Cactek Talks of New Single, EP and More to Come!

Thrashy death n' rollers CACTEK have a debut single out, with more material being written and recorded currently! A debut EP should be following come next summer time too. The band goes into talks about their music and what's up next for them.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Cactek is a one-man band created by me in early 2020. Pedro was part of several bands of Rio’s metal scene from 2000 to 2009, then started experimenting with other styles — so Cactek is a return-to-the-origins kind of deal, and the realization of a very particular type of metal I’ve been idealizing for a long while now.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

The whole concept behind Cactek is graphically represented by the cactus-man in our artwork – he doesn’t have a name yet, but the green dude will be along for the whole ride. It’s basically a made-up word that plays with the idea of joining ‘cactus’ and ‘tech’… I had been trying to come up with a proper name for the project for a couple of weeks back then, and, when ‘Cactek’ occurred to me, it sounded just right, you know? It’s short, I think it’s memorable, and somehow felt just right for the music I’m making.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Well, I’m from Brazil. Rio, specifically. Musically, Brazil is very rich and unique – although you probably won’t get that from the big-media stuff out there. Genuine music persists, and we have great artists all over the spectrum. The metal and punk scenes seem to be thriving right now, which makes sense given how screwed up things are over here. I suppose it’s hard not to be inspired by such chaos and injustice if you’re the creative type. As recommendations, I’ll go with Krisiun and Surra.

4. How would you describe your style?

It’s thrashy death’n’roll. Or something else. So far, people seem to associate us with Carcass, which absolutely is one of my favorite bands. I mean, I had to get a second copy of Heartwork just to I would get the bonus track. So, of course, the comparison is very flattering, but there’s more to Cactek, and I also appreciate when people get that.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

The first single was just released last month. It’s called ‘Spam with a Plan’, and metalheads can expect something quite new but also familiar.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yes, I’m writing and recording an EP which should be ready by June 2022. I keep a recording log of sorts on Instagram, so I encourage people to follow Cactek over there if they’re into that sort of thing.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Not really. I do intend to eventually gather some musicians to perform live, but my focus is 100% on writing and recording the best metal I can at the moment.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

To keep on creating. Cactek is a personal project, the realization of the type of music that comes most naturally to me, and I have no intention of letting go of it now that I finally feel I’ve found the right means to express this music.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

There is a lyric video for the first single on YouTube, and people can support Cactek by getting ‘Spam with a Plan’ on Bandcamp.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

The cool riffs, the social observations, whatever… I want people to feel they are listening to genuine music, and I want them to come back for more of that.

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