Diesel of www.thrashunlimited.com recently conducted an interview with mainman Steve Gaines of Los Angeles thrashers ANGER AS ART. The following is an excerpt — discussing the link between thrash and being angry;
"There is a certain emotion that only thrash can get to. Don't get me wrong, I love death metal... but that is very much like a horror/fantasy movie for me. It isn't real. I don't really watch movies, and never got into comic books. I spent too much time dealing in reality. While my bandmates and peers were medicating themselves and vegging into their VCR and television, I was trying to survive — living in the back seat of my car. Everything was brutally honest and real. I had no safety net. So, just trying to survive while people were 'taking food off of my table' became a battle cry, or way of life. Wonder why I am angry? Life and reality made me this way. There are so many of my peers who make statements - 'see how hateful he is? Oooh, the anger... what a BAD person' as they slip into an alcoholic stupor, ignoring the problems in their own lives - just like good Catholics who look the other way when priests sodomize little boys. Not me, I was never afforded the luxury. Life was always very real... and since I am not in any position of power, I have very little at my disposal to do anything about it. So it comes out in thrash — this really is a catharsis, as you said. Look at the lyrics of that song... 'Goddamn you.... I really hate you... I wish you'd fucking die.' That's it. How many times have you been there? And the person you hate is actually connected to the hand that feeds you.... That is where I am with lyrics, and where it comes from."
Read the entire interview at this location.
ANGER AS ART's new album, "Callous and Furor", is now available on Old School Metal Records.