SWWAATS chat with Metal as Fuck about their killer debut release

We caught up with startling newcomers, Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky, recently to chat about the band's debut the Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry, and how this band is taking people by surprise.

Floridians Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky (SWWAATS) blasted their way into our attention recently with the release of their equally long-named The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry. 


I say that this band blasted their way into our attention, because nearly everybody that I've heard talk about SWWAATS has expressed incredible surprise at the fact that they're death/grind and not death/core. Judge not a book by its cover, and therefore not a band by its name, but it still gets that reaction. The fact that this happens doesn't really surprise the band.


'Being that most people have a great deal of trouble seeing outside of the box, it's not a shock at all. But that's how we like it,' commented John (vocalist). 'It's great having people come up to us at our shows say "Damn, I wasn't expecting that at all, great stuff!"'


The name of the band has also made people wonder where it came from; in fact, here at Metal as Fuck some of our readers wanted to know its origins. It's actually far more literary than you'd expect: it comes from Burroughs's Apocalypse. Before you start thinking that this sounds a bit random, break your train of thought. The entire band are fans of William Burroughs's work.


'Surely we are fans of his works,' said John. 'Naked Lunch, Junky, etc, etc. The man was a brilliant author. The band's name was chosen for the simple fact that we again love the man's works, and felt Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky would really fit with the direction we wanted to take the band - lyrically and musically for that matter.'


Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky is a very young band: they formed just three years ago, in 2006. This is perhaps why so many people are so excited about the band's release: it has an incredibly mature sound to it that many older bands struggle to achieve. But despite the band's youth, they are not green. Each member has been doing his or her thing for a number of years, on many different levels. Without that experience, it's unlikely that SWWAATS would have the sound that it does.


Each of the band's members has been performing in other bands for years, which gives them the ability to write music that they enjoy listening to. Writing for them, unlike many long-established bands, is still confined to the rehearsal space, and what they write comes from taking their work very seriously.


'Yes, for sure, we take our work seriously. If we didn't how could our fans?' John pointed out. 'SWWAATS pretty much confines itself  to our rehearsal space and bounce ideas off of each other. It seems to work out well and is a very democratic process.'


And being able to write music that they personally enjoy resulted in a desire for The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry to be a release that other people would enjoy as much as the band itself does. But, really, they didn't have incredibly high expectations because of the fact that a high expectation means it's too easy to come crashing back down to earth.


'I'm just going with the flow, man,' John laughed. 'Having my name, on an album, in stores world wide? Yeah, I have achieved a rather huge goal of mine. This is all still very mind blowing to me.'


Understandably, SWWAATS are really proud of what they've achieved so far with their debut album. As with any creative endeavour, however, there are things that they would tweak or change if they could - one of these being the ability to add a bit more atmosphere to the album, such as weird noises and so on, but John noted that even that isn't a big deal.


'It's a fantastic piece of music and really I wouldn't "change" anything about it. We are very pleased with the outcome,' he said.


Which lead me to ask which of the tracks on the release is his favourite?


'Despot, i'd have to say,' he replied. 'It's unrelenting and flat-out brutal. I'm proud of all of the songs really but this one is a serious ass kicker in my opinion.'


In terms of the polished artwork on the release, it came about through a collaboration with John's friend Sven, who is the vocalist of Aborted and System Divide. He put SWWAATS in touch with artist Colin Marks, who produced Sven's last album's artwork as well. 


'Colin did a brilliant job, without a doubt,' he enthused. 'I brought him ideas, and he ran with them. It was almost as if he was inside of my head throughout the process, actually,' he reflected. 'The man captured the exact ideas and images we wanted for the artwork, and nailed them spot-on.'


Currently touring pretty hard in support of the release - they've just finished the Thrash and Burn Europe tour - SWWAATS have found themselves performing in front of some huge crowds. They have gotten, as John describes it, an 'amazing' reaction from them all, and - perhaps better yet - from young and old metalheads alike.


While there aren't any Australian tours on the cards just yet, it is something that the band is really hoping happens. 


'We start the Abigail Williams, Goatwhore, Daath tour in the States within a few weeks. Work work work,' John laughed. 'It'd be amazing to play Australia one day, however. It's always been a dream of mine to even see Australia, much less play music over there. Let's make it happen!!'


Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky's The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry is out now on Nuclear Blast/Riot.