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INTERVIEW WITH NEGATIVE REACTION FOR HM PORTAL, ITALY

05/2003

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X: First of all, let me express my personal apreciation for your last album. What's about a title like "Everything you need for galactic battle adventures"? Must we image space/sci-fi landscapes or something more linked with psychedelic experiences?

KB: I'm glad you enjoyed the new album, it's nice to know people enjoy it. Oh, definately space/sci-fi landscapes by far. Actually the title came off of a Star Wars toy box, one of the many boxes in my collection. We wanted the title to appear as if the alum is a battle kit for Galactic Battles. Kind of a secret weapon like the death star.

X: Talking about your music, while listening to your album I remembered a matinee I saw at CBGBs in 1991, with Sheer Terror and Darkside playing... I don't know why but your new cd looks to me like to be linked in a certain way (vocals, sounds, some riffing) with the NY 90s hard-core scene. Am I completely wrong?

KB: No, you're not wrong at all. Most people that hear our music think its based on Black Sabbath and stoner rock and that's only part of it, our main influence is definately late 80s, very early 90's NY hardcore. Any spare moment we had back in those day we were at CBGBs as well. It's pretty cool that you noticed that.

X: You titled the last song of the album "Sludge": which is your personal definition of this term and how much do you fit in this scene and attitude?

KB: Sludge to us means down-tuned, slow, extremely heavy with screaming vocals. We feel like we started the Sludge scene in the northeast United States, you may remember hearing about Negative Reaction being "self-proclaimed Gods of Sludge" we didn't proclaim it people reviewed it as such and that was back in 1990. The only other band in our area that was playing this kind of music was Grief (RIP). Now it seems like a lot of other bands are finally catching on and that's a good thing. The song Sludge is actually a remake of our song Sludge on our first album endofyorerror.

X: Inside the cd you use a lot of spoken parts to introduce the compositions: can you introduce to us their meaning and where do you took them off?

KB: Really there is no meaning, it's what you make of it. We get them from a variety of sources, anything that hits us as being cool or fitting in with a certain song.

X: Being from USA, do you feel like the most recent happenings (9/11, the war, the World crisis) influenced your life?

KB: Oh yeh, I'm from NY, and it hit me hard... it made me angry and it made me more proud of being a New Yorker not just an american. The fact that they hit NY just proves how influential NY is on the world. Where else on the planet can you find more ethnic backgrounds, religions and MUSIC together. And now after 9/11 people in NY seem to get along better than they did before. So actually that was the one positive thing that came from it, I guess.

X: Do you like the live activity and which are your most noteable experience in this field? some weird story to tell?

KB: We love playing live, that's why we have the band. We look forward to playing every sho, every time, no matter wehre it is or who we are playing with. You should check it out, it's a lot of fun. The only weird story that comes to mind is at the end of rolling around and smashing the guitar into my head at the end of a show, I accidently hit he guitar into my eye causing my contact lens to get stuck, after being rushed to the Emergency Room where they couldn't find it, it reappeared the next afternoon when I awoke with it stuck to my eyelid. The doctor still owes me a beer.

X: Are you into sci-fi movies and books? If so which are your favourites and most influential?

KB: Oh yeh, Star Wars, Star Wars and more Star Wars, enough to tatoo it on my arms...can you tell by the titles of the songs... The Tradoshian, Mandalorian Army, Scum and Villany, Price on a Head - check out the cover and see what reference you can find in the artwork. But I do enjoy reading Micheal Butterworth stuff, he's an excellent sci-fi writter, Godzilla is cool and just about anything from the 50 and 60s... Flash Gordon, Forbidden Planet, etc. We also got a Star Wars music award for the best lyrics about an abscure charater for our song Dianoga (Orbit EP).

X: Do you think we can talk about a new attitude in metal scene, trying to present a real alternative to leading movements like nu-metal and power metal?

KB: Yeh sure, you have to remember I came from a hardcore background where there was not too much room for metal. I would love to see Sludge and doom be the new attitude as opposed to just metal, here in the US it seems like it is quite possible, eveyone is looking for a new type of heavy music that isn't main stream.

X: What's spinning inside your cd player nowadays? Is there anything new or upcoming you want to support and share with us?

KB: Lately I've been listening to a lot of Misfits, Sleep, Johnny Cash, Monster Magnet, old Agnostic Front, the only upcoming/new discs I would like to share with you (because there isn't much coming out lately) is the new Fistula album, Idiopathic, one of the heaviest albums, i've ever heard; Assjack (Hank Williams JR III) and look for future stuff from Mandown and From the Ashes.

X: Thanx a lot for this good chat, something to add?

KB: Yeh, everyone support your favorite zines, websites and bands and let's bring a new genre of music to the front lines. Thanks for having me, I enjoyed it very much.

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