Carpal Interview (NeuFutur Vintage Pieces)

1. Who are the members of the band and what do they play?

1)Who are the members of the band and what do they play? Jim Kang – Guitars, Vocals, Miscellaneous Jason “Rabirius” Parise – Bass, Vocals Dan McNevin – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals We seem to have a different drummer for each album.

2. How old are each of you?

Jim – 22, Jason – 23, Dan – 21. Or so the birth certificates indicate…

3. When was the band formed?

Jason: In high school, when we realized we shared philosophical idealisms and hatreds. Jim: At the spawning of extreme metal!

4. In your opinions what genre of music are you?

Jason: We really make our own. I would volunteer Black Death Metal; our music is infectious to the masses for it’s blatant truisms conveyed via the unstoppable brutality of explosive riffs and energy. Jim: Important Metal. Esoteric Eschatological Art.

5. In which city are you currently residing?

We are in Chicago, DC, and San Diego.

6. What label are you on currently, and which labels have you been on?

We are on Phalange Records (http://phalange/corrupt.net/records). We were on Carpal Records for a brief period in the beginning.

7. Have any of you played in another band?

Jason: I was with frente for a real short while, getting drunk in Australia and flirting with Angie Hart. I played around with a few college metal bands for a year, but soon came back to Carpal to finish what we started. Jim: I have never left Carpal, but have built some side projects such as Cult .45 (http://cult45.corrupt.net) to create the Highest Cult Music, praising Cult history and Cult values. Now, I am working on Inverted Silence (http://silence.corrupt.net). There’s some songs to listen to at those sites. Dan’s out slaughtering Christians right now, so I’ll speak for him. He was in Cold Meat Party, an innovative rock ‘n’ roll outfit and before Carpal, he was in a fearsome metal band called Dismembered Nun, in which he played bass.

8. Are you all in the process of recording an album or touring?

Recently, we have been working song by song, making the decision to release or hold the song as we go. There’s unfortunately no tour plans, and we have not yet envisioned an album, but we are finishing up a song called Fungasaur. It’s one of those grindcore/death hybrids and will probably be released on our web site.

9. What is your favorite touring experience?

Jim: My favorite touring experiences are the earlier ones, when only the dedicated Carpalites came out. However, the most amusing one was on the Give Us Your Fucking Money tour, when we didn’t feel like playing one night, so we just turned the volume up so high that it was impossible to tell what was going on, and we just played some random crap that was far less demanding than the usual Carpal regimen. The posers still “rocked out” anyway!

Jason: Chicago is always the best with the home fans. We get amazing dedicated crowds, and it seems were spreading with the younger generation (excellent I say, better to teach ’em the truth when they’re willing to listen). For dome reason we’re big in Germany too. Went there last year and kicked some ass! Nice German girls.

10. Which bands have you toured with?

Cold Meat Party, Slayer, frente, Blasternash, Napalm Death. Usually we’re too absorbed by our own mighty presence to notice others on tour!

11. What are each of your favourite bands?

Jason: Deicide, Pantera, DEVO, frente, Sepultura, Cold Meat Party to name a few.
Dan: Vomitory, Odious Sanction, Dark Oasis, Pungent Stench, The Beatles.
Jim: Slayer, Metallica, Sepultura, Black Sabbath, Carcass, Megadeth, Dead Kennedys, Cryptopsy, At the Gates, Minor Threat, Nile. Top Two? Slayer and Metallica.

12. What was the last album each of your bought?

Jason: Metallica – Ride the Lightining (lost my copy)
Jim: Cryptopsy – Suicidal Tendencies (1st album)

13. What is the weirdest sex dream have each of you had?

Jason: Scully from the X-Flies was slapping on some rubber gloves, turned on a tape recorder, and began her work… Jim: It involves an alien necrophiliac in a graveyard where sleazy Hollywood exploiters dump the bodies of starlets after they have overdosed them.

14. Which independent label do you think helps the bands in their roster the most?

Jim: Phalange Records. Trust them! Most labels are scum. Jason: Both Phalange Records and Cold Meat Productions are excellent labels. These men are artists first. Very impressive.

15. Which zine is your favorite?

Jason: Pepito’s Zine
Jim: Chronicles of Chaos. Consistent and comprehensive.

16. Where can people contact the band at?

carpal@carpal.corrupt.net Jim: kang@carpal.corrupt.net Jason: parise@carpal.corrupt.net Dan: danlin@corrupt.net

17. What places do each of you work in your spare time?

Jim: Being an incredibly successful band, first as artists, where it matters, and second commercially, we don’t need to work but do it to be in touch with the common man.

Jason: I am studying for my doctorate in biochemistry.

Dan: I am a pimp.

18. For all of our readers, are any of you single?

Jason: Hell ya I’m single! Jim: I am.

19. Are you sXe or normal people?

Jason: I think sXe is lame shit.
Jim: No, but I’m not normal.
Dan: Beer!

20. In your concerts, which songs by which bands do you cover?

Jason: We usually do one song each show, but now that our song list is getting extensive, we’re concidering dropping that stuff. We cover just about any metal band, but throw in a few frente/Boy George/Madonna songs to amuse the crowd.

Jim: They are unrecognizable mutilations. We used to do some songs by Zappa. Look for a cover of Legend of Zelda in the future.

21. If you had the chance, would you sign on to a major label, or stay independent?

Jason: Thats a tough question. There are actually some major labels which will allow you to remain an artist rather than butt-fucked slave. They are hard to find however. My music comes first.

Jim: What are you talking about?! though it has an independent spirit (to a degree), Phalange Records is a major label. It dominates the Big Five. It’s just that they only have about five bands.

22. Which Sesame Street character is the best looking?

Jason: I prefer humans, though I have had a few girlfriends who were into fuzzy stuffed animals with subhuman voices. Jim: Which is most attractive? There all pretty ugly, But that worm that hangs out with Oscar is cool-looking.

23.Does the band have a webpage?

http://carpal.corrupt.net Hail Carpal!

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