Interview: Ex-Kreator Bassist Christian “Speesy” Giesler Talks New Project Fore

I was recently given the opportunity to interview former Kreator bassist Christian “Speesy” Giesler about his new project Fore and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. You can read that chat below.

METAL ANARCHY: First of all, what led to your departure from Kreator?

GIESLER: I didn’t leave Kreator!

METAL ANARCHY: You have since joined the punk band Fore alongside Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc., The Absence), Taylor Nordberg (The Absence), and Brian Stephenson (Old James, Skull Fist). How did you get involved in that project?

GIESLER: That was pretty easy. Taylor and Jeramie had their one day one song thing! Taylor asked me if I would like to join them in a punk band the rest is history.

METAL ANARCHY: Fore’s new album “Hombres” was released last month. How would you describe it for those that haven’t heard it yet?

GIESLER: I would say 90s old school punk with our own style.

METAL ANARCHY: What was the recording process like?

GIESLER: Everyone worked for himself at home. We then each sent the traces and Taylor and Jeramie mixed it up until we said it had to sound like that.

METAL ANARCHY: What are some of your favorite tracks from the record?

GIESLER: Oh there I have none because the songs are all new if I said now that one song is better than the other we would have done wrong.

METAL ANARCHY: Fore also recently released a cover of Pennywise’s “Open Door” that was tracked during the “Hombres” sessions. Did you record any other covers that may surface at some point?

GIESLER: Yes, we recorded another cover song maybe we will release it too.

METAL ANARCHY: On another note, how have you been holding up during the coronavirus pandemic?

GIESLER: For us, it wasn’t really a total lockdown. We can still shop normally otherwise listen to a lot of music, etc.

METAL ANARCHY: Are you planning to tour in support of “Hombres” when its safe to do so?

GIESLER: If someone books us for shows and you can play live again, definitely.

METAL ANARCHY: Do you think the live music industry will ever recover from the current crisis?

GIESLER: Yes, everything will be recovered because the fans are not out of the world.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, what can fans do to support your band and others that may be struggling during the pandemic?

GIESLER: We already get a lot of support from fans who buy our CD. At the moment we don’t have more than just the CD. In December there will be an LP.

Bad Religion Share Demo Version Of “Lose Your Head”

Bad Religion have shared a demo version of their song “Don’t Lose Your Head.” The final version of that track appeared on the band’s 2019 album “Age Of Unreason.” The group commented:

“Here’s a demo version of ‘Don’t Lose Your Head’, with a faster tempo and alternate lyrics that Brett and Greg developed at Brett’s home studio. When producer Carlos de la Garza was brought on board, he suggested trying a slower version. We liked both versions equally so, when we entered Sunset Sound to record ‘Age Of Unreason’, we decided to work on basic tracks for both and choose later. It was a close call but ultimately we chose the slow version. This demo version is the result of taking previously unreleased rhythm tracks from the Sunset Sound sessions and combining them with the original home demo recordings to bring the fast version of the song to life.”

NOFX Recruit Slightly Stoopid, Fishbone, Etc. For Upcoming Livestream Concert

NOFX have announced a special “Weekend at Fatty’s” livestream concert. The event will take place on September 19 and it will find the band performing “White Trash, Two Heebs And A Bean” in full. They will also be joined by a number of special guests including Slightly Stoopid, Fishbone, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, and Get Dead. Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), members of Avenged Sevenfold, comedians, and graffiti artists will also take part. Tickets can be found HERE. NOFX commented:

“Tickets are on sale now for you to see NOFX perform their album, White Trash Two Heebs and a Bean, in its entirety for the first time ever! Catch them virtually from Fat Mike’s backyard on September 19th at 2 PM PST. Grab an all-access VIP pass to hang with the band after their performance as cameras roll well into the night. You’ll be treated to a trove of guests, performers, comedy, campfire stories, and more!”

Bad Religion Planning To Release “A String Of Singles” Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Bad Religion recently released a reimagined version of “Faith Alone” and now it looks like more new music is on the way. During a recent interview with Q104.3, Greg Graffin said that the group have “a string of other singles” that they are planning to release amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Graffin said the following while discussing the band’s postponed touring plans:

“Bad Religion still has a pretty grueling touring schedule. We’d sold a lot of tickets this year. And by March, obviously, it was clear that we were gonna be sidelined. Yet still, we reassured our fans that we were going to honor those tickets, and as soon as we’re through this crisis, we will.

A band is a lot more than just playing live, so we’ve tried to maintain our sanity and offer something to the fans. We just put out a single called ‘Faith Alone 2020’; you can find it on streaming services. And we’ve got a string of other singles that are gonna be coming out during this time. Because when we’re not on tour, we spend a lot of time in the studio. And now we all have music rooms and we all have Pro Tools studios at our houses. And we’re trying to fill in the time by doing creative, collaborative works like that.”

He also added:

“If you’re a creative band, you’re active right now. Because regardless of what a lot of bands will tell you, it’s not that easy to write music when you’re on tour. You have to partition your energy. And the idea of a band getting together after a concert, getting in a bus and just writing music, in our experience, that just doesn’t happen. Good writing is really a time of reflection, and it happens at times like these. So I think creative bands can be in a really good mode right now of producing material. As far as getting out there and playing, there’s only a certain number of venues, and everyone’s gonna be wanting to get out into those venues. So it remains to be seen how we’re going to partition the tours in the next year. But bands like Bad Religion, certainly, we have committed ourselves — we’ve already sold tickets, and I think those will be honored in the normal way.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Comeback Kid Release Cover Of SNFU’s “Reality Is A Ride On The Bus”

Comeback Kid have released a cover of SNFU‘s “Reality Is A Ride On The Bus.” You can purchase that track via Bandcamp.

The group commented:

“The legendary SNFU are one of the world’s greatest punk rock bands. When we were kids, some of the first punk shows we attended were SNFU shows. You could always expect a wildly energetic and uniquely entertaining performance.

On July 16th 2020 we were saddened to hear that SNFU frontman, Kendall Chinn, aka Mr. Chi Pig, had passed away. In honour of Mr. Chi Pig and SNFU’s undeniable contributions to the punk scene worldwide, we pay tribute to their legacy with our rendition of “Reality Is a Ride on the Bus.”

The song is available for purchase on @bandcamp with 100% of the proceeds being donated to @Raycamcentre. Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre offers programs low cost to youth, families and seniors who live in the area (the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, one of Canada’s poorest postal codes). Programs are geared towards meeting the challenges of the community, including food security, safety and the educational, social and recreational needs of members.

RIP Mr. Chi Pig

Thanks to Tim Creviston, Dave Grabowsk , Jordan Voth for killing this as we recording remotely across the country.
* also thanks to @Michael Ieradi and Cole Young for the media help.”

Vio-lence Premiere Video For Cover Of Dead Kennedys’ “California Über Alles”

Vio-lence have premiered a new video for their cover of Dead Kennedys’ “California Über Alles.“ You can check that out below:

Vio-lence commented:

“Being musicians in the Bay Area Thrash Metal scene, Vio-lence believes it is important to acknowledge the music that had a huge influence on thrash metal – which was Bay Area punk rock. With that in mind, Vio-Lence looked to one of the most influential bands of that scene – The Dead Kennedys – and their iconic song ‘California Über Alles‘ to perform.

‘California Über Alles‘ is a song Vio-lence has been wanting to perform live for some time. We decided that since we weren’t going to be able to do that this year, and since fans haven’t heard any recordings from Vio-lence since 1994, that now was a good time to bring it to our fans. We recorded it in our rehearsal studio with our new line-up of Phil Demmel, Perry Strickland, Christian Olde Wolbers, Bobby Gustafson, and Sean Killian.

So we hooked up the recording equipment and got to work. On a good day, it was about 95 deg. F, which was a motivator to nail our takes to minimize the time we had to sweat. Once the song was recorded, Christian headed home to Venice and got to work mixing and mastering the recording. We all agree that he did a great job, giving the song excellent sound without losing the raw rehearsal studio sound that we wanted to keep.

Once recorded, the band moved onto the task of filming a video for the song. We met with Scott Kirkeeng, Senior Producer with East Peak Media, to discuss ideas. With Scott heading the production, Dan Brown editing, and Tatiana Peavy working the music playback, the video shoot began. We spent the day filming at The Back Lounge, a bar owned by Phil and Marta Demmel.

The location must keep be confidential for fear of the California Secret Police locking us up for life. The band invited 10 friends, including Chris Collins (the guy wearing the helmet camera in the ‘World in a World‘ video) and family members (including Sean‘s son, Seamus), to join in the fun as masked zombie metal maniacs.

Nurse Marta ‘Demmon’ showed up to give the band a shot of ‘OBEE-D-ENCE’, which was emphatically rejected. We had a great time recording and filming the video and song, and we hope you enjoy the Vio-lence version of ‘California Uber Alles‘.”

Soundtrack Revealed For Remastered “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2”

The soundtrack has been revealed for the newly remastered “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.” The video game will be released on September 4 and it will feature songs from Papa Roach, Rage Against The Machine, Primus, Powerman 5000, American Nightmare, Bad Religion, Sublime, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, and more.

Here’s the track listing:

– “Connect to Consume” / A. Swayze and the Ghosts
– “Misery Guts” / Alex Lahey
– “Life Support” / American Nightmare
– “All Souls Day” / The Ataris
– “You” / Bad Religion
– “In Control” / Baker Boy
– “Afraid of Heights” / Billy Talent
– “The Struggle” / Black Prez featuring Kid Something
– “South” / CHAII
– “Confisco” / Charlie Brown Jr.
– “Something to Say” / Cherry Kola
– “Made Me Do” / Chick Norris
– “Heavy Metal Winner” / Consumed
– “Stomp” / Craig Craig Featuring Icy Black
– “Coming Through” / Crush Effect featuring Karra
– “Police Truck” / Dead Kennedys
– “Duck Eat Duck World” / Destroy Boys
– “Cyclone” / Dub Pistols
– “IN-TO-IT” / DZ Deathrays
– “Here and Now” / The Ernies
– “Vilified” / Even Rude
– “West Coast / FIDLAR
– “Evil Eye” / Fu Manchu
– “Superman” / Goldfinger
– “Sedona” / JunkBunny
– “May 16” / Lagwagon
– “Bomb Drop” / Less Than Jake
– “Bloody Valentine” / Machine Gun Kelly
– “Bass” / Merkules, Hopsin + Tech N9ne
– “No Cigar” / Millencolin
– “Let’s Ride” / MxPx
– “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” / Naughty by Nature
– “Blood Brothers” / Papa Roach
– “Mid 20’s Skateboarder” / Pkwe Pkew Pkew
– “When Worlds Collide” / Powerman 5000
– “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver” / Primus
– “Guerrilla Radio” / Rage Against the Machine
– “She’s Famous Now” / Reel Big Fish
– “Deathwire” / Rough Francis
– “Let Me In” / Screaming Females
– “Shutdown” / Skepta
– “Run It Up, Pt. II” / Spilt Milk
– “Firecracker” / Strung Out
– “Subculture – Diselboy + Kaos VIP” / Styles of Beyond, Dieselboy + Kaos
– “Same in the End” / Sublime
– “New Girl” / Suicide Machines
– “Like This” / The Super Best Frens Club
– “Five Lessons Learned” / Swingin’ Utters
– “Flamingo” / Token
– “Can I Kick It?” / A Tribe Called Quest
– “Lose Control” / Tyrone Briggs
– “Euro-Barge” / The Vandals
– “Slow Learner” / Viagra Boys
– “All My Friends Are Nobodies” / Zebrahead

[via Loudwire]

Misfits Drop Lawsuit Against Book Publisher Regarding The Use Of Their “Fiend Skull” Design

Misfits have officially dropped their lawsuit against Abrams. This news comes after Misfits AD, the company that Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only established to manage their intellectual property, filed a complaint against the book publisher for using the band’s “Fiend Skull” artwork for a photobook, titled “Scream With Me – The Enduring Legacy Of The Misfits,” without authorization. The group’s attorney sent a notice of voluntary dismissal of the civil suit in a court document that was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York. According to the filing, the dismissal was made “with prejudice,” which means it can’t be filed again. It also said that “each party shall bear his, her, or its own attorneys’ fees and costs.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dexter Holland Offers Update On The Offspring’s New Album: “It’s On Hold At The Moment”

During a recent interview with Kylie Olsson of Download TV, Dexter Holland offered an update on The Offspring’s new album. He said the following:

“It’s basically done. We were kind of just doing some last-minute tweaks and stuff and getting ready. We had a single scheduled to be released and all that stuff, and then this [coronavirus pandemic] happened. So it’s on hold at the moment.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Exodus, Ex-Slayer, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Dead Kennedys’ “Police Truck”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.), and Matt Hoffman (Rancid) have shared a quarantine cover of Dead Kennedys’ “Police Truck.” You can check that out below:

Demmel commented:

“Back in the early 80′ Zet’s brother John and I convinced him to sing for our band, ON PAROLE. He helped introduce me to the Bay Area music scene and between the 2 of them, tried their best to corrupt my adolescent ways. Zet would sing the lyrics to this song and do his best Jello Biafra impersonation, it’s been embedded in my head so much that I needed to bring it to life and jam this out.

I reached out to Dave Lombardo because I knew he LOVED the DKs and would help me add some power since I tracked 2 over-driven guitar tracks. I then reached out to my bud Lars from RANCID and he suggested the RANCID bass player, Matt who has played the song many times before and would nail it. He did.

I picked this one before all the recent activity so this song isn’t any kind of statement or declaration. It’s 4 dudes jamming music.

Be good to each other all y’all!!!!!”