Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly?   G’day mate! I‘m Chris McEwen and I play bass and sing for Aussie thrash, drop bear obsessed act, Hidden Intent! Phil Bennett shreds the axe and we have Paul Lewis belting the skins.   What does the band name mean and how do you get it?   The band name is a slight reference to Patrick Bateman from American Psycho. His characteron the surface appears very charming but he‘s dark and psychotic. My dad and I came up with the name, he thought of Intent and I wrote a bunch of words next to it. We settled on Hidden Intent because it didn’t scream heavy metal, it leaves you questioning what type of music we play.   Where and how was the band founded?   I was jamming with Phil’s previous hard rock band Desert Eagle, which wasn’t working out. I was watching some old live Coroner footage and it reminded me of when I used to sing and play bass in one of my old bands (Abyzmal). So I called Phil up and we wrote the first album over a few months, then we got our first drummer Jay Rahaley and the rest is thrash metal history!   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band?   Good question mate, not at first I had known Jay for a while with his old band Blood Mason and I knew he liked thrash so whn he told us he was satying in Adelaide it worked out. After a while the band started to get faster tempo wise, we were touring more - he and I didn’t get along so he decided to part ways. Luckily we got Paul Lewis (Ex- Death Boundaries) in the band not too long after, he was our saving grace for sure!   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ?   The lyrics vary from song to song, I write most of them. Some are serious and have meaning (Waiting Here In Hell) others are humerous and more tongue and cheek (Addicted to Thrash, Drop Bears Are Real). I tend to write lyrics based on the mood and feel of the song. Drop Bears Are Real, Phil wrote most of the lyrics for that.   Tell me something about your last album Fear, Prey, Demise how long have you been working on it and who helped you?   We worked on that album for at least three years as four tracks were released as part of our two singles. We were touring a lot so thats why it took so bloody long to get it done! Paul does most of the arranging now, he’s a clever bloke that guy, good egg! Andy Kite our sound engineer also has some input particularly with the vocals.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you?   Me personlly would be Mortal Sin, Sacred Reich, Coroner, defnitely Annihilator, Evile etc. But Phil listens to more of the Big Four and 80’s rock/metal like Steel Pather, Paul is into bands like Ghost, Psycroptic etc.   Why should people listen to your music?   We’re old school 80’s throwback thrash metal with a passion for all things Australia! We even have a song about bloody Drop Bears!   You are now under contract at Scarlet Records what do you expect from this step ?   We’re hoping Scarlet Records will give the album a full promotional service, so far they seem to be delivering the goods! The more people that listen to our records the better as that tends to open up more opportunities.     What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it?   My first concert was seeing a rock/alternative band in Oz called The Living End. They packed out a local venue here, it was amazing to see so many people moshing and having a bloody good time!It really changed my life, I still attend shows regulalrly.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play?   One of my live highlights was playing KL Metal Camp in Malaysia and seeing so many of our older fans that saw us the first time we toured there wearing our old tour shirts. The crowd instantly moshed during the first song, it was insane, circle pits full bore.   Have already resulted in friendship ?   Yes, the band recieves messages and comments online from maniacs that have seen us ages ago, its a great feeling to be remembered. Some memories are hazy… (beer).   Which band would you like to share the stage with and why?   I’d love to play with Evile, Death Angel, Kreator, Iced Earth but especially Mortal Sin and Coroner as they our our main influences. I’ll sell my left nut to make it happen!   With what do you earn your money except with the music?   I’m a Youth Worker in Australia, its a pretty rad job, luckily my work is flexible with me going away otherwise i’d be a miserable prick! Phil works on cars and Paul teaches drums.   How important are social media for you as a band?   Very important, our new manager at Hard Drive Agency insists we post every second to third day and really think about our posts. You have to stay current on social media otherwise no one will book you for a tour.     What would you (her) want to achieve with the band?   I’d like us to play all the big festivals (Wacken, Hellfest etc.) and play all over the world, so far we have been doing the DIY thing and toured China (with Artillery), Europe (with Lich King), US (with Lich King) but we have heaps more to do. We’re on Headbangers Open Air next year so we can tick that one off the bucketlist!   What do you think about the Australia metal scene in general?   Its not massive but very loyal and it seems to maintain itself, we’re very humbled if a few of our followers come out to have a beer with us and enjoy our show antics.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area?   Harlott, Desecrator, Temtris, Executus, Espionage, Imminent Psychosis to name a few!   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood?   I grew up in Adelaide in the southern suburbs, I came from a working class family, although my parents aren’t very musical they were very supportive of my music. They even let my old band jam in our dinner area, crazy!   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ?   I was a bit of clown but also a shy kid, it wasn’t until i played in a band that i became more confident. I was very into Art and Basketball.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today?   They were pretty supportive, as i mentioned earlier my dad helped me name the band. My parents even run the door at some of our local shows, its great having them there.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature?   I like living close to the city but somewhere quiet and relaxing as living too close can get tiring. At the moment I live near the hills, its nice to be surrounded by parks and trees, this interview is getting very deep and meaningful haha.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator?   I like going to the gym and working out but i’m not crazy about sports, I used to play basketball though. I like watching AFL (Aussie Rules Football) with my girlfriend but its more of a social thing and a reason to drink more beer haha.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you   I like to cook but i cook a lot at work so i prefer eating out!   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ?   They know i’m really into it and ask questions about it even if they’re not into it which is nice. Some people think I’m crazy but i’d rather be crazy into metal than be on bloody drugs!   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere?   I try and see the humour in it at all times as life is too short to worry about a bunch of internet trolls/keyboard warriors.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse?   A bit of both, its hard because now there are so many bands all trying to gain attention on the internet but on the other hand bands can easily communicate with promoters/booking agents around the world for free. It’s a double edged sword in my eyes….   What would you personally like to do in your life?   I’d like to be touring regulalry with the band and working smarter not harder (having more passive income) I’m building towards that as we speak, slowly but surely my friend! I’d also like to bang Katy Perry (a man can dream can‘t he?)   Which question would you like to have answered and why?   Mortal Sin or Slayer as it would be interesting for me to compare an Aussie thrash band to an american band to see if I give a biast answer or not! (I would have said Mortal Sin though haha!).     Australia America   Austria Australia   Kangaroo Stomp   Metallica or   Megadeth Megadeth   Mortal Sin or Slayer   Mortal Sin   Pawlowa Icecream   Barbecue Vege Snags haha   Family Love   Drugs Thrash Metal   Movie or Series Movie   Women Busty and curvy ;) Your top 10 all time faves Judas Priest, Megadeth, Iced Earth, Annihilator, Mortal Sin, Metallica, Anthrax, Cannibal Corpse, Exumer, Toxic Holocaust – man that was hard!   The closing word is yours?   Drop bears are real! Thrash til‘ death European headbangers, we‘ll be back to thrash and bash your city soon enough. See you German maniacs at Headbangers Open Air 2019!
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