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A SUN THAT NEVER SETS

NEUROSIS STAND PROUD ALONE, NO ONE CAN TOUCH THEM OR EQUAL THEM. THIS YEAR IS THEIR 30TH ANNIVERSARY AND TERRORIZER IS DELIGHTED TO TALK TO STEVE VON TILL AND SCOTT KELLY ABOUT THEIR CONTINUING JOURNEY OF MUSICAL ADVENTURES
Pic: Scott Evans

Why the decision to celebrate the 30th anniversary as a band and do the special shows? Is it a particularly important milestone for you?

Scott [Kelly, guitars/vocals]: “I think it’s one of those numbers, that when you hit it, it causes a lot of reflection. It instinctively hit all of us as being unique in a way, there’s not a lot of bands that have made it to that point. We’ve basically been treating every show, every song and every record as a sort of celebration for the last ten years, since we hit twenty years as a band, we’ve felt that it has been pretty significant and that we’re very lucky to have made it this far. To still have the opportunity to not only be playing, but to also still be creating. Having the band means as much as it does to all of us. Every day is more special to us.”

Steve [Von Till, guitars/vocals]: “Maybe it’s the number. It’s got a three! It always seems like a better number. [laughs] We’re also crossing thresholds of age and time, we’re getting to the point where you can’t take it for granted that we’re going to be here forever. We’re not usually a very celebratory outfit anyway, but we always feel grateful and lucky that we have this sound that we found and this brotherhood in making it, it’s a rare and amazing thing. It’s also been part of our entire adult lives – we don’t know what life is like without it. I can’t imagine what it would be like. So I think that with all those things together it seemed like the perfect time to have a rare look back, which is something that we also rarely do. We are always looking forward, we’re not ones to live in nostalgia, to live in our old music, we’re always forging ahead.”

With this unique opportunity to look back for a little while, it’s worthy to look back at your very beginnings as musicians. How did it all start for you?

Steve: “Everyone in the band has similar stories, I guess – young people looking for an outlet. Me, I grew up around music, my dad played guitar, folk style guitar. Both my parents liked to listen to music a lot, they had a lot of records, and from a very young age I was attracted to the most extreme rock I could find, whatever it was, it didn’t matter. Whether it was AC/DC or Kiss or whatever, I just constantly looked for music as I discovered new things, Iron Maiden and everything. I discovered a lot of bands by looking at record covers in stores, I just had a couple of friends who were my age and who cared about getting records and stuff like that. I was probably ten years old when I started obtaining a lot of records. In high school I met a couple of other kids who were into punk, I discovered a whole bunch of more extreme rock bands, and basically the whole world exploded for me. As we grew up around that time, the crossover thing was happening in the Bay Area, so that meant lots of punk shows, garages, basements, rented halls… having something outside the mainstream was really the main thing, it was the inspiration. I had a guitar since I was nine, my dad bought it for me, but I really didn’t get into it until high school. I started to pick out some songs, trying to figure them out, and then a friend of mine in class, an older kid, wanted to start a band. He knew I could play some rock stuff, he wanted a rhythm guitar, so he showed me a few things and off we went. That, combined with discovering punk rock, which was when I realised that I didn’t have to be one of these fucking wankers playing all this crazy athletic technical stuff, I could just crank it up and express myself, and being surrounded by other people who thought the same, I never looked back from there. Just started writing and recording my own songs.”

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There are certain times in history that will always remain special in your heart throughout your life. People often talk about the first time they have seen a certain band and I am no exception. It’s been a blessing to have had the opportunity to see so many bands in my life and, if pushed, I could recount many. After a number of false starts to actually see Neurosis in a live setting, I remember finally getting the chance to see them for the first time at Dudley JB’s with Today Is The Day (featuring Bill Kelliher and Brann Dailor, who would later form Mastodon) and Voivod (with Eric Forrest). The hall was cavernous, certainly not overly busy in terms of punters, and yet the sonics that blasted through the speakers that night could not have sounded any more apocalyptic. Truly jawdropping and, frankly, life-changing. I know I am not the only one who has experienced similar and for that reason, it is a pleasure to celebrate Neurosis’ 30th anniversary with a cover feature that covers the band’s continuing career. José Carlos Santos has excelled himself as always in producing a fantastic article with Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till and I truly hope you love reading it. Elsewhere it’s always a pleasure to chat to Karl Willetts from Bolt Thrower and now of his new band Memoriam – please flick to the news pages to read about the new band now! And of course, plenty of other cool-as-fuck bands to read about and enjoy. See you next month! Adios DARREN SADLER
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