Below is an interview with the band Bayonet from New Zealand. It was originally conducted by a zine in Canada.
Bayonet is a pretty recent project if I understand well. Could you please give us an overview of how the project came about?
We all met through a mutual interest in Blood & Honour New Zealand. We each had a talent or an experience with music and eventually organized our own practices. Our motivation to begin with was the prospect of playing White Power music in front of a live audience alongside our Australian brothers (Death's Head, Ravenous). Agreeing to it before too many practices really pushed us in a good direction and let us know what we're capable of as a group.
Why did you choose the name Bayonet? What does it represent?
The weapon Bayonet was an attachment to the standard issue military rifle which our ANZAC ancestors used to impale their enemies in face to face combat. From that we take a lot inspiration for our music.
You’ve had the chance to play with Ravenous and Deaths Heads! How is it to play with such great bands? How did you have the chance, as a new band, to share the stage with them?
Blood & Honour organized the gig and gave us an offer to test our mettle alongside these famous names. We jumped at it and haven't any plans of looking back since. It was a great experience and we hope to see them again on the stage.
What type of music do you play? What is your style? For someone who’s never heard Bayonet, what song would you recommend?
The music is hard to define. Basically, we all have our own tastes with a mutual respect for one another's contributions - our guitarist Steve is a fan of all types of metal (Metallica, Pantera, Megadeth) and incorporates that into his instrument for Bayonet. Dylan, our drummer, imports RAC from all over the globe and is a lover of true skinhead classics such as Skrewdriver, Brutal Attack and Legion of St. George. Our Bayonet Vocalist is passionate about Odinism and his heritage in Northern Europe and takes his inspiration from a lot of traditional Nordic sources - all in all we are a blend that simply works. Our sound has all these things. A good song for someone interested to listen to would be "i Viking", our personal favourite.
The drummer of Bayonet is also involved in Blood Sacrifice Productions, the only New Zealand distro. Can you tell us a bit more about it and where to see the stuff?
Blood Sacrifice Productions has been running for over two years and has released the first full length White Power album from New Zealand (Xenophobe - Lords of Chaos). It brings music from all over the White world to spread throughout New Zealand and Australia specifically. Check out www.BSP14.com to see their listings, forum and blog (coming soon!).
Blood Sacrifice Productions has helped the Canadian scene by sending CDs to raise funds to our movement. What do you know of the Canadian (or Quebec) nationalist scene?
We have not had a lot to do with them as of yet but look forward to sharing our music to get a better connection with our brothers over seas and cannot wait to make new connections in these scenes. We look forward to having more to do with these Nationalist scenes in future.
What is in your opinion the greatest Oceanian RAC band?
Fortress definitely is the first thing that comes to our mind. Fortress has a lot to do with our own motivation and a lot to do with our shared ANZAC ancestors in their songs. A lot of our inspiration for our sound however comes from Death's Head, and Ravenous was the first band we all saw together which is a great memory to share.
We only know another new Zealander band, Xenophobe Army. How is the New Zealand scene?
Xenophobe has left for Australia and has asked us to keep the fire burning for this country and it is a burden we share proudly. The scene is enthusiastic about our project and they definitly are responsible for our motivation. Brotherhood is very important here and we all want to take that world wide.
We don’t hear much about New Zealand in the medias. What are the issues there? Are there nationalist organizations?
We have several small organizations ranging from political to racial but our true strength for us lies in our extended friendships and brotherhoods that go nation wide. The most serious issues in New Zealand are dealing with our colonial Maori natives and their destruction of this White established society. As Whites in New Zealand we struggle with immigration of Muslims, Asians and violent Pacific Islanders especially.
And what are your future projects?
We currently have a split CD project under construction with Hungarian band Onogur. We are preparing at the moment for our next performance in the wintery South Island of New Zealand where our crowd is predicted to be double that of our last gig. We always have new songs in the works and hope to be releasing our own CD before very long.