1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Well since the release, we have been at a steady pace of playing shows, and working on new material. Most recently we have been fumigating our jam spot.
2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the new album?
Terrible, but but I like it! It's heavier than shit, and smells a little better.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?
Basically, we don't preach a message or have a lyrical cause, the lyrics are secondary to the music. We don't take our lyrics seriously. Topics include: Drinking, Alcoholism, Death, Horror, Scene pussies aka "Whimpsters", Satan, Chopping up chicks and eatin their pussy, getting burnt out and fucked up! We don't have any real peramaters as far as lyrical ideas. It's whatever we feel like writing about.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
We wanted a simple name. Not something you had to look up in a dictionary or even think about. I mean it's like the band name Death. Simple and to the point. You don't think what inspired Chuck to call his band death? Or should I say, I don't think about that sort of thing. It just sounds cool. I think any inspiration we can attach to the name is that we're a bunch of older crusty dudes playin heavy music and we're in it for life. We're not the kind of people who are going to put down our instruments some day and take up something else as a "hobby". We will play until are crusty bones lock up and turn into dust! Les Paul played every Friday or Saturday night in NYC until he died in his 90's. I respect him for that and we're the same in that respect. Even if this band stops, we will all play until death. Everything else is secondary.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
So far they've all been good, but our last show playing for the release of Metallion's "Slayer Mag Diaries" Book was our most intense yet! It was great to hang out with Metallion again and overall it was a great show cause all the bands not only killed but had their own sound, the place was packed, and I feel we totally destroyed that night!
6. Do you have any touring plans for the new album?
The plan is if we can get there and it doesn't cost us then we would like to play there. If you know anyone at the Slayer or Motorhead camps tell em we are ready!
7. Currently half the band was in Usurper what made you decide to break up that band and form a new one?
Well actually all three of us were in Usurper. Without revealing all of the dirty laundry, The band at the time was going through a low point, and we had problems internally amongst ourselves. Be it personal, professional, business, or substance, we were a dysfunctional burnt out mess at that point! We did not decide to break up Usurper, Rick disbanded it on his own after we took roughly a two month hiatus. He decided this himself and posted it on-line without telling us. I officially found out after someone else called me who read it on line! The next two years or so we all went our separate ways, but maintained some loose contact. About two years after Usurpers demise, Jon, Joe and I started jammin here and there just for fun basically. Get drunk and rock! No pressure with touring or anything. Joe was in a full time band, Jon was playin in two other bands, touring and recording, and I had been jammin and trying to fit into a bunch of local bands, which was cool to experience other writing personalities, but something was missing. So then when the three of us all started jammin again, it was so natural, It just felt right and from there it just started to snowball into what we now call Bones!
8. On a worldwide level how has your music been received by extreme/underground metal fans?
I don't know yet. The release is fairly new, and the buzz is just starting to get around. We aren't especially concerned with what other people think. This band is not about them. This band is about us. Doing what we want, how we want, and when we want. We could have shopped for a big label to do things for us and force it to the media, Then go on a big tour, but then that label would be pressuring us and really we just wanna fuck-in rock n roll man!
9. What direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
Sideways, but with a futuristic retro vibe in a constantly spinning motion.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced the sound of the new album and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Well we all love the standards like Slayer, Motorhead, Venom, Sabbath, Dio, Priest, and Maiden. That's what we grew up on and made us the heavy metal degenerates that we are today! All three of us listen to music that is not classified as metal, but we all find heavy in their own ways, and we channel it all into a metal form. I think we have more classic rock influences than say brutal, grinding death metal, but it still comes out metal. It's 3 people creating in a petri dish like a new disease, ready to fart our music on whoever is willing to smell! As far as what I've been listening to, first off, the new Autopsy fuck-in rules! Besides that, speaking for myself only, I've been listening to a lot of Satraini, John Lee Hooker, Van Halen, The Who, Django Reinhardt & various 50's and 60's rock.
11. What role does Occultism play in the music and how would you describe your views on this topic?
None. We don't get into that shit. We live in the real world, not imagination land. We would rather write lyrics about things we can relate to, like a beer. We all know a lot more about beer that satan!
12. Outside of music, what are some of your interests?
Guns, Alcohol, Big Tits, Meat searing on Barbecue grills, Fast Cars and Fast Women... Uh, that's why my friends in my car club call me the cruiser!
13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks for the interview, always great to shoot the shit. Speaking of which...I GOTTA TAKE A SHIT!