Crust. Power. Conviction.
It’s the latest in John Mulvaney’s acclaimed ‘Fractured’ series of short films on the Irish Underground – and this time his subject is Okus.
Their latest album ‘Scourge’ is a fantastic slab of grinding hardcore. So John spent some time with the band hoping to get inside their minds.
Ugly Filthy Gel
What did you find appealing about Okus that made you want to do this shoot with them?
I became aware of the band based upon the reputation of their live shows, and other bands they had been playing gigs with. I had caught them once and they seemed to sum up everything I love about that style of music – it was an ugly, filthy sound that pulled in plenty of different styles from different genres, but somehow it all gelled together perfectly.
I was really surprised when I finally heard them on cd – the recording was brilliant, not what I was expecting at all. Johnny gets some great sounds out of his studio.
Smash It Completely
What insight did it give you into what makes them tick as a band?
I think what was really great about working with Okus was the sense that they really are just at it for the love of the music – out of all the bands I’ve worked with, they probably gig the least (though that’s not necessarily by choice), but when they do, they really want to smash it completely.
They put massive amounts of energy into what they do, and they love every bit of it. It’s hard not to be sucked into that.
I ended up spending a good deal of time chatting with the guys over all sorts of things while making this, and they are as down to earth as it gets – that was something I wanted to reflect in the interview, but somehow subconsciously through the editing itself; for the first time since the Abaddon Incarnate film I used audio taken directly from the rehearsal studio, and I really like that ‘in the room’ feeling you get from that.
There’s a rawness to it that works perfectly for me.
– John Mulvaney ::: 15/08/16