this culminated in the need to form a bands. I'd been inspired by the Dynamic of bands like Fishbone, where lifelong friends had been making whatever music they wanted together, but also found inspiration in the way Frank Zappa would manage his bands a bit like a manipulative dictatorship and I guess I've wanted my bands to be a blend of the two. In terms of the initial musical influences for ONE STEP BEYOND, there were many and plenty, but some of the key one's were NAPALM DEATH, BLOODDUSTER, BLACK SABBATH, LIVING COLOUR and INFECTIOUS GROOVES.

-Style description and musical attitude.
No rules. Extreme metal is the axis, death, grind, black, heavy, thrash, doom and rock, but we will drop in grooves and tones from any genre we deem as necessary to make an interesting song.

-Tell us about the origin of the name’s band.
Over the course of some weeks I'd been browsing my music, film and book collections, looking for titles to inspire a band name. One step beyond is of course a famous song and album by MADNESS. It was the last name standing. It seemed appropriate as we wanted to be something just a fraction beyond a genre band.

-For those who are starting rocking
Which band and / or classic rock band’s song recommend and why?
So many to choose from. For classic rock, a favourite song of mine is Godzilla by BLUE OYSTER CULT. It's got one of the greatest riffs, great dynamics, groove, humour and menace.

-For those who are starting rocking and begin to be known as a band
What song of yours you recommend and why?
A good starting point from our material might be “Good world gone bad” off of our album “The music of chance”. For my ears it has unique arrangements, accessible structure, good dynamics, a bit of melody and harmony thrown in. I'm very happy with the message in it's lyrics. I'm generally proud of that song.

-Which one was or has been the most important moment in your career?
The passing of our founding guitarist and great friend Jeremy Lammas in 2006 is and will always be the most important moment in the history of our band. Our very existence as a band and anything we achieve is in respect and dedication to his memory and to his brilliant family.

-Tell us about your achievements, future goals and what are you doing right now?
Our goals are to increase the frequency of our output and to share our music with more and more people. Currently we are working with DAN SWANO on the mastering of our latest album.

-As wrestling media, do you know wrestling, right?, What do you want to comment or add about this topic?
Yep it's been huge in Australia at various times. I grew up on the American entertainment wrestling days of Hulk hogan, Andre the giant, Rowdy Roddy etc. Really iconic characters. The last times I followed it were when the big stars were The Rock, Steve Austin, the Undertaker, Mankind and all those cats. It was a lot of fun, these days I struggle to fit it all in. I am not up to date with any of it.

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