Friday, October 28, 2011

You Grind…But Why?: Carlos Ramirez

Right next door to grindcore lives its unemployed, dreadlocked, power violence. Carlos Ramirez has hopped the fence to crash on both of their couches repeatedly during his tenure with East Coast violence squad Black Army Jacket and the brutally underrated grind collective Hope Collapse. Turns out he may not have noticed much of a difference between them.

“I came into the powerviolence thing through death metal and grindcore,” he said. “I didn't know about bands like No Comment and Capitalist Casualties till after Black Army Jacket started. Andrew from BAJ turned me onto a lot of that stuff and in turn I got him into a lot of death metal bands.”


Bill Willingham IV, Esquire said...

The shadow of that cymbal made it look like Dave had a mustache.

I got excited for a second.

Also, it's interesting when early players in a sub-sub-sub genre talk about their music. "Powerviolence? Uh, I was playing really fast punky metal and shit happened," seems to be the most popular response, haha.

Andrew Childers said...

that does seem to be a common refrain, doesn't it? "we didn't really know what we were doing. that's just where we ended up."

but i guess that's better than somebody saying "we really, really liked repulsion so we thought we'd steal every note they played."

Bill Willingham IV, Esquire said...

Yeah, I didn't want to sound like I was disparaging that attitude. I think that's the way to go.