Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The Band started in 2017.We attended some festivals in and around our home country when we got the idea to start a band in the style of Devil Driver and Shadows Fall. But as you can hear from our songs, this quickly got out of hand and we became more of a Doom/Black/Death band. The style grew on us and we made it our own. In 2018 we did our first shows and we recorded and released our first EP “Ne Ergo Dimittas”. After this everything went really fast. Shows started coming in, sales were good and suddenly everyone knew who we were. In 2019 we already played with carnation, played Antwerp Metal Fest with Deserted Fear and At The Gates and later this year we're taking our first trip to Italy.
All of our members are experienced musicians. We all played bands in the past, some of us on bigger stages in Belgium. But Hudic is the first band were big things happened to us (bookers, promotion, bigger festivals, foreign shows,...). We're al got very good friends, and the reason for this is that we saw each others dark side. The Band went through some dark days but that brought us closer together and also gave us our concept for the band: “If we can't conquer our demons, we will become one of them”. Off stage we are ourselves but on stages when we put our hoods on, we become our own demons. That's also the reason why we don't use our real names and just letters, we aren't ourselves anymore one stage.
K – Vocals
H – Guitar
D – Guitar
J – Bass
B - Drums
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
We don't like to give our music a certain style because we still want our freedom when we write. People nowadays want to put everything in a certain category so that they can recognize it and control it, it makes them feel comfortable. We don't want to be like this, we get our influences everywhere which makes every song sound different and that kinda makes people and our music uncomfortable. We want people not just to listen but to experience our music and themes.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Our songs are mostly based on personal experiences, and not the pleasant ones. We hope that people recognize stuff they've been through in our music so that it can appeal to them in a therapeutic way and let them step out of their comfort zone. You can say we want to help people but we also want to wake them up and make them see that not everything is sunshine and rainbows and that there are people with the same problems. As said before every song is different so there is a liking for almost everyone.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We released 1 EP so far “Ne Erg Dimittas”. I think it was received pretty good by the public. Shows were packed and sales were good. We even noticed that people were starting to sing along with our songs on the last show, that was pretty cool. The media on the other hand was divided. Some reviews were over the moon, while others didn't like us at all. A matter of opinion and box mentality if you ask me, it's because they can't categorize us. We try not to get it into our heads and just do what we do, as long as the public and we ourselves like it we'll keep doing what we're doing.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Shows been going great. We kinda kick started in 2018 with at least 2 shows a month and this year is going in a better direction with some more foreign shows and bigger stages in our own country. Our live performance is unique to us because we're not your everyday t-shirt band. Those bands can make great music but aren't very appealing visually. Here's were we make the difference, we dress up in hoods and give the people a show. This makes us stand out and with the amount of shows we've been asked for, this has been proven.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
First of all the music is very diverse. Every song's different, has a different story and a different vibe. Except of doing one thing, we're doing many things. Call it a legion of music if you will. Second, our concept. Our transformation on stage. The fact that we face and become our demons every show and that we let the audience face theirs. Out of other bands I think this stands out. And last our show. We don't just do gigs. We bring an entire performance, a whole theater. We're not the standstill headbanging band. We bring attributes, clothing, stageprops and a little choreography to the stage so that the fans have something to listen AND look at.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Mostly writing songs and doing shows. We've already started working on the next album but I can't give to much info about that. Our biggest plans are playing more foreign shows like our show in Italy in November, we hope this gets us even further then we are right now.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
We have a clip set up for every song on the EP which are all currently viewable on YouTube. For now you can buy/listen to the EP online via Itunes, Spotify and other online platforms. You can also buy our merch at our shows of course. We're currently working on setting up a webshop so that people who can't make it to our shows can also buy a t-shirt or a patch.