Exclusive interview with band GUTSAW
1- Hello and welcome to Metal Music Midwest, first off, thanks for taking the time to do the interview, could you give our readers a brief description of the group?
Where is the band from?
Necro Nick: We’re a three piece band called GUTSAW from Southern California and we play Technical Death Grind. And thank you for having us! It’s a pleasure to be here.
2- All Lives Splatter is the band's 2nd full album, how long did it take to write?
Necro Nick: We’ve been writing this album for so long. If you want to know, putting it all together has taken us 2 years. We began the process in October 2020. It feels so good to finally be here at the finish line. We’ve been so proud to watch it take form and turn into the monster it is over those 2 years.
3- What musical influence inspires the bands compositions?
Necro Nick: We like the extreme, purest, most aggressive form of Technical Death Grind. We get inspired by a lot of technical aspects to guitar riffs and drum patterns. We like to keep the bass super nasty, too. Killing all of the boundaries of extremity with devastating force. Pushing the envelope for speed, which we will be doing much more. This time we kept it pretty tame, but we have so much more to show everyone.
4- The group started in 2003, can you tell us how did you all meet?
Necro Nick: We all were from places near and far, but what brought us together was the craziness. I mean, sure, we weren’t always a bunch of wild animals like we became after getting together. Our backgrounds were similar to the rest. Just normal teenagers in town, listening to music we liked. We didn’t know anything really, I mean, randomly we all crossed paths and everything felt so easy and we ended up being able to get along so well, that’s what made everything come together initially. We all had our own way about us.
Dave was so crazy, I never had a friend like that before, it made me feel like I needed to work with this guy. And the more I did the more things clicked. I never had that kind of chemistry before. And Mark was the same, I mean we went from totally not knowing who the other person was at all to becoming best friends in a matter of hours.
I mean, the man is so genuine! I liked his flare behind the kit. He was so talented at double bass drums which is my biggest thing. I liked the speed and as soon as I saw him play gravity blasts it was over! I had to just get in a band with him right away. Ever since then it has always gotten better and better with time. Life is special like that, turning total strangers into brothers that you keep onto forever.
5- The new album title is All Lives Splatter, can you give us details about the content and more in depth meaning to this title?
Necro Nick: We have a lot of the same ideas as our previous albums, lots of zombies, murder, carnage, destruction. We loved serial killers and I loved going to shows and these songs are all about that. The fascination with eating human flesh or stage diving into a pile of rabid head bangers on an adrenaline rush. It’s almost like a movie, all the crazy ideas in horror that we obsess over. Lots of blood, innards and the stench of the cemetery at night. Just stuff to make your skin crawl.
We had so much going on these recent years involving mankind and the effect all of us have on the planet. The meaning of the title is basically cut out the cancer! There has been so much damage caused by people. It’s like a disease that starts rotting you away from the inside out. At the rate we’re going there’s gonna be no hope for human beings to survive on this planet so we gotta get rid of the disease. Unfortunately it’s human beings, we’re a plague and All Lives Splatter is the cure. So the planet can reclaim itself and blossom once more.
6- Each member of this project is part of another band, how do you maintain a good balance working together?
Necro Nick: It is kinda easy. When you have multiple projects, it’s very rare all of them are busy doing the same thing simultaneously, or maybe we’re just lucky that way. In the past usually an album cycle would begin and then after it ended you had some time off. And for guys like us we don’t really like to rest and catch up on sleep.
So as soon as we’re done with one cycle we just turn the fire up on the other burner and start the whole cycle again with different approaches. It makes it simple when you don’t have to always play technical death grind. These other bands will be different so they all have their place. When you compose you know already what this part will work for. You definitely can’t force music to fit a mold that doesn’t match up.
So the trick is to stay consistent and keep grinding. It works itself out naturally. Or the flip side to that coin is you play in multiple bands on tour every night and burn yourself out, but you don’t stop because you love it. It’s what gives you that feeling of being unstoppable like some kind of head banging super hero.
7- Have you performed any shows in your area? if so, how receptive and supportive are the people to your music?
Necro Nick: The response has been overwhelmingly good! I mean the people out there listening love the songs you’re doing. It inspires you to keep writing more songs. And pushing your creativity to the limit which you never end up finding anyways. We are actually excited to play more shows now more than ever. When you feel so excited about the work you put in to develop these songs and your imagery, it just makes doing it live and direct that much better.
The people see the effort you put forth in the act and the sense of purpose you bring and it enriches their lives. More and more people get obsessed with music, it’s their whole life. I mean, sure some are the total opposite and hate it with a passion, but there not the ones listening haha. It has been great to see all of the people coming out and supporting the band. All over the place, even exciting new destinations you didn’t even know existed. It is so much to absorb. People in California are huge fans and it always gets better. The fans keep coming and the numbers keep growing. The demand is astounding. It is better than you could ever hope for.
8- Are there any upcoming shows or tours you can tell us about?
Necro Nick: We have a really awesome one coming up in October with the titans from Columbia known as Internal Suffering. They have not been to the USA for over a decade! We’re eager to show them how good and energetic the shows are gonna be. The stakes are high and it’s the tour for their upcoming album. We also have some negotiations in process for some festival appearances.
It’s always good when the call comes in for festivals because it’s a chance to see so many good friends and amazing bands that are hard to see normally. I also am dying to get a All Lives Splatter tour in the works. It has been over a decade since we did a tour and we still have to go play internationally. There’s so much ahead to look forward to. I’m beyond excited to show everybody what we’ve got in store.
9- Thanks for your participation, finally, what is the best way to get a hold of the band, in case someone wants to book or promote the band?
Any final words?
Necro Nick: Thank you for having us! It’s always a good time to discuss metal and all things brutal. For all inquiries regarding booking or promotion is to contact the band directly at any of our web sites. We plaster our email all over those.
Also if they’re interested in doing magazines and other interviews we are represented by Grand Sounds PR. They are awesome and we’re really happy to have them as partners in this stage of our existence. They’re really doing an outstanding job for us with all of our press relations.
Don’t forget to check out our three singles we’ve released so far! We’ve done some really fun music videos and just released a lyric video. We are proud of how they all turned out and know you all will love them as much as we do. Mark your calendars for the All Lives Splatter, it’s available worldwide September 30th!!
Visit Gutsaw bandcamp at https://gutsaw.bandcamp.com/
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