Friday, 18 June 2010
FURY OF FIVE interview with MIKE TERROR
FURY OF FIVE have gotta be my fav hardcore band, & my main influence in my band so i was well chuffed when ex fury bass player Mike terry (terror)agreed to do an interview when I asked him.
1, Its been 10 years since fury of five broke up. So I wanna take it back to the start When did fury form, How did you guys meet, where any of you in bands before?
FOF WAS FORMED IN IN 1994... BY MYSELF MIKE TERRY(TERROR) BASS AND JASON MALEK(FURY) GUITAR AND JAMES RAMEN (ISMEAN) OR (STIKMAN) VOCALS.... I MET JAY FROM A MUTUAL FRIEND I SHARED AN APARTMENT WITH WAY BACK IN 1993-1994... IN 1993 I JOINED STIKMANS ALREADY ESTABLISHED BAND CALLED LOCKED UP IN LIFE FOR 3 MONTHS BEFORE WE BROKE UP.... WE FORMED FOF AFTER STIK LEFT HIS OTHER BAND CALLED POSITION OF POWER IN 1994... JAY AT THE TIME WAS 17 HE HAD A BAND CALLED MANIFEST DESTINY WITH OUR 1ST DRUMMER MARC GOLDMAN.... MARC WAS ONLY IN FOF FOR 3 MONTHS CAUSE HE WAS GOING TO COLLEGE... SO AS MARC WAS PREPARING FOR SCHOOL HE BROKE CHRIS RAGE INTO THE BAND. RAGE WAS IN A BAND CALLED STOMPING GROUND...
BASICALLY MYSELF JAY AND MARC WERE JAMMING AND STIK BROUGHT GUITARIST JOHN KLAGHOLTZ(ANGER) TO THE BAND...ANGER WAS IN A BAND CALLED COUNTERSTRIKE... AFTER 2 PLUS YEARS WE REPLACED JOHNNY ANGER WITH JOHN PACHECO(CHICO VIOLENCIA) HE WAS ALWAYS WITH US FROM DAY ONE SO HE FIT RIGHT IN IMMEDIATELY.
2, what was furys influences when they first started out?
OUR INFLUENCES WERE SO DIVERSE FROM METAL,THRASH, HARDCORE, TO RAP... WE ALL BROUGHT SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
3, How quick was it from forming to releasing your first demo?
WE RECORDED A LIVE DEMO AFTER 3 MONTHS..
4, You hear all these stories about stickman, is it true that at band practice he would tell everyone to jump at a certain point in the song, & if someone got it wrong. He would start the song again until everyone got it right?
OUR PRACTICES WERE ALWAYS INTERESTING IN THE EARLY DAYS VERY PRODUCTIVE AND VERY CREATIVE... WE WOULD ALWAYS PLAY A LIVE SHOW AT PRACTICE TO GET OUR STAMINA UP SO WHEN WE DO A SHOW WE WOULD HAVE OUR SHIT DOWN TIGHT AND ALL THE CRAZY KICKS AND ETC...LOL
AS FOR STIKMAN STOPPING PRACTICE, YES WHEN THE DRUMMING WASNT RIGHT... HIM AND CHRIS ALWAYS HAD ISSUES WITH EACH OTHER. LOTS OF DRAMA TOO. BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS.. TOWARD THE END OF OUR RUN IT GOT EVEN WORSE. TO THE POINT WE WERE JUST SITTING THERE LOOKING AT EACH OTHER AT PRACTICE BARELY EVEN PLAYING. IT WAS NEVER GOOD ENOUGH.
5, you must have played some awesone shows in fury, what we’re some of the best shows, & the worst shows.
WELL THERE WERE SO MANY GREAT SHOWS. THE STONE PONY IN ASBURY PARK NJ WHEN THE INFAMOUS PIPE BROKE DURING V.O.D'S SET.. THAT WAS AN AMAZING SHOW. DYNAMO FEST IN HOLLAND IN 98 THAT WAS GREAT TOO ... WHAT ELSE? UM WOW SO MANY.. PLAYING WITH S.O.D. WAS ANOTHER GREAT ONE AT THE STONE PONY... PLAYING IN BELGIUM IN 97 WAS AWESOME ON OUR3RD SHOW OF OUR 1ST TOUR IT WAS A FESTIVAL AND IT WAS AMAZING... PLAYING ALSO IN BELGRAD YUGOSLAVIA WAS SICK AS HELL IN 98 IN FRONT OF A FEW THOUSAND PEOPLE WHEN WE PLAYED RAINING BLOOD BY SLAYER IT LOOKED LIKE A WAR SEEN IT WAS AMAZING... PLAYING WITH MADBALL AT THE WETLANDS IN NYC OUR 1ST TIME WAS GREAT...
WORST SHOWS WERE IN GERMANY ON OUR 1ST TOUR WITH INTEGRITY CAUSE THEY WERE SO RESERVED THE GERMAN FANS THEY REALLY DID NOT ACCEPT US TILL OUR 2ND TOUR IN 98 WITH PRO-PAIN... I REMEMBER STIK DROP KICKING SOMEONE AT A GERMAN SHOW FOR LAUGHING AT US... THE LITTLE BASTARD DESERVED IT...LOL
6, What we’re your fav places to play?
STONE PONY ASBURY PARK NJ, QE2 IN ALBANY,NY WETLANDS AND CBGB,NYC,NY BELGIUM,FRANCE,YUGOSLAVIA,NETHERLANDS
7, You have any funny fury of five tour stories.
WELL IN AMSTERDAM THE CAR FLIPPEN CREW CFC WE WOULD FLIP THOSE LITTLE EUROPEAN CARS OVER GOOD TIMES..LOL
8, Who came up with the name Fury of five?? How did that come about, was there any other names you had before you decided on Fury of five?
I THINK STIK CAME UP WITH THE NAME .. LIKE THE OLD SCHOOL RAPPERS KNOWN AS THE FURIOUS FIVE
9, Did you all come up with your own band names like Mike Terror or where you given them??
I THINK WE DID THE NAME THING CAUSE WE ALL HAD ODD LAST NAMES EXCEPT ME...HAHAHA KIDDING... FOR REAL I THINK AT PRACTICE WE WERE DISCUSSING NAMES AS A GOOF AND WE SAID EFF IT. ROCK BANDS DO IT SO WHY CANT WE...LOL
10, You released 3 albums, whats was your favorite album you guys did & what was your favorite fury song?
MY FAVORITE WAS AT WAR WITH THE WORLD.. COME AND GET IT WAS MY FAVORITE SONG.
11, What was the best thing about being in fury & the worst?
THE BEST FOR ME WAS JUST BEING ON THAT STAGE. I FELT SO GOOD BEING UP THERE PLAYING ITS REALLY THE ONLY THING IN MY LIFE AT THE TIME THAT MADE ME EVER HAPPY.. THAT 40 MINUTES UP THERE PLAYING IN FRONT OF PEOPLE FOR ME WAS THE GREATEST FEELING IVE EVER HAD.
THE WORSE I GUESS WAS THE REPUTATION WE WERE LABLED AND THE NEGATIVE STEROTYPES..
12, Why did fury break up? Di they just split one day or was it over time?
STIK ALWAYS HAD PERSONAL ISSUES WITH CHRIS.. NO ONE WANTED TO PLAY WITH US CAUSE OF THE STORIES AT PRACTICE THEYVE HEARD.. WE COULD OF MADE A REALITY SHOW OUT OF OUR PRACTICES...LOL SO REPLACING CHRIS WAS IMPOSSIBLE HE IS A GREAT DRUMMER... PLUS WE WERENT MAKING ANY MONEY, OUR VAN ENGINE BLEW UP TOO... WE ALL GOT TIRED OF STRUGGLING.. IT TOOK A TOLL ON ALL OF US PLUS AT THE END CHRIS GOT CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROM IN HIS HANDS SO AFTER THAT IT JUST ENDED.. EVERYONE WENT OUT AND GOT JOBS AND SAID EFF IT..WELL ME ANYWAY
13, Do you keep in contact with any of the other fury guys?
WELL I STILL SPEAK TO JAY AND CHICO ON A REGULAR BASIS AND IVE RECONNECTED WITH JOHNNY ANGER...
14, Have you been in any other bands since fury split, I know chris is in Shattered realm & ismean in Boxcutter.. what about the rest of the guys??
WELL I HAVENT DONE NO OTHER BAND BUT I DO STILL PLAY WHEN I GOT TIME.. MY CHILDREN OCCUPY MY FREE TIME SO BEING A DADDY IS #1 AND ALWAYS WILL BE. CHICO PLAYS AGAIN AND IS WORKING ON SOME STUFF.. JAY IS JUST BEING A GREAT DAD AND HUSBAND AND WORKS A LOT...
15, what do you think of boxcutter & shattered realm?
AS FOR SHATTERED REALM AND BOXCUTTER... 2 BOTH VERY DIFFERNT BANDS BUT I LIKE THEM BOTH... I AM A FAN OF ANYTHING MY EX BAND MATES DO... I LOVE THE SHATTERED REALM REMAKE OF EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF....ITS FUCKIN GREAT..
16, What music do you listen to these days?? Whats your favorite bands artist?
I LISTEN TO SO MUCH MUSIC.. I LIKE ANYTHING REALLY... FROM BOB MARLEY TO SLAYER. IT ALL DEPENDS WHAT KIND OF MOOD IM IN... THERE IS SO MUCH GREAT MUSIC OUT THERE... IF U LISTEN TO JUST ONE KIND OF MUSIC UR IGNORANT CAUSE MUSIC IS A WAY OF LIFE.. WITHOUT MUSIC WHERE WOULD WE ALL BE...
17, People these days find it hard to find fury cd’s, you think the lables would ever re-issue them?
WHO KNOWS.. BUT U CAN GET OUR 2 RECORDS OFF ITUNES.. ME PERSONALLY I DONT EVEN OWN ANY CDS NO MORE... ITOUCH I HAVE 5000 PLUS SONGS ON IT...LOL
18, The million dollar question.. you think there would ever be a fury of five reunion? Tour or CD??
AT THIS TIME I WOULD SAY NO.. CAUSE IF IT WAS TO HAPPEN WE WOULD ALL HAVE TO ALL SIT DOWN AND HAVE A LONG TALK ABOUT IT AND RESOLVE MANY OLD ISSUES... ME PERSONALLY IT IS NOT FOF UNLESS ITS WITH THE MEMBERS OF FOF.. I SEE ALL THESE BANDS DO REUNIONS AND NO ONE IS ORIGINAL IN THE BAND... WHY BOTHER....
19, Thanks so much for your time Mike, it’s a real honour any last words or shout outs??
JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL THE FOF FANS OUT THERE WORLWIDE.. WE WOULD BE NOTHING WITHOUT YOU ALL... MUCH LOVE, MIKE TERROR