5 Stupid Questions With Amnesian

Simon Millington does vocals and guitar for Amnesian, one of the best Grindcore bands in all of British Columbia, and of course we had to ask 5 stupid questions! 

Gene: Your band is called “Amnesian”? What are you guys trying to forget? More importantly, what are you guys running from? What are your deepest insecurities?
Simon: For me I'm more struggling to remember rather than forget. Maybe I'm running from some traumatic event from my childhood that's buried way deep in my psyche, what am I a psychologist? Probably my biggest insecurity is that no one will ever like any of the music I write as a direct result of the fact that no one likes me as a person. This is like three questions in one and now I'm sad so thanks a lot there Dr Phil.


Gene: You’re from Canada. Are there just hockey pucks flying around everywhere up there? How many moose do you live with?
Simon: Yes, but with our free health coverage it's not too big of an issue to take a puck to the face, or stomach, or even groin every now and then, and I'm only living with two at the moment.

Gene: Did you ever get an erection when you were climbing the rope during gym class?
Simon: No way, I was too busy struggling to climb and hating life to get aroused even at that age.


Gene: “Behind The Tropic of Cancer” is one of my all time favorite songs. Along with “Banished/No Haven Left” from last year’s self-titled LP, you guys have shown a serious proclivity to add a dark and foreboding atmosphere to your music which is fairly uncommon for a Grindcore band. Is this a conscious decision? And if so, why choose this route over the more standard “blast as many songs as we can into 10 minutes” ethos of most grind bands?
Simon: A lot of my biggest influences for fast music, such as Pig Destroyer, Converge, Discordance Axis etc. always had an experimental edge and complimented their albums with a few slower atmospheric songs, so to me it felt like the natural thing to do, or a tradition in heavy music I wanted to be a part of. In particular, Pig Destroyer's "Prowler in the Yard" to me was the perfect template on how to structure a grind album, by essentially starting off fast and straight forward and getting more experimental and dynamic by the album's end. Plus I've always loved sludgy/experimental/atmospheric bands like Neurosis, Thou, The Melvins etc. and have wanted to incorporate elements of those bands in our sound any way I could. I've been lucky enough to do pretty much whatever I want creatively with this band so if we can get slow and weird sometimes why the heck not? Staying in one style to me has always been boring.


Gene: In his 1988 hit single, Will Smith claimed that “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” What are your thoughts on such a controversial and bold artistic statement?
Simon: There will always be a generational gap or learning curve between kids and parents I suppose, maybe it's the kids who just don't understand? Will Smith is a dad now, does he understand? I'm not sure I understand.

Thanks for reading, check out Amnesian's links below!

Amnesian: Facebook // Bandcamp

 

5 Stupid Questions With Durian

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.

As always, thanks for reading, and check out Durian's social media below!

Durian: Bandcamp

5 Stupid Questions With Xibalba

Xibalba are a sludgy Death/Doom/Hardcore outfit from Pomona, California. We asked Brian Ortiz 5 stupid questions, so check it out!

Gene: In Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, there is a character named “Sebulba” which kind of rhymes with the name of your band. Was this intentional?
Brian: No, not at all. He lost a race against a little ass boy, no way we'd name ourselves after a loser like that. 

Gene: Yo, have you heard of this band, Bolt Thrower? They’re pretty sick.
Brian: We've been blessed enough in our lives to have heard this great band. I even saw them once and orgasmed a few times from the pleasurable heaviness.

Gene: Half of you guys are straight edge yet your band still has the reputation for getting drunk and showing up late to your own shows. Is this sort of dichotomy a reflection on the duality of mankind?
Brian: Straightedge? None of us are straightedge, hence why we get fucked up and show up late. You're throwing all these big words at me like dichotomy and I don't understand it, so I'm gonna take that as disrespect... watch your mouth. 

Gene: I saw you guys perform at Kung Fu Necktie in Philly this past Winter and honestly it sort of re-established my faith in Hardcore. Your singer seemed very passionate about the music and the scene yet also very humble and down to earth. How do these ideas translate into your band’s philosophy?
Brian: We're all about family and friends. We also just wanna party, play and get fucked up with our family and friends. We love what we do baby. 

Gene: Are those your skis? Both of them?
Brian: No it's a cardigan but thanks! Yea! Killer boots man! Well...see ya later!

For more on Xibalba and what they're wearing, check out their social media below!

Xibalba: Bandcamp

5 Stupid Questions With Weekend Nachos

5 Stupid Questions for John Hoffman of Weekend Nachos. John Hoffman was the Vocalist of legendary Chicago powerviolence band Weekend Nachos. They played their last show earlier this year.

Gene: Back in college I started a comedy group called “Weekend Nachos” in tribute to your band. After we had uploaded some videos to Youtube you sent me an e-mail politely asking that we change our name. Assuming you watched all of our videos, which was your favorite? I personally loved the one about the man who mistakes a middle school anime club for an NA meeting.
John: I really liked the one where the old lady waitress slipped and fell as she was bringing coffee over to one of her tables, and in the process spilled the coffee all over her face. When the little kid with his family yelled "Oopsie!" as she was screaming in pain, I just lost it. Some of the funniest shit I've seen in a while.

Gene: Why does everyone call them the “Cubbies”? Like what? That’s just like, really lame. What are your thoughts? Are you a White Sox fan? If so, how is the mullet coming in?
John: Agreed, it's very lame. I'm not a White Sox fan either though, I don't really like baseball that much. It's just Cubs fans that I hate, so honestly I think they deserve to be called "Cubbies". My brother had an orange mullet in high school, we used to make fun of him.

Gene: Ugh, I really didn’t want to have to ask this question but I can’t help myself: where does the name Weekend Nachos come from?
John: We wanted to call our band something NOT brutal or hard. So we came up with something random that sounded goofy/lighthearted. The goal was to make serious hardcore/metal fans think we were lame, which is exactly what happened for the entire 13 years we were a band.

Gene: I saw your band last year play in Philadelphia, and before the last song you gave a short speech in which you said “Punk Rock to me has never been about one group of people imposing their values upon another group of people. Punk has always been about freedom, freedom of choice and freedom of expression.” (Something along those lines). I felt that was a very profound statement (one that I completely agree with). I’m curious if you could elaborate further and perhaps even share some insight as to the context of that sentiment.
John: Thanks, I appreciate the acknowledgement! I think a lot of people try to make punk a set of values, or a certain way you need to think. I just don't agree with that, because that's what the rest of the world/society expects. One of the things that made me feel "punk" was the fact that I didn't want to follow a set of rules or expectations. To me, finding your own path in a world full of people who only want you to blindly follow them is a beautiful thing. For someone to tell me "No, you can't think that way or else you aren't punk" then I guess I just wouldn't be punk anymore, haha.

Gene: You wear a headband when you perform. Is that like a Jimi Hendrix thing where you dip it in LSD before the show? Or is it like an Olivia Newton Jon type deal, just to keep the sweat from staining those beautiful blue eyes of yours?
John: I honestly think it's a little bit of both. I'm a big fan of both Jimi Hendrix and Olivia Newton John so to be compared to either of them is very flattering. I can only hope that I'm pulling it off the way they do!

To mourn the death of Weekend Nachos like the rest of us, check out their bandcamp!

Weekend Nachos: Bandcamp

5 Stupid Questions With Ground

Mike Mayo plays guitar for South jersey Fake/Grind band Ground. He is a former member of legendary slam metal outfit Waking The Cadaver. Below you can check out our 5 stupid question interview to learn everything you don't care about!

Gene: Alright, I’ve known you personally for like 3 years so I gotta ask: how do you pronounce your last name? Is it Mayo as in mayonnaise? Or is it “My-oh” as in “My oh my there are a lot of birds out this morning?”
Mike: It's Mayo like the white shit you put on the sandwich. Fuck miracle whip.

Gene: You are a registered nurse? Or you’re studying to be one? I can’t remember. How much of that involves inserting things into people’s butts?
Mike: Im a tech, which is like a nurse except I'm not allowed to insert anything in anyone's butt, and I make less than half of what they make. I am studying to become an RN, so in about one year I'll legally be able to administer medication rectally. I can't wait. 

Gene: Rumor has it you moonlight as an rapper/hip hopper. How much would you say you are inspired by Vanilla Ice?
Mike: Vanilla Ice not so much, but all my friends love rap so there has always been an influence of rap on me. I like to rap for fun but it's not very good.

Gene: For real, I don’t hear a lot of modern metal/hardcore bands do the whole open note breakdown thing, just the monochromatic stuff that sounds lame in my opinion. I think that’s partially what makes Ground so fucking heavy. What are your thoughts?
Mike: Thanks! I wanted Ground to be every fat hardcore crowdkiller's favorite grindcore band when we started. I think we are doing a pretty decent job at pissing off the purists and quite frankly, that's the best part about false grind.

Gene: Did you ever find Bugs Bunny attractive when he put on a dress and played a girl bunny?Mike: No, but Jessica Rabbit could totally get it.

Ground: Bandcamp // Facebook // YouTube

5 Stupid Questions With Full Of Hell

Spencer Hazard plays guitar in Full Of Hell, a Death/Grind band from Maryland who are currently conquering the world. Check out our interview below to get answers to our 5 stupid questions!

Gene: So, first of all, does anyone call you “Spenny”? Can I call you Spenny?
Spencer: Some girl in high school always used to call me that. 

Gene: So Spenny, I’m a big fan of your band but aren’t you all worried that having the word “Hell” in your name might offend some of your Christian audience? Have you guys discussed going by “Full Of Heck?”
Spencer: We usually go by Full of Heck on Sundays. 

Gene: Did you know that “Arby’s” is actually an elongated version of “R.B.’s” which originally stood for “Roast Beef?” Isn’t that crazy? So weird.
Spencer: I did recently find that out. Arby's is one of my top favorite fast food restaurants. It's pretty expensive though, so I only go when I'm feeling classy. 

Gene: Aside from creating dynamic and constantly evolving music, your band also has an interesting aesthetic visually for your album covers and merchandise. I’m curious as to what visual influences your band has?
Spencer: For me personally the visuals are almost as important to the music. We take a lot of inspiration from early death metal, early Grindcore and industrial for the visuals. Three of my favorite bands, Swans,Man is the Bastard, and Gism, are not just my favorite bands musically, but aesthetically as well. I feel as though their art represents their music perfectly and catches your eye without being too flashy. That's reason why we've gone with Mark McCoy for our newest record and the record with Merzbow. We love all the art he has done for his label,Youth Attack, and the way he presents it. It's all very stylized and has a certain aesthetic too it. 

Gene: Yo, how great are long sleeve shirts? I fux with them so hard. Normally I like to show the guns off but I make an exception whenever I have my Coffins long sleeve clean
Spencer: They're pretty cool. I now basically switch between long sleeves and shirts with the sleeves cut off. 

Full Of Hell: Facebook // Bandcamp

5 Stupid Questions With Fuck The Facts

Melanie Mongeon does vocals for Ottawa’s Fuck The Facts, one of the world’s premiere Grindcore bands. Check out our 5 stupid questions interview down below!

Gene: I gotta ask, what is with the name? What did the facts ever do to you? Why are you angry at them? LMAO BET YOU’VE NEVER BEEN ASKED THIS BEFORE!
Melanie: Topon is the one that picked the band name when the band was still only his solo project. It is a song title from a John Zorn recording. For him, the name reflected a certain freedom in music styles he wanted to have with that new project. As for the facts in general, i like them and we need them. With the general overload of information and disinformation we are surrounded by in the various media forms, they are sometimes hard to find!  
 
Gene: Your band’s early material used Mullets as one of it’s central thematic devices. If you had to make your next album about a particular haircut, which one would it be?
Melanie: Still a mullet. Seriously, it is hard to beat. But if really have to pick another one, i guess it could be faux hawk. Someone needs to start a band called faux hawk. I googled quicky and found a Fauxhawk band.. too late for me I guess!

 
Gene:
You guys have free health care in Canada. Do you find that this makes you more reckless with your personal health? Do you get on a motorcycle and are just like “I don’t need a fuckin’ helmet, I got socialized health coverage, HIGH FIVE!”?I
Melanie: I can only speak for myself, I will keep on my helmet when on my bike. Free healthcare, I don't think it makes us more or less reckless and I personally prefer being safe. On the other hand I have always wondered, why are some people not wearing helmets on motorcycles in certain US states. As a Canadian, it blows my mind.
 
Gene: Full Disclosure: Fuck The Facts is one of my favorite bands and “Disgorge Mexico” is one of my all time favorite albums. What was the inspiration for that album, both musically and lyrically?
Melanie: Thanks! For the music, Topon and Vil wrote it together, and I added lyrics after it. It was just the 3 of us from the writing process to the studio. The artwork relates the tale of a travel from the canadian border to the mexican border.  
 
Gene: The only time I went to Canada I went to the Perkins in Niagra (Perkins is the Canadien version of Dennys). Have you been to that Perkins? If so, what is your favorite dish?
Melanie: Never been to Perkins, but we also have Denny's here. I went once to Denny's when i was younger and could barely speak english (i'm francophone). Back then, I figured that it was what the English Canadians liked to eat : just alright overpriced food. I haven't been since. But i have been to Waffle House in the US... nothing memorable there, but price was more in my touring budget then at Denny's.

Fuck The Facts: Bandcamp // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

5 Stupid Questions With Downtrodder

Downtrodder are a 4-piece from Philadelphia that play post-hardcore, but not that stupid mallcore crap. Check out our 5 Stupid questions interview with them down below!

Gene: First of all, as a band, as a group of musicians playing music with such passion and vigor, I have to ask: who let the dogs out? What is the prevailing theory you all have? 
Downtrodder: Our sense, based on a vivid remembering of a book we read in middle school, George Orwell's Animal Farm (the literal bible for folks who want to force an argument about politics in crowded basements while a band is playing), is that the dogs were actually enforcers of an illegitimate authoritarian regime and that the Baha Men were trying to warn any farm animals in the area that a raid was in effect. The idea that the dogs themselves were some sort of metaphor for authoritarian communist rule is incorrect however, as these dogs were literal cop-dogs. The fact the the song was such a hit speaks to the scientific value of  the Top 40 radio chart as a barometer for increasing "woke-ness" among the teenage population in the new millennium years (consider as well the contribution of Eiffel 65's "I'm Blue" to the advent of neoliberal disdain for green party candidates). Had memes been popular back then, we may well have experienced a full-on political revolution. 

Gene: Ketchup, mustard or mayo? No, you can’t be edgy and say “relish”. These are the only three possible answers. And don’t ask what you’re putting it on, that’s irrelevant.
DT: We don't eat food, sorry.

Gene: What was your favorite Playstation 1 video game? And why was it Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater?
DT: This is nonsense, Gene. The greatest game for the system you mentioned was, and always will be Toby Hank's Pro Blader 2. 8 wheels were always better than four in the scientific community we were all raised in. We constantly fought over who would get to play as Campbell Cream, and groaned whenever we had to settle for Bam Bam Marinara or Ryan NyQuil. 

Gene: I feel like you guys have gotten both heavier and more melodic since I last saw you guys in 2016. Has this been a conscious artistic decision or just something that came about naturally?
DT: I think it is a little of both. With our lyrical message becoming more and more direct and deliberate with every song, it seemed fitting to add a bit of depth and grace to the sound rather than stick to a kind of sonic assault. We try to make our songs more textured and pensive than the last and we're really happy with what we've been developing. Thanks for noticing!

Gene: When you buy a movie ticket and they say “Enjoy the movie,” do you ever say “You too!” and feel like an idiot?
DT: Yeah. All the time, and in many different scenarios. Especially when the woman at the front desk shouts that the Star Wars young adult novels I checked out are overdue as I woefully drag myself out of the public library after using their free internet connection to google all the nice things Pitchfork and Noisey are saying about our band. So embarrassing.

Downtrodder: Bandcamp // Facebook