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I was born with this fault they call rage: 100 DEMONS interview

punkrockhardcorefolketc
4 août 2008

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Une autre entrevue que je ressort de mes archives. J’ai fait ça en mai 2004 alors que le nouvel, et dernier jusqu’à ce jour, album de 100 Demons venait de sortir pas trop longtemps avant. L’entrevue avait été fait e-mail avec Peter Morcey (aussi de Forced Reality) qui occupait alors le poste de chanteur. Bruce LePage est depuis revenu dans le groupe et je sais plus ce que Morcey fait mais c’était un sale chanteur.

Le groupe ne fait malheureusement plus grand chose aujourd’hui. Un album que j’écoute encore assez fréquement et qui sonne comme une tonne de briques.

100 Demons is back with an album that is very agressive, filled
with sincerity and who got almost only good comments from hardcore kids
yet. Why do you feel it’s still important to play this kind of music to
keep this scene alive? You guys seem to be at least in your thirties
and are still doing it. What makes you keep going on? Is it more than
just  »heavy music » for you?

Playing in this band is just something that comes naturally. Hardcore,
metal, and punk or whatever music we play is what works for us. To get
our aggressions and emotions out through music is something that not
everyone can do. I am 32 and have been playing in bands since I was 14.
It is all I have ever known. Of course it is more than music for me but
the music is what has made my life what it is to this day. Music has
found most of my friends for me and it has kept me travelling the world.

The Connecticut scene as definitely had an impact on the sound of
the hardcore scene. With bands like Integrity, Ringworm and Hatebreed
coming from this region. Not only do these bands have a very aggressive
and metal influenced sound, like you, but they also have a dark and
pessimist(if we can say pessimist) view on life and the world in
general. Do you have any explanation to that? Do you think it
represents the kind of lifestyle you have over there? I always saw
Connecticut as a very industrial region. I think the picture you have in
your record represent it pretty well. Is it what you were trying to do?

Most people in the US think of Connecticut as a place where the rich
reside. Since the state has one of the richest counties in the US and
has some very exclusive communities, people think life here is equivalent
to living on a resort. That is so far from the truth. 90% of the state
is in economic turmoil. All the major cities are wrapped in political
scandal or are so completely broke that they are threatened by state
takeover. Where we live in Waterbury, aka the Brass City, is pretty much
the bottom of the barrel for quality in life. The city was a very
industrial based town back in the days of major manufacturing but now is
pretty much a city of strip malls and dollar stores. To say that the
kids and bands coming from these areas have a very negative outlook is
an understatement. It is hard to come from an upbringing in this
environment and make it out of here mentally intact. We didn’t exactly
try to convey the message of our lives here on the record with that
picture; it is just what we are.

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Like I said before, you guys are definitely older than the
average hardcore fan. It’s always interesting to hear stories from older
dudes. Which people first got you into this scene? Which bands first
blow you away and made you see something important enough in hardcore so
that you became involved with it? Is there some guys that got you into
it or that were already in it when you first came and who are still
around today? Which bands/people can you look at who will motivate you
with the work they put in it to still play this music and keep being
involved in it?

I really started getting into music when I was around 10 and getting
into punk, metal and hardcore around 13. I was introduced to Heavy Metal
from kids in my neighbourhood and hardcore not long after from other
friends. Being from CT we were always getting great shows. I was there
at the tail end of bands like Black Flag and Dead Kennedys and then onto
all the straight edge bands like Youth of Today and Side by Side.
Around 1986 my head was shaved and I was introduced to skinhead culture
in the US. US band like the Cro-Mags and Agnostic Front we bands that
really made me love what this music is all about. Other bands like Blitz
and the 4 Skins really moved me as a kid. There are only a few people
around in the scene who are active from when I was younger but if so
many people come and go with this music that if someone is hanging out
for more than a year they seem like you have known them forever. Some of
the bands who are around now that I can really appreciate are good
friends from Connecticut Hatebreed, the Distance and new upcoming bands
such as Fall From Grace and Pale Horse. All of them are hardworking
bands who really give a shit about what this music is and they have many
things to say. Check them out if you can.

How does the meaning of hardcore is different when you’re a kid
compare to the point you are in life right now? What do you do in the
 »real » world to pay the bills and have a decent living for you and
your family (if you have one)?

Growing up hardcore was much different than it was today. There were not
a million subdivisions in the music. There was mainly one scene with a
ton of ideas but one scene nonetheless. There was such an element of
danger to it all. I don’t mean danger as in like getting a spin kick to
your face at some show but danger in a mysterious way. Everyone seemed to
be more of an individual back then. You were known to the outside world.
There was no blending in. You wore what you believed in on your sleeve.
I am not putting down what is going on today as trivial but things
were different.
Everyone in the band is involved in some sort of trade. From Tree
Climbers to Electricians. Two of the guys have families and the rest of
us do what we have to do to get by.

Hardcore as evolved a lot. Labels are very well organized,
distribution makes a lot of hardcore records available pretty much
everywhere in the world and production makes band sound much more
professional. Which is a good thing if you ask me Before it was almost
impossible to think that hardcore bands could be play on radio or TV.
Today it seems more possible than ever. Now that being said, what do you
think keeps hardcore bands  »hardcore »? What makes you or other bands
any different than others heavy music bands like nü-metal and shit like
that?

 »Hardcore’’ is such a played word these days. It seems that anything with
heavy guitar is labelled hardcore. What keep this scene going are the
people who are out there with their bands creating a network outside of
the eyes of corporate America. We are not being told what to do. We are
not being told what to play. We are being just exactly what we want. To
me what separates us from any Nu metal band or corporate rock band is
that we are in touch with the crowd. We feel no better than anyone out
there and we are not afraid to write or sing about whatever we want to
whether anyone agrees with us or not.

To follow the previous question, is there some bands that you
would like that people don’t associate with the hardcore scene? Bands
that doesn’t represent your definition of hardcore. We see some veterans
start bands with a sound which is closer to their roots as a way to
express how they don’t like the way a part of the hardcore scene as
taken. I mean bands like The Promise, Terror, Final Word, Ragmen and so
on. Do you feel the new sound represented by bands like Poison The Well,
FATA and the likes is a threat for the hardcore scene ? Or do you just
fell that there’s many sub-genre to hardcore and that there’s room for
many style of hardcore? Simply said: What do you think of the state of
the hardcore scene right now? Do you even care or it’s just a useless
debate for you?

There is so much music I listen to that is so far from hardcore people
I’m sure would be surprised. I have been involved over the years, but not
in the last 5 or so, with singing classical music. After one of my
older bands had broken up I went in that direction after meeting with a
vocal coach. This set me on a path for close to 7 years of singing and
performing and getting an education in classical vocals. I put that back
on hold to further destroy my throat.
A lot of music these days is so far from what hardcore originally was but
it has evolved. I don’t hate these bands nor do I disapprove of the trend
setters. It’s the bands who steal these sounds after the fact. The bands
who see what sound is hot and steal that for their gain. The state of
hardcore will always be argued. In the pages of Maximum Rock n Roll from
the mid 80s to the present I have heard and read it all. It still
exists. Underground music still exists. The kids are still here.

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You guys are not Hatebreed or Sick Of It All but you are who you
are and you definitely had your impact on the scene. I really feel that
your new record will get you a lot more recognition and will be
recommended as a must own to the new comers in this scene in the future.
Can you tell me how you got yourself on Deathwish Inc.? How you got
your new singer (’cause I know you had some troubles with that at some
points) and what he gives to the band? How he helps to make 100 Demons
better? When you were recording it, did you feel you were on something
big? That this record was going to kill?

We were signed through Deathwish just by simply talking to the guys who
run it. We have known each other for years and they had seen how the new
line-up has been working for the band and were really into putting out
the new record. Since I am the new singer answering these questions I’ll
fill you in. I have known these guys since the early 90s. I have played
in a previous band called Higher Force with Rich and Bubba from the
Demons and Sean Martin from Hatebreed. While 100 Demons was playing I
was in an Oi! band called Forced Reality. We were doing a lot of reunion
shows in the late 90s since we broke up in 1989. 100 Demons had lost
Bruce the original singer and went through a couple of other guys who
weren’t getting the job done for them. Eventually I was free of a band
and was asked to sing. I never sang in a band like this but I think it
all worked out pretty well. I know coming to this band I have added a
couple things that they never had vocally. There are a lot of styles of
singing that were added that seem to have worked out great. Once the CD
was finished being recorded we were really pleased at the outcome. We
wanted to make it the best that we could. We already have songs written
for the next one so be prepared.

Like I said, your lyrics are kind of dark. You seem to have a
dark view on life. Is that inspired by some experiences you had
personally? Or is it just your way to describe what as become of our
world? How do you feel about the state of the world today? I don’t
necessarily talk about Irak and stuff like that, but the way people lives
in America right now. Some are very poor and don’t really have their
share of the nation’s wealth. Some are living unhappy and in bad
conditions. How do you feel about America? Can you elaborate on it?

« I was born with this fault they call rage. » That is a line in one of
the newer songs, Something Terrible, on the CD. Growing up I was pretty
hard to handle. I had the tendency to act out what I was thinking before
really thinking about the act. I ran with a tough crowd and pretty much
mellowed out over the years but the anger never really disappeared. It
just simmered. When we were getting ready for this record there were
things I had to get out of myself that were unleashed in the studio.
Other things that are going on around me made their presence in the new
songs. The state of what we are living in, which is pretty much shit. We
are surrounded by so much commercialism in our culture it is disgusting.
Rarely do I watch TV but tonight I did. I actually found myself sitting
in front of the set and giving it the middle finger. Who buys this
shit? It’s not the people I know. It’s not the homeless who are patrolling
our streets. The upper middle class family in America is dying and the
middle/working class families are being so far removed from the
middle that there is going to be some big trouble in the years to come.
Our well is running dry here and when it does I don’t think anyone is
going to be prepared.

The last words of your record are:  »My life, my crew. FUCK YOU
!!! »
Some might see a common or cheesy thug guy statement. I refuse to
see it this way. I feel that bands like you represent more than just
simple lyrics. Is there something central you’re trying to express with
100 Demons? How important is this band, this scene, your crew to you?
How far are you willing to go with touring and stuff and compromise of
the real world (family, job, money, children) to take this band to it’s
highest level? Is 100 Demons there to stay?

These words were actually a song written with the original singer and
recently rerecorded for the new CD. I see these words as Bruce did. To
say they are lyrically inept is wrong. It is what surrounds us. This is
our life and this is what keeps us sane and this is what we are. From
the lowest depths some of us have climbed up and tried to better
ourselves. Some people say bands like us have simple lyrics. I read some
16 year old girls review on our new CD. Saying my lyrics were ’’sophomoric’’.
These words are straight and to the point. Do I have to write in some
sort of abstract poetry to get my point across? Do I have to challenge
everyone to think hard at all times? I am writing some of the most basic
human emotions down. If that is simple and « sophomoric » I guess I am a
fool.
We have plans starting very soon to be touring all through out the
summer and a full Euro tour in October. We are very committed to this
band especially now. For most of the guys it is now or never. We are
working very hard and we will be visiting most places on the map. We are
here to stay!. Thanks you for this interview and thanks for question
that were not so run of the mill. Check out the new CD on Deathwish and
check our site for dates. 100demons.com

-Pete Morcey/100 Demons

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