Chris Ryan of Scottish Slammers Party Cannon Talks Bay Area Death Fest and Gear.

Scottish Slam-Masters, Party Cannon, are back with their latest dose of baby-making, beer chugging, late night grubbing, blast-induced, slamming death metal, ‘Perverse Party Platter’.

“While some bands in our genre take a more “mature” route in later releases, we have definitely not”, states bassist Chris Ryan. “We are hyped to release five new tracks of pure slamming brutal death metal. “Perverse Party Platter” is everything we enjoy about Party Slam taken way too far – massive slams, riffs with too many notes, ultra-guttural vocals, raw production and terrible film samples.” Zoran Theodorovic aka Iron Serbian recently had the privilege of chatting with bassist Chris Ryan at an undisclosed location deep in the heart of somewhere secret.

How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal? Did you ever get into funk, jazz or hip hop.

Chris: My parents are into Black Sabbath and stuff so that was always around when I was growing up, but I didn’t really start to get into music until I was a teenager and saw an Iron Maiden video on TV and thought it was pretty nifty. I made friends at high school who were into playing guitar and stuff so it kinda went from there. I got into jazz etc later on, I even ended up playing in jazz and wedding bands for a while.

How did you become a singer or guitarist and are you proficient in any other instruments?

Chris: I originally wanted to play guitar, but my friends at the time needed a bass player for their band so I decided to go with that instead. I wouldn’t say I was good at any instrument, but consistently mediocre at them all.

Were you forced to go to church as a youth, if so were you an altar boy or participate in some other ways?

Chris: Despite coming from an Irish-Catholic family I never went to church as a kid or was ever religious, my dad used to be an altar boy though and that’s pretty hilarious.

Were you troubled as a youth, juvenile delinquents, burn ants with a magnifying glass, trouble with law?

Chris: I wasn’t a delinquent youth but I was definitely troubled in different ways. My parents took me to a child psychologist several times because they wouldn’t believe that I didn’t have autism.

What was the local scene in like in the beginning , was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?

Chris: When we first started the local scene in Scotland was pretty good, we’d regularly be playing with bands like Agonised Deformity, Nerrus Kor, Scordatura and Laceration. I guess the band we aspired to be like back then was Cerebral Bore – they were unsigned at that point and doing huge DIY tours in the states and Europe, that’s what made us realize stuff like that was achievable without being a “signed” band. The local scene now isn’t that great as there hasn’t really been any new death metal bands recently. It feels like the scene is made up of the same bands it was 5 years ago.

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Who are your biggest musical influences?

Chris: All the ones you’d expect really – Devourment, Dying Fetus, Orchidectomy, Disgorge, Exhumed, Internal Bleeding, Jessica from my Maths class who said no to going to prom with me.

How would you best describe your sound?

Chris: Brutal slamming death metal mixed with mid to late 90s goregrind/core. Music for people who enjoy rollerblading and living with their parents.  The core sound is brutal death metal with lots of slams and technical bits, but there’s just as many thrashy-grind parts.

How important is coffee in the morning and will you drink anything?

Chris: Fun fact, I don’t actually like coffee so will usually opt for Red Bull in the morning – which is very important. If Red Bull isn’t on hand, my go to contingency beverage would be a pint of bovril.

What ingredients are in your secret sauce?

Chris: Salt, pepper, sadness, tears.

How did the band meet and how long did it take to finalize this lineup? How many other musicians did you try out that didn’t make the cut? How stable is the current lineup?

Chris: The original lineup met through school and the local scene, however it took 3/4 years for us to reach this lineup. We’ve had about 6 drummers and 3 guitarists come and go since starting the band. We kicked our first drummer out because he wouldn’t commit to shows and regular practice so ended up having a number of fill-ins until we found Martin in 2013. We had one drummer try out who kept saying “we should sample porn”. Our original guitarist and founding member quit in 2013 just before the release of ‘Partied In Half’ due to some personal reasons, since then we’ve had Hamish from Laceration as a fill-in followed by Mike. We originally asked Mike to fill-in for a short tour, but liked him so much that we asked him to join soon after. Our current lineup is the longest running one we’ve had, but you never know what might happen when it comes to the next release – if there’s a next release.

You have a new ep via Gore House Production. Will they be releasing it on cassette and vinyl. Do you own a cassette player, are cassettes silly? Will you be recording cover songs for the new album?

Chris: I think there’s a vinyl release in the works, but it’s definitely coming out on cassette. The only cassette player I still currently have is a Tiger Talk Boy from 1992, the one they released for Home Alone 2. I think cassettes are pretty cool, they have a certain charm that’s been lost with CDs. Though vinyls are definitely my favourite option. I cannot confirm or deny whether or not we have a bonus cover song on the EP.

What the highlights of your first Bay Area Death Fest appearance, who are you looking to seeing at this years Bay Area Death Fest, has Andrew ever touched you?

Chris: Andrew might have not touched me physically but he’s definitely touched my heart, he’s brought a warmth into my life that I never thought would be possible. The highlights of BADF 2015 for me would be the food vendor outside thinking I was from Liverpool, running into a guy at the festival who was from Dumfries, spilling Parasitic Ejaculation’s merch everywhere, some girl taking her shirt off for me to sign, meeting our label manager for the first time, throwing a pitiful amount of balloons into the crowd and smashing my face off the stage during Disentomb.

 

What other bands are you guys in and what plans do you have with them, recording, touring?

Chris: At the moment I’m the only one actively involved with other projects, which are Iniquitous Savagery, Gendo Ikari, Laceration and xTRICEPTICONx. All bands have new releases and shows planned soon, being in all these bands is consuming and ruining my life.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?

Chris: The first time I went into a record shop to buy music I got two things – Powerslave by Iron Maiden and the Collision Course mashup with Linkin Park and Jay-Z. I regret nothing about those purchases. I’ve bought the first three Carcass albums a few times each as they kept getting reissued with bonus material, apparently if you add inaudible demo tracks or shitty DVDs to something I will go out my way to buy it.

Do you follow President Trump on Twitter?

Chris: No, I find stuff to do with Trump boring. I also do not have Twitter.

Which member of Metallica are you and why?

Chris: Jason Newsted – getting unfairly shit on despite having all the best ideas.

Do you ever fart in the house and blame your dog or other family members?

Chris: The only person I live with is my partner, and they know it’s me.

Whats the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?

Chris: Bay Area Death Fest 2015 is still the biggest show we’ve played, there was close to 1000 people there for our set which is definitely a number. Unless something has gone wrong prior to the set (gear, setup times, alcoholism) I don’t think any of us really get nervous anymore. When we first started playing bigger shows I’d get a bit nervous, but I combated these nerves by drinking copious Monsters before the set so that I was more worried about torrential diarrhea than the people watching.

Out of all your songs which one gets you excited the most when you perform it? Are there any political or social issues besides the obvious hidden in Party Cannon songs?

Chris: It’s a tie between “High Five Ghost” and “Jack vs. The Exotic Crustacean” for me as they are fast, and then slow, then even slower. I feel those songs don’t fuck about and cause the most people to get kicked in the face – nothing gets the crowd going more than stolen Disgorge and Devourment riffs. Live I usually say our songs are about body positivity or that time I got banned from Tinder, but most of them are actually based on comics/films or are about social politics, anti-nuclear war, equality and that bit in Evangelion where everyone gets liquified.

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What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want? What gear are you currently using, amps, effects, guitars?

Chris: We currently have 2x endorsements, Mike is currently endorsed by Ormsby Guitars whereas the rest of are endorsed by Semenex – the pill that makes you shoot volumes higher. Gear wise we’re using Peavey, Crate and Krank amps and Mapex drums. I’m using an LTD bass and Craig has a BC Rich guitar, however Mike recently started using a custom Ormsby from Australia which is pretty cool, it has squint frets. We don’t really use effects because that’s for doom bands and people who like prog.

Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate.

Chris: Devourment or Dying Fetus would be the bands we’d want to tour with the most, that’s probably the biggest thing a band like us could hope to do. If I could meet/harass any artist it’d be Victor Wooten, we could hang out in the gym then have a lunch date at a small seaside cafe where we’d share all our most intimate secrets.

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?

Chris: “I’ll Take You Everywhere” by Penfold, but during the big build up my corpse is launched into orbit – because I want people to be sad at my funeral, but also kinda entertained.

Three albums to take to the grave would be…

American Football – American Football (part 1?)
Devourment – Molesting The Decapitated
Weather Report – Heavy Weather

Whats your next gig?

Chris: Our next gig is actually Bay Area Death Fest, after that we hit to road with some cute boys who like weird music and play Chicago Domination Fest followed by some east coast dates which, in true DIY fashion, have been hastily organised and will probably take place in someone’s garden/crack den.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

Chris: Before attempting to fix anything, take a picture of it first. Don’t start a slam band. Derek Tickle of Rend Thy Flesh Designs you owe me money.

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