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Kaustic Attack Vocalist and Guitarist Tim Maastricht

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at USC (AU) chapter.

We caught up with (my brother) singer/screamer of Brisbane metal band, Kaustic Attack (previously known as Malthiest) this week to shed some light on the music world, what the band is all about and ofcourse advice for any band starting out!

Photo taken by Elise Searson.

Her Campus USC: How did your band Kaustic Attack come about?

Tim: Most of us were from Brisbane band Chronolyth but we didn’t like where their music was heading so we came together and created Kaustic Attack.

HC: Have you always wanted to be in a band?

Tim: No actually! When I was a kid I wanted to be a graphic designer but when I moved to Perth and got a guitar… I just thought it was really cool.

HC: Where do you want your music to take you in the future?

Tim: We’re not hoping for our music to take us anywhere – we want to take our music places. You know to Europe, America, Canada…

HC: Tell me five of your most inspirational bands/singers that have great influence on your music.

Tim: There’s so many it’s hard to choose just five. But old Sepultura, Exodus, Metallica – but only like their first four albums. Havok, Slayer, Demolition Hammer and ofcourse Ronnie James Dio.

HC: What would you say your music is made up of?

Tim: Solid state amplifiers that produce a raw aggression of distortion with speed and consistency but also with some slight groove elements. Groove meaning two parts speed, one part groovy. So you can head bang, jump around and mosh!

HC: How many gigs have you had since forming Kaustic Attack?

Tim: We’ve probably had over 20-30 gigs so far with a few more coming up this year.

Lord Tim from Aussie Australian band LORD, formally known as ‘Dungeon’ and Tim Maastricht from Matltheist.

HC: What has been your best gig to date?

Tim: The one I enjoyed the most was the Ye Gods of Metal Festival 2 concert in February this year. It was my first time on vocals and we had such a good response. We didn’t have to sing the chorus of Bonded By Blood! There were mosh pits, head banging, everything. It was amazing!

HC: Roughly how many gigs do you have lined up now and when’s your next one?

Tim: I don’t keep track of it! I usually find out the day before hand the timing and what’s going on. November 8 at the POW Hotel in Nundah is our next gig.

HC: Do you have any advice for other bands just starting out?

Tim: Don’t take it too seriously. Practise your instruments and rehearse as much as possible before playing live. If you think you’ve nailed the song in rehearsal play it five more times just to be sure.

There you have it! Watch this space next week to see what the Performing Arts Kollective (PAK) are doing as they gear up for their big production, DRACUL!

See Kaustic Attack perform live on September 13 at the Chardons Corner Hotel in Annerley, Brisbane. Check out the bands facebook page here!


Jasmin Maastricht is a third year Journalism student at USC, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Her Campus chapter at USC, as well as being one of the 2013 USC Student Mentor's, freelancing for online publication WeekendNotes and interning for Australia's number one online fashion store, Fashionfile. Her passion is Journalism but besides that, Jasmin has always had a strong interest in fashion and entertainment, completing six weeks of work experience with Noosa 101.3fm Community Radio Station and has had the amazing opportunity of working with Australia's number one teenage lifestyle magazines, DOLLY in April 2011 and again in April 2013 and Girlfriend in February, 2013. She has also scored herself internships with the Sunshine Coast's local newspaper, the Sunshine Coast Daily and with Caboolture News. She has been working with both papers eight months now. She has previously worked with Darby Radcliff with the Her Campus Ole Miss chapter while on exchange in Mississippi as well as working with the M s Observer magazine and has never looked back. Email Jasmin at jasminmaastricht@hercampus.com for any questions or getting involved at Her Campus USC or contact her via social media. HCXO!