Death. A personal favorite of Tripleee... The fathers
of the grind and still on top of the music bizz. Time
for some questions to Shane...
Listening to your latest release "Enemy of the music business"
you can't imagine a (grind)core scene without ND... How
can you guys stay on top of the scene for such a long time?
think for this album we were probably the most enthusiastic
that we have been for a long time, due to our break from
certain parties that we were involved with. And the new
people that we get involved with really wanted for us
to make an album dat you could expect Napalm to do. So
we want back to a lot of our old influences and tried
to do what we do best. And I think it worked. We have
never really been into what the mainstream is doing so
I think we have always been pretty out there...
>> The scene in the 80's
had much more bands 'alike' Napalm Death. But they changed
their style or rottened away. But Napalm Death is still
around, doing their thing even better than ever... Do
you see that as a sort of victory on the music business?
I said, we look at things very differently. We alway remember
the fact of where we came from and what we thought of the
bands that we grew up with and what impact those bands that
were our favourites had on our scene. And now more than
ever we have done things our own way and we are not interested
in selling out. As that can lose you everything that you
stand for. We have had a lot of hard times but I don't think
that I have had met many bands that are that close, sure
the arguments come thick and fast but there is a lot of
passion in the band and that helps you mature in the musical
direction that you need to without hopefully making to mistakes.
We are just happy to still be here after all this time and
people linking what we do...
>> Nowadays you play as
'fathers of grind' for a young(er) audience... Is that
Well we are in our early 30's so it's kind of
funny but flattering. If anything with the new album we
want it to be a lesson to the younger bands to be carefull
in the choices they make in this so called business as there
is so many sharks out there who will take advantage. So
I guess we have the experience to share which is one way
of looking at it. If that makes any sense. As for the younger
audience (kinda ran away with myself there) there are still
a lot of people from the old days who are around. And to
have young kids come to the show is killer as well as we
can show them what we consider to be the real deal in true
About which (political) issues you get angry lately?
be blatantly honest (more so over the years). I am not that
particulary politically motivated - the world scares me
there. There is to much abuse of the human spirit, rascism
I don't understand. And let's be honest, it's on all sides.
So lets think about that. World hunger - how when sports
people and actors earn millions (not the greatest answers
maybe, but simple) does this kind of shit happen - Religion
well I'm not even got there, the powers that be all have
a role to play in human misery.
>> I still love the Dead
Kennedys cover "Nazi punks fuck off" which you made for
the DK tribute album. Fortunately you guys play this song
live. Ever had problems with fucked up people when you played
this song live?
of places we had some trouble. One place in Pensylvania.
We only played four songs as the crowd of 40 meatheads seemed
to rule the other 200 or so and nobody would stand up to
them. It was pretty scary. And I can't see why they bother
coming to our shows. It just seems stupid.
Which bands do you listen too at the moment?
to say. Some black metal bands, old metal bands, some
hardcore, some alternative. To many, not enough time...
What do you think about the zillion of MTV-punkbands?
Don't know to many as
I tend to live in my own bubble - I watch MTV a lot in
the UK (which is a little different to the US and Europe)
and I think it's a different generation. I'm sure there
were glam kids and old metal kids going "What the
fucks this Napalm Death or Canibal Corpse all about?????"
when there was Headbangers Ball, things come and go in
cycles and in a way guitar music is as popular as ever.
So that's good. But wether some of these bands are truly
punk? I don't know - origanlly I think that punk was just
image and that's what those bands are to me. Give me Discharge,
MDC, Final Conflict, Black Flag, Septic Death or Minor
Threat every day....
>> I saw you guys playing
live several times. But which gigs did you love the most
I guess the most recent show
in Wacken (Germany) was killer!!! Around 10-15,000 people.
Great fun. Also when we played down in South America -
Chille was amazing and Brasil, those are real kids who
live for the music - Also a few months ago we played in
Kuala Lumpar (Malaysia) which was awesome - Lot's of enthusiasm,
no trends. They are not governed by music, TV and that.
To me was how it used to be... You were into bands and
made the effort to go out and find there shows, albums,
demo's, instead of being told what to like - It's to easy
now. The world keeps turning faster and faster.
drummer Mick Harris left ND to put his energy in the electric
band Scorn. What do you think about Scorn?
First few albums were good. But I thought towards the
end they got a little forced but if that's what he into
then that is fine by me....
You played EVERYWHERE! But which country was the most
impressive to you?
I said earlier: Malaysia... But also South Africa,
especially Cape Town (the scenery was amazing!!!!).
A lot of different cultures, and we always love
Spain. They know how to party and have a good relaxed
time doing it.
Is it hard to make a living from Napalm Death?
it is. Especially the last couple of years,
but things are moving forward - We know we
will never sell millions but we will do this
for as long we enjoy doing it. For me as long
as I can get by I am happy!!!
Thanx Shane! Before we go, got some last words
for the Tripleee.net reader???
always thanx for the interest and support!!!
We wouldn't be around if it wasn't for
that... Take life one day at a time and
enjoy as much of it as you can!
Cheers and Take care!!
luck and peace!!
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