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NAPOLIEN
THE BIOGRAPHY OF NAPOLIEN
MINISTRY OF TRUTH

Napolien was formed with the birth of Dolph Hamster Music, when three recording artists came together at the start of a new label. Mark Loader was at the time working on early projects as The Anarchists Pogo Party and had just set up Screenager Presents as a small punk label. Seb Reilly was working with him as his producer, along with running Logcabinmusic and headlining his own solo project, SpyGame. The two decided to combine their respective labels, and created Dolph Hamster Music, with extensive input from Tony Lawrence, who was immediately signed to the new label under his Gothic Rock pseudonym AC Violator. Tony approached Seb with the thought of creating a band, combining both styles of songwriting, and Mark immediately joined them, as they all felt they needed an outlet to express their combined political and social opinions. The three then locked themselves away in the Smack House, their resident studio at the time, and an extensive writing process began. From these early sessions came a lot of styles and ideas, but nothing the band felt was different. They needed something original, something that relentlessly pounded in the face of the listener and did not let up, and so they stumbled across a concept which spawned what is now known as Napolien. At the time Seb was reading George Orwell's 'Animal Farm', and Tony was reading '1984', also by Orwell. Both these novels have had a heavy influence on the band, both lyrically and ethically, and brought about a creative wave which led to the first draft of 'March of the Lemmings'. This song became the forerunner of all Napolien's songs, defining their sound, style, and introducing the driving drums and techno influence which has become Napolien's trademark.

From there, Napolien have gone on to write several controversial songs which have challenged perceptions to the point of censorship. They bring a punk attitude to techno influenced industrial metal, a combination that some have found unacceptable. Despite this, they have received airplay from BBC Radio and critical acclaim from several sources. Napolien are a band designed to upset, and they pride themselves on bringing issues to light that make people uncomfortable. Their songs pump through your veins like battery acid, and are definitely not for the faint-hearted or those who are easily offended.