FROM: MELBOURNE | FOR FANS OF: LIMP BIZKIT, DEEZ NUTS

WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON

“I like to think I carry myself more like a rapper.” is not the kind of statement you’d expect to come out the mouth of the frontman from a hardcore band. But with Melbourne’s Dregg, it’s safe to say you can expect the unexpected. Of course, this doesn’t mean lead vocalist Christopher (Chris) Mackertich is riding around in a Mazzarati wearing a fur coat and singing about hoes and cheddar. It’s more to do with an attitude and an embracing of free spiritedness. “Why can’t you have a hardcore punk band with a hip hop attitude?” He asked. “That’s kind of the way I see music going…People are creating fucking genres, people are fusing left, right and centre.”

“I like to think I carry myself more like a rapper.”

Dregg are all about challenging perceptions, pushing boundaries, making people a little bit uncomfortable in order to help set them free. Chris rallies against the stagnancy of punk and the fact that hardcore in particular has become uniform with “rules of what you have to wear” when once it embraced rebellion. “Whatever happened to doing what the fuck you want? If you look at the old punk shows, people would come with coloured hair, spiking it up, wearing a crazy belt, painting everything. Now I feel like that’s getting lost.” At Dregg’s shows, they try to actively encourage this attitude as Chris explained. “This is a scene full of creative, wild people…Come to the show dressed as your dregg, as some wacky fucking character…Jump on people’s heads, do backflips. That’s what this genres about, losing your mind and having fun and literally being yourself and not conforming to everyone else in the room.”

That encouragement of creativity is something very close to Chris’ heart as he describes the period of time we’re living in as a “renaissance” where everybody can be whatever they want to be in terms of art. “We’re clearly having a spike in creativity,” he enthused. “People have access to so much media and so much constant inspiration…we’re in a time where you can turn whatever you’re doing into more than just one thing…push some ideas, push some art, push something that inspires beyond music.”

“We’re like South Park, but hardcore…but we like to separate the people who are actually making a difference in the world and the people who are just choosing social issues as a fashion statement.”

Of course, this ‘spike’ in creativity has led to it being pretty trendy to be creative. Suddenly everyone is an artist, a musician, a rapper. Or people will attend art exhibitions just to look cool, but Chris isn’t too concerned about this because as he put it, “is there really a correct way to consume art or music or anything creative?…We’ve gotta lose these ideas of critiquing how other people are doing their shit and just let them work their own shit out.”

It’s obvious from just chatting to Chris that he and Dregg are a band who have a lot to say, but they don’t view themselves as being particularly political rather describing themselves as “like South Park but hardcore.” In other words, they’re more than willing to poke fun at everyone. “There’s two targets that we have – the alt right conservative mind and also that alt left conservative mind where everybody is so socially woke and into making a difference but also not really doing anything…There definitely are some liberal issues that we are quite passionate about…but we like to separate the people who are actually making a difference in the world and the people who are just choosing social issues as a fashion statement.”

Lyrically, musically and artistically then, Dregg are refreshing, exciting, and exactly what the scene needs right now, Dregg are just Dregg and they’re here to stay injecting “a bit of exploration and a bit of experimentation into hardcore music.”

DREGG play Download Australia this March. Check out details HERE. 

 

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