Interviews: CLUSTERFUX

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Crossover/Thrashcore/Hardcore band, CLUSTERFUX from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, did you plan it, or did it come out just like that?

I think it came from the military code of Charlie Foxtrot which is the jargon for a fucked up situation, a cluster fuck. This country is a cluster fuck as is the state of the world. Clusterfux is us!

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

It's just what comes out of us. We are at the age where we missed the first go of US Hardcore but were at the right age for when crossover and thrash was really happening. Sometimes we’ve been more punk, or more hardcore, or even a bit crusty but what we spit out has always been our blend of Black Flag and Metallica ya know? Hardcore punk and thrash, crossover. It's what we grew up on and when we get together it's what comes out of us.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Yeah man, we all grew up together. Justin (guitar) is my brother and I've known Van since he was about 10 years old. We became friends in high school. I started hanging out with Joe (drums) in high school too. This was the late 80’s. The three of us played in another band together in the early 90s. Other Joe (another guitar) we met a few years later. We all grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado in the Roaring Fork Valley.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

I texted everyone to get their answers. It's hard to name ONE BAND so here you go:

Joe - Van Halen and SNFU

Van - Nausea because they encompass punk and metal pretty well.

Joseph - Judas Priest and Demolition Hammer

Justin - Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, KISS, Siouxsie and the Banshees

Josh - Black Sabbath / Ozzy, Judas Priest, KISS, DRI, Metallica. Fuck, I love Nausea too! Agnostic Front… 

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Life. Feelings, politics, social issues, etc. We write songs about life.

6. Where was your last gig?

At Lost Lake in Denver. It was a great show with some of the best hardcore and crossover bands in Denver. 4130 Management put it together and we sold the place out. It was a really fun show!

7. Where would you like to act?

Act or play? I’d like to get over to Grand Junction in the near future. It would be great to get out and play a fest or two somewhere. It's been a dream to get to Europe or Japan even.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

I'm open to playing with anyone that's cool and ego-free. We’ve played some fun shows over the last few months with bands as diverse as Red Stinger and Verbal Assault to heavier bands like Cobranoid and Napalm Death. Cool people, cool bands.

9. Whom not?

Dudes are dicks. If you have a chip on your shoulder, feel like you are entitled to something or the scene owes you something, or are some wanna-be rock star… step aside. We don't have time for that.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

We’ve played a million shows over the years but I was really nervous walking out on the stage when we played with Suicidal Tendencies. We were first but the place was already packed. I tripped over a cord on the stage, I don't think I fell down completely but it shattered my confidence, and took me a few minutes to regain my composure. In a situation like that, I look over the crowd. I look at the back of the room, which helps me calm my nerves a bit. To really get the right mindset for going out there I try to meditate before our set and calm my breathing. Some people will say to have a few drinks but the problem there is although it might calm your nerves a bit it also makes you sloppy. Which might make you even more nervous.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

You can take inspiration from different places so it's hard to say. Your favorite bands inspire you to get out there and do it in the first place. We had broken up for a while and the inspiration to get back together came from the passing of a former drummer. When we got back together we decided to really streamline our sound, we felt that before the break up we were wandering around in the music too much and lacked focus. So we looked at bands that got right to the point or were really consistent. Final Conflict was an inspiration as was DRI, Attitude Adjustment, Discharge, etc. No frills, metallic hardcore.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

To do the horizontal mambo, the “wild thing”. Haha! That was a long time ago when I was much younger.

13. What do you think of your fans?

They rule. They could have gone anywhere else but they came to see us, or chose to spend their money on our merch. Blows my mind every time. I'm very appreciative.

14. What do you think of our site?

It's great that you take the time and energy to do this, to add your contribution to our community. I like how the site breaks shit down by country and genre. That makes it really easy to search for new bands, Im about to dig into that crossover section.

15. Something to add?

Yeah, life is tough and everyone is going through their own struggles. We’ve come to be more divided as people when we should be coming together. People have more in common than they do differences. We fear each other's differences because we dont understand and people tend to fear what they don't understand. Seek to understand, open yourself up to new ideas and perspectives on life and community. People come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, flavors etc. Find strength in understanding and diversity. Or, in short… Dont be a dick.

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