Violent restitution-ST (2012)
Hipness as a second language. And I now recommend it to you myself cause it's really cool stuff. This is a trio based in Vancouver (a vocalist called Jessica, a guitarist called Sarah and a drummer called Pierre, yes another one guitar only band. on the record the singer is Mya Mayhem). what they play is a brutal, noisy and chaotic mince / grind. and they do it with all the agression and attitude needed. it's another cool band from the rising canadian hardcore / grind scene. the lyrics are about animal liberation and anti-capitalist and environmental issues. they released their first self titled record through their own label called Mercy of slumber records.
you can stream / download it for free on their BC page.
here's their FB page
and Sarah (guitars) and Pierre (drums) answered to my questions, so you can read it, just below :
-to start with can you present the band?
Sarah : Violent
Restitution started out as "Degenerative Myelophaty" in December 2011.
We changed the name because it was kind of wierd and it turned out to be
something different than we had originally thought. It consisted of
Myself (Sarah )on Guitar, Pierre on Drums and Mya on Vocals. We started
out Jamming in Mya's basement and then got a jam space. We recorded our 5
song Demo for our First show which was Feb. 4th at my House in
Vancouver. After that we didn't practice that much like maybe once a
month. We finished recorded our LP which was the demo songs re-recorded
and a few additional ones. Released in July 2012. We then did a 6 1/2
week tour across Canada playing with a bunch of bands like PowerCup,
TheVanishingAct, Misanthropic Noise, Gowl, Northless , Archagathus, Head
Hits Concerte, Psycho etc...Then i went to Winnipeg for a bit and Mya
went travelling so we didn't jam for a while.
-what about your new singer? do you think this line up evolution will
really change the music of Violent restitution?
has really great lows and highs just as Mya did. She currently plays in
MERV which is this really awesome grindcore/southerndoom fusion. killer.
We are really excited to have her on board because she rules and
because being able to get those kinds of vocals just right is really
hard and you need to be extra talented. We are also stoked to be able to
keep the Female vocalist sound as well as that was really important to
me. Having to play with a million dudes get fucking frustrating and i
want women to feel encouraged to pick up some guitars, drums or mics and
blow it all away. Fuck yea.
-what about your self titled
record, how would you describe it and how was it conceived?
Would describe our self titled record as Old School grindcore. I guess
it also takes in various other elements but it has a lot of punk, thrash
and mincegrind elements as well. I don't know. We basically wrote the
album in little under 4 months and then recorded with Cody Baresich (
ISKRA ) in Victoria in our friend's House at the TROYLER HOUSE. My
label, Mercy of Slumber Records as well as What is making us sick, and
Black Banana records put our the record.
Pierre: I think the record is pretty straight forward and represents how
and why we started this band. Sarah and I started jamming, we wanted
fast and to the point old school grind. Played our first show after
maybe a month of being a band, and recorded the album and had a six week
tour booked not much after that. We stand by our political and social
beliefs/whateveryouwanttocallits and wanted to have fun while we play
some wholesome BC Kind Grind for our buds. Making a record is the best
excuse for tour, right?
-Violent restitution is
openly a political band, making a stand for its ideas, can you
illustrate your points with some comments about the lyrics of a few
songs in the record?
Pierre: I didn't write the lyrics and I wouldn't
play on something that I didn't believe in. but I will say don't suck.
Don't be mean to animals and don't make anyone else's day harder than it
has to be. Have fun.
Sarah: The Lyrics were
written by Mya so i can't really go into too much detail about them but
We did hold openly political lyrics in various subjects. Speaking mostly
about Animal Rights and Liberation and issues surrounding Patriarchal
systems, Misogyny and Human Rights. I guess from a broad spectrum just
focusing on resisting those systems and fighting against/abstaining from
support of the industries that cause harm to animals.
-a few words about the cover art for your self titled record?
Our Pal Adam Kindred of Halifax did our artwork. He is somewhat of a
celebrity in the Canadian Punk scene. People even call him the "Canadian
pushead". Anyways it's a bunch of animals and plants over growing in a
city and taking back thier natural space and is also reminicent of that
old-school grindcore style of sketched large artwork.
-grind and crust are often linked with radical politics/ideals, in
your opinion what's the main explanation for that. maybe your own
evolution can shed some light on it?
Pierre: One might think that it's
radical music for radical minds but all different kinds of people are
playing grind. Abolishing homo and transphobia, Pizza and weed, animal
rights, there's all kinds of stuff found in grind lyrics these days. I
think we should just maintain on the path of having fun and not sucking,
and leave a lot of room for more open minded people to come party with
us. There's always an element of "bro" in all scenes and it's time to
cut that shit out. Sooner or later we'll smarten up. Until then, we can
just all continue writing songs about fighting the unjust.
Sarah: Well, Grind grew from Crust/Punk in the UK/Europe in the 80s
with bands such as ASOCIAL's blasting 7" and Obviously NAPALM DEATH and
EXTREME NOISE TERROR. The UK had a pretty special anarcho scene that
really influenced a lot of people especially in the years to come. Punk
has had many different incarnations but there has always been that
"against the grain" kind of mentality. I feel like there are definately
scenes and bands that held true to this while others did not do so well
at it..but depends what "punk" we are referring to. It's never been
something that was created in order to normalize and blend in with
mainstreem ideals and pop culture. I Guess it always has room to grow
specifically in the misogynistic, Homophobic and transphobic sense but
you know, we work with it i guess. For me it was a progression as well. I
was always interested in radical politics but it took a few years and
some inspiration along the way to really look into it. I don't know this
shit is complicated. whatever do what you want except don't be a
-how did you get in contact with
and what attracted you in the grind music & scene, what does it
means to you?
Sarah: I guess I started out going to Hardcore shows and
progressed from there. At first I didn't even like grindcore really. (
yea yea get mad ) but then one day it was like WOAH, and ever since then
i've been a total blast-head. It keeps me busy. I have way too much
energy sometimes and it gives me something to channel it to. The
community is what is important and as soon as we lose that i guess it
won't mean much more to me than some regular old bullshit. But at least i
can hide in my room with records.
play drums... what drummer wouldn't want to try and play as fast as
possible?! You spend so many years in punk and hardcore bands with
people trying to tell you to slow down or d-beat this or that, when you
find something where speed is a necessity, you just want to stick with
it. I've got a busy mind and a short attention span. I grew up with
Boston hardcore, I couldn't agree with a lot of the politics of the
scene, so I stayed at home and listened to records. Not to sound like a
dick, but I don't really go to shows to socialize. I don't want to spend
half my night drinking in the alley while bands are playing. So I found
a scene that appreciates the same thing as I do. I still get drunk and
miss bands sometimes, but not very often!
bands from your area would you recommend?
Sarah: uhm, AHNA,
Head Hits Concrete, Haggatha, Osk, Expression of Pain, Iskra, Hoopsnake,
Grimhorse (rip), Archagathus, Loutish, Cetascean etc.. i don't know too
-which were your favourite record released in
2012 and why?
Sarah: Oh man, i'm bad at this. I'm kind of a sucker for
old death metal and shit so i tend to have a shit-time keeping up with
the new stuff. uhmm I guess that new Noisear LP, Turbulent Resurgence
andd i've been really digging that new Skullhog LP as well. Squamish BCs
HOOPSNAKE is really killer southern doom they self-released an LP this
year so i don't know how distributed it is but it's really really
good!... uhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!! fuck! The Kill's new LP as well , I
am stoked for the actual Vinyl hey!
-what is planned
for Violent restitution in the coming months?
Sarah: well i am moving
back to Vancouver and i guess we will start jamming again. We're
releasing a split 10" with GOD Grotesque Organ Defeilment a rad as fuck
political goregrind band from Oshawa Ontario, and then sometime after
that we will be realasing a split with Suffering Mind.
-a final "full of wisdom sentence" to conclude?
Sarah: Thanks for
the interview!! sorry it took so long!!!
Pierre: Parting words: Be excellent to each other.> > > > thanks!