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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with Contra.
1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

CONTRA was formed as an instrumental 3-piece by former SOFA KING KILLER guitarist, Chris Chiera, and ex-RUE/Fistula drummer, Aaron Brittain. After briefly playing together in another local outfit, they sought to start their own band and enlisted the aid of SO LONG ALBATROSS bassist, Adam Horwatt. Except rather than just having a bassist, the band decided on a different approach and adopted a two guitarist format, albeit with Adam playing 4-string baritone guitar.

CONTRA quickly wrote and recorded the "Son of Beast" demo and began a steady schedule of playing to great acclaim locally. However, CONTRA wanted to add another layer to their potent mix of metal, blues, rock, and sludge by asking vocalist Larry Brent to join their ranks. Larry had previously contributed vocals to local hardcore stalwarts DON AUSTIN, THE UNHOLY THREE, and SPLINTER, in addition to the Laughing Hyenas-influenced HATCHET JOB. After only three shows, Larry began recording vocals to eight of the ten tracks of what will be CONTRA's debut album.

2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?

We like to play heavy music with lots of tone. We are riff driven with elements of metal, rock, sludge, and doom.

3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?

We have played shows with Ufomammut, Acid King, Jucifer, Karma to Burn, and Black Tusk.

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

Black Sabbath, Buzzoven, Melvins.

5. What are your plans for the near future?

Contra’s first full length is coming out spring 2017 through Robust Fellow. It contains 10 tracks and is titled Deny Everything. We are currently playing live shows.

6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.

Robust Fellow included the Contra track Bottom feeder on the Electric Funeral Cafe vol III in January 2017. Three songs from the upcoming record are available on our Bandcamp page.

Visit the Contra bandpage.

Interviewed on 2017-05-03 by doom-metal.com.
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