First of all, please
introduce your project to the readers.
Raymond A. Ball: Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, My
name is Raymond A. Ball, Iím the composer, producer,
judge, jury and executioner of Society Hates. I live in
the ever so Boring Essex, U.K.
What can I say about my project, itís a crazy mash of
Industrial, Techno and Metal. Its also rather political
and hopefully thought provoking. The bands that have
infulanced me are, The Prodigy, Ministry, Depeche Mode,
Combichrist, NIN, Orbital, Jean Michael Jarre, Slayer
and many, many more across the board!! I write and
produce all the music myself and hopefully soon will
have some live gigs (a hint to promoters out there,
please give me gigs!! Haha).
How did things get started?
Ray: Well I was set a challenge sometime last
year by a friend of mine. I have been making music for
the best part of 5 years but never really done anything
as heavy as this before. She wanted a piece of music
done for her that could help her with her lap dancing,
so I couldnít really say no. I did a piece of music
called In Vains (which is on ĎIn God We Distrustí) and
loved the sound of it. It brought the harder, heaver
side of my music out and sped things up a little bit. So
ĎIn God We Distrustí grew from this!
How would you describe your music? And what are your
Ray: Its Industrial/Techno/Metal, I try to put as
many different influences into my music as I can. I try
and make ever song different but have my own sound
running through out the whole cd. Iím Into a wide range
of music, I think being a Producer and Musician you
should defently have a open mind. I Love Electronica,
Industrial, EBM, Goth, Metal, Black Metal, Thrash ,
Ambient, Folk, Blues, Rock, Punk and moreÖ
The message you want to spread seems extremely well
fitting for a punk band. To add this attitude in electro
music is not a new thing, but it still is rather
uncommon. What made you decide to spread your message
through electro music?
Ray: I have love Electro music for as long as I
can remember. The First album I ever bought was ĎMusic
For the Jilted Generationí By The Prodigy. The sound on
that album blew my mind, deep, dark futuristic music
that was so original that when I first heard it I knew I
wanted to do music for the rest of my life. For me also
you can pretty much do anything with electronic music,
it opens you mind to so many more ideas. And anybody can
pretty much do it, like the whole idea with punk, you
didnít have to be an amazing musician but could make
As for the message behind the music, Iím very much into
my politics and worldly affairs and I have my opinions
and my views on the world and what better way for me to
get it out but through my music. Things are just not
right with the world at the moment, the name ĎSociety
Hatesí just sums things up for me. People dieing for the
sake of oil, seize fires stopping countries from warring
are not happing because Governments are making too much
money from arms deals (yes Iím talking to you Mr Blair)
and still organised Religions are taking money from the
poor bastards who having nothing else but there faith
and donít even get me started on that Bush fellowÖ.Iím
just rather pissed off with whatís happing and the
heavy, violent sound to my music is just a reflection of
how I see society around me.
With 'In God We Distrust' you released your debut
album this year. Could you describe this album within
just one phrase?
The debut album recieved good ratings from
IndustrializedMetal.tk. But, what do you think of the
album yourself? And has it any special meaning for you
Ray: Thank you for the review people! Iím very
proud of the cd. For a debut L.P itís a good starting
point for me but I know I can do better and am doing
better. The way I see it your only as good as your next
record and I want to learn from the mistakes I made on
this record and move on to improving myself. So Iím
rather bloody happy!
What were the reactions of other press and of the
audience so far on 'In God We Distrust'?
Ray: Iíve had a few reviews in magazines and
other web-zines and everything is damn positive so far.
Ive sent out a lot of cds to friends, DJís and other
bands and have had a good response back. I just need one
of thoughs damn record companies to bloody sign me!!
The U.K. has some really talented industrial metal
acts with Interlock, Ewigkeit and Digicore. How is the
industrial scene over there?
Ray: Yea Interlock and Digicore are very good
bands indeed. Other acts like Sheep On Drugs and Katscan
are also flying the flag for the U.K. London and
Birmingham are the placeís to be for some good
Industrial music, its just a very big underground
movement at the moment!! People who say its dead are
Now I'll give you the chance to explain what Bush
should do to make you vote for him. If you were
president of the United States for the next four years,
what would you change from now?
Ray: Well if I was from the U.S, Mr Bush would
have to sack the whole of his backbench, the real people
who are running the U.S ( Bush= Puppet), pull all of his
soldiers out of all middle eastern countries, stop
letting people die for him and his share holders. To
sort out his own country, which is in a bloody mess and
stop world dept. Oh and I almost forgot, outlaw
Organised Religion! If I was President I would do just
what I said and then go fuck my sectary and not get any
stains on her dress. mahahaha.
What can we expect of Society Hates in the near
Ray: More anger, Violent music, Gigs, a Million
Dollar record deal, another cd finished by the end of
this year and maybe some vocals from me. But donít hold
Thanks for your time answering my questions. As
always on IndustrializedMetal.tk, the final words are
reserved for the band.
Ray: I just want people to enjoy my music, if
they hate the message behind the band but love the
music, fine no problem. If they like the message behind
the band but hate the music, defiantly fine. But by some
strange stroke of luck they like both then my job is
done. Thank you all for your time.
Interview by: Gerardo (September 2006)