1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Vomit Raider: We have all quit our jobs and live in the woods behind the train tracks on Oakwood Road in Huntington Station and share clothes. Fergus (drums) and I give each other haircuts with a buzzer hooked up to a car battery that we stole. We do not drink or do drugs, my sons Mother is just telling people we do. Besides that, we are promoting our new album, “Elders Rasp” on 11” vinyl and playing lots of shows. Paulo from Copremesis recorded the album with us but then he got scared of all the raccoons and left so we found these two new guitarists. They’re working out good but they fucking hate Paulo.
2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album?
Vomit Raider : It’s like drinking too much and smoking too many cigarettes and waking up on a sidewalk at the Ronkonkoma train station feeling sad. Then you find a mixtape labeled “Long Island Hardcore 1996”, but someone taped over most of it with Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth and Excruciating Terror.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?
Vomit Raider: Drug addict friends who fucked us over, drinking, ex-girlfriends, drinking alone, dead friends, solitude, sex, drinking with comrades, Aztec mythology, sluts, people in jail and people who are headed there.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
Vomit Raider: Sometimes people visualize their own suicide over and over again as a defense mechanism against facing truths or emotional pain.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Vomit Raider: We will always be proud to have opened for Squash Bowels, one of our main inspirations in the first place, but it was very long ago and I doubt we made a professional impression on them. Besides that, any show with our great friend, Lee Altomare of The Communion – Rest In Peace Brother! Every show can be a good show – just stay on top of the details and don’t leave it up to anyone else to promote or organize! DIY! We don’t like having stage presence, we’d rather play on the floor and be right in everyone’s faces.
6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
Vomit Raider: FUCK YES. And new shirts.
7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label and if so what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect for the music?
Vomit Raider: We are proud to do everything DIY and be an underground band, but if any label wants to help us get our money right, step our merch game up and get us on some of these big, exclusive Metalfests and touring shows than come fuck with your boi bois. In case you haven’t noticed, Buckshot Facelift has a hard-on that is not going away any time soon.
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new album by fans of underground music?
Vomit Raider: Big shout out to The Phillipines, Germany, England, France and Belgium where they all got those “Elders Rasp” 11”s early and hard! We have enjoyed the support of fans in the Ukraine and Australia in the past and look forward to getting our music to all the far off corners of this soiled planet. Buckshot Facelift recognizes that GRINDCORE is an international culture.
9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
Vomit Raider: More vinyl, and weirder. Expect haircuts, track suits and liquor in the studio.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Vomit Raider: From day one we have always rocked oldschool Long Island hardcore shit like Halfman, Scapegrace, Milhouse, Neglect, 52x, Motive, etc. and tried to mix it with grindcore. metal and powerviolence. We listen to lots of different shit… Iniquity, Enslaved, Dead Infection, Extreme Noise Terror, Lotus Fucker, Waco Jesus, Cryptopsy, Tragedy, Wu Tang Clan, MF DOOM, Lisa Hannigan, Sufferatory, 6 Brew Bantha, Backslider, Butthole Surfers, Dinosaur Jr., Ratt, Sun Ra, Frankie Valli, Tony Bennet, Carcass, Internal Suffering, Andromorphous Rexalia, Charles Mingus Motorhead, Tori Amos, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte. All sorts of music is good to listen to, but only loud music is good to live by.
11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Vomit Raider: After rehearsal a few months ago, I slept on Fergus’ couch. The next day, at 10 AM on a rainy Wednesday morning, we watched “Pet Cemetary” in his basement drinking tequila and got really depressed together. I also drink alone sometimes.
12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Vomit Raider: Thanks for your support! You can stream and purchase our new album, “Elders Rasp”, on BuckshotFacelift.bandcamp.com, and if you need to catch up on the story thus far, visit BuckshotFacelift.blogspot.com to download our first two albums and other bonus releases FREE. We always keep that blog updated with live videos, show flyers and news, as well. “Buckshot Facelift” – get into us before a member is dead.