Soraatu Soraatu
Article By Cindy James on Jan 11, 2003

 

 

 

Cindy: So what's the current line-up of Soraatu and who plays what in the band?

Craig:

 Nick Hawthorne = Bass/Vocals

Jason Lacey = Guitars

Simon Connors = Guitars

Craig Blanchard (myself) = Drums

Shawn Coar = Vocals

Patrick Brown = Circuitry/Samples/Vocals

Cindy: How would you describe the music your band produces?

Craig: I'd say Modern Metal, we don't F**k around at all, we try to engage all styles of heavy music as we can, we have parts that go as melodic as something like Deftones, to something as Chaotic as Cannibal Corpse and all groove and grind stops in between, trying to be as dynamic as we can in songwriting, plenty of opportunities to bang your head to…

Cindy: Sounds pretty rad! Being a Brisbane based band, how have you found the support from the scene? Is there a large hardcore following up there?

Craig: Soraatu's only played 2 shows with the Current lineup, and even the 2nd one was with the old bass player making a comeback and the sampler added also making a comeback, but yeh the scene up here is great, might be a bit smaller than other places but it's cool coz everyone knows everyone.  Soraatu's gotten a very aggressive response when we play, it's great to see people really giving it all they’ve and getting right into the band whilst we play... But the support we've had has been awesome from only just 2 shows...probably because lots of people were keen to hear the NEW Soraatu after the band had a break and needed to find new members, even though 2 of the old ones ended up coming back.

Cindy: So what's the story behind the break in Soraatu? And how are the band re-defined?

Craig:

Hah, it's the story of me being a CONTROL FREAK and pissing everyone off.... I had this vision of a band I wanted and was very closed-minded.  The break really taught me a strong lesson, now I've got a whole new light, I let anyone do what they want/feels good to them, let the cards fall where they may, and then everyone will be truly involved and expressed thru the music we all write together.  The reason I said "I let anyone do what they want" is because it seemed I used to say "don't do that do this" or whatever, and was generally a prick! now I'm totally cool with however anyone wants to do anything... now it's our band and we play what we want to hear.

Cindy:

Heheh... sounds like its back to one happy family... I hear that up until recently, you played in another hardcore outfit called Sausage Chopper, who recently toured Sydney, can you tell us a bit about the influence to bring Soraatu to a full time focus and your desires to leave the established act?

I was the one who initially started Soraatu, I dug up/asked all the members if they wanted to play, called them up told them where and when practice was ect. Soraatu's something that I feel that I've started and now that all members contribute greatly to.  I've never really achieved something that's so cool to me in my life so Soraatu has some very sentimental attachment.  Not only that the Music's totally my preferred type in comparison to chopper, plus it's heavier and more technical.  More live action going on as well. (In my opinion)

Don't get me wrong, I totally loved playing with Chopper, it was fantastic, and ya can't play with a cooler 3 guys, but it was time to move on.  Money's tight, I still don't have a bloody car, and I reckon Chop needs a drummer with all that.  Biggest props to them though, they're a great band....

Cindy:

That's awesome! I’ve noticed the hardcore scene to have a lot more straight edge people then it used too, is this how it’s becoming or is it still all about stereotypical sex drugs and rocknroll thang?

 

Craig:

I'm not really sure, I know for sure Soraatu's passions and dedications lie with the noise, not with the scene that often comes with it, I mean sure we'll go out and drink beer up to our eyeballs and have fun, but don't get into the heavy drug shit and kill ourselves, Narcotics are weak, it's an induced feeling and that's lying to yourself.  If ya not strong enough to get over shit in your life without a drug, then you need a f**ckin hiding! and a can of harden the f**k up.... I don't really know much about some of the other bands "scene habits"...it's not my business I don't care

 

Cindy:

Hahahahah, couldn't've said it better myself, heheh...

Is there a single band member that writes the music + lyrics in the band or is it a shared job?

Craig:

Nah we all pretty much do it, I mean Simon, Jason or Nick will come up with a Riff or a few riffs in sequence and we'll all add our bits, Shawn takes care of all the lyrics pretty much, Pat and Nick work together on the samples and stuff, but it's pretty much all spread evenly

 

Cindy:

Ok, rad! Does Soraatu have any future recording plans in sight?

Craig:

YEP! 4/5 track demo on it's way...we're in the works right now of deciding where to go how much to spend etc, we can't wait.... plus we need a CD to get on certain gigs we want to play and so we can take it on tour with us in March, it's probably going to be called "Instinct To Delete" if we release it as an E.P fully mastered and stuff

Cindy:

Cool! Yeah, Is there any meaning behind the title?

Craig:

Nah instinct to delete is just the title track, the songs lyrics have a rad theme to it that we kinda just want to use a bit further, that’s basically to do with Humanities, further loss of compassion, and how some people kill basically because they can...it's way deeper but that's the general gist of it…

Cindy:

Yeah, sounds pretty intense, so would I be safe to ask the meaning behind the band name?

Craig:

No-body's safe these days, but the meaning behind Soraatu is kept to myself, all may be revealed in time, (once I figure out a cool way to word what it means that is)

Cindy:

heheeh, fair enough...

5 Quick Questions...

Craig:

Shoot

Cindy:

Boxers or Briefs?

Craig:

Boxers some of the time, briefs some of the time...I'm not in command of the choice... =P

Cindy:

1 thing to consume for the rest of your life?

Craig:

Pure 100% unadulterated HATE!

Cindy:

Fast driving or cruisin?

Craig:

Cruisin...

Cindy:

Piercings or tattoos?

Craig:

Even spread of both, if I had to choose I'd say tat's

Cindy:

Fashion prediction for 2003?

Craig:

Hopefully no more of those hats with just the brim (tennis hats), and no more try hard mowe hawks that those pretty boy ravers have, like to see more "f**k me" bands and metal spikes on wrists, worn with skate shoes cutoff's and baseball caps... that's my personal pref.

Cindy:

hahah good one!

 

What are three bands you'd like to play along side in the future?

Craig:

Easy!! SLIPKNOT, PANTERA (rip) and, SOILWORK + (rumors of a Soraatu support of Stone Sour Next year)

Cindy:

What was the last show you went to that your band didn't play at?

Craig:

Headkase gig (awesome Brizzy circus metal band)

Cindy:

Last CD brought?

Craig:

Mudvayne "The end of all things to come"

Cindy:

All time favourite disc?

Craig:

Slipknot self titled and Iowa as a dead tie

Cindy:

Where do you see yourself/the band in 12-18 months?

Craig:

Best case scenario, I guess been signed to any label, touring heaps and getting a great response, worse case, broken up and all in different bands....

 

Cindy:

Is there a website we can catch Soraatu on?

Craig:

Yupp! The soon to be launched - http://www.soraatu.com/

 

Cindy:

Awesome! Have you got any last words to sum up Soraatu?

Craig:

Honest, not pre-fabricated, not manufactured, real, don't care what anyone thinks coz it's what we want to play, it's heavy it's aggressive.  It's not trendy or conformist coz that defeats the purpose of making music....

Cindy:

It's been great chatting with you Craig! I wish you the best of luck in the New Year and with the bands' future endeavors,

Craig:

Cheers Cindy!!

Craig:

Same to you