Ben Wood is the drummer of New Jersey Grind fiends Durian and formerly of Chainsaw To The Face, check out our five stupid questions with him below!
Gene: First of all, why do you feel the need to comment on literally every status I make? Why do you have to troll me like that?
Ben: Just think of it more as a rites of passage. I only troll the people that I love the most (except for Jack). But really, most of the time I am just trying to have fun and make light of things considering we live in the trump-era. Real life is too depressing most of the time.
Gene: Your band is named after a stinky fruit from South America. How does your music reflect that?
Ben: Well, I wish I could say that we smell as bad as the Durian fruit, but we all shower at least once a day. Honestly, coming up with a band name is the worst fucking part of being in a band, so when John pitched the idea of being called Durian we all just agreed, because fuck it. I've had a running joke that Burton loves Durians and eats them with everything for at least 5 years now, so it works.
Gene: You have a side project that is doing a split release with my comedy (Patton Oswalt did the same thing with the Melvins in the early 2000s). Which of my jokes is your favorite and why is it all of them?
Ben: We want to do something where you deliver a joke and before you give the punchline some feedback goes off and we blast through a song that just makes fun of you. Do this and repeat for about 10 minutes and you have our split.
Gene: How would you describe your drumming style? It’s very technical yet very punk influenced at the same time. How do you incorporate both influences?
Ben: I have been fortunate enough to have surrounded myself with great people who also happen to be great drummers. When I first started out with cttf, I got to see some of my (still to this day) favorite drummers play and would try and copy at least a little bit of what they were doing. The best part about the grind and power violence scene is that mostly every drummer I have been in contact with have been cool as hell and super humble and always willing to talk and provide pointers on anything. Shoutout to Chris from DOC, Jake from Triac and Joe from doomsday machine schematic for always being cool. They are among my personal inspirations.
Gene: Last year our bands toured together and you made us go to “Biscuitville” in North Carolina which could only be described as a poor man’s “Roy Rogers”. This is not a question really, I just want to give you an opportunity to personally apologize for that. I think you are being way too hard on Biscuitville.
Ben: Yeah they sucked, but it was a great bonding experience to share shitty dried up biscuits with you, Jack and Michael.
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