Chris Kuhn interviews Alex
What has been your favorite A389 release to date. Why?
Honestly, I’d say the new Full of Hell LP. It has everything I dig. Between the blast beats, slow drone parts, and rad vocals, it hits all the right spots. Plus, we’ve had the pleasure of playing with them a few times and they seem like super nice dudes.
Jeff Beckman interviews Scott Angelacos
Okay so first off, tell me about the name…. What the fuck is Junior Bruce?
We got the name from this awesome movie from 1979 called Death Race 2000. Junior Bruce was one of the characters.
Compared to all your prior endeavors in music how does Junior Bruce differ?
It doesn’t feel all that different to me cause Junior Bruce was just the next project with some of the same players. New people bring new ideas and other things just carry over from the previous band. I suppose the formula has changed slightly but it still feels familiar.
Photos by BBG
What can people expect from the change in vocalists? Will this be a significant change to the beautiful trainwreck of sound that is Triac?
We really enjoyed Noel’s time with the band and his vocal style fit in great with what we do, but with Kevin and I now sharing vocal duties things are getting more interesting. Our styles are very different from each other and it’s working very nicely. Sometimes Kevin’s voice reminds me of Noel’s more batshit moments and my vocals are more of a meaner holler. Over all things seem to have just gotten meaner since Noel was the nicest dude in the band, haha. It’s all fitting together nicely and will add even more wreckage to the trainwreck.
DEATHRITE – since the moment I’ve heard the first bit of feedback on their demo I was a huge fan of this band from Dresden, Germany. Later I had the opportunity to tour with them, party with them, drink with them, sing along to Sepultura’s Arise with them – and of course I took the chance to ask Tony, their singer, a few questions about the band that made it into CVLT Nation’s top 6 Hardcore records of 2011 just like that with their first proper release.
Like mentioned, DEATHRITE are from Dresden, the capital of the Free State of Saxony and one of the region’s most dynamic cities. And it seems the place to be: “It’s cool, because we and all of our friends live nearly in the same district. It’s very familiar, with a very committed DIY scene, many rehearsal room shows and art events.” A few months back I was able to witness a DEATHRITE show at such a rehearsal room myself – you wouldn’t believe how many people fit into a narrow hallway if they have to.
But let’s start from scratch. DEATHRITE formed in September 2010, “we’re friends for a long time and due to the fact that I finally moved to Dresden it was time to start something new. There wasn’t any specific sound in our minds when we started, but we’re all into Punk, Metal and Grind and that results in DEATHRITE’s sound: heavy riffs, filthy and brutal.” A heaviness that obviously appears when DEATHRITE play: Bloody knuckles and foreheads are not exactly a rare picture at their shows. The explanation is quite simple of course, “there’s a lot of rage in our songs, and when we play live it’s natural that all the rage comes out.”
Interview by Andy Lefton
“One of the most important and influential punk bands to exist. As far as I know, Misery is the longest running (punk) band of our time. This includes never having a line up change (outside of Al Long leaving for Nausea), and sticking to their diehard beliefs of peace and exposing the world of it’s horrors, which is blatantly emphasized in the band’s name. Thanks to these guys for giving the opportunity to run through a brief history and catch up on what seems to be, one of the best album releases of 2011. “…Interview after the jump!
Interview after the jump!
Pangea interviews Old Wounds
Photos by Linda Suh
What is new in the world of Old Wounds? Releases? Big shows?
Our friends at RDG just put out Terror Eyes on a 7″ which ruled and they came out sick. As for shows, we have a hometown show right before christmas, and then right after the new year we’re doing a 6-7 day tour of the mid-Atlantic. I think that’s all we have for now?
WEEKEND NACHOS VS HATEWAVES
John Caution interviews Chris Kuhn
When Hatewaves was forming, were you aware that Alex was an ex-member of 25 Ta Life? Is this something you admire about Alex, or is it something you wish I hadn’t mentioned?
I was well aware of the Beast’s history with 25 ta Life and Comin Correct. Did you know that he moved to Baltimore from North Carolina with a metal core band called CASTE. He also was the original drummer for Mike Riley’s other band, Paper dragons, and did a quick session or two with a noise band called Rough Sex (no pun intended).
I admire his time with 25 ta life. After knowing him for the past five years, I can safely say the Beast’s time with the life made him into a grown ass man and has made him a shining example for his peers.
Kevin Bernsten interviews Dylan Walker
Photos by Matt Nielson
You guys are about to hit the studio. Can you tell us about the new material?
We can’t wait to record at Developing Nations again. We are recording most of the material we will be releasing in 2012. Most of the projects are pretty secret still, some might not be. Everything we have written for the upcoming year is more fully envisioned, and we’re really proud of it.
I know Daniel of xDUDEOFDEATHX illustration now for nearly seven years. As I found out by doing this interview: The very first shirt design he did was for a shirt promoting my first fanzine, which I find pretty amazing. In this fanzine was also an interview with his band Evenworse, then still playing fast Thrashcore in the vein of DS-13. So the circle closes once again: In this interview for CVLT Nation we focused on Daniel’s work as an illustrator – as you can easily see by the pictures, he definetely has his own, very recognizable style. Here’s what he has to say:
CVLT Nation: Daniel, how old have you been when you started to do artworks and what made you do so initially? What were the important or most memorable steps of your career (if you’d call it that way) as an artist?
Daniel Ehrlich: Phew… good question. I think I really started this whole artwork thing around the age of 20. Before that I just drew stuff for friends or at school. I think I did the first shirt design for your very first fanzine, Final Expression. I wouldn’t say that there were some overly important steps. I think the most memorable step was the huge process for the Destroyer | Borderlines lp for Goldust.
Let’s talk about your influences: Which artists left an impact on your way of working and how?
I love every single artist who still sticks to pen and paper. Mike Bukowski definetely had a huuuge impact on me, he is still one of the best. He brought the “thick outline” thing. I’d say that also John Dyer Baizley, Godmachine, Dan Mumford or Belanger are incredible, I am soooo far from having their skills. In Germany: Florian Schommer (also singer in AYS). He ripps. Also Unas and Killerartworx, nice dudes and incredibly talented.
Interview by Wes Cueto
On September 13th, I had a chance to catch up with Bryan Funck and Mitch Wells from Baton Rouge Louisiana’s THOU after one of their shows in New Bruswick, New Jersey. For the past few years Thou have been one of the more prolific and thought provoking bands in the American underground sludge scene.
Listen to the interview to hear what Bryan and Mitch had to say about jazz, local art, social networks and their upcoming new album entitled HEATHEN.