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Local Limelight: Q & A with Landmine Marathon

 by Mani O'Brien
 published on Thursday, April 6, 2006

<em>Photo courtesy of Landmine Marathon</em><br> Wimps should probably steer clear of Landmine Marathonís show Sunday night. But if youíre not afraid of harsh guitars and equally brtutal vocals, or if youíre just into watching a hot chick scream, check it out. /issues/arts/696548
Photo courtesy of Landmine Marathon
Wimps should probably steer clear of Landmine Marathonís show Sunday night. But if youíre not afraid of harsh guitars and equally brtutal vocals, or if youíre just into watching a hot chick scream, check it out.
 

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After bassist Matt Martinez and guitarist Mike Waldron first heard Grace Perry scream, they knew she'd be a good match for the grind-core band they hoped to create in 2004. Today, these three, along with guitarist Eric Faylor and drummer Mike Beard, make up Landmine Marathon. Currently, they are preparing for the release of their first full-length album this summer from Level Plane records, and a summer tour. Perry and Waldron took time to chat with SPM about their strange hobbies, bonding on the road and how their parents react to their intense sound.

SPM: Do any of you have an interesting hobby that your fans might be surprised by?

Perry: I'm a huge Trekkie and I go to conventions.

SPM: Wow, what do you do at "Star Trek" conventions?

Perry: Most of the people are so socially inept; it would be me wandering around looking at stuff and hearing people speak. I've heard William Shatner speak a couple times, he is so funny and so insane, and hilarious beyond all belief. I've always loved "Star Trek," and it's my big dark secret, but I've finally accepted that I'm a nerd. Everyone in the band is a nerd to an extent.

Waldron: There are a couple of closet Dungeons and Dragons fans. And our bassist does artwork on the side. That's really it, other than the race car driving.

Perry: (laughing) And the porn career.

Waldron: And all the world traveling we like to do. (Laughing)

SPM: What do you guys like to do together as a band when you're not practicing?

Perry: I don't know, just sit around and drink. Everyone has a significant other. We don't spend a lot of time outside of practice and shows.

SPM: What is it like when you're on tour? How does everyone get along with each other?

Perry: Oh my gosh, these are my best friends. In most bands, you're like 'oh man, that guy sucks,' about one person, but it's not like that. We just love each other to death.

Waldron: No one is shady, everyone's really honest. We're really tight.

SPM: What do your parents think about Landmine Marathon?

Perry: The first time I played Landmine Marathon for my mom, she thought I had Satan in me. She was like, 'Did I do something wrong?'...She's come a long way. Or, with me touring with five other dudes, she's about to send out the marshals to come get me... I think she appreciates it a lot more than she used to.

Waldron: Well, my parents were teenagers in the '50s. They weren't even flower children, they were 'Happy Days.' Ever since high school I've been in punk rock bands. They've always known, and grown to accept it. My dad was really surprised; he's never grasped it... I think he really grasped it with our record now coming out and it's going to be in a store that he can, you know, go to. I tell him, 'The name of the band gives a good indication of what it sounds like. When you were a kid, Jimi Hendrix to our grandparents was noise.' The music we play, it's a bunch of noise to those who are too old or too close-minded for it. Look at it the same way you would look at any other band. Grind-core, metal or whatever you want to call it is pushing music in the same way that bands in the past have pushed the envelope.

Reach the reporter at mani.obrien@asu.edu.



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