Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Local Spotlight #2 - Wasteoid Interview

Welcome to my second Local Spotlight installment at Crucial Changes. This spotlight is the first local band that I decided to interview. I wanted to include a band that I believe has been the longest running Nebraska hardcore band that still exemplifies the D.I.Y. mindset. Wasteoid from Lincoln, Nebraska was the band that came to mind. Wasteoid has been playing grinding powerviolence hardcore since their conception and even through a slight lineup change, the band never slowed down playing shows and never fell into the pit trap of changing to a trendy musical style. It's almost ironic that there has been a resurgence of powervoilence in the hardcore scenes in recent memory and Wasteoid has often been overlooked for many years, even with excellent reviews and shoutout's in great hardcore zines like Short Fast and Loud, a well received lp Total Pukeoid in 2001, and a split album on the well known hardcore label Six Weeks Records with Iowa's black metal/grind freaks Black Market Fetus back in 2004. Fast forward to today and Wasteoid have trimmed down from a trio to a drum/bass duo and currently have three songs on a new Relapse Records (lp on Deep Six Records) grind/powerviolence compilation titled This Comp Kills Fascist with other excellent underground grind/powerviolence bands both old and new. Be sure to check it out. Thanks to Wasteoid drummer Raws for taking the time to answer with good responses. Here's the interview:

Hey guys, can you give everyone a brief introduction of Wasteoid?

- As of January 2009, Wasteoid has been playing punishing, NO COAST POWER VIOLENCE, for 10 years! A slew of tours down, pounding bangovers, and only a couple vans later, we're still going strong for reasons beyond our hatred. Its been a year now since the lineup has changed to a two-piece mosh-trocity. Jeffmetal and I decided that we wanted to keep the band going after Cooter called it quits, and that only led us to be more crushing and brutal as ever.

Jeffmetal: cashed throats, low rumbles, noise clips, high life talls
Raws: power violent, single foot blasts, other larnyx, black metal 40's

What is the band currently up to these days?

- Lately we're working on all new material and pushing our limits. Being a bass and drum band requires a different writing style than before. We've gone back a bit to our old style of just driving punishment. Working on getting faster and harsher. We'll be recording a new demo and also other material for upcoming records like a split with Plack Blague on Hung Like A Horse?! and a box set of some sort for Torture Garden's second edition of the Violent Noise Party compilation. That being a split of some sort as well.

How did you get asked to be on the comp w/ Relapse Records?

- Somehow it just sort of fell in our hands. Luckily, those bastards from Agents Of Satan said they were going to be on this Relapse compilation (This Comp Kills Fascists) and told us, "dude, you guys should fucking be on that shit". It was kind of like a, well, put in a good word for us...wink, wink. I just said fuck it and emailed the honchos at Relapse and Scott Hull asked us to do it. It was finally one of those things that happened where we didn't have to promise to write chart topping hits and multi-platinum records.

Do you guys feel that it is about time that Wasteoid get the exposure you deserve?

- I think we have been around long enough and helped out with other bands and people that it all just kind of comes back to you. Now that we're famous and all, we can finally quit our jobs and pursue our careers in partying.

Any shows or tours coming up soon?

- We just have a couple shows in Lincoln coming up for now. March 26th at Ghost House with SFN and Hominoid. May 2nd at Box Awesome with Faggot. We probably won't be doing any major tours anytime soon. Most likely just a few weekend jaunts here and there. We're sort of out of a van right now. Poor us.

What are your thoughts on the current local Nebraska hardcore scene?

- I'm glad to see so many kids interested in going to shows. There's been times where I have showed up to see bands and surprised there are so many people out, especially during the week. Its nice to see kids doing house shows too. There's been too many times where punk houses become scarce, but every couple years or so, it always changes. Its cool seeing Nebraska kids releasing records and touring as well. I think its important to keep Nebraska on the map because you wouldn't believe how many people out there have no idea where Nebraska even is. Though, to be honest, I wish there were more fast bands/grind/thrash/heavy death metal bands in Lincoln and Omaha. It would be cool to have more shit like that playing around.

Any current local bands you know that we should know about/check out?

- Well, I'm sure most of the Nebraska kids reading this know about plenty of the local hardcore bands. I think there's a decent amount of "other" bands going on right now as well. One of my favorites being, Clean Plate Club, out of Lincoln. They (the one guy) hasn't been playing live much but just released a new cd called 'Accept Adapt Evolve'. Its sort of this weird industrial pop noise with loads of tape loops, samplings, and percussion. Sat In What is also a nice change for Nebraska. They're this dark kind of drone-goth rock. Mother Pile always kicks out the stoner jams. I think Recession is one of the best hardcore bands in Nebraska right now. Hercules is pretty sweet too. Oh yeah, and I can't go without mentioning Plack Blague and Ezra.

What is your current

- Right now on my record player is Debbie Deb....a lot of disco, early 90's booty rap, dirty electro, 70's synth punk....

- Suffering Bastard/Cock E.S.P. split 10"
- Weak Minds 7"
- Gorogonized Dorks/Xanax Feast split 7"
- Minny Pops - Drastic Movements for Drastic Pleasures
- Minch - discography
- Mondo New York soundtrack
- Question - Insanity 7"

What is your favorite hardcore release of all time?

- Germs (GI)

Any final rants/

- Kylie Minogue, call us! We have your remix finished.

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