While the rest of the world was enjoying the dusty Texas sun or whooping it up with the jocks at TJ McFaggerty's this weekend, we hiked out to one of those ridiculous warehouse-conversion projects where Brooklyn turns into Queens to see Municipal Waste play for about three minutes before their equipment shit the bed. It was a bit of a bum-out, but it did give us a chance to check in on the thrash-punk kids and see what they've been up to. Turns out pretty much the same nerdistry they've been up to for the past 20 years...
Over the course of the Waste's brief, sadly abortive set we were subjected to the same Sunny D joke no less than six times, doused in Sunny D, and loudly decried for not being punk, all by dudes who would have easily given W.A.S.P. a run for their "are they fucking serious?" money. Then, when we were hitting our breaking point, the upstairs roommate came out and stood by his plywood door to check out "how things were going."
We were planning to ask the band what they thought about all the dorking-out, but then we started talking about Voivod and got distracted. I guess it's sort of a fitting end. Anyway...
Vice: You boys like Voivod?
Ryan (guitar): War And Pain, baby.
Tony (vocals): I know a guy who will beat your ass if you don't like Voivod.
Ryan: He'll fight anybody. I'm going to stick by their first two albums. I'm a first-two-albums sort of man.
Land Phil (bass): They got a syringe with AIDS in it.
Ryan: That's off Killing Technology. That's a ripper too. I'm going to go as far as saying that their first three albums are good. Dimension Hatross is experimentally genius but not fast enough for me.
What y'all think of the new one? What'sitsname?
Land Phil: I think our drummer actually likes it. Katorz or something? Pretty sure I heard him listening to it the other day.
Having written a song about the manner of Cliff Burton's death, have you guys figured out which one of you is going to die first and how?
Tony: Not really, but we've had a lot of guys in the band. I kind of hope it will be someone who isn't in it any more. Then again we're still friends with all the old members, so I wouldn't want them to die either.
No one wanted Cliff Burton to die.
Ryan: That's true, we all wanted Lars to die.
Tony: Got it. We'll invite Lars to be in the band then wreck our bus and he'll die.
[Ryan and Tony high-five]
Ryan: Man, I'd let that bus fucking roll over like 19 times.