Interview with Municipal Waste (December 29th, 2005)

Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album called “Hazardous Mutation”. To a lot of our readers Municipal Waste is a big unknown, so could you please fill us in on the history behind it all?
MW - We've been around for about 5 years now. We've have a ton of different releases (comp's, 7"s and split's) on labels all over the place. We have also done 2 full length LP's one ("Waste'em All") on Six Weeks Records and our recent LP ("Hazardous Mutation") on Earache records. Our line up has changed in the past but the music and the idea still remain the same...Total Crossover Annihilation!

How has “Hazardous Mutation” been received by the media?
MW - I guess it's been pretty good...We don’t really read much.

I know artists don¹t like to put a label on their music - but a spaceship from outer space has just landed in your backyard, and is demanding an answer - so how would you describe your music to an alien from another galaxy?
MW - Would the term “ US retro-thrashcore” be far off? We would probably call it "Face Ripping Speed Metal Punk!".

If your music was an emotion, which one would it be?
MW - I would go with "confused and horny". (Weird emotions, ehh??? Kenn)

Who and what inspires you when you write a song? Walk us through the creation of a song?
MW - Usually Ryan comes up with this wicked guitar solo...then we try to build around that.  

Which subjects do your lyrics refer to, and who writes them? And what inspires you when you write your lyrics?
MW - We all do our part in writing a song. Some song's are about social issues ranging from religion to society in general and other songs are just about monsters and shit.

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
MW - Our friend Cory Smoot (Flattus from Gwar) recorded and mixed the album. We think he did a really good job with recording it. He was really easy to work with and we all got along great. The only thing that was weird about recording with him is that he stayed in his Flattus costume the ENTIRE TIME! It was pretty weird at first but then we all got used to after a while.

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
MW - Art is a big deal to us. We usually bust our butts to have a crazy cover art. We were honoured to work with Ed Repka for the "Hazardous" cover. He is a legendary artists and he really knows how to come up with some wicked shit.

Do you have any touring plans?
MW - We try to stay touring as much as possible. We plan on staying in the van for the majority of 2006. With plans on going back to Europe and another full U.S. tour planned hopefully that will ring true.

Let's speculate ­ you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice,­ who would be your ideal touring partners?
MW - Personally I’d like to go with Turbonegro, Phil would pick King Diamond and Ryan and Dave would probably pick Macabre. All those would be pretty awesome  tours though.

How do you feel about the co-operation with Earache Records?
MW - They have been really cool to us so far and we are having a great time working with complaints here!

The internet is very important sources for many metal fans ­- how do you use the internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
MW - The Internet has helped our band a lot because we have always booked our own shows in the states. The internet has made booking a tour 10 times easier now with email and map quest and all. It's also really helpful to keep in  touch with friends that we meet all over the place.

And how do you feel about the metal scene in general at the moment?
MW - It's definitely not as good as it was in the 80's but there are some really kick ass bands out there. Band's like Mastadon and Battlemaster keep us stoked on the true metal!

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
MW - I'm sorry I can’t answer this question that’s like choosing which one of your children you like best.

Which music do you listen to at home?
MW - We listen to all kinds of stuff from Classic Rock to Gangsta rap!

Vinyl has had a small comeback lately ­ do you still prefer “the old sound” or are you a CD/DVD kind of guy?
MW - We are Vinyl nerds me and Ryan have huge record collections. To me records just look and sound better...I don’t know why.

Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
MW - Come to our show drink beer and make a fool out of yourself! Thanks!

Municipal Waste - Hazardous Mutation

Album out on Earache Records.