Photo by Lina Aramburo Q
ACID HUMAN TERRORISM
Interview by Christopher Kubick
CK: What's the name of your band and where are you guys from?
Ricky: We're ACID HUMAN TERRORISM, and we live on Long Island.
CK: Ricky, you've been in a bunch of different bands over the years, how did this one come about?
Ricky: Most of us have been in bands in our pasts. Some of us are also currently in other bands aside from this one. Charlie is in a band called Blaster, I'm in a crust band called Drogato, and Joe is in M.A.D., which has been around forever. ACID HUMAN TERRORISM got together when Teresa asked if anyone wanted to form an anarcho-punk band. The rest of us happened to answer the call. We've all been friends for a while, have similar interests in art and music, and we're all unnaturally angry people, so writing together seemed
to come pretty easily.
CK: What is the first vinyl or cassette or CD that you ever bought in your life?
Ricky: I think my first CD I ever personally bought was Blink 182's Dude Ranch. At 11 or 12 year- old, with MTV, and the like, being my only source of exposure to "punk rock", this was kind of "IT". Once I discovered other things the SoCal poppy skate punk fell out of vogue for me. Aside from that, I know Charlie got the Jimmy Neutron movie soundtrack when he was about 7. Does that count?
CK: Have you guys ever experienced any prejudiced against you for being from Long Island when added show in the city?
Ricky: No. Nothing I'd ever take seriously, anyway. City shows have been amazing for the most part.
CK: Do any of you guys read comic books and are there any particular comic books you like?
Ricky: I personally don't. I don't think any of us are big on comics. Maybe when we were younger, but nothing I can think of that would be of any interest.
CK: How would you describe the scene in Suffolk and Nassau County compared to the scene in the five boroughs? Not just the audience, but bands as well?
Ricky: The audience is pretty similar here when being compared to the city, in my opinion. I'd say the punk scene on the Island is smaller, but not lacking in any sort of passion towards the music, or the general lifestyle. Same with the bands, much fewer out here than in the city, but very passionate. Cool thing about that is there's plenty of room to stand out. None of the punk bands out here sound the same, which is awesome. I feel like everyone knows everyone out here, and there's a lot of support all around.
CK: Do you guys have anything released yet or plan on releasing anything in the near future... do you guys have an online link to any of your music...?
Ricky: Right now, we're starting to schedule some time to record our first demo. You can find us on Facebook and Instagram.
CK: Who writes the lyrics? Are the songs more auto-biographical or more fiction?
Ricky: Our lyrics are mostly written by Teresa and Kevin whom are the bands singers. Charlie, our bassist, writes some lyrics as well. We write about realistic subjects, and make reference to historical and current events. We're a political conscious, and socially aware band - or we try to be, at least. Nothing we write about is fictional.
CK: Do you think the current president is going to be re-elected?
Ricky: Hope not. Either way, the system as a whole is unnecessary.
CK: How long have you guys all known each other?
Ricky: Years. We all met each other at shows, and from friends of friends.
CK: Where is there absolute favorite place to eat out?
Ricky: I don't know. We're poor. I guess places that have cheap vegetarian-friendly food. If not we just eat fucking sawdust, or trash, or something.
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