As part of our ongoing project to catalog the 2012 presidential election from a metal point of view, we’ve been soliciting presidential endorsements from noteworthy American metal musicians. Today: Chrome Waves.
Who should you vote for?
The great Jeff Wilson, formerly of Nachtmystium, and more recently of Chrome Waves, says, contra Aesop Dekker, that most Americans need a system — but that he’s not going to contribute to it:
Let me start by saying, when I got the email to write on the subject of politics, I wasn’t all that interested. One, because I didn’t want my beliefs to necessarily mix with my music, and two, because who really gives a fuck about what some musician has to say? Right? So after reviewing the previous opinions, I realized I have a different stance on things than the previous writers, so why not participate.
As much as I’d like to adopt the opinion of my friend Aesop here, I’m under the impression that 90% of the American population is too stupid to deal with such a scenario. Along with our fellow contributor, Mr. Mustaine, the majority of Americans need some sort of system, or at least follow the instructions of the invisible man, to maintain some control.
So where does that leave me then? Who am I endorsing? No one. I’m not voting at all.
Sure, Obama led the blind through his promise of “change”, but let’s be completely honest here, he’s been about as forgettable as say, Harrison. Ron Paul almost got my vote because, let’s face it, he’s the only one here bringing original ideas to the table. Unfortunately, like anyone else who’s ever thought outside of the box, he’s got no chance and he’s probably all talk and no action. And again, I’d hate to say it, but I’d almost go as far as to vote for Santorum if I was going to vote in the first place. I say this only because, he might be the only one to cause a real revolt here in the US, get people off the asses and make a difference. The only way to do so is to strip away all of our liberties, all of our pride and all of our integrity. Sounds like his plan to me, anyway. Don’t you think? Then again, if that was the case, he wouldn’t last long anyway… Bang, motherfucker!
So, from my perspective, voting is sort of like committing to a relationship with someone you barely know for four years. I refuse to endorse someone I don’t have total faith in. It’s like going home with the most attractive girl at the bar, only to find out that she’s awful in bed. She’s a great first impression, but not all she’s cracked up to be in the long haul. My vote isn’t going to make anymore of a difference than anyone else’s, They’re all in it together, it’s all predetermined anyway. How do you think George W. Bush got a second term?
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A couple weeks ago, I stumbled on the BandCamp page of Chrome waves, a new project that features Chicago metal heavyweights Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth) and Jeff Wilson (Ex-Nachtmystium). For obvious reasons, I liked what I heard. The band recently became one of the first few bands signed to upstart Gracedancer Records, and they have an album coming out this summer. If you like any kind of metal at all, this is a band you need to hear. Many thanks to Jeff for answering my questions.
1.)Please state your name, your role in the band and give us a brief history of Chrome Waves.
I’m Jeff Wilson. My primary role in Chrome Waves is guitar, but I’m definitely not limited to that. Chrome actually started coming together in 2010. I had a few months where just about everything around me was falling apart and having the typical cliche musician thought process, I guess the only thing for me to do was write songs about it.
Bob and I had been talking about doing a project for a while so he and I started recording the rhythm tracks almost immediately. Everything was basically written with the thought of Stavros doing vocals; he was into the idea so that’s how he came into the picture. Unfortunately, all of our schedules are a bit out of control so it’s taken nearly 2 years to get everything recorded and the business in taken care of, but now it’s ready to go and things have fallen into place the way they have; it was definitely worth the wait for me.
2.) You guys are among the first batch of bands signed to upstart label Gravedancer Records. How did that come about, and is there a release date in the near future? Have you thought about what formats you’d like to release the album on?
Josh had originally been interested in working the PR for the project, later asking whether we were interested in his new start up label. He did a lot of the work on the Assassins record and currently works with The Atlas Moth as well so it was the right person to work with. I was originally intending on self releasing the record, but we went over the details of the contract and it was just the better option in this case. The release date is set for July 3rd; it’ll be a digipack, with a limited run of colored vinyl as well. We should have a preorder going sometime in the next couple months.
3.) Obviously, Chrome Waves is comprised of three very busy dudes. With all the other projects the band members are involved with, are their plans for touring, or just sporadic shows? How is playing live with Chrome Waves different than playing with other bands you’ve been in?
I don’t think any of us are opposed to touring, but we’re definitely not treating this as a new band and going to be focusing on that to promote it. When we do play live, it will be fairly exclusive shows, say a weekend of LA, NY, Chicago, a festival or something of the sort. If the right offer came sometime down the road for a month long tour, I would imagine we would consider the options and go from there. Well at this point, we haven’t done any live shows, so I can’t really, but when it happens, it’s not going to be much different than things I’ve done in the past. It will consist of the 3 core members and a couple other people we’re close with, depending on who is available.
4.) You have a pretty distinct style of guitar playing. Who influenced you to play guitar growing up?
I mean, when I first started, I think my first major influences were like Nirvana and the Cure. When I started getting more and more into metal, those influences obviously changed a little bit, and now I think I’m starting to go back to the earlier ones. As long as the song or part makes me feel some sort of emotion, that’s all I’m concerned with.
There are no parts in these songs or components of this band that are filler, I hope that anyone that looks at the packaging or listens to the record can see that.
5.)Lastly, your leaving Nachtmystium seemed like it was a pretty ugly situation at the time. Are things cool with you and Blake now, and do you look back at your years in that band fondly?
Well, when you have 2 people who are very much alike to a certain degree and complete opposites as well, things are going to get ugly at some point. I think Blake and I considered ourselves like brothers for a long period of time. That being said, we just spent too much time together. Are we cordial or do we chat when we see each other around? Of course. Do we call each other to hang out? Not really, but there’s not really much animosity, at least from my end. I’m much more happy with all of the things I’m doing now as opposed to being stuck doing one thing all the time. Do I look back at all of it fondly? For the most part; those were some of the best times in my life. I wish things hadn’t gone down like they did, but I jumped off at the right time, and I’m much more satisfied with the way things are now.