A lot of bands used to come to Europe and do huge tours. Nowadays it seems as if everybody concentrates on his own continent. Would you say that's true and how does that affect cultural exchange?
We did a small Euro tour after being a band for only about six months. Part of the reason I started to play music is because I like the idea of traveling and seeing new places. As I've gotten older, the traveling part is not as easy, but obviously necessary if you want to stay active and relevant. I've seen my own country five or six times touring. Finally getting to Europe was great. I find other cultures fascinating and think it's important to experience those differences.
You've played in bands before, would you say it is easier to work with fewer people? What are the main advantages of playing as a trio?
It's much easier with fewer people. Less people to keep motivated, less ego, any money is easier to split, more room in the van / hotel room. It's simple math.
Deathkiller has always been about getting the most output from the least amount of components. We try to maintain that outlook in every respect. Meanwhile, the band sounds like a freight train live. That surprises some people.
Your label often mentions the bands you've played in. Do references like MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD and HATEBREED help to find fans or would you have preferred to start from scratch?
There are so many bands out there now that every little bit of name recognition helps. If ten people who know us from those bands check out Deathkiller and five of them dig it, it's worth it. I've been playing in hardcore bands for 20 years, so starting from scratch wouldn't make sense for us at this point.
Chrissy recently left the band to take some time off, who is replacing her and do you think she will join the band again anytime soon?
Chrissy started playing with the band again in August. While she was away Ian McFarland from Blood for Blood filled in for her. Ian and I have been close friends for many years.
Do you consider musicianship as a profession that makes family life impossible because one is either on tour, in the studio or at the rehearsal? How do you arrange things?
It's not easy, but it's what I know how to do and what I enjoy. It's like most jobs but the hours are different. The only part that gets tricky is touring. I'm lucky to be able to do what I love everyday, so you find ways to make it work.
What inspires to write songs and do you think it is important to have breaks sometimes to one's keep art alive?
Everything inspires me to write songs. If I didn't write I'd probably be in jail or an asylum or picking people off on the Jersey Turnpike. It keeps my sanity and insanity in perfect balance. Next to family and friends, expression is everything to me. And yes, breaks are important to gain perspective, at least for me. My breaks tend to be very short.
How would you describe New England to European people? What is special about the region and what do you like/hate about it?
The part of New England that we're from is on the outskirts of New York City. I can see the skyline from the beach near my house. Stamford is pretty built up now, but it wasn't when I was a kid. My favorite parts of New England are the more rural areas from Boston to southern Connecticut. There are things like lighthouses and fishing communities that I think people associate with New England, and that's fairly accurate. There's a lot of beautiful land here. Fall in New England is amazing. There are a lot of old post-industrial areas and a creepy aspect to it that I've always liked. New England has one of the highest concentrations of hauntings in the world.
There are books about it. you can find things to hate about any place you live. Finding things to enjoy is the greater challenge.
Do local people support your art or are they rather sceptical of your ideas?
People are always sceptical of my ideas- haha. Within the hardcore scene you'll always find support, although a lot of those old hardcore ideals that I grew up with are dying away. Hardcore is a business now, no matter how much people try to say it isn't. There is nothing different or special about being a punk or hardcore kid anymore. It's mall fashion. What I would get chased down the road for wearing in 1985 is now considered cute. It's revolting to me, but oh well. That's the American way. We can find a way to make ANYTHING a business. Sorry, I'm off topic- some people around here are very supportive of what I do, others could give a shit.
Which things do you stand for as a band?
Individualty, free thought, expression........chicks.
Your song "Take Me To Your Bleeder" is against gods and masters, do you think such statements are important to offer an alternative to Christian ideas?
Take Me To Your Bleeder is about George Bush and his decision to send thousands of young men and women off to fight a war built on lies and other dubious agenda. In fact there are several songs about this on New England Is Sinking. When I say 'No Gods and No Masters' it's more in the voice of Bush and his cronies. Like a contradiction. Someone who claims to do so much for this country in the way he thinks his God would approve. Yet no one who was truly in touch with any real God or Master could ever make these damaging decisions. That lyric is also an homage to the band Amebix, who I loved as a kid.
Thanks a bunch!
Thanks to you! These questions were a lot more interesting than the ones I usually get.