Published Oct 22, 2008There are bands that strive to relive the past and those who inherently know how to take its best elements, mutilating them into something unique and brilliant. Louisville, KYs Lords storm into the latter with Fuck All Yall Motherfuckers, their follow-up to 2005s Swords. Raucous, abrasive and loud, its 16 tracks are dirty, fast and loose, the perfect culmination of what would have become of crossover if Slayers morbidity had more impact on acts such as Nuclear Assault and Testament than the low-end chugging and meandering solos of Metallica and Megadeth. The end result on Fuck All YAll Motherfuckers is a chaotic blast of Black Flag hardcore ravaged by Zekes hyperactive dexterity and further distorted by inspiration from the Melvins oddball musical twists. Stoking the fire, guitarist/vocalist Chris Owens raging, overdriven vocals unleash a well of frustration and anger via tracks with such endearing titles as "Waist Deep In Shit, "Why I Dont Give A Fuck and "Man, Everything Sucks. To the point, agile and quick-paced, the rapid-fire nature of songs incensed with Kittens rabid, downbeat-heavy attack ensures that Fuck All YAll Motherfuckers is as cunning and blunt as it is the perfectly bastardized child of punk, hardcore and metal.
So, despite the line-up woes [Lords recently parted ways with bassist Matt Jaha], youre continuing on?
Owens: Yeah. "Youve gotta roll with the punches to get to whats real, as a wise man once said. Were on tour now, driving through Branson, MI or something like that.
Its just you and [drummer] Eric [McManus] on the road right now, correct?
Yeah, just us. I guess youve read the blog. Fuck it. [During a show], dude threw a tantrum, didnt want to load his own shit, started slamming shit around, threw one of my amps and actually fucked up Erics kick drum, cracking it, which we didnt realize until the next day, so I punched him a few times. Everyone else but him seems to think it was valid. I put the word out around town and a couple of people wanted to go out but couldnt do it in the timeframe of a month. One guy could do it but couldnt get the songs down so we said, "fuck it, lets do it as a two-piece. Obviously its better to have bass but its better to go out as a two-piece than not at all.
Its impressive to hit the gravel despite not having a bassist in a power trio.
We can still do it; its determination. Im also very accustomed to hardships such as this so its not shocking to me. Nothing ever works out right. You expect the worst and youre never let down, but it never really occurred to me at any point to not go on tour as long as Eric was into it. He was down so we did. Last night was the first night and it went pretty well.
I suppose you had to live up to your commitments regardless?
Absolute worst-case scenario would be to cancel, which would be a bummer but wed book another [tour]. In no way was it the end of the world.
Forgetting the politics and getting into the new album, this is a pretty aggressive disc.
A lot of its incidental. We never sat down and said, "This is what Im trying to say. We wrote songs and thats how they turned out. The only thing that was conscious and Eric wanted to murder me at several points during the recording was that I was intent on not mellowing with age. A lot of bands tend to do that and I was like, "Play it fuckin faster! "Its fast! "No its not! Its not fuckin fast enough! "Its absurdly fast.
I think your plan was great. You can really hear Erics anger on the tracks. It carries across the finished product cause its all so furious.
I got to tell Eric. [Speaking to Eric McManus.] He says your drums come across more aggressive cause you were really angry. [General murmur of contentment.] Hes happy you recognized it. As for myself, I did all of my guitars in 22 hours straight. We recorded at my studio, which is my job so when Lords are in there Im not making money for anything else. We had two weeks blocked off for the Lords record and there were other bands coming so we had to get it done. There were a lot of fucked-up marathon sessions. It was a pretty intense process of recording the record. Maybe some of that translated. McManus: Can I talk more about the frustration with the drums? At multiple points, I was like, "goddamn it, man! I ended up with tennis elbow for a week and barely got through the recording session with the drumheads I had on. He kept pushing me harder. "Waist Deep In Shit was the song that pretty much killed them. I was starting to feel really shitty and almost didnt make it through the sessions. Chris said, "Oh, Ive got a secret weapon and pulled out these Sudafeds from when he was sick. I took it and then I was wailing and smashing on the drums. It sounds dumb but it worked. Weve got a big sense of accomplishment with this record. We busted our asses with it. It was stressful but were really proud of it.
Lyrically, this is hilarious.
Owens: I think so too. Thats the point I was trying to get across. Maybe theres some of a conscious effort there. Reading some reviews of Swords, people thought the music was cool but the songs were about fantasy shit. They were Osama Bin Laden quotes. It goes back to the Henrietta Collins And The Wife Beating Child Haters EP: "This time, well leave nothing to your imagination. We tried that last time and obviously it didnt work.
So you were intent on fucking with people via the lyrics?
Kind of but most of the time its on the fly. Its about something specific, which is pretty self-explanatory on songs such as "Man, Everything Sucks. Im drawing a line in the sand. If you dont get it, its about you. If youre American right now and youre not a fuckin millionaire and you dont hate most things, youre either incredibly stupid or youre one of the people making me hate most things.
Even the artwork featuring the Jesus with a boner is pretty shocking.
I had ideas because thats the kind of shit I think is cool. Usually theres someone else involved that shoots it down. Our old drummer designed all the previous stuff. The content that I think is cool, he didnt and it was his department so I didnt interfere. This time around I got to do it my way though. Id give him stick figures cause I cant draw. "This is what I want! Give him a big dick. I think its pretty cool. (Black Market/Metal Blade)