Sunday, February 1, 2009
Chris & Justin From Mind Eraser Q&A
How did Mind Eraser come together then?
C: Me and Justin stayed up one night in 2003 and made up some songs on a 4track. This eventually became our demo which is not very good, and eventually those songs got recorded on our first album. We started getting different people together to play sometimes and eventually got a stable lineup going after a year or so.
J: Mind Eraser was started by me and Chris Corry in late 2003. we both had similar ideas on music so we decided to collaborate.
Obviosly you have been well connected with other boston area bands, yet Mind eraser dont sound like your typical boston hardcore act, were you the odd band out when playing shows when it all began?
C: I don't think we're all that different really. We're a hardcore band. When we started Think I Care sounded a lot like Paindriver and would play infest and ssd songs at their gigs. Xfiles was playing a lot, they weren't always good but when we started they were. We've never been like the biggest band in the city or anything but people liked us even when we weren't that good.
J: Not really because early on we played a lot of different types of shows with different types of bands so it never felt like that.
Whats the process of putting together your sound, would you say it has musically 'matured' over the releases? For example the new 12" has gotten alot slower yet it still maintains the brutalness of Glacial reign not that didnt have slow parts, but are you gradually changing your sound, or just experimenting?
C: We just write songs and try different shit that seems satisfying. I think the new 7" is our most fast and direct thing.
J: Yeah I think we have expanded our horizons as far as our influences but I still don't think there has been too big of a leap since "glacial reign" to be honest. I think on "cave" we were still trying to find our sound and by the time we recorded GR we kinda knew what we wanted. I think "Conscious Unconscious" was some what of an experiment as far as song length and structure but all the riffs still sound pretty mind eraser to me.
Both your new records have sold out extremly fast, did you ever predict that to happen and were you shocked by how quickly they all went?
C: It was a bit of a surprise, but they weren't huge pressings and large chunks went for distribution so they've only sort of sold out. It's nice that people want to hear what we're up to though. We put some time into those, recorded and mixed ourselves (with some help).
J: I called this shit back in 2003. Nah just kidding. I had no idea and don't really care either way. I'd much rather have the ability to make myself levitate or turn invisible then to sell like 300 records in a few days.
Im going to ask the myspace question, im sure you've been asked lots of times. But if you went back and created one, do you think it would of chagned the bands persona?
C: It's safe to say you are the first to ask how myspace might change our persona. I'd have to see a lot more jpgs that say things like "thanks for the add" and get asked about playing more shows we can't play. I don't really know what our persona is.
J: No I don't think so. Actually I think you were the first person to ever ask me this! If we are going to be judged I'd rather be judged on riff content and abrasiveness.
Are we going to see a Mind Eraser UK tour, is it hard for you guys to do tours? do you have jobs and do they get in the way?
C: I think all of us would like to go to the UK. Really only 2 of us are held down by jobs at this point, the main thing is money. We don't have any and we're not willing to spend much of our own money on the band, or at least more than we do already. If someone wants to buy our plane tix to the UK we would probably be there.
J: I'd love to come to the UK...in fact it's the number one place I'd want to tour to. I'm not making this up. We were gonna go last year with SEX/VID but it fell through due to money issues. Hopefully we can make it happen...
Best show you have been to but not played?
C: Saw the Amebix on friday and they were incredible. Black Sabbath w/ Ronnie James Dio. Poison Idea, Cro Mags, Motorhead. Cold Sweat's probably the best recent band I've seen any time.
J: hmm lets see...trouble, cro-mags, burn, and leeway...it was ONE hell of a show. just kidding, all different shows but all extremely great.
Last record/s you bought?
C: Bought Virus(UK) "Pray For War" lp the other day. You should know that one, they were from the UK.
J: Scarface "Immeritus", the AOD re-issue, and the Sabbath w/ Dio remasterd box
C: We had a song called last words on our first lp. Its one of our crappiest songs.
J: see you in the fucking pit.