Fallujah perform live @ Bay Area Death Fest 2017 featuring original vocalist Alex Hoffman’s final appearance with the band in the video below. Continue reading “Watch a full set of Fallujah live at Bay Area Death Fest 2017”
Originally formed in 2002 by ex-members of Infestation & Fetus by the Pound, Cursed has survived a revolving door of members til a solid line-up of Roy Stanley ( bass ), Jon Deaver (guitar), Curt Beliew (vocals), Reggie Villegas (guitar), and Scotty Whitfield (drums) was established. Cursed is a solid veteran act having shared the stage with death / thrash acts such as Vio-Lence, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Vital Remains, Testament, Exodus, Possessed, Death Angel, Forbidden, Warbringer, Dying Fetus, Exhumed, and many, many more. Bassist Roy Stanley was kind enough to answer some of our silly questions via email.
How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal? Did you ever get into funk, jazz or hip hop?
I didn’t get into music till junior high, but the bands that got me into rock / metal were bands like Motley Crue, Judas Priest, and Maiden. It wasn’t until one of my friends turned me onto a new record he picked up, Metallica’s “Ride the Lightning”, that I started getting into heavier and faster music, and its been that way ever since. I never really got into funk or jazz, but I can appreciate the talent….I do like some rap / hip hop, stuff like old House of Pain & Cypress Hill. I remember way back when I roadied for one of my friends bands at a gig in LA with a bunch of other extreme LA metal bands and we had Ice T cranked in the van out in front of the venue and all these kids walking into the venue were giving us the look of death for having rap on the stereo at a death metal gig, LOL.
How did you become a singer or guitarist and are you proficient in any other instruments?
I was a getting my chops up on guitar when one of my friends band suddenly needed a bassist and they asked if I’d be willing to convert over, so I scrounged up some used bass gear and have been playing bass ever since, so another case of bad guitarist turned bassist.
Were you forced to go to church as a youth, if so were you an altar boy or participate in some other ways?
I grew up in a Catholic home, so yeah, I got dragged into church well into my teens. I never really bought into the whole thing…it was more a “you better do this if you plan on going out with your friends or if you want some $$$ to go to a concert” type of thing from my parents.
Were you troubled as a youth, juvenile delinquents, burn ants with a magnifying glass, trouble with law?
I was your typical “metal head” teen who hung out with the guys “fishing” for beers on the weekends and trying to find the next party. So yeah, a few run-ins with the law…nothing worth bragging about.
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?
I grew up in Merced, Ca which is smack dab in the middle of fucking nowhere in Central California, so our music scene back then in the late 80’s / early 90’s was fairly small but pretty tight knit. But here we had a band named Fatal Rage ( who at the time featured CURSED drummer, Scotty Whitfield ) who were heavily inspired by bands like Kreator & Possessed and we all wanted to be like them. We were fortunate enough to have a guy here named Marty Eager who brought down some Bay Area bands like Vio-Lence, Heathen, and Forbidden ( at the time Forbidden Evil ) to Merced and that spawned a number of good thrash / death metal bands here, one of which was my first band, Infestation. Of the current crop of NorCal “locals” that I really dig now, I’d have to list Infex, Cultural Warfare, His Name Is Robert Paulson, Hang the Kode, and Sworn to the Black as my favorites.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
My biggest musical influences as far as my bass playing come from the Swedish death metal scene….shit like Unleashed, At the Gates, and Entombed. But music wise, I take a little from the Bay Area thrash scene and a little from the OG Death Metal genre.
How would you best describe your sound?
CURSED’s sound is a hybrid of all the various musicians who have been in this band….so many influences due to the number of guys and one gal who’ve played under the CURSED banner….we’re a mix of death and thrash….the closest thing to a specific band I can think to describe what we are doing is Witchery.
How important is coffee in the morning and will you drink anything?
I’m not a coffee person….get me a Pepsi to get me going. But if it was a long night, then get me a Rockstar to get me moving in the morning.
What ingredients are in your secret sauce?
My special sauce is probably beer and tapatio, lol!
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?
The constant turnover rate in this band is pretty legendary by now….CURSED has literally gone thru probably 10 guitarists, 5 or 6 drummers, 4 or 5 vocalists, but only one bass player. I’ve done my best to keep this thing chugging along all these years. You know, every time I think “this line-up is set for the long haul”, we’ve had a member have to move on…..and it’s been everything from home life, people moving, job changes, arrests…you name it, we’ve had it.
How soon can we expect new Cursed music. Will you be releasing it yourselves? Will you 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?
If all goes to plan, our CD will be out this September. We recorded it at the Ice Chamber in Modesto, Ca and we’re releasing it thru a new local independent label, Seventh Sun Records. It’d be cool to have our new one out on all formats including cassette and vinyl….I’d love to see CURSED in record form! You know what, I think I still have an old school boom box in my storage and there is a bag full of old cassettes and demo tapes in there as well. We do have one cover on the new release. Its the old Vio-Lence / Torque tune, “Breed” We even got Ray Vegas to come out to the valley and record it with us. We’ve had this CD ready to go for months now, just waiting for the label to get all the pieces in place.
What other bands are you guys in and what plans do you have with them, recording, touring?
Scotty & Curt both are in a cover band called “The Best Of’s” and its something they do for a fun and a little extra $$$. But that’s the extent of side projects right now.
Do you follow President Trump on Twitter?
I personally do not follow him, but with every stupid tweet he puts out and everyone retweeting it with their views on what he’s done, I feel like I follow him, LOL.
Do you ever fart in the house and blame your dog or other family members?
All the time and I claim my own, haha!
Whats the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?
The biggest show CURSED has played probably was either the Suicidal Tendencies or Exodus shows we did at Strummer’s in Fresno….both were sold out and were totally killer gigs, but the biggest gig I personally have played would’ve been Morbid Angel at the peak of their popularity at the old Maritime Hall in San Francisco….the place was hella packed.
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 Cursed songs ?
My personal favorite is probably “In the Trenches”….just a total old school feel about it. Sorry, no covert lyrics in our music.
What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want? What gear are you currently using, amps, effects, guitars?
No endorsement deals currently, although our man, Ben, at the label is working on that…..I’d love to get an endorsement for Coors Light, LOL! As for my current gear….my basses are a LTD F-205 & a Yamaha TRBX305. I currently run a Tech 21 VT 500 bass amp thru a pair of GK cabs.
Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate.
A national band that I’d love to tour with would be Ghoul, just to be able to watch that circus show every night would be killer, but on the local scale, a couple of bands I’d love to hit the road with would be either Infex or Sworn to the Black.
Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?
Hmmm….song to be played at my funeral….how about “Wake Up Dead” just for the title alone…..but for the 3 albums I’d take with me to the grave, it’d be Megadeth’s “Peace Sells”, At the Gates’ “Slaughter of the Soul”, and Death’s “Leprosy”. I’d be down to listen to those for eternity.
Whats your next gig?
Our next scheduled gig is the Fresno Death Fest August 12th….a lot of good bands scheduled to take part in that one!
Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?
The CD is done, the art work is done….we’re set for a September release, so thank you to everyone for being patient with us. We hope you all dig it when it FINALLY comes out.
Following in the smoldering wake of the band’s 2015-issued Dying Gods extended EP, All Out War arises with arguably the band’s most crushing material to date with their sixth official album, Give Us Extinction. With more than forty-two minutes of unchecked aggression, the new album sees vocalist Mike Score’s scornful accusations at mankind strike with more venomous intensity than ever. The monstrous grooves and slamming breakdowns executed by drummer Jesse Sutherland, bassist Erik Carrillo, and guitarists Taras Apuzzo and Andy Pietroloungo leave craters of scorched earth in their wake with a monolithic NYHC-fueled mandate, while searing elements of thrash metal blaze forth from the wreckage. The album furiously delivers eleven original tracks, and the band pays homage to New York punk/crust icons Nausea with a cover of the band’s “Cybergod.”
All Out War created Give Us Extinction at West West Side Studios – the album recorded and mixed By Steve Evetts and mastered by Alan Douches — and completed with grim artwork by Alexandre Goulet. Guest vocals are provided to the tracks “Choking On Indifference” and “Cybergod” by Emily Muscara (Straphangers) and the track “Carcass Rot” by Michelle Eddison (ex-Starkweather).
Give Us Extinction promises to be one of the most devastating albums of 2017. Organized Crime Records will release the album on LP, CD, and digital formats on August 11th.
Since 1991, All Out War has delivered their punishing metallic hardcore aggression through an arsenal of recordings, including five prior LPs; their Truth In The Age Of Lies debut through Germany’s Gain Ground Records (1997), and four subsequent LPs on Chicago’s Victory Records — For Those Who Were Crucified(1998), Condemned To Suffer (2003), Assassins In The House Of God (2007) and Into The Killing Fields (2010). Their arsenal of recorded misanthropy and waves of worldwide touring, has led the band to become a respected staple act for metal and hardcore fans everywhere. In 2013, after several years off the grid, All Out War returned with the reunited For Those Who Were Crucified-era lineup for several festival performances, which led to full-time recording and touring for the band once again.
All Out War‘s style is an unrelenting metal assault of mid-‘80s German thrash colliding head-on with the crossover of Carnivore and the Cro-Mags in a purely seething, tension-filled alloy rife with divebomb leads and merciless breakdowns, unmatched by today’s standards. Their trademark social commentary on such subjects as political and religious hypocrisy as well as social apathy of a materialistic population cover the relevant subjects of corruption of organized religion, ecocide, and the degradation and exploitation of the weak, set to a soundtrack appropriate for the end of days.
Dale Crover, inspired by Paul McCartney’s 1980 video for “Coming Up,” premieres the video for “Bad Move” via Dangerous Minds.
“We had a lot of fun making the video,” says Crover. “It’s a parody of a Paul McCartney video where he plays all the characters. It was shot on VHS, which makes it look very dirty and from a different era.”
The clip, which was directed by Adam Harding (videos for Warpaint, Best Coast), finds Crover popping up in multiple roles, as McCartney did decades earlier. Qui’s Matt Cronk, Altamont’s Dan Southwick (as the Birthday Party’s Tracy Pew) and longtime Melvins’ recording partner Toshi Kasai make guest appearances.
Pre-orders, in all formats, are available now via the Joyful Noise webstore: https://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com/products/the-fickle-finger-of-fate.
Crover has a busy remainder of the year, with North American Melvins’ tour dates stretching through early October followed by a recently announced double-header of the Melvins and Redd Kross (Crover plays drums in both bands) trekking overseas to both Europe and Australia. Dates are below.
The Fickle Finger of Fate was co-produced by Crover and Kasai. Crover played the bulk of the instruments on the collection (guitar, keyboards, drums) as well as vocals. Guests include Redd Kross’ Steven McDonald, Dan Southwick (Altamont) and Crover’s 11-year-old daughter Scarlett who assists with violin, percussion and vocals.
Melvins/Redd Kross tour dates:
October 9 Bristol, UK Exchange
October 10 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
October 11 Glasgow, UK SWG3
October 12 Manchester, UK Gorilla
October 13 Birmingham, UK 02 Institute2
October 15 Antwerp, Belgium Desertfest
October 16 Hamburg, Germany LOGO
October 17 Copenhagen, Denmark Jazzhouse
October 18 Goteborg, Sweden Pustervik
October 19 Oslo, Norway Bla
October 20 Malmo, Sweden Babel
October 22 Berlin, Germany Festsaal
October 23 Leipzig, Germany UT Connewitz
October 24 Vienna, Austria Arena Wein
October 26 Trezzo Sull’adda, Italy Live Club
October 27 Zurich, Switzerland Rote Fabrik
October 28 Schorndorf, Germany Club Manufaktur
October 29 Cologne, Germany Gebaude 9
October 30 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso Noord
October 31 London, UK Electric Brixton
November 3 Perth, Australia Amplifier Capitol
November 4 Adelaide, Australia The Gov
November 8 Melbourne, Australia Max Watts
November 9 Sydney, Australia The Factory Theatre
November 10 Fortitude Valley, Australia Crowbar
Los-Angeles based ska punk band Goldfinger have premiered their newest single “Tijuana Sunrise,” off of their long-awaited album The Knife on Billboard today.
The song is the latest cut made available from The Knife, which will be released on July 21 through Rise Records.
Featuring a reggae-esque rhythm with catchy lyrics about being young and engaging in youthful shenanigans, “Tijuana Sunrise” is not only perfect for BBQ’s across the country, but also highlights a summery pop accent on their new record.
Talking about the song, frontman John Feldmann says “Tijuana Sunrise is a song about my youth… growing up in San Diego. I survived those days in Mexico by seconds and inches… one of my roommates was kidnapped by a man named El Diablo, and I wrote this song about my experiences back then.”
Goldfinger’s resurgence on The Knife is not a rehearsal of past glory; it is a revolution. This is greatly echoed in the band’s revamped lineup, featuring MXPX’s Mike Herrera on bass and Story of the Year’s Phil Sneed on guitar (both doing backup vocals as well). Blink-182’s Travis Barker plays drums on the album, making the album a fitting collection from different corners of the punk world and further showcasing Feldmann’s ability to draw from and synthesize influences into a cohesive, character-infused collection of talent and art.