I guess you don't care a whole lot for that little quasi-genre? I can understand not wanting to be labeled like that, definitely, but it's what comes to mind the most for me, at least, when I listen to you guys.
The label or genre definitely does not bother us. It's a compliment to be compared to good bands.
What's the reaction been like when you've played lately, and to the new EP? Good, hopefully?
We have heard good things about the EP and have sold a good amount of them at our shows. We recorded that EP in our practice room ourselves, very quickly, just to get our music out there. We plan to record our full length album soon and spend more time on the recording, hopefully capturing the way we sound live.
Live shows are great. We have been getting a great response from the crowd and love the people that come out to see us.
I have to ask: is there any meaning behind the song titles on Phonetic Whips? Like, uh, "A Mat Of Human Hair," which is just plain creepy, imagery-wise?
Our song names are usually from inside jokes or whims. "A Mat of Human Hair" is about Taco Bell drive-thru and an intoxicated friend.
Oh, boy. C'mon -- you can't just leave it like that...
You'll have to get with Jason regarding that one. I think by me knowing the person involved in that situation, it makes me understand without knowing the story.
Are there any other bands or musicians in town you like?
This is an area that we feel weak in. Being new to the scene out here in Houston, we have only been able to meet and see a few bands. I have played out here before at RudyardŐs with Hostile Apostle and really like the people and vibe at RudyardŐs. Mike and the staff at RudyardŐs really treat you right and make you feel at home.
All of the bands we have played with so far are awesome. I particularly like how shows in Houston will feature three totally different bands. This is what I am used to from New Orleans. For instance, last week we played with Whorehound and a band from Austin called New Disaster. It was three totally different styles and made the show awesome, in my opinion. All those guys are great.
Also, I grew up listening to dead horse and wish I could see them.
Did you go to the Axiom reunion? I know dead horse itself didn't play, but Mike Haaga was there with Academy Black, I believe.
I wish. That is something I only got to see on YouTube, after the fact. dead horseŐs Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers is one of my top ten metal albums of all time. I first saw dead horse in Mississippi on a DRI tour when I was 15 or 16. It's funny that you mentioned the Axiom show because I actually drove out to Baton Rouge one weekend when I was in high school to see dead horse and Academy Black. dead horse never showed, though.
(l to r) Caldarera, Giardina, & Courville.
I know you swung back through Louisiana a little while back -- how did the homecoming go?
We weren't able to make it back to New Orleans, but we did make it to Lafayette. We played with our friends Collapsar and The Devil and The Sea, and it was great.
Do you find yourselves missing it there? Or have you fully accepted this sweaty cesspool as "home" by now?
Well, I think I can speak for most people when I say I have a love/hate relationship with New Orleans. When I go back to visit, although I miss and love my friends, they all seem to tell me not to come back. She is a very strange thing, this Katrina. She displaced so many of us, but to those who have gone back, I think they know New Orleans is not the same. I don't really know if it's just me, but when I go back to visit, I can actually feel the depression in the air. It's very sad.
As far as the weather goes, Houston actually feels better in the summer than New Orleans. I think it's because the humidity in New Orleans is always one hundred percent!
What other stuff are you guys all involved with? I thought I read something about side projects; anything like that going on?
As or right now, it is Rustler or die. I have two projects I am doing, though. One is with Donovan Punch, who used to be in Soilent Green, and is called Two Boxes of Summertime Figs and one is with Matt Williams from Hawg Jaw and is called Mail Order Knife. These are remote projects that we record and email or mail to each other, since we all live in different states.
Will we be able to check out a CD of that stuff at some point?
Hopefully, yes. I plan to get more involved with those after I move this week. I have been cramped up in a tiny apartment since I moved here after the hurricane and canŐt wait to be able to spread out.
Any future plans? Will there be a full-length to follow up Whips?
The full length CD and hopefully more shows.
I heard recently that you guys aren't going to be playing for a while after this next show -- what's the story with that?
Well, we decided to take some time and iron out all the new music for the new CD. We have a lot of new songs and ideas that we canŐt wait to record. I think we agree that we'll take more time recording the CD and not do a rush job like we did with Phonetic Whips. END