Last month Atlanta transplants Synapse Defect released Gridsludge, a single taken from their upcoming album Quantitative Easing. The band identifies as a cross between death metal and grindcore which, based on this single, is a fair take. But that’s not the complete picture, one run through of the track and technical, mathy and even alienesque seem to paint the complete picture. Behind the single’s release and ahead of the album we had the opportunity to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what they had to say and while you’re there take a listen to Gridsludge.—
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
We’ve been playing music so damn long we cant remember, music is the most universal language, and one of the gateways to the collective cloud, we were musical before we could speak, and the timeline was determined long before our creation. We still have much work to do.
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.
We debased ourselves the moment we stepped off the spaceship! Just kidding, we love Earth. But seriously, if you want to hear an embarrassing story go check out our biography at synapsedefect.org.
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?
Yeah, Metal, shit happens! Ignorance, bliss, sweaty pits, and mosh fits!
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?
There is a huge lack of balance on this planet when it comes to knowledge and understanding. Most people only seem to be interested in feeling right than actually being right, or actually discovering some truth… If you think you are right, then you are most likely to be wrong, as per the laws of duality in consciousness there will always be a close to equal and opposite perception to anything. So one must not “take sides” so definitively. Wrongness should not be feared, but embraced. As when you are proven wrong, it is an opportunity to evolve. Bits of truth can be found in all things, it is an unending piecemeal of diamonds that must be mined from huge icebergs of ignorance.
The majority of the population think and act like slaves or livestock. They claim to be free but know not the definition of freedom and even know little of their own history. We’ve all been on this planet for a very long time now, our history is part of us. We were slave owners, we’ve been enslaved, we were tyrants, we were heroes, we were warriors, we were servants, we were saints, we were poor, we have raped, we’ve been tortured, we were hollow, we have profited from others pain, we have lied, we’ve been caged, we have starved, we’ve been killed and we have murdered, we’ve done it all and none is justified to point the finger, we are all guilty, and we all deserve it, we are the human race. If we continue to fight amongst ourselves over petty bullshit, we will lose even more than we already have lost.
We are advocates of sustainable living, we respect all life, and especially believe in protecting predators: cats, wildcats, dogs, wolves, dolphins, whales, humans etc…humans are apex predators and not unlike other apex predators we share a responsibility to maintain as much environmental balance as possible.
We know its popular now-a-days for technical metal bands to be vegan or vegetarian, fortunately we are NOT. We are strongly against factory farming but we are 100% omnivorous. Eating meat is natural, we promote raising livestock respectfully and/or hunting, killing and cleaning your own meat so you can really appreciate nature.
And special shout outs to the men in blue: Murder is murder, badge or no badge, all individuals should take responsibility for their actions. Reap what you sow.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
Those before us, were privy to seeing into the future. They all knew generally what was to become of us, so it was no surprise to them. The formulas were written into our DNA.
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?
The critics need to criticize more and the outlets need to keep diversifying, no one gives a shit about hard-working musicians, we are a dime a dozen. This genre needs closers, outlets that can close, critics that can close and especially bands that can close. There is no music industry without music. You want to work with a band that can close? Work with Synapse Defect.
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.
Our goal is to to eliminate fear in and raise the consciousness of no more than 50% of the worlds population by means of numerical audio sequencing, atonal note manipulation, and hypnotic suggestion.
We already have a cult, it goes by the name of The New World Vigilante Militia of Telepath’s aka the NWVMT! Join today!
We would love for music to make ends meet but in the meanwhile we all do something to bring the bread. Mr. Friendly is a carpenter and craftsman. Krakerbeard has held an array of job titles anywhere from bar bouncer to web designer. Donny teaches axe craft to the next generation of face shredding guitarists. Chuck is a merchant and master of metals. Snap is an audio engineer and music producer, recording anything from punk and metal to hip hop, exclusively at Synap2012 studios, the home of Synapse Defect. Hobbies among the band include RC car racing, paintball, table tennis, super monkey ball, mario kart, burning things, green things, things that go boom, salvia divinorum and carnivorous dining.
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)
For the non-metal list: Sam Rivers, Arnold Schoenberg, Dmitri Shostakovitch, Rage against the Machine, Corporate Avenger, The Dead Kennedy’s, and The Dead Kenny G’s.
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 Synapse Defect for their time!