Friday, October 21, 2011

You Grind…But Why?: Defeatist

You wouldn’t think there would be a lot of cultural overlap between Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart and grizzled grindcore scene vet Aaron Nichols, guitarist and vocalist for Defeatist (who have posted their latest record, Tyranny of Decay, as a pay-what-you-want download at their Bandcamp page). But like the porn-bedeviled magistrate, Nichols said after all these years he still can’t even define grindcore, let alone explain its seductive attractions. He just knows it when he sees it.

“I was trying to come up with some clever answer to this question, but the truth is that I am a moron,” the self-effacing Nichols said. “How else do you explain a middle aged man still fucking around with blast beats? I have always been drawn to faster and heavier music growing up. I am old enough to have seen the first U.S. Grindcrusher tour and Brutal Truth when Kevin was belt-sanding car doors on stage and Carcass before they sucked. So I guess grindcore was always there. Even though the term is murky, at best. Are there even any formal properties for grindcore? I guess the only fundamental is blast beats but even that varies. I usually know right away when a band isn't grindcore, but if I think of who the best bands are, none of them sound alike.”

5 comments:

amalgamated fishhooks said...

sixth extinction is so good. closest thing to 'progressive' grind.

Kevin said...

This is my favorite US grind band in so long. Fucking great on record, and totally punishing live.

Perpetual Strife said...

I like the band as guys, and I want to like their music...

But I just can't stand that fucking china cymbal all over the place.

like the guy's response though. I see him at every show i go to here in nyc, cool for an old timer to do that.

Bill Willingham IV, Esquire said...

Hell yeah, AARPcore.

In all seriousness, his response was cool enough that it made me finally really check his band out. Ended up picking up the new one (for $6.66, of course). Spun it for the first time just a bit ago. Ripping stuff!

Shanetera said...

The man speaks truth.