New Noise Magazine is fueled with energy thanks to the premiere of “Carcinogens” by Vultures United. The song is a quick lash of raw hardcore, aggressive and straight to the point. The song is off of Vultures United upcoming full length, the visceral and gnashing I Still Feel Cold, out September 22nd via Black Numbers, Outsider Art. and the cassette by Red Flag Records. The record was recorded, mixed and mastered with Paul Miner at Buzzbomb Studios in Orange, California. New Noise Magazine is pleased to present the song “Carcinogens,”with an interview from Jordan Salazar.
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Obviously there is a visual image to the word carcinogens, is there another layer of meaning for the song?
With that one, it’s pretty straightforward. With this record, on most occasions we tried to keep it simple with the music and lyrics (particularly on the “Memory Loss” part of the album.) It was planned pretty early in the writing stage to be a double record so whatever came to mind to write about, we just went for it. I like how The Stooges and Hot Snakes usually don’t have these huge statements to their songs. I don’t feel like I’m a very great word smith anyway, so I tried to embrace that this time around. Why “Carcinogens”? I mean, I’m a father of 2 now so mortality is on my mind more than ever because I have a family to think about and help take care of. Where before you know, when you’re young, self destruction is almost a romantic sentiment. My health is always kind of on my mind now. The song actually starts with a comment about cellphones. A guy I work with refuses to hold his cellphone to his head. He only wears ear pieces because of some thing he read. And he looks like a huge dork all of the time. But you know, sometimes I think to myself “what if he’s right”? Everyone has a cellphone now. So that was on my mind. The other verse mentions not eating meat and eating better. I feel like my wife and friends are health conscious eaters and I try to be. There was a point before I had kids where I was drinking a Diet Coke probably every single day, where now it’s like maybe once a week. So there’s some positive action on my end. Real deep stuff with this song, haha. My war.
Like much of the album, the song packs a short, sweet punch. How was writing process?
I’d say with probably 25 of the 30 songs on the album, the writing process came easy. When it came time to write for the record, we had probably 10 songs ready to go in a couple weeks. We hadn’t really written anything original for a while because the album we did before, was a covers EP called “Girls.” That took a lot of time to record and release and we went through some line-up changes before the recording, and right after that record so by the time we were ready to write, we had a lot of ideas and music to get out of our heads. And you know, some of it was straightforward 2 to 3 minute songs like “Carcinogens” and others were a lot different. That’s when we decided maybe we should try something different with this record because we were really enjoying the different styles of songs we were putting together.
How has the community surrounding Vultures United helped allow you to continue to create within the pitfall of music?
I think because we’ve never really been a part of a community or scene, those things never really dictate anything for the band. “The pitfall of music” is a harsh set of words but it’s also 100% accurate. There’s some friend’s bands we know that are pretty big and it’s crazy how financially unsuccessful some of these bands actually are. They do well for themselves but they’re not buying houses and totally living off their bands. I mean, some of them are living off their band making it work but you know, it’s a lot less than what you’d think. You really do have to love it. For us, the engine running the band is ourselves. We love doing it. At this point in life, being in a band for us is more difficult than when we were younger. For me, I have kids and a full time career type job and some of the other guys in the band have serious jobs they have to hold down too. Everyone in the band has multiple bands they play in, which to me, is a great thing. And as far as I know, none of them are making any kind of money off those bands or this band and we’re all totally okay with that. Depending on how you see that, that’s either a horrid thing to think or something really pure and charming. Outsiders, especially people my age or older tend to think it’s like, a “hobby” or “for fun”. And it’s a lot more than that for me and I suspect for the rest of the guys. For me, sometimes I step out of our band situation and am really happy with it. With this current line-up (which differs from the line-up on the record), we all get along great and we just like playing together. We just want people to hear these songs and we want to play in front of people that care about us playing these songs. It’s as innocent as that. And I think I love that the most about this band.
What are you most looking forward to for the rest of the year?
The album has been being worked on for almost 5 years. So we’re so anxious for people to hear it. We stretched a lot on this one. Even the straightforward stuff is a little different from what we normally do but the stuff on the 2nd part of the album “Adulthood” is where we’re really trying some new things and to us, it works. So people hearing the album and then just playing out more is what I’m looking forward to. The album comes out September 22nd. That’s an exciting day for me personally because our record’s coming out along with new records by The Bronx, Chelsea Wolfe, Omni, Metz and a few others. It’s going to be a great day for newly released music.
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