Power Punk Asympt Man Releases "Mad Dogs and Englishman”
Most artists create a brand that’s personalized to them. Their brand is the solid foundation behind their artistry and the most noticeable trait on their persona as a whole. Asympt Man creates a brand that’s not only customized for him, but it’s connectable to a worldwide audience. His name came from the term asymptote which has the meaning of a function that approaches a given value or status but does not ever resolve at any finite position or time. A unique artist with significant amount of talent to propel a vision to his listeners. His single “Mad Dogs and Englishman” speaks about how some things can't go unsaid and should not be ignored! A political punk-rock assault by Asympt Man. In a world corrupted by power, greed and political lies alongside fear-mongering, it’s important for us to have punk music that can aggressively push forward the society’s agenda and fabricate a message different from the norm. The fast paced trashy guitar, mixed in with Asympt Man's raspy and edgy vocal resonance makes "Mad Dogs and Englishman" a hit sound for all you punk rock lovers! It’s chaotic, bold and channels your inner temperamental attitude against the issues that are going on in our world today. Asympt Man's song is a daily reminder to us all to stand up and be confident in what you believe and stand for.
Get to know Asympt Man through our exclusive #BuzzMusic interview.
Listen to "Mad Dogs and Englishman" here!
How did you come up with the name Asympt Man? Where did you find inspiration behind your name?
I’ve always been fascinated by mathematics and particularly the word ‘asymptote’ which
describes an equation that approaches a known value but never actually reaches it, except
for at the unobtainable position of infinity. It’s been a powerful metaphor for me that the
human race knows essentially all about right and wrong, equality, kindness and peace, yet it
is a seemingly impossible objective that has never been achieved collectively, and despite
our ongoing increase of knowledge and technology, the greater our ignorance and fallibility
unfolds. So the name kind of represents that; humankind’s mission for perfection that is
derailed by greed, egotism, bigotry and fearmongering. I think music and art has a role to
play in highlighting such issues and has the power to connect diverse communities much
greater than through our current structures of politics and economics.
Did you grow up listening to punk music?
Yes, all kinds of music that could be classed as ‘punk’ or against the norm. I started off being
first drawn into music by Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine and the more punk side of
REM, and then quickly moved backwards to embrace Fugazi and Mudhoney, then back
further still to Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols. But I’m a big fan of all music that has a
message to deliver – be that Bowie, Dylan, Patti Smith, Beastie Boys, The Smiths,
Underworld. All the members of the band are music producers and we work professionally
in music across all genres, and in my experience any music that has meaning and passion is
great to listen to. Music has the ability to take us to emotive places like no other art form,
and to see or hear someone telling stories that expose their inner thoughts and feelings is a
really powerful thing.
How do you feel the genre of Punk music is individualistic to other genres?
Punk is the protest vote, the two fingers up at convention and ignorance. Many things in our
world go accepted or unsaid, and many people think they have little influence on the wider
world we inhabit. Punk music is the flag that cannot be ignored, that stands up and
demands to be listened to. I think punk is an attitude more than a direct music genre – and
can be incorporated into acoustic, electronic, indie and rock music. But of course, there’s
nothing greater than a simple lineup of drums, bass and thrashed out guitars getting their
point across with no production tricks or magic, just raw energy and attitude.
What’s the message behind “Mad Dogs and Englishman”?
I wrote Mad Dogs and Englishmen a few years ago as a direct retaliation against
underground fascist nationalism and egotistical government interference in worldwide
politics, assuming that values of other nations are inferior to our own and politicians
meddling in complex issues which they can’t fully understand. The song was put on hold for
a while since the previous band I was in at the time disbanded, but a few years later the
political climate seems to have not changed, and possibly deteriorated further. I played the
song to the Asympt Man collective and we all agreed that it was great to play live and held a
valuable message to share at this moment in time. We’re lucky to collaborate with some top
producers and engineers in the music industry, and our friend Simon Gogerly (Grammy
winning mixer for U2, No Doubt and Underworld) was keen to mix the track, so we’re really
pleased with the finished version and the raw energy that it gets across.
What is your biggest challenge creating new music. Can you give a word of advice to other artists out there?
There are lots of approaches to writing and producing, and sometimes it’s good to mix
things up – I write some songs on acoustic guitar, some in the studio with a beat and synths,
and some collaboratively in the rehearsal room while jamming with the band. That way the
results are always different, and it’s good to keep trying new methods. But most
importantly, for me, a song has to really mean something worthwhile to find its way to
completion. Usually it will start off sounding cool or having a vibe, but then I really need to
let the music point me to a concept or narrative – sometimes this will be digging deep and
personal to share some emotion or feeling, or sometimes external, reflecting on stories and
observations on the world around us. At that point the lyrics start to flow and it’s possible to
start putting some emotion into the performance of the song, developing hooks and builds
and trying to take the listener on a journey that can provoke some of their own feelings as
they listen. It’s certainly not easy, and doesn’t always work out, but generally the best songs
rise to the top and the others fade away or get reworked at some other point in time. There
are obviously challenges with getting your music heard by the people that would most enjoy
it, and it’s great when labels, bloggers, promoters show an interest, but actually that’s not
the most important thing to me – I prefer to just make the best music I can and don’t get
hung up too much on the things I can’t control. It’s important to see the success as
connected to the making of music, rather than the rewards or returns that might come as a
What’s next for you in 2019?
Asympt Man is still a relatively new project, with out first release only in July 2018. So we’re
continuously developing our creative methods and our ultimate sound. We bring different
aspects of grunge, punk, indie and other genres together and our first releases have been
exploring those things. We’re now writing collectively, myself (Rob, guitar/vocals) with Mike
(bass) and Paul (drums), but Mike’s a fantastic synth and piano player and a hip-hop artist in
his own right, and Paul’s a great guitarist and songwriter too, and we’re all music producers
as well, so we have plenty of avenues to experiment with and try to find the perfect sound
for Asympt Man. We’ve got three new songs in production which will hopefully tie that all
together and these will be released in the first half of 2019. We’re planning a few more gigs
in the UK and a small tour of the US East Coast around May/June time, and then hopefully
some festivals too, so there’s plenty to keep us busy!
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