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Weekend Nachos

Interview von: arne mit John, am: 04.12.2013 ]

Der Alltag ist schlimm bis hoffnungslos, das Umfeld grau und dreckig. Chicago hat zweifelsohne schon bessere Tage gesehen, und derzeit besteht wenig Anlass zur Hoffnung auf eine zeitnahe Verbesserung der Situation. Die WEEKEND NACHOS scheinen all das in ihren Songs musikalisch zu spiegeln. Das Quartett agiert destruktiv, angepisst und gewalttätig. „Still“ heißt die neue Abrissbirne der Band, die 21 Minuten lang zwischen Powerviolence, Grindcore, Düster-Hardcore und etwas Sludge wütet.

 

Musicscan: Regarding what you are doing Relapse is speaking of “Absolutely crucial negative, hateful hardcore for fans of Infest and Nails.” – do these comparisons fit from your point of view? What separates your band from them? What are you doing differently with Weekend Nachos?

Weekend Nachos: It's hard to say...Infest and Nails are both great bands, Infest being a classic influence of ours and of course Nails being a more modern band that we are inspired by as we are both currently active alongside eachother in our scene. As far as sound goes, I think "STILL" is our most diverse album so far. We take influence from punk, hardcore, death metal, grindcore, sludge, noise, etc. and it shows. We are just constantly challenging ourselves to try new things and expand our horizons. There are no limits when we write a Weekend Nachos song.

Musicscan: It is fair to say your band approaches extreme and nihilistic music, I guess: But what is your approach towards music in general and being around with Weekend Nachos in particular? What fuels your anger and makes you continuing the band?

Weekend Nachos: We enjoy playing extreme music...it just feels right to us. There is a lot of great music out there, but playing fast and hard is what we were put on Earth to do. We are not like the rest of society so we play music that is not like most other music out there. It's extreme because only a small amount of people can understand it. We prefer things to be this way...this is something special to us.

Musicscan: How do you feel about your place within the underground scene as well as in between tradition and gaining new ground to bring forth what your heroes/precursors you grew up with did before Weekend Nachos were around?

Weekend Nachos: I feel that Weekend Nachos stands alone wherever we go, which is something I'm proud of. We have always done what felt right to us, and made no compromises to fit in anywhere else. I would like to think that we will be remembered as a band that did their own thing and truly cleared their own path.

Musicscan: Grindcore, powerviolence, hardcore and extreme music in general are often told to be somehow youth orientated. So how do you make sure to stay young with what you are doing? And what lessons have you learned from being involved with the extreme underground for a couple of years now?

Weekend Nachos: We stay young because we are still involved and it means as much to us now as it ever did when we were younger. There is nothing we really do other than continuing to play music and continuing to stay involved in the community. This still means something to us and as long as that flame still burns, we will always stay young. We will continue to grow as human beings but our hearts will stay right here. It's where we belong. As far as lessons go, I've learned that the music we are involved in is special and it is a privilege. You should never take advantage of something like underground music...it is not something that everybody finds, and therefore you should always feel privileged to be involved in something so unique. It belongs to you.

Musicscan: Regarding your new album Still I would speak of aggressive, impetuous hardcore. Do you like this description? The style you play is based on intuition, gut instinct and impulsiveness, less on planning, from what I feel. True?

Weekend Nachos: You are absolutely correct. The jams you hear from us are always instinctive. We play what's in our hearts and we can't plan that. I will say that it's been a wild ride for the last 9 years. I never know what's coming next! That's why it's always fun when we write a new album. I think "STILL" is the best example of this so far.

Musicscan: Words like vicious or dangerous have to be used to describe the style your band is playing. But does most of the influence for music and lyrics come from personal experiences and moods, or from listening to similar bands? How do you go about writing your songs?

Weekend Nachos: I have always been a hateful person, since I was a little kid. I always knew something was wrong with society and that I was different. Ever since I was a teenager, I wanted to do vocals for a band and express that disdain for humanity and society. The influence for us to play such a "dangerous" style, musically and lyrically, is strictly from the inner desire to create a similar atmosphere to the one in my head. If I am feeling violent and hateful on the inside, I want our shows to reflect that. It's a very intense experience doing a band like this. It's real.

Musicscan: Are there specific aspects on Still that stand out in your mind, or aspects that have an inner meaning to you, you would like to share with us?

Weekend Nachos: STILL is a very personal album, and it will always remind me of a time in my life where I was transitioning into adulthood from childhood. I turned 30 around the time when we were making this album, and that really made me feel like a new person. I am not feeling as much like an adolescent as i used to and I feel like Age 30 was the turning point. I don't know if the album will mean this same thing to other people, but that's definitely what it means to me.

Musicscan: Is there something like a guiding line listeners have to know about to get a better understanding of what you are trying to tell them with Still?

Weekend Nachos: Nope...just listen to the album and read the lyrics. I think our songs are so powerful on this album that you will need to listen to the album again and again to take it all in. But that is a good thing, in my opinion. The album is over quickly and there is a lot going on in that short amount of time. I think this album is easier to listen to than any of our previous efforts. It flows really well and is a lot more enjoyable than Unforgivable or Worthless.

Musicscan: With the direction of Weekend Nachos heading a certain way and listeners/fans growing with you over years and releases, do you feel the fans can now relate to what you are feeling or at least understand what you are trying to tell them with your music?

Weekend Nachos: I think we have lost a lot of fans over the years, but also gained a lot of new ones. In 9 years, we have seen people come and go. I think it has to do with people getting into early Weekend Nachos records when they were younger and then they grew out of it. However, I think we are at a point where we can attract both younger AND older audiences. People can relate to the angst and hatred in our lyrics but they can also appreciate the music which happens to be maturing and getting more interesting with every record we release. I think in 2013, Weekend Nachos is more universally well-liked than we ever have been, which makes me very pleased.

Musicscan: Btw: Who is listening to Weekend Nachos? What kind of people you see and meet at your shows? What are they telling you about their impressions? And what do you want people to leave with with your songs?

Weekend Nachos: It's a crazy mixture of people. Young and old. Metal and punk. Male and female. People from all over the world. People seem to like talking to me at our shows, which is fine with me because I am always available and excited to be a part of this community. Wherever we are, somebody can relate to what we're doing. That, to me, is what which is all about. If somebody can leave a Weekend Nachos show and appreciate the atmosphere we have created as well as the community we have embraced, then that is a successful show as far as I'm concerned.

Musicscan: What type of “success” did you hope to gain with Still?

Weekend Nachos: We really just want to keep releasing good albums. If people can still connect to what we're doing, then we will always be successful. For me, it is not enough that we are happy with an album. Other people need to be happy with it as well, otherwise there is no connection. It's great to be able to connect to yourself, but connecting to someone else is a real challenge. If we can still achieve that, then we will keep going.

 
 Links:
  facebook.com/weekendxnachos
 
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