Sam tries to pry into Rey's head...
Sam: First off, the new album
is the coolest thing I've heard this year...
Rey: "Did you get your hands on it?"
Sam: Oh yeah, I got my hands on
it, I've had it for a couple of weeks now...
Rey: "Cool, I'm glad to hear that from people, all
across the board you know, that's why I'm still here, that's why I'm
on a bus in Boston, sick as fuck, touring from city to city because
I believe in these songs. These songs are good songs, and they are
songs that portray a real person's life, you know? So it's like, that's
why I'm here."
Sam: I noticed a few of the songs
on the new album are different, like "Together" starts off with a riff
that you wouldn't normaly find on a hardcore/metal album, kinda threw
Rey: "I think..one of the good things about
Downset is that like vocally, I don't really keep up with what's going
on with music...so I don't really know what's going on, I'm not really
influenced by contemporary music..."
Sam: That's probably a good
Rey: "So, you know, everybody in the band really
isn't that, from what I know of, that much either, so we just write
songs...we just try to write whatever came out, without thinking about
it too much, and just do it. So riffs like that, and songs like that
are inevitable on this record because we just wrote it without trying
to fuckin' sound like this, or trying to do this, or trying to do that,
Sam: I'm trying to think of the
name of the song...
Rey: "Which Way?, Together...Play Big?"
Rey: "Chemical Strangle?"
Sam: Yeah, the lyrics to that
are really cool, they just kinda flow along...
Rey: "I've never heard verses like that from
Sam: Yeah, I've never heard
anything like it.
Rey: "I've heard...some of the guys in the band
will play me some stuff by like, well whoever is doing like, rap metal
or whatever it's called this week, you know."
Sam: (laughing) Exactly..haha
Rey: "I've heard some of it, and there's nobody
flexin', nobody hitting no shit like that before, so that's what that
is, that's the good thing about not listening and not being influenced
by anything contemporary, 'cause you're gonna come up with some shit
that no one has ever heard of...it's a good song, the lyrics are
really good too, it was inspired by...there's a woman, her name is
Vandana Shiva, she's a professor and uh, the name of the book is called
and I read it about 3 years ago...basically the book is
about how how she feels as a woman in relation to the planet earth
itself, and her opinion on things like capitalism and globalization and
things like that, and she's a scientist too so it's not like she has
this superficial perspective over geo issues you know? She's a fuckin'
scientist...I say 'fifty earth species reaching scarcity daily' In
her book it says, that there's 50 earth...anything, species I'm
talking about like, germs, bugs, mammals, whatever, there's 50 of
them becoming extinct every fucking day because of capitalist
environment, capitalist culture...they just move into a joint and
fuckin' clear everything out, and there's a geo-balance there. To
hear that...we're a species of animal, and there's 50 species like
ourselves, becoming scarce every fucking day...everytime the sun
comes up and goes down, there's 50 becoming scarce everyday, and
when I hear that, that's fucking catastrophic, I think oh my god..."
Sam: That shit pisses me off
when I read it in the newspaper or whatever, find out about something
else that's screwed up because of us...
Rey: "The damage that we do is because of the
way we conduct ourselves in our trade and our commerce, it comes
down to one thing, making alot of money in a short time, and
that's fuckin' greed. That's the way our commerce is, it's driven
by that principle. And I'm not innocent either, I drive around in
a fucking bus, we use fuel that destroys certain elements in the air,
so it's not like I'm totally clean, but I live in a capitalist
environment. I can't rock the show tonight unless I spend some
money on some fuel getting here."
Sam: But you're here singing
about that to other people, so it gets out to other people, so
hopefully it balances out a bit...
Rey: "It's like we're fucked if we do or don't.
It's fuckin' terrible, it's just sad, when you start to really think
about things, it's really fuckin' sad, but it's like, it'll make you
a sick person, it'll drive you fuckin' totally insane...you'll end up
with a fuckin' needle in your arm shooting up some fuckin' heroin
trying to forget about it."
Sam: You've been out on the road
with Soulfly for awhile, how's that going?
Rey: "Fuckin' amazing, Max and just the whole
Soulfly tribe and their whole fuckin' vibe is just great. They're
Brazilian and their whole vibe and people they've got working for
them...I can just relate to them. The energy has been consistent, the
shows have been amazing, the opening bands have been really cool. It's
just an ideal privilege, and everyday and every night that I'm out
here you know, it's an absolute privilege. Not just to play with them
but everything else, to meet the people that come to the shows everday."
Sam: (fumbling through questions)
Rey: "The record came out in Europe already,
and it's doing fairly well, enough to keep us...you know I donno if
I'm gonna do another record, you know...I just really felt like these
songs deserved a fair chance and they finally got it, Epitaph records
fuckin' believed in the record, and people are coming to the shows
asking for it, the response has been really well nationwide. I'm
just really happy with that because Downset is something that's been
around for a long time and these songs really deserved a chance, and
that's why I've hung in there, and delt with people's shit. I donno,
we just want to stay on the road, we'll be touring alot, but I donno if
we're every gonna do another record, we'll see what happens."
Sam: (practically pleading) Oh
man, you guys have got to do another album!
Rey: "I donno, we'll see..."