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RAT FROM DISCHARGE INTERVIEW IN 2011 JULY 

  

Introduce yourself…

MY NAME IS RAT I AM VOCALIST FOR DISCHARGE AND HAVE BEEN SINCE 2003 , BONES IS THE GUITARIST AND ORIGINALMEMBER SO IS RAINY BASS PLAYER WE ARE JOINED  BY DAVE ON DRUMS

 

How did the band start?

THE BAND STARTED AROUND 77 RAINY ,BONES AND TEZZ (BONES TWIN BROTHER STARTED THE BAND) HOW THE BAND STARTED WAS MATES HAVING A GOOD TIME LIKE MOST BANDS I SUPOSE

 

 

How did you come up with the name?

 

Who would you say are your influences?

ANYTHING  THAT CAME FROM PUNK ROCK AROUND THE TIME ,AND ALSO  BANDS LIKE MOTORHEAD AND BLACK SABBATH

 

What was the punk scene like back in 1977, when the band formed?

 A LOT OF EXCITEMENT GOING AROUND THE SCENE AND  A SCENE FULL OF CRAZY PEOPLE FINDING THIER WAY

 

How do you feel it has changed?

STILL A LOT OF CRAZY PEOPLE GOING AROUND THE SCENE STILL TRYING TO FIND THIER WAY

 

Discharge is best known for being, at least in England, the first hardcore band, what made you guys want to play hardcore?

WHEN WE FIRST STARTED WE WAS VERY MUCH INFLUENCED  BY THE SEX PISTOLS AS MOST  NEW BANDS AROUND THAT TIME WAS ,TEZZ WAS ORIGINALLY THE VOCALIST ,ACKO WA THE DRUMMER AT THE EARLY STAGES

THEN HE LEFT SO TEZZ DECIDED TO GO ONTO DRUMS AND THEY WOULD RECRUIT ANOTHER VOCALIST ,THEY DID A LOCAL GUY CALLED CALVIN ,THAT WAS REALLY WHEN THE MUSIC STARTED TO BE GETTING HEAVIER

SUPOSE THAT WAS THE MOTORHEAD AND SABBATH  INFLUENCE

 

As a hardcore band, you are best known for your extreme album artwork, who picks out the artwork?

WHO EVER SEES SOMETHING THEY LIKE OR THINK MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA ,IN THE EARLY DAYS RAINY USE TO COME UP WITH A LOT OF THE IDEAS

 

Discharge is also known for your lyrics and your fast, but steady drums, what was the song writing process back then?

BONES OR RAINY WOULD COME UP WITH A RIFF TEZZ WOULD BEAT THE HELL OUT OF THE KIT TO IT AND CAL WOULD SHOUT HIS VENAMOUS LYRICS TO IT  AND THERE YOU HAVE IT

 

How has the song writing process changed over the years?

MUCH THE SAME NOW REALLY EXCEPT RAT SHOUTS HIS VENOUMUS LYRICS OVER THE RIFFS

 

What caused the original split back in 1987? THERE HAD BEEN BREAK UPS WAY BEFORE 87 ,TEZZ LEFT AFTER THE 3 RD 7 '' DEECONTROL ,BAMBI WAS HIS REPLACEMENT ON DRUMS  FOR JUST ONE RECORD THE WHY 12''

 HE WAS THEN REPLACED BY ORIGINAL VARUKERS DRUMMER GARRY MOLONEY ,THIS LINE UP RECORDED NEVER AGAIN 7'' HEAR NOTHING ALBUM AND THE STATE VIOLENCE RELEASE ,SHORTLY AFTER THAT BONES ALSO LEFT

AND FORMED BROKEN BONES WITH HIS BROTHER TEZZ, BONES REPLACEMENT WAS A FRIEND OF GARRYS CALLED  POOCH, WHO HAD A MORE METAL STYLE ,WITH THIS LINE UP THE BAND RECORDED ,STUFF LIKE WARNING ,BORN TO DIE IN THE GUTTER

POOCH SOON GOT DISALUSIONED WITH IT AND LEFT ,SO DISCHARGE DRAFTED IN AN OLD FRIEND  FROM THE BAND THE SKEPTIX  FISH ON TO THE VACANT GUITAR POSITION ,WITH THIS LINE UP THE BAND RECORDED THE GRAVE NEW WORLD ALBUM

SHORTLY AFTER THE RECORDING OF THIS ALBUM RAINY DECIDED THAT DISCHARGE WAS NO MORE FOR HIM IT HAD LOST ALL THAT DISCHARGE HAD SET OUT TO DO ,SO EVEN THOUGH RAINY RECORDED ON THE ALBUM HE DIDNT GO OUT ON TOUR

THE BAND HAD A GUY CALLED NICK BUSHELL STAND IN ON BASS IT DIDNT LAST LONG ,THE GRAVE NEW WORLD ALBUM AND TOUR WENT DOWN LIKE A LEAD BALLOON S THE BAND FINALLY CALLED IT A DAY

 

What brought about the reform in 1991?

VOCALIST CALVIN AND DRUMMER GARRY  ATTEMPTED A COUPLE OF TIMES TO REFORM THE BAND THEY RECORDED 2 MORE ALBUMS MASSACRE DIVINE AND SHOOTING UP THE WORLD MAINLY USING SESSION MUSICIANS TO DO BASS AND GUITAR

BUT THAT SOON FALTERED

 

The band fell out of the music scene in 1993, did that have to do with the split in 1991?

AND YES IN 1993 DISCHARGE  WERE NO MORE AGAIN

 

In 2001, as a band you made your official comeback, what sparked this?

BASICCLY WHAT HAPPENED  TEZ LEFT BROKEN BONES AFTER A COUPLE OF RELEASES AND MOVED TO AMERICA , WHERE HE PLAYED IN BANDS LIKE BATTALION OF SAINTS ,MINISTRY PLUS OTHERS ,ANYWAY TEZ CAME BACK TO THE UK AND WANTED TO REFORM

DISCHARGE AND MAKE A GOOD ALBUM ,AND IF THAT WAS TO BE THE LAST THEN AT LEAST LEAVE THINGS ON A HIGH ,ANYWAY HE RERECRUITED BONES ,RAINY AND CALVIN  AND AFTER A LOT OF PRACTISING WRITTING NEW IDEAS ,THEY FINALLY WENT AND RECORDED

THE ALBUM SIMPLY CALLED DISCHARGE ,IT WAS AN ALBUM WELL RECIEVED BY ALMOST EVERYBODY CRUSHING RIFFS AGRESSIVE VOCALS SUNG WITH SOME FEELING  DISCHARGE ARE BACK,ANYWAY WHEN THE ALBUM WAS RELEASED THE BAND ANTED TO GO OUT

ON TOUR IN SUPORT OF IT ,WHICH THEY ALL AGREED THEY WOULD  DO ANYWAY  IN 2002  VOCALIST  CALVIN DROPPED THE BOMBSHELL HE WAS LEAVING ,UNDETERED THE REMAINDER OF THE MEMBERS WENT IN SEARCH FOR A NEW VOCALIST , IAN GLASPER JOURNALIST FOR TERRORIZER

MAGAZINE AND DEDICATED DISCHARGE FAN ,TOLD TEZ HE SHOULD CHECK OUT THE VOCALIST FROM THE VARUKERS RAT (20 YEARS AGO GARRY MOLONEY  THE DRUMMER HAD LEFT VARUKERS TO JOIN DISCHARGE) THINGS WERE GOING FULL CIRCLE ,ANYWAY RAT AUDITIONED

GOT THE PART ,AND THE BAND STARTED GETTING OUT THERE TOURING AND ALSO WRITTING THE ODD NEW SONG

 

Over the years the band has had a few different lineups, can you tell us about the current lineup?

THE LINE UP TODAY IS BONES ON GUITAR , RAINY ON BASS, RAT ON VOCALS AND DAVE ON DRUMS

 

Discharge has written many great albums over the years, tell us about the current album ‘Desensitise’…

DISENSITISE WAS A VERY IMPORTANT ALBUM FOR US ,IT WAS THE FIRST WITH THE CURRENT LINE UP ,AND WE WANTED TO LET PEOPLE KNOW

DISCHARGE ARE STILL OUT THERE WRITTING POWER FULL PUNK SONGS , WE FEEL THAT IT FOLLOWS ON FROM THE HEAR NOTHING ALBUM

AND THE 2006 ALBUM  THAT WAS SIMPLY CALLED DISCHARGE

 

How does that differ from previous albums? DONT KNOW ITS STILL WRITTEN AND PLAYED  WITH THE  DISCHARGE SOUND AND FEEL ,BUT OBVIOUSLY

ITS NOT GONNA BE A HEAR NOTHING PART TWO  , BUT ITS CLOSE ENOUGH THAT  IT COULD OF BEEN

 

Are there any plans for another?

YES WE ARE THE MOMENT WHEN WE CAN REHEARSING SOME NEW IDEAS FOR HOPEFULLY A NEW ALBUM RELEASE IF NOT THE END OF THIS YEAR

THEN EARLY NEXT ,WE HAVE ABOUT 4 SONGS COMPLETE AND ABOUT ANOTHER 3 IDEAS WE ARE TOYING WITH

 

You guys have a done a ton of shows with a lot of great bands, who are some of the bands you have done shows with?

BLOODY HELL , UM EXPLOITED, GBH ,ABRASIVE WHEELS , ENGLISH DOGS UK SUBS ,ONE WAY SYSTEM , RATOS DE PORAO , AND AS REGARDS

 NEWER  BANDS, POUND OF FLESH , CERTIFIED, CRYO GENICS AND TONS MORE

 

Do you prefer to do shows at large venues, small clubs or festivals?,USUALLY THE SMALLER CLUBS ARE THE BEST FOR US , A MUCH BETTER ATMOSPHERE

BUT HEY WE ENJOY PLAYING WHAT EVER THE VENUE JUST IN LARGER PLACES ITS THAT LITTLE BIT HARDER ,TO GET EVERYONE GOING MENTAL

 

Why?, AWNSERED THAT ALREADY  ABOVE

 

Where do you plan to tour in 2011?WELL WE ARE PLANNING TO GO BACK TO JAPAN IN SEPT TIME FOR 10 SHOWS, ALSO WE ARE DOING A FEW ONE OFFS

AROUND EUROPE , WE TRY NOT TO DO TO MANY AS WE REALLY WANT TO CIONCENTRATE ON NEW SONGS FOR A NEW ALBUM , ITS HARD DOING BOTH

TIME AWAY AND STUFF FROM FAMILYS , BUT WE USUALLY WORK THINGS OUT

 

Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?ITS ALWAYS A BLAST WHEN WE PLAY WITH THE UK SUBS AND THE GBH GUYS GOOD FRIENDS OF OURS

 

Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at? ANYWHERE

 

What do you see is the future of Discharge?WE NEVER LOOK TO FAR INTO THE FUTURE , WE JUST  KEEP PRACTISING AND HOPEFULLY COME UP

WITH NEW IDEAS , AND VENTURE OUT ONCE IN A WHILE TO LET PEOPLE KNOW WE ARE STILL ALIVE AND KICKING , AND I SUPOSE WILL CONTINUE

TO DO SO UNTIL NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ANYMORE OR WE DONT