BLACK SPUTUM – INTERVIEW

 

 

Maybe Black Sputum is not necessarily a known band for some of the readers, but after listening to their recently released promo, I surely state that you should go for it immediately, because they fuckin’ kicked asses! Black Sputum is an incredibly fast and noisy black metal/punk band formed by JC, a Brazilian guitar player/vocalist who has been living for more than one decade in Europe. First, he started in Switzerland, then moved to Austria and now is apparently settled down in Tromso, Norway. So, after some great releases, changes in line-up, now they are preparing to release a new album very soon, whose stuff is already recorded. Despite being a new band, their music is old school to the bone and that’s why you should take some minutes to read what JC has to tell us about this ultra underground act.

1. Hello, JC! It’s a pleasure to interview you for OMM! Black Sputum is a relatively new band, maybe unknown for some readers of the magazine. So, can you tell us the history of Black Sputum, beginnings, first members etc.
The pleasure is all mine, thanks for the interest in those filthy outputs. Black Sputum was summoned up in Zurich/Switzerland around 2008 by me and Domi. After taking our time to put together three songs, we tapped my friend Kov from the highly recommendable progressive/melodic black metal band Knowhere for the drums on the demo. As I had meanwhile moved to Graz/Austria, I finished the recordings there, finally self-releasing the 1st demo in 2011. The next two demos arose in Graz with local pals helping out at the drums and some guest guitars/vocals. After moving to Tromsø/Norway in late 2012 I had again the support from local musicians. This formation recorded new tracks which were released on a compilation of the previous releases as well as a following single. For the recently finished full-length, I ended up doing all strings and vocals, Kov back to maltreating the skins.
All recordings have always been done by myself and Kov, him also mixing and mastering pretty much every output. All songs have either been written by myself or together with Domi. Domi, who sadly passed away a couple of years back, was one of those guys who could toss out 10 great riffs in one hour, but not have the patience to structure a song, hahaha. He was one of the most passionate metalheads and one of the wildest motherfuckers I will ever know. A guy which would come up with an insane story every couple of days and you always knew that every detail was true. He left a gap in Zurichs metal scene, the final bands where he was active being Thunderdeath and Deathcult. Missed and never forgotten, I still have some riffs from him which I intend to use some day.


2. Well, you are Brazilian, but, as I see, it seems you have been living in Europe for some years. Why did you move to Europe? Were you running away from the Brazilian police? Hahahaha! (just kidding, man!)
I suppose that anyone can imagine that life is not necessarily the easiest down there. I also have Swiss ancestry, growing up with the language (and the papers) which of course had its share in getting me to Switzerland. But I like to move around in general, I am living in my 4th country now.


3. You have been also in other bands before forming Black Sputum. Can you tell a little bit about them? It seems they were very different from your present band. So, why did you decide do tread a new path?
My first output was with ANGÚSTIA, a rather 2nd wave of black metal approach with lyrics in Portuguese where I also wrote the songs and tapped different pals for the drums. A handful of demo tapes were self-released in Zurich on the 6.6.2006. I am currently working on a re-recording of the material. Other than this and B.S., I was active as a singer in death metal formations, acting as a guest for friends in Swiss bands, the frontman of Oral Fistfuck (CH) and late Carignan (AT). Despite having a good time as a singer, I never felt fully musically commited to these bands and had the need to change this.


4. By the way, how would you define Black Sputum’s music?

One could maybe describe the style as blackened thrash metal with a death metal edge, but I don’t feel the need to fit too tightly into a category box. Lyrics are to 50% in Portuguese in the new album. As for their content, it feels very natural to vociferate about religion’s inherent hipocrisy. From the beginning, the idea was to avoid too plain riffs/harmonies or too straight songs, sometimes I might succeed on that. I am into quite a few bands which take a very basic/primitive approach to their music, but I can’t see it working out for me. Kind of the “man, I love this band, but playing this stuff myself would bore the shit out of me!” feeling. I basically try to make songs sound interesting. As Natt, who helps me out with the drums in Tromsø said more than once, “so many riffs, so little brain!”. I’ll leave the context open for interpretation, hahaha. As a dedicated metal fan, I always loved some halfway subtle references built in songs, and I hereby promise a goodie parcel to the first one pointing out three intentional ones on Black Sputum’s discography! (Note: Sure, pal! Contest released! Hahaha1)

 

 

5. What were the basic influences when you formed Black Sputum? Did these influences change from 2008 to the present days?
Not that they necessarily reflect in the music, but I could drop some common ground bands between me and Domi as Nocturnal Breed, Ritual Carnage, Bewitched, Toxic Holocaust, Aura Noir, Demolition Hammer, Morbid Saint, Hypnosia etc, apart of the obvious heavy/black/thrash/death godfathers. It is of course impossible to be objective about one’s own music, but I don’t have the impression that the influences changed nor that B.S. sounds strongly like any of those bands. But I’d actually be quite interested in knowing which bands does it remind people of, so let me know about it!.


6. I also notice that you don’t make any distinction between metal and punk bands, like Bathory, Ratos de Porão and Flageladör, even paying some tributes to bands from both genres in the same release. So, I imagine that, for you, these genres are like close relatives, right? Do you think this hostile division between punk and metal makes any sense? And among all other metal subgenres, considering that sometimes a death metal fan fights with a black metal fan...doesn’t it sound stupid?

 

I love playing covers, but there was no strategy in going for songs which are a bit off B.S.’s style. From my personal point of view, metal and punk can be related. The gap between them might be large depending on which metal sub-genre you want to compare though, the ambience/vibes sure come into account too. I’m a metalhead with a rather “traditional” upbringing, but I do appreciate punk albums with a metal edge. The older you get the less you give a shit about others’ childish hostility and trying to show off how true you are. I personally stick to differentiating between people who behave like complete idiots/assholes and those who will leave you be, why give a shit about their style. If you feel like you need to prove your metallic devotion to somebody you are a poser, it’s about yourself, just fucking live it. Generally, this hostility for hostility’s sake is something which still strikes me as being very Brazilian, completely stupid. Many of the small town wannabes and internet warriors would be horribly shocked to see how laid back and undifferent their proclaimed idols actually are.

Ratos de Porão are sort of a special case for Brazilian metalheads. Their connection to Sepultura and, as I’ve been told, the stupidity of the early local punk scene pushed the band to a fairly metallic phase and early identification with the metal scene. Long story, but this was a band you could hardly get around as a headbanging teenager in the early 90s in Brazil. Fun story about this cover: Peter from Life Crime, which recorded the 2nd voice, is a huge fan of R.D.P.. Being Austrian, he couldn’t speak shit of Portuguese. We went through the lyrics two or three times and taped it, I think he did quite a good job in despite of that. João Gordo (RDP’s singer) seems to dig our version.

Ratos de Porão are sort of a special case for Brazilian metalheads. Their connection to Sepultura and, as I’ve been told, the stupidity of the early local punk scene pushed the band to a fairly metallic phase and early identification with the metal scene. Long story, but this was a band you could hardly get around as a headbanging teenager in the early 90s in Brazil. Fun story about this cover: Peter from Life Crime, which recorded the 2nd voice, is a huge fan of R.D.P.. Being Austrian, he couldn’t speak shit of Portuguese. We went through the lyrics two or three times and taped it, I think he did quite a good job in despite of that. João Gordo (RDP’s singer) seems to dig our version.

 

7. You had different line-ups during this period in Black Sputum. Do you think this affected the band negatively?
You tell me, hahaha. I moved around a bit, and it is is nicer to be able to develop and rehearse new songs locally with a drummer instead of having a pure long-distance project. I have been fortunate to have pals helping me out wherever I was. My connection to them matters to me and builds up a personal story throughout the releases. As the creator, it is interesting to do things this way; as a listener, maybe more annoying, as less consistent.

 

8. In 2012, you moved to Norway. How was it for you to restart the band again? Can you talk about the new members?
It did not feel different than what I have been doing before, and I was fortunate to find Natt willing to help me out. Check out his main band Sjukdom by the way, their 2nd full-length is about to be released. Those guys make a hell of a mess at the rehearsal room, but sure did their black metal homework, good stuff! Despite being rather a home studio project so far, I am rehearsing with a full line up for a live split release that should take place in the near future. Natt is handling the drums, Avsky, also from Sjukdom, is helping out at the vocals (I’m too stupid to play and scream at the same time), Martin (ex-Taakeferd) on the 2nd guitar and Frodin, who is mainly active in Endolith, on the bass.

 

9. What about the compilation “Mischief of Excretion”? Did you get good feedbacks from magazines, fanzines and the audience in general?

There was not much feedback from this compilation which was released in Brazil. I got a smaller number of CDs than promised and no reply on how many were actually released. One hopes for a better communication with a label than what I had here. Anyway, as only few of those left Brazil I could imagine a re-relase of this demo compilation adding some unreleased stuff in the near future.


10. Recently, you released a fucking new stuff, in the professional promo “Foresecretionary Blare”, which I had the pleasure to listen to and I think it’s a brilliant work, one of the best I heard in the last year. Are you still spreading it? What about the responses from the people?
Many thanks man. You can find the promo consisting of three advance tracks of the recently finished full-length together with all the releases in the bandcamp page, check it out. I got some ok feedback, but I’ve been a bit slow with spreading it. I’ve been mostly targeting some underground European labels to look for a release/distribution of the material, but the actual flood of releases might make it a bit more tough to find an interesting partnership. Might not help for my band, but I am not complaning, I really appreciate the high load of new bands playing the ancient style with a fresh edge.


11. I’ve seen you are responsible for the layout and front cover. Were you always responsible for this work? Any special reason to take care of this part too?
Yeah, I’ve always taken care of the layout, often also shooting the featured pictures. Here also many thanks to Valglaumnir from Knowhere for the shootings in Zurich. I like the DIY approach at the recording and the visual aspect, it is satisfying to have control over the shape of your creation if you’re halfway ok about your graphic software skills, hahaha.


12. I also know that you are looking for partners to release this stuff in a full-length, right? How the interested labels can get in touch with you? Any special condition for this album to come?

 

Absolutely. It seems like I have a pleasing possibility in Brazil, but I would be glad to have somebody releasing and/or distributing the album in Europe. Contact me through the facebook or bandcamp site! I doubt that somebody will have any false hopes with this underground material, my sole conditions are no unreliable bastards and no nazi cunts!


13. Man, I hope you can get a deal very soon, because Black Sputum really deserves to have its work recorded with good quality and properly distributed in the underground! Any last words to the readers or anything I forgot to ask here? Thanks for taking your time to answer some questions, pal!
Thanks on my side for all the support! I think that we’re going through a great time with many awesome new bands as well as older ones which got together again. Feels unnecessary to say at this magazine that people should go for the physical releases, keep the flame alive and strong

Cristiano Passos

Poprawiony (wtorek, 14 marca 2017 07:27)