Hi there, my name is Steff aka Maxwell S. Hunter, the singer of this fine little thrash project called “Anti Anti Anti” So says Steff about his group Anti Anti Anti which I interviewed in the end of august 2019.


Please tell me a little bit history of the group?

-Well, it’s a quite short history, since we’ve only been together for one year now, but of course as musicians we have a long history for ourselves and together. We’ve been doing that shit for more than 20 years now, but in different bands and genres.

 Please tell me a little about every member in the group right now, age, family, work, interests and something bad about everyone? Earlier bands? Other bands on the side?

-As mentioned above we all have a long history of bands and all of us have side projects so it would be a little too much to get too deep into details. When it comes to the different genres we played so far, we covered basically every subculture that relies on guitars and bass and drums in our career as musicians.  From classic rock ‘n’ roll over to hardcore and melodic punk or psychedelic rock to extreme metal.  I guess the thing is that we all grew up and feel deeply rooted in thrash metal and punk rock. So that’s where we all could easily agree on creating our new project “Anti Anti Anti”. We simply have gone back to our roots as musicians with the advantage that we are much more experienced now. If you like to check out some of our earlier projects you could listened for example to H-Bomb Holiday Camp, a nice punk rock project in which I sang, and Alex already played the drums as he is doing now in AAA. So, we both stuck together after the split up of the band. When it comes to the thrash metal roots, we all, except Alex, have a long history in that genre. Our guitar player Thorsten was in a really cool thrash band in the late 90ies called “Nucleus”, which had a really aggressive sound and has also a cool punk project “Glück Umsonst”. And Lars our bass player still plays in a successful Metallica tribute band called “Cunning Stunts” and two other thrash/metal projects “D-Filer” and “Tyron”. As for me, I was the lead singer of “POWER” (2000- 2010) a thrash band that was heavily influenced by horror movies as we played in zombie make up and did a lot of funny stuff with severed arms legs and fake blood in our show. You can see these influences still in “Anti Anti Anti” if you like, for example in our first music video” The cure becomes the poison”, which is a kind of homage on B- and C-movies, with a lot of blood and cheap laughs. It seems this fascination with horror just stuck with me all over the years and that’s why I also have a Misfits Tribute project called the “Die Die Darlings”, where we dress up as zombie drag queens. I guess it’s always important to me to combine contrasts like horror and comedy.

I can hear much different influences but mostly early Metallica and some punk? Favorites from the past?

-Well, yes early Metallica is clearly part of the sound, but also Exodus, Testament or D.R.I. or Municipal Waste. When it comes to punk rock there are always the classic ones you might hear inside the riffs, or the pacing of the drums or the melody of my vocals.  As mentioned above the Misfits are part of that punk rock vibe in our music, but also the Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag or Youth Brigade. Although the riffing is clearly thrashy, it’s the mixture of both genres, as in the early days when thrash and punk shared a lot of their raw energy and attitude, that interests us. That’s probably why we don’t indulge ourselves in long solos and try to keep our songs quite short! 

Anti Anti Anti are you satisfied with the name? How did it come up? You weren’t afraid that some other band would be named like this? Which is the best bandname you know?

-Anti Anti Anti is just a really fun name. First there were only two Antis, but then, what the heck, we just added another Anti cause three’s a charm =). And if you like to get a little bit deeper our name possibly shows our inclination towards paradoxical thinking and free mindedness. HAHAHAA, but please just don’t take I too seriously.

The best band name? Damn I think “Anti Anti Anti” is damn close to be one of the best band names there are, so I guess you could say we are quite satisfied with it. 

What´s the best thing with playing live?

-That’s easy! The best thing playing live is to get all your energy out there and to actually get paid back double if you do a good job. I love playing live shows!

And where is best to play? And the worst place?

-Full packed clubs that’s where I wanna be. Sweat, blood and tears. I really don’t dig too big venues, cause you lose a lot of intensity there. HAHAHA but of course festivals are nice as well.


How is to play this sort of music in Germany right now? Which types of bands do you have concerts together with?

-I guess Germany as home of one the greatest metal scenes in the world is quite a good place to start a thrash project.  We will see what the future holds for us. Right now, we are playing mainly in smaller clubs with other thrash bands. But than again we’ve only been together for one year. I definitely think there will be more ahead for us.


How would you describe your music in three words?

-Anti Anti Anti =)


What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle? I know that you don´t play straight punk or so….

-Punk is Punk! Raw energy, a fuck off attitude and being able to laugh about yourself and everything and in that way, we are also a punk rock band.

What shall a young guy do today to shock their parents as the way we did when we were young? They have already seen everything

-Try to become an influencer or what’s that shit is called. Those consumption Humpty Dumpties give me the creeps =). 

How is it to live in Germany right now? Politically? Fascists?

-I rather don’t talk too much about politics but yeah sadly we have to deal with an increasing number of extreme conservatives and even fascist thinking people in the world and also in Germany right now, which really makes me sick to my stomach. People really do not seem to learn from the past and although Anti Anti Anti is not a political band project you might come across some reflections about that topic in our lyrics. As most thrash bands we are repulsed by any fascist way of thinking and clearly condemn this narrowminded ideology. So, if you like to, you can take one of our “Antis” and put it in front of fascism. That is where it belongs!

Are there any good bands from Germany right now? Is the punkscene/metalscene/hardcorescene big? How is it in your hometown?

-There are a lot of good bands out there. The list would be endless. But to give you just a few examples from our hometown Cologne, our colleagues of “Pripjat” doing a hell of a job out there spreading the word of thrash! Or one of my favorite speed rock bands “Nitrovolt” is also worth checking out.  Moreover, the old-school heavy metal freaks of “Galactic Superlords” are one of my most favorite newer bands in this town.

What do you know about Sweden? Have you been here sometime?

-Mea Culpa! I’ve never been to Sweden. But that’s just a matter of time, because I’m quite aware of how huge the music scene is up there. A lot of my favorite bands come from your country.

Have you heard any good bands from Sweden?

-Of course! For example, I’m a big fan of “the Crown” or when I think back to my days as young punk I was heavily influenced by the melodic hardcore music of “Satanic Surfers” or “No Fun at All”

Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you? Why not in German?

-Well, I write all the lyrics. In a way I have to express my thoughts and feelings through the music and the lyrics. As mentioned above movies and especially horror flicks will always be part of this influence. I’m a huge film buff, so that’s that. But I guess also literature, philosophy and the experience of my daily life are part of it. Although my lyrics are sometimes quite personal, I try not to be too specific. No one wants to hear about my life, writing lyrics is always about giving the listener/reader the possibility of identifying themselves with the lyrics. Everything else is just bad writing.

And I guess it’s somehow easier for me to express myself in the English language and I also like the fact that I’m able to reach more people that way.   

Is there any subject that you never will write anything about?

-I really can’t say.

Politic and music, does it go hand in hand? Which is your most political song?

-Being an artist is always a political statement if you want to or not. The most political song in our EP probably would be “We are sublime” but you can find political statements in between most of my lyrics if you are willing to look for them. And then again not everything has to be about politics, sometimes you just should enjoy two or twenty beers and let your head fly to some good ole thrash metal.  


Best political band/artist?

-I like the US punk band Propagandhi, although I do not agree with everything they are proposing, but I really like their witty and gritty style.

Do you think that music (lyrics and so on) can change anyone’s life, I mean people who listens to music?

-Well, they’ve changed my life, so I guess that’s a yes. But I try not to think about that power too much otherwise I would probably haven’t published one single song lyric. And the musical aspect of a song has an even more enormous power because it has the ability to transcend words, which makes it ultimately magical in my eyes.   

Your favorite record cover all-time? Who does your record covers? And do you have any good record stores in your hometown?

-My favorite record cover is probably the Misfits’s single “Die Die My Darling” drawn by Pushead. Marylin Monroe’s face seen as a skull through a glass of vine. That’s just perfect.

Our drummer Alex is a graphic designer, so he usually arranges and designs a lot of our art work, but when it comes to our drawings my wife is responsible for those. There are some advantages when you are married to a professional comic artist.  =)

Is it important to get out physical records of your stuff? Why or why not? Vinyl, CD, cassette, what do you prefer if you could choose whatever?

-Absolutely important! I always prefer vinyl over ever other medium. I like the sound, the big covers and the haptic experiences.


Please tell me a funny thing which have happened during your career and under some gig?

-Mhhhhh…. there are a lot a funny things happening on stage and backstage, but one of the most peculiar things that happened was when the guitar player of my old hardcore band fell asleep during our concert. He was so drunk that he simply rested his arms on his belly and then started snoring, right there on stage while the rest were playing their asses off. That’s kinda strange when there is a raging punk rock crowd in front of you and certainly a kind of gift =). And then there’s the story where my bass player died on stage but was reanimated by our drummer and lay in a coma for one week and then came back from the dead. Of course, that wasn’t funny at all, but it is one of the most radical experiences of my life and on stage, as you can imagine.

Please rank your five favorite records, five favorite concerts and five most important things in life?

-I hate rankings, so I just give you all the advice don’t try to compare yourself to other people, things or achievements.

First, last and most expensive record ever bought?

-Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock

AreTheyYesTheyAre – self titled

Thin Lizzy – Johnny the Fox


Is it boring with interviews? Is it much interviews?

-HAHAHAHA, no it’s not boring, although sometimes the questions are a little repetitive. I prefer interviews that focus on the music.

Do you care about reviews? Which is the most peculiar you ever had, with this band or any other band you have been to?

-In the beginning of my career I actually did care, but over the years you understand that there are so many different opinions on what you are doing that you lose interest. It’s much more important what we as a band think of our music. But of course, it’s nice to hear or read something positive about your stuff. 

Which bands do people compare you to, is it boring that people compare you to other bands or is it understandable?

-On YouTube someone wrote that we sound as if Exodus and D.R.I had a car accident together. That’s a nice description =).

If you could choose five bands from the past and the history and nowadays and both dead and living bands to have a concert together with your band. Which five have you been chosen?

-The Misfits (Danzig era), Testament, Municipal Waste, Thin Lizzy, Sublime


Is music a good way to get out frustration and become a nicer person outside the music??

-Definitely! It works for me!

Which is the oddest question you ever have got in an interview?

-Next question in this interview?! No, I really can’t remember.

Which is the question you want to have but you never get. Please ask it and answer it?

-Why the hell do you drag yourself out there on stage, even after more than 20 years?

Because I can!

Futureplans for the band?

-Gigs, gigs, gigs …. Full album recording ….more gigs

For yourself?

-More Gigs =)


-Smile, you fuck =)

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