Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Guerra de Cerdos Interview
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
zala: the band formed in june 2013, after the break up of the former band ratticidio were tapita( vocals and guitar) and osky( bass and vocals) played.I was at my job and receive a call from tapita, who told to me " hey lets form a band together, and mix thrash metal with post punk".The idea seems pretty cool to me, but i hesitate at first. Two weeks later we started to rehearse.
Tapita: personally we are a very young band, my personal idea was to form a hardcore group with crossover thrash and mix all that with post punk so i recluted friends after the crisis i had with ratticidio.
Osky:i been in ratticidio for a while ,and when tapita told me to form a new one i was breaking up with my own post punk project ( called pulsion de muerte) which i was the singer. in some way the two projects connected (ratticidio and pulsion de muerte) in guerra de cerdos. Some of the songs of pulsion de muerte finished in the guerra de cerdos repertoire.
2.Recently you have released your first album, can you tell us a little bit more about your musical sound?
Osky: i think we dont have yet our own sound because we recently started , but yes we have very clear the things we want to do in a musical level. We are working hard on that.
zala: our sound is fresh. we gotta still working on it, but its fuckin fresh to me. i dont if it is original or what, but for me it has something different.
3.Your lyrics cover some existensial and philosophical themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in those topics?
tapita: the lyrics covered not only philosofical and existensial topics but also politics because we see the music as a form of socialist statement . a lot of my songs has a strong ideologic perspective . The song "TUCUMAN" : the name came from anargentinian province , who has been full of blood through our history . it talks about a fascist militar command in 1975 , financed by the big landlords and blessing by institutions with big power like the church not only to destroy the popular manifestations and the guerrilla of prt erp , the ones who settle down a resistance corp in that province, so punished by social injustice and also split the unions and his fights.
the song angeles rawson talks about the crime of a little girl who run out of luck and became a media frenesi and bring paranoia to the masses . the society became domesticated. CAMPO DE MAYO talks about a military base who worked in a concentration camp in the military dictatorship era. through the military service used young draftee as a first line of fire of his war interest and reactionary interest like the falklands war o the independence operative , and how with the rise of the democracy and the derogation of the military service in the county they camuflated this forms of reclutement creating childhood police in the north of the country.
osky: in my case, i come from the literature area, my interest in music arrived later than my interest in poetry ,a place were i developed since my childhood, influenced by the french simbolic poetry, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarme, Valery and later by poeticians with a social statement like maiacovsky , Paco Urondo and Robert Santoro and its for me a political tool , same as tapita i am socialist and to a global and cultural reestructuration . In the lyric of "Anden N 2" i talked about a boy who died from starvation in my e yes while i was walking in the subway. People just overlooked the situation with out much care . His brothers were cryin by his side. the cleaning employee just cleaned the floor were the kid was, just like he was a bag of trash. in the "horror sucesivo del vacio" i talk about the loneliness and despair and how this shitty system affects personal relationships. and feel an outsider to the marketing culture. in the song "el tiempo" i wrote about how relationships fade away through time, like the one's we loved yesterday and how our love is gone , doesnt exist anymore and left us wishing in the past, a past who make us feel ALIVE. the time destroys everything, even our bodies are the pendulum who comes and goes in the watch.
zala : i write more instrospective and emotional lyrics( this can be seen on puertas de fuego a lyric about not to be afraid of taking risks in life) but i agree a lot with the political statements of my bandmates. the first song, el cuervo i wrote that watching tv, its a social critic to the ridicolous reaction of the argentinian people when the pope arrived. i mean, fuckers, you still believe in this fuckin rapist bastards??????
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Guerra de Cerdos'?
zala :it is the perfect representation of the power struggle between the officialism and the opposition with his media trusts and his will of have a piece of the cake. it means in your language "PIGS WAR"
Osky : the name explains the social context this days in argentina. in one side, you got the little bourgeoisie fighting with corporations in war when the victim its the people!. a pigs war is that, a war of politic and capitalist interest.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
zala : the band have been playing for less than a year , we only have a few dates, but all were good and positive,and helps to feed the grown of the band. in the stage we are caos , an angry ,real expression of all the things happening to us.
Tapita: we try to put some energy to the shows and we concentrate ,in our limitations, to make the show the best we can
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
zala: the band is playing in all the buenos aires circuit , in the north, south and west of the metropoli. we live in differentes locations and we are far away to each other and we took advantage of that to take the band anywhere. We have dates in entre rios( another argentinian province) and we're planing an internation tour in chile by the end of the year.
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
tapita: actually we are on a small label called "discos expiatorios". They help us with the record and the fisic copies of it. the label is located in mar del plata, outside buenos aires. Anyone who want to sign us feel free to do so any
dissemination always help!
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of both punk and metal?
zala : the record liked to a lot of people because of the variety. a lot of people did not liked the record because of the variety hahaha
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
tapita: we see the band getting better step by step, sounding better and adding songs to our repertoire.
zala : building a strong identity.
osky : ..... ( doesnt say a word, his favorite football team lost his game)
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
zala: as you can hear it on the record, hardcore, thrash and post punk are the genres present. in my case , when it comes the time to make the record i took influences from the cult, the mission, killing joke,new model army, sepultura, slayer and old hardcore punk like minor threat . oh how can i forgot discharge and motorhead!
tapita : i listen to a lot of hardcore bandas like minoria activa,bod,ndi,os mocos,arrebato( all from argentina), accion
directa, ratos de porao, black flag, dead kennedys, cro mags, and started to listen a lot to joy division ,
slayer,sepultura,gang of four, the fall, oingo boingo , the influences are many , toxic holocaust, siouxsie and the banshees, the adverts, discharge, poison idea, and pc death squad.
osky : in my case one fundamental band in my life is pink floyd, and joy division, besides bands of basque punk bands like kortatu, la polla, gatillazo, cicatriz, eskorbuto. at the moment i'm listening to a lot of latin american folklore singers like victor jara, atahualpa yupanqui and jose de molina.
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
osky: actually i believe than every way goes to the band. in my case the literature occupies a central place just like the politics. in my place i try to add a sand grain in the construction of communism and the death of imperialism.
zala: a lot of things. grow up as a person, stop walking the death roads of ignorance, and have clarity and culture in my life. that's my interest
tapita: i agree 100 percent with osky
zala: and with me no? bastard!!
zala: art and love are the only real weapons to me. wanna thank you a lot for the support and the interview! cheers from the third world!!!
osky : i will quote the commander fidel castro : " a better world is posible only with socialism"
tapita : in this age of international crisis we wont let the flunkys of fascism and capitalism progress!
the antifascist fight is international because if they took one they took all of us!
a lovely hug to every fair and free towns in the world.