Summon: How did the band get started? How did you meet and how long have you been together?
Bill: We all met in a jail cell in Mexico actually, Pat (lead guitar/singer) and I Bill sample/back-up vocals) are brothers. We both met Andy (Bass) when we were about 12-13 in Jr. high. After a line-up change in the band we met up with Aaron (drums) and Todd (guitar). We had all been in previous garage bands along the way.
Summon: How would you describe your music?
Bill: We have been compared to Pantera and older Sepultura. Generally there seems to be a lot of confusion over what musical style people try to label us within. We’ve played with bands like Deicide and on the other end we’ve played a lot of punk oriented shows too. Our music has aspects of varied different musical styles. We just play what sounds good to us and what we have fun with.
Summon: What are your biggest musical influences?
Bill: We all come from varied musical backgrounds and musical tastes. From punk, death and speed metal to techno, industrial and elevator music.
Summon: Who if, if any do you consider the bands idols?
Bill: We idolize Humboite County.
Summon: What made you want to be in the band? And if you weren’t in the band what would you want to be doing now?
Bill: We were all robbing the same music store and the rest is history. Playing music is the way we keep sane. If we weren’t in the band we would all be porn stars.
Summon: What are some of your favorite bands that are really popular today?
Bill: Suffocation, Fear Factory, Clutch and others. It is different with each person.
Summon: How many demos/albums do you have? Tell me about them.
Bill: We have a full length CD “Repressed But Not Extinct” put out in 94′. We also have this CD available in a special gargoyle case distributed by Relapse. In 96′ we put out a 3 song CD “Hatefuck” which is available as well through RPM. It’s got the controversial cover that, the company that printed the CD jackets refused to insert into the jewel cases because I quote “We will not package this filth”. We have had to finance our recording and CD production costs ourselves which is tough but worth it, but we are looking for a label to pick us up. Keep an eyes for Dying Breed’s new exercise video “Sweating to Contempt”. Go ahead and hate the weight away. J/K
Summon: If you could play with any band who would it be and why?
Bill: Actually we like playing with ourselves but not in the same room. It would be cool to play with bigger bands at bigger arenas like Slayer, Pantera and the likes but we still enjoy the smaller clubs. We’ve been lucky enough to play with bands like Suffocation, Fear Factory, DRI, Testament, Deicide, and many others. Clutch would be a band we would to play with too. It’s cool enough to just be out there playing with whoever/
Summon: Who writes the majority of the music?
Bill: A small toothless hermit brings it to us from his mountain cave. Really Pat (singer/lead guitar) writes about 80% of the music and the majority of the lyrics. Andy (bass) writes music and some lyrics. The rest is a general collaboration.
Summon: Who has been the favorite band you’ve played with? Why?
Bill: Suffocation in one of our favorites. We’ve played with them twice. They are into the scene and have fun playing there music. They take the time to talk and hang out, which is way cool. Fear Factory are the same way. It’s cool when you come to play a show and the headlining band come up and shoot the shit.
Summon: Where did you get the band name from?
Bill: Late one night Pat lay drunk under his coffee label watching TV. He happened to catch it in the movie “Hooper” (Burt Reynolds) and luckily remembered in the next day. We had been thinking of names for a couple weeks and this one fit.
Summon: Describe what the band is like live?
Bill: It’s like going backwards on a roller-coaster while on acid. It’s more powerful and fun. It’s always evolving so you never know what to expect.
Summon: If you are gonna do any kind of video what would be in it?
Bill: Haven’t had much reason to think that far ahead. We are trying to get some of our live home video and put something together from that. We had the money though you’d see some mind altering X-rated shit.
Summon: Are there any tour plans made, if so tell me about them?
Bill: We have some things in the works but nothing nailed down. We are pretty much continuing to play local clubs until something comes up.
Summon: Where do you think the band will be in 20 years from now?
Bill: Hopefully playing Slayer’s reunion tour but we will all probably be back in that Mexican jail cell again.
Contact them at:
P.O. Box 815
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254