Hey, folks! The first night of Winter’s Wake 2013 is just a few more hours away! There are a ton of incredible bands (well, six) playing tonight, this is a show you will NOT want to miss.
Here’s another band interview for you, this time I spoke with the bassist from Liquified Guts, Justin Gizzi. In case you were wondering, yes that is the same person who plays bass for Nomad Queen. Here’s what he told me when we talked about this band:
VOS: Hello again, and thanks again! I appreciate you taking the time to discuss each of your projects with me!
JG: No problem my friend.
VOS: So you also play bass for Liquified Guts, but could you please introduce the rest of this band?
JG: Sure. We’re a trio. Jim Sherwood plays guitar and does the vocals, and Jared Altamare is our drummer.
VOS: Can you tell me a little bit about the band’s history, starting with how and when you guys first got together?
JG: Jim started the band with a drummer, Doug Schrecengost, in 2004. Trisha Muszynski joined on 2nd guitar, along with Mark Palmieri on bass. Trish is now in Metacide and plays bass with Derketa sometimes as well. Mark does the vocals for Torrential Bleeding now, and was in the band Scorched with Jim for several years. I played with them for a bit too. Those three left around the same time in 2007, and I came on board. We jammed with our friend Jim Yeckel for a few months, but he couldn’t commit to the band at the time. We found Austin Bowen in spring 2008 and were with him til this past fall. Alt joined in December.
VOS: This band specializes in a rather extreme form of music; in your own words how would you describe the sound for someone who’s never heard it?
JG: To make it easy I just say Grindcore. A lot of different styles are mixed in, and our lyrics are primarily silly and irreverent. That’s why I wouldn’t call us “Death Metal”, since we don’t talk about death. The original lineup was more in that direction.
VOS: In the past year, there’ve been some big milestones for ‘Guts: for example your album Sour Cream and Phibes was released [on 08 September 2012]. How would you say the reception has been for that?
JG: Really good. We just did an initial pressing of 100 and sold them pretty quickly. The 2nd batch came in recently. The cd release show was excellent and we moved a bunch there. People really dug the artwork. [See the image at the top of this page.]
VOS: Another big change was that recently you guys got a new drummer. I know at least one person wasn’t happy with this development [if you haven't seen it yet, please watch the video below!] but personally, his other band MorgueMart is one of my favorite local bands, and I can see it being a good fit. How has that been working out for you?
JG: Alt fucking rules. We love MorgueMart. We’ve played with them a bunch of times, including the last cd release show, and always got on real good with them. Jared was always receptive to what L. Guts were doing, and it’s been great having him in the band.
VOS: So, what’s in store for you guys in the future? Got any more shows planned? Also, I heard a rumor you might be doing a bit more recording soon?
JG: We play pretty consistently in the city, once a month or so. We’ll take some downtime occasionally to work on new songs, or when we recorded. We only went about two months between Austin‘s last show and Jared‘s first. We have three more shows booked after tonight. Jim and I both love playing out, so does Jared, so we’ll still play a lot. Even Austin, who loathed it at times, never said no to a show offer. I’d like us to record an EP and a full length this year. We have the songs for the EP, hopefully we can get that recorded and out late spring.
VOS: Finally — I’ve already asked you the question about other bands that are playing this weekend, so I’ll just say again, looking forward to seeing your band tonight, and thanks again for taking the time to do this!
JG: Thanks man!
Liquified Guts are playing at Winter’s Wake on Friday, 22 February 2013, at 6119 (6119 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh).