Interview with Scotty Heath of Tankcrimes | By Hutch
Spazz were a California band in the ‘90s who defined powerviolence. Angry growls about the degradation of society and corrupt institutions were screamed over thick riffs relishing in influences of hardcore punk, D-beat, crust, and grindcore. Spazz intimidated and inspired. March 22 sees their catalog re-mastered and reissued.
Vocalist Chris Dodge also created the Slap-A-Ham record label, which released over 60 slabs of vinyl from No Comment, Crossed Out, Infest, Man Is The Bastard, Capitalist Casualties, Phobia, Godstomper, Noothgrush, MDC, Eyehategod, and Melvins. Spazz drummer Max Ward created the 625 Thrashcore label and started the Super Sabado Gigante powerviolence festival.
Scotty Heath of Tankcrimes records will be reissuing the compilation CDs of Spazz’s output. He reflects, “I was listening to Spazz this summer on YouTube. I noticed that it hadn’t been tagged with a link to buy the digital. I checked iTunes and Spotify and realized none of this stuff was available digitally. I hit up [guitarist] Dan [Boleri] that day and asked about reissuing the entire catalog on CD [and] digital. Everyone was into it. We’re starting with these two collections.”
Both releases come re-mastered, “or, in some cases, mastered for the first time ever,” by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound. Additionally, the Tankcrimes editions give Sweatin’ to the Oldies and Sweatin’ 3: Skatin’, Satan & Katon the digital treatment for the first time. Heath continues, “I’m super honored with this responsibility of handling their catalog. Spazz is an important band to the genre and all extreme music. Plus, they are really nice guys who have always been supportive of Tankcrimes.”
Out-of-print for 15 long years, Spazz’s Sweatin’ to the Oldies crams in 64 tracks from splits released with Charles Bronson, Brutal Truth, Rupture, Floor, and more from 1993 to 1996, as well as Spazz’s debut EP, tracks from various comps, and live cuts from KFJC radio and 924 Gilman St.
Initially issued on Slap-A-Ham Records in 2001 and out-of-print for a decade, Sweatin’ 3: Skatin’, Satan & Katon offers up 67 tracks compiled from splits with 25 Ta Life, Lack Of Interest, Hirax, Black Army Jacket, Gob, and more released from 1995 through 1998, plus the Tastin’ Spoon EP and the original motion picture soundtrack for Gummo.