Arkansas powerviolence/hardcore five piece Terminal Nation will be releasing their latest EP, Absolute Control, later this week. And while this effort still has the violent bones from their previous work, the band has greatly intensified their metallic hardcore sound which is now more reminiscent of Ringworm and Integrity, just to name a couple. As is the case with this brand of metal, the nine tracks offered click by in an instant but the slight new direction towards a more vicious overall sound is a successful one. We recently had the opportunity to ask Stan Liszewski (vocals) our set of Profile questions, read on to see what he had to say.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
Since as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be in a punk band. I first began going to shows as a teenager and started my first band at 18. There was never really any level of “success” that I had strived for. Mainly just looked to play shows with my friends. I have always been pissed off about a lot of stuff and music was my outlet for that. I was in a band called Jungle Juice for several years, but our motivation faded, yet I still felt like I needed an outlet. Thus Terminal Nation was created.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
I can’t say that we’ve ever had to debase ourselves to get any sort of attention. We are from Little Rock, AR so there isn’t many options when it comes to shows with hardcore bands. A lot of bigger bands just don’t come through here. If there’s a show that we want, we’ll probably just end up booking it ourselves. There’s no sleazing or anything on our behalf that’s going to be done to gain notoriety. Maybe that works for some, but we aren’t about that.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
I see a lot of awesome stuff going on. We come from more of a hardcore community, but it’s cool to see the lines between the two areas start to blur a little bit. There are plenty of up and coming bands who can play interchangeably between hardcore and metal shows and that’s exactly what I like to see. As far as whack stuff going on in the scene, I’m sure this has always been the case but there are a lot of bands out there who try to skip the local band stage and it’s truly whack. They want to start a band, release a demo/EP, have a nice little promo picture, buy some plays and facebook likes and expect to immediately be added to huge tours and just blow up. Like they completely skip the whole real promotion, and playing local shows part. Get out of here with that.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music? (This question is especially appropriate for you since your music is quite an outlet for your physical and emotional pains).
The world we live in is totally messed up. Politically, shit is all crazy here in America. The fact that it’s 2017 and homophobia, racism, and all this other nonsensical shit still exists is mind-blowing. Being a literal Nazi is more of a publicly accepted point of view now than it has been for over 70 years. That, in itself, is enough fuel to fire 5 full albums. The vast majority of our newest music is putting these puss-filled cretins on blast.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I was more so raised on punk over metal but if there was a band that encompassed the best of both worlds that got me to start to cross over, I would say Suicidal Tendencies. They had a lot thrash metal elements but they had that gritty vibe that I loved so much.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
If there is anything, I would say be familiar with the music or genre of what you’re writing about. If you’re writing a review on a grindcore band but have never listed to grind in your life and you just write it off as “well this sucks”, it’s pointless, especially when the music is executed exactly as it’s supposed to be.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
We all have 9 to 5s that aren’t interesting at all. As far as expanding into other nations, I would say Japan and the U.K. have been on my radar for quite some time.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
I really love the last Culture Abuse record. I’ve listened to it for months, probably one of my favorite albums of 2016. Forged has my favorite powerviolence 7” out in a long time. Power Trip’s new LP is a modern classic.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Stan for his time!