SCALPING tells us about the influences behind their intense debut album ‘Void’

british band SCALPING I’m from Bristol, and you can definitely feel the influence of that city’s 90s trip hop scene (Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky) in their intense, dark, heavy and rhythmic sound. But they draw from a wide variety of influences, including techno, industrial and alt-metal, for a unique aesthetic that they showcase not only in their music but also in their graphic design and videos. Their first album, Empty, was released today (read our review) and you can listen to it below. They also just released a video for “Caller Unknown” which uses the mysterious and spooky cube from their album cover. Watch that below as well.

We asked the band to tell us about the inspirations behind Empty, and their roster includes music (including Deftones and Factory Floor), movies, art, and more. Read their list and their comments below.


Howling Owl’s New Year’s Eve New Noise Parties
We were lucky enough to live in Bristol at the same time as the visionary Howling Owl label was operating. They threw five of these New Year, New Noise events where the lineups were seemingly a hodgepodge of completely disparate genres, but it always worked. Made us realize that art can come from the same place and “feel” the same even if on the surface it looks or sounds completely different.

The films of Nicolas Winding Refn Only God forgives and The neon demon
Stunning use of color and composition to create an eerie atmosphere. In his own words, “make it dirty, unique, interesting, never seen before, and violent”.

Collectively, probably our favorite band, the way they’ve evolved over the past two decades is hugely inspiring. I always marvel at their ability to make music that covers such a wide range of emotions, while still being recognizable to each other.

Most images for Scalping have at least some of their genesis in Akirafrom futuristic cities to body horror to apocalypse themes.

Lena Willikens
We learned a lot about the importance of patience and space from Lena through her radio shows, often comprised of dub, post-punk, and weird percussive excursions. When I saw her perform in Bristol for Crack Magazine, Lena kept the pace slow until about 1am, by which time the audience was gagged for something faster and the primal energy of the crowd was palpable. It was amazing to see a crowd getting worked up like that at such a slow pace, during rush hour.

spring breakers
I have never seen such a wacky and hypnotic film, more of an experience than a story.

factory floor
I saw Factory Floor play a store gig at Rise Records in Bristol in 2013 without knowing anything about them and it completely blew my mind. I couldn’t understand how they interpreted this music so easily.

Daniel Avery- Drone logic
Probably one of the first ‘techno’ artists where we became obsessed with an album as a whole. You can tell he has a rock and guitar background and we enjoyed that immensely as we felt we were from the same place.

Maciej Kuciara
An amazing motion designer and concept artist who worked on Ghost in the Shell, Avengers, Last of Usand was personally chosen by Ridley Scott to create artwork for BRunner 2049. But it’s his personal work that’s most interesting, where he bridges the gap between anime and 3D.

code orange
A metal band that isn’t afraid to upset purists or custodians alike, combining crushing heavy metal and hardcore with elements of industrial music and modern electronic production techniques.

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