I recently caught up with the lads of VIOLENT GREEN to interview them for Band of the Month. Here is what they had to say!
Is Violent Green the hurl you have the morning after? or what does it stand for?
Lukus: Its a deep seeded emotion that we all have that involves anger, envy, hate....everyone has it. Someone told me it was great juxtaposition of the mellowness of green (weed) and the brutality of violence, I guess thats what other people get out of it.
You guys seemed to emerge quite quickly then be gigging all over the place. How long have you guys actually been playing together and how did you come about?
Andrew: Basically Guy and I have been playing together for a few years in a previous project that went no where, we saw Lukus’ was advertisement on a local website and we contacted him, he joined early 2007. Around the same time Dale (Guy’s bro) was added on guitar and the funny thing is that he could hardly hold a power chord when he first stepped into the band room. We managed to get a rough demo together with sample drums and Kent booked a gig for us - 1 week out from the gig we were drummer less.
Lukus: It was the first gig at phoenix that helped us because we had just lost a drummer and Todd (Berzerker, Happy Camper) filled in, and probably more people turned up to watch him than us, so I think that was a big help for our name.
Andrew: Gig went well and soon thereafter Brian joined and gigs were aplenty.
You are planning an upcoming EP and soon a possible album for us, is this correct?
Dale: I would like to bring one out mid/close to the end of the year.
Guy: We are planning a EP release for mid to late this year, then waiting until we have enough material to sift through and pick the best for the album.
Who are you guys getting to record and mix this for you?
Lukus: For an EP, we will probably do it ourselves and for the album, with luck Adam Mercer.
Are you all of age now and finding it no hassle to play 18+ gigs?
Dale: Damn if we publish my real age clubs will know my age and no more staying...
Andrew: He has to leave straight after performance though which sux for him.
Lukus: Dale is still 17, but we have never had hassles getting gigs that are 18+, we have trouble getting all ages gigs if anything lol.
You have quite strong lyrical content. What is the message you guys are portraying and who is doing a lot of the writing?
Lukus: We have a lot of religious stuff in our lyrics mainly because of my religious background and how much I despise it, but its mostly about how crap the world is, from a regular persons point of view, so its not political, just about the crap the world goes through, such as how Australia is a media run society much like America, war, terrorism, how corrupt religion is, racism, and how fucked people can be, but we dress it up more to look like a rotting carcass or a tortured Christ to have more effect.
Who in the brismetal community has been a real inspiration to you guys at the moment, and why?
Guy: You cant really name one person.
Lukus: Me personally, The Dead, because I am an old cunt, hitting 30, and when I moved down I was gonna give up being in a band, but I saw that The Dead were not young guys, and they were up on stage doing their thing, so it was a big boost knowing that I wasn’t dead yet, no pun intended.
Andrew: If I had to answer - I’d say not one particular person but the diversity of quality bands out there just doing it - putting on good shows and releasing decent music - just the sheer quantity of quality bands in Brisbane at moment is exciting
So since Jeebus (Lukus - vocalist) likes to show his bits anyway, how are Violent Green going to humiliate him on his bucks night? I guess tying him outside of Rosie’s naked, just won’t cut it for your front man?
Dale: Well I’ll be on the side line, watching TV at home unless some how I manage to get in.
Brian: Yeah not sure if I should tell you haha or keep it a secret.
Dale: Strap him to a public pole. Spread his balls with peanut butter and find a dog somewhere!
Guy: Yeah Dale....you can touch his balls.
Is there ever creative moments where you all get the shits and want to tackle each other, or do you all flow quite easily together?
Brian: We don’t tackle, we make love hahaha.
Lukus: I wouldn’t say tackle...but there is moments when we kinda know when enough is enough, time to go home or have a break.
Guy: Lol, we have our fair share or creative arguments in the band room but make up sex is always good.
Andrew: This is getting far too homo, the creative process is alot of fun in this band - typically we can knock out a song in one jam session- and if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen. We don’t like to labor over the music and prefer to let it come out naturally.
How does a band handle a moment where someone comes up and says"You’re shit!". Or if you happen to over hear it?
Lukus: Hasn’t happened yet, but what people say to you and what they say to others is always different, people lie all to often, but so far its all been positive.
Do you try to take criticism on, or say fuck it, this is our style and you’re going to get different opinions on it?
Lukus: Ok... musically, I would say fuck it, we do what we do, its what we like in the end, but performance wise, yes, I like criticism, we can always improve on what we do live, If we didn’t we would become stale.
What are some of the say "unspoken rules" you guys stick to, to ensure the longevity of Violent Green?
Brian: No spitting.
Lukus: Have fun, if its too much like a job then people are gonna leave, but if it stays a fun, a hobby/outlet, you will keep doing it.
Describe a typical Violent Green show to us...
Dale: Sober, abrasive, in your face, catchy, little colorful and a hint of enraging emotions!
When are some of your next gigs and why we should get off our asses and be there? Will Lukus possibly wax his ass for the next gig?
Dale: Next upcoming gig will be the Brismetal.com Records Launch, and I should hope so! I’d like to see a shiny ass this time!
Lukus: Then a small break for my honeymoon, there is a chance of a Melbourne and down south tour and an up north tour soon too, more shows at 299 and Step Inn....we would love to play a big festival, or support an international act though, get off your ass to come see mine.
Andrew: Any punters who haven’t seen us make sure you come to the Brismetal.com Records fund raiser launch to support the bands and buy Lukus a beer on his bucks night.
Thanks to brismetal and brutal nerd!