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Ze TERROR interview

6 décembre 2007

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Alors voilà. L’entrevue complète, courte et dans sa version anglaise, faite avec Buske de Terror. Il a auparavant joué dans les incontournables formations Another Victim et The Promise.

J’adore tous les bands dans lesquels il a joué et le gars se surpasse vraiment en ce qui attrait au design graphique.

Terror sera au Club Soda le 19 décembre avec Chimaira, Kataklysm et The End.

Has the game of playing in a hardcore band changed much since Another Victim or even The Promise in terms of audience and what people expect from the band you play in?

I’ve never paid any attention to what people expect of me whether on stage, or off, so I don’t really know if it has changed. I do what I do because it’s what I need to do and I do what I do from instinct. The crowds have definitely changed though. Hardcore is a much more common name these days as opposed to when I came up, so there’s a lot of uneducated and unseasoned kids coming in nowadays. A lot of crossover kids too, but I think that’s great. This kind of music can appeal to anybody and I enjoy seeing all types of people at Terror shows. With The Promise and AV, we were know as a (vegan) Straight Edge band, so those were the kinds of people we typically drew, very pigeonholed in a way. I enjoy seeing all walks of life these days at our shows.

Is hardcore at its peak, or is it a good period for hardcore from what you’ve seen through the years?

I think it’s very alive and well and has been ever since I’ve known of it. It obviously had a huge spike in its earlier years and some will deny that it even exists these days, but hardcore as I know it, love it and feel it, is still very alive. Madball, Agnostic Front, Murphy’s Law, District 9, SubZero, Trapped Under Ice, Blacklisted, Iron Age, Donnybrook!, Piece By Piece in the States, Against, Extortion and Mindsnare in Australia, Loyal To The Grave in Japan, Rise And Fall, No Turning Back, Born From Pain in Europe, Final Word in Canada. This shit is solid and strong all across the globe and it’s not going anywhere any time soon.

Is it harder to convince yourself that all these efforts of touring and not making that much money from record sales is worth it? Is being one of the last of the diehards always cool?

Like I said before, I do this because I need to. Money isn’t a driving force for me; however it would be kind of cool to be able to pay my bills at the end of the month. Terror is a self-sustaining band, meaning that when we are on tour, we can take care of our homes and lives away from home, but we certainly don’t MAKE money off the band. Everybody that does this band is in the same boat; we do it as a necessity and out of absolute love.

At times it does get hard for me because I am older and have a lot more priorities and obligations at home and at times I have thought about “giving up”, but after a good rest from tour and time away, I start to go into withdrawal. It’s definitely a part of my life and I don’t feel I’d be complete without this part of it.

Which hardcore band was/is the most influential on you? Not only about how it shaped your conception of the hardcore sound you’ve played through the years but also about their lyrics. How the intensity of that band can be a life lesson.

I would say Minor Threat and 7 Seconds were definitely the pioneer bands for me. Those 2 bands took anger, sincerity and natural emotion and really laid it out there and made me a believer. To this day, I can still get goosebumps listening to Minor Threat. As for the best hardcore band in the world: Madball. Those dudes are family and live and breathe every lyric they have every written.

When did you get so interested in art and design?

I think it started when I was heavily into skateboarding in the 80’s and 90’s. As cool as it was to say you didn’t buy your skateboard based on its graphics, it was the graphics that made me buy skateboards. I’d get a new deck and hate to actually use it because the art and graphics on its shape looked and formed so amazingly that it was a piece of art to me rather than a wood board on wheels. I remember seeing Pushead art and being absolutely blown away (to which I still am today). Jeff Phillips always did incredible art and the Dogtown stuff always had great stuff too.

From there I got into graffiti and started doing a lot of drawing and spray painting and following that whole culture. Some of the most talented artists in the world that have come from the street art scene; Bansky, Shepherd Fairey, Dave Kinsey, Kaws to name a few.

As for design, I think my love for graffiti and how interested I was in how simple letters can create such amazing art; I found the same appreciation for typography and dynamics with layouts and images. I had/have absolutely no training or schooling with computers or design, it’s just something I love to do; create cool looking things.

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Who’s the Bukowski fan in Terror?

I assume you are referring to the quote on the booklet of Always The Hard Way. That was my idea and suggestion. I wouldn’t say I’m a “fan” of Bukowski because I don’t want to front on the diehard, true Bukowski fans, but I do have a fondness for the guy. I thought that quote summed up the vibe of the record, lyrically, so I put as the very first page to kind of foreshadow that.

Was there anything different in the band attitude when you wrote the new 7-inch/EP (by the way, who’s the kid wearing the Judge record on the B face) compared to Always The Hard Way ?

The EP idea was because we are free to do whatever we want at this point since we are no longer contractually obligated to Trustkill. We had some tunes left over from the Always The Hard Way shit and we wanted to just do a small release with our good friends at Reaper to keep us out there between records. Though people tend to think that we are “over” and “above” doing smaller things, we really loved being able to do such a back to basics release, you know? It was recorded in a day or two at our drummers studio in his garage, I did all the layouts and ads for the releases, the entire thing was done by us… down to choosing all the overseas labels who put it out.

As for the handsome young man on the B-side, that is me at the ripe and tender age of maybe 14.

Two major references to lions and animal aggressiveness on two different covers. Is it a concept?

Completely unrelated. I think images of aggressive animals, particularly lions, are very powerful. The lion is one of the most beautiful and peaceful looking animals when calm yet when angry, it becomes very fierce and intimidating. I always kind of related that train of thought to hardcore. The idea of being able to find rhythm and some sort of peace through hardcore amongst all the chaos that surrounds us in the world.

Do you always relate to Scott’s lyrics?

I always have, yes. Before I was even friends with Scott, I listened to his bands and related to him. After meeting him and developing a relationship with him, his lyrics become that much for relative to me and now being in a band with him and living our lives together, I know exactly where he is coming from when he writes new lyrics. I think the newer songs touch a lot more personal issues and from what we have demoed for the new record, his lyrics are definitely now the best they’ve ever been.

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