I mentioned DISRUPT, a bone-crunching Hardcore band which was strongly influenced by early DISCHARGE and from other Boston bands like SSD, NEGATIVE FX or D.Y.S..What I like about this band beside the music is their political attitude as well as the pro-animal rights lyrics. Are you vegetarian and have you been involved in the 'Disrupt Dead' box set and all the other re-issues, which have been released through Relapse Records?
I am not a vegetarian, never have been. Some people may be dissappointed to hear that but it is what it is. As far as the Relapse re-issues go, I am involved in all that. Pete and Jay handled most of the details but I still talk to them all the time and was kept up to date as far as what was happening with all that.
Jeff, you're a real busy musician, because you're also play in ABHORRED, REDRUM, UTOPIA BANISHED and NOOSEBOMB. Before this interview will be endless, let's only focus on NOOSEBOMB, where you also play together with John Heidenrich. I know, that you have released a new 7" thru Land O' Smiles records. What can you tell me about this 7"?
I was in all those bands except for Utopia Banished. Yeah we recorded 4 songs for that 7 inch a while back. The line-up then was different than it is now. John H. was playing bass at the time and I was the only guitar player. Our friend John Farley was doing vocals along with myself on that recording. He has since left the band and John H. has moved to 2nd. guitar & we added a new bass player, Eric. We had an opportunity to record for free so we took full advantage of that. Eric did all the recording himself at his school at the time. One song called "Union of Perversion" is on it which I'm happy about because it was one of the first songs I wrote for the band that never got recorded. There is also a song dedicated to my dog Ernie. He is a cardigan welch corgi. He fucking rules! I love that little guy. There is one part in the middle of the song where we recorded him howling and we put it on the recording. The coolest thing is it is a picture disc. The artwork was done by Eric Harrison who did all the Grief artwork. It looks amazing, I was blown away when I saw it. Land o Smiles did a great job.
From all the bands, which one do you like the most? What is your beloved baby?
I like all the bands I have been in and am currently in. I would have to say Grief is the one. Mostly because of the length of time I put into that band. 10 years straight and then came back for a couple more. I pretty much did everything in that band at one time or another. Did just vocals, played guitar and sang, played bass and sang and even played drums and did vocals for about a year when we couldn't find a drummer. Of all the members I'm the only one who can say I performed at every single show Grief ever played. I hope I don't sound like I'm bragging but that band was my baby for about a third of my life. And I'm pretty fucking old. Haha! Hey you never know we might be back. Keep your ears open.
That would be amazing, Jeff! At least, I would like to ask you about upcoming elections in the USA. What do you think about this procedure and do you think that this will change anything?
As far as the elections go, I don't follow politics. I don't vote, never have. Maybe my vote would make a difference but I doubt it. I'm pretty much convinced who ever runs this country is gonna screw it up onw way or another.
Jeff, thanks a lot. Have a good time and all the best!
Thanks Klaus, for the interview.