"We've decided from the very beginning that we would keep on rehearsing weekly and this has led to a plethora of Dead Neanderthals releases such as Blood Rite, Cosmic Slime and Rat Licker."

From shimmering ambience to maxed-out noise, Roadburn is a riot of contrasts, and few bands are more instinctively riotous than Dead Neanderthals. Purveyors of a warped and hostile blend of clattering grind, freewheeling noise and screeching sax, they have revived the spirit of John Zorn’s early experiments in heavy music and pushed the whole thing to the edge of delicious, swivel-eyed madness. Check out the recent Rat Licker EP for a pure adrenalin rush, delivered with the kind of shit-eating grins that make you fear for your life, even as you dance like a lunatic.

Dom Lawson

How have you adapted to our weird new reality over the last year? Any new challenges, in terms of being creative?

“Apart from all booked shows falling through, things are moving forward at breakneck speed. We’ve decided from the very beginning that we would keep on rehearsing weekly and this has led to a plethora of Dead Neanderthals releases such as Blood Rite, Cosmic Slime and Rat Licker. In the meantime we’ve written IXXO and are preparing for the Roadburn Redux performance. We’ve also made demo recordings for a couple of new albums.”

What can you tell us about your forthcoming Roadburn performance?

“Not too much, as we’re keeping everything firmly under wraps. Only thing we can tell you is that we’re super excited and that things sounded fantastic during rehearsals.”

What does Roadburn mean to you, as creative people and on a personal level?

“It’s a place to meet friends and colleagues from the scene and in that way it’s similar to the late Incubate Festival, which also took place in Tilburg. It’s always good to surround yourself with friendly and like-minded people.”

Can you tell us about your favourite past experience(s) of Roadburn? Were there any shows that had a strong impact?

“We’ve been to Roadburn many times and some standout shows were those of Zombi (2015), Church of Misery (2008), Obliteration (2014), Magma (2014) and Mühr (2014). And of course the Dead Neanderthals show in 2016 was important to us, we even made a Live at Roadburn album out of it!”

What are your hopes and plans for the (hopefully post-pandemic) future?

“Playing shows with a crowd right in front of us, of course! Talking to friends and fans at the merch table. Let’s hope we can already do this in 2021.”

What else are you looking forward to experiencing during Roadburn Redux?

“Working Wi-Fi!”

Dead Neanderthals will perform IXXO as part of Roadburn Redux on Sunday 18 April at 16.50 CEST.