A new force to reckon with if you’re into heavy-ass hardcore delivered with finesse and witty skills. And when it’s coupled with hard-edged vocals which spit nothing but no-bullshit real-life stories, the package is complete. World In Decline succeeds in combining street-smart attitude that’s some important in hardcore with deeper message to stay awake to the ways of the world. This is interview with Jason who handles guitar duties in the band. “Frustration is what we capture because we know that there are people like us who just need to get it out and we honestly don’t feel like singing and holding hands is a good way to show that.” If that quote does not convince you to continue reading, you’re on a wrong website.
A new force to reckon with if you’re into heavy-ass hardcore delivered with finesse and witty skills. And when it’s coupled with hard-edged vocals which spit nothing but no-bullshit real-life stories, the package is complete. World In Decline succeeds in combining street-smart attitude that’s some important in hardcore with deeper message to stay awake to the ways of the world. This is interview with Jason who handles guitar duties in the band. “Frustration is what we capture because we know that there are people like us who just need to get it out and we honestly don’t feel like singing and holding hands is a good way to show that.” If that quote does not convince you to continue reading, you’re on a wrong website.Could you give us a rundown on World In Decline – who is who, how did you guys get together and what was the reason to start a band?
World In Decline is myself (Jason)- guitar, My little brother Eric on Vocals for his first time singing in any band. Tom C –guitar, and Nick on Drums not his first band but his first time playing in an HC band. We had a bassist (Tom J), but he decided to leave on his own. He is a good dude, he just has other priorities. He rec. on the EP as well though.
The way we got together is kind of cool I guess. Almost like a script for a cheesy movie haha. My current other band Reckless has been kind of on the outs and our singer also plays bass in Rude Awakening(sick band) full time now, so I was looking to start my own thing and give it one last balls to the wall effort.
I am from Waltham MA which is a city right out outside of Boston. This chick who I have been lifelong friends with graduated college and had the usual grad party with friends and fam in our hometown. Her cousin showed up with her boyfriend at the time (Tom C )and it turns out he played guitar and was in bands and we kind of traded stories. We ended up just talking about music and life for most of the night and I told him about how I was trying to start something and he was right with me on it. After that I remember that my little brother would always bother me about trying to start something, but I was always busy with other bands…… so I asked him if he would want to sing and his response was as if I handed him a million dollars. So that is three members down.
Tom and I then discussed drummers because they always seem to be the tricky ones or have an ass ache about something. Maybe it is because they have the most equipment to carry I don’t know but anyway we found our drummer (Nick P) and the kid is a machine. He never played this style before and he just is constantly blending his background with funk/jazz and making us sound unique. He has the best attitude you could ask for. Tom J the former bassist was a good friend I approached for the last piece and was a kid I met from some mutual friends in college. We all mesh very well and have gotten about 10x better since the EP. The music has given us a friendship that spreads beyond the band, We sort of have a get together of friends down in Middleboro every weekend where we practice now and consider all our friends WID members because a lot of times they will be at a practice and give feedback. Two kid’s that especially help out are Mike and KC. It’s crazy because every weekend the group seems to get bigger and bigger and we are really grateful to be surrounded by so much positivity right now.
I dig the demo you guys put out just recently. It’s violent and heavy, just the way I like hardcore. What type of response have you been getting so far?
A lot of people seem to dig it. Some of the first responses I got which I have never heard before in bands I’ve been in was about potential. People dug what we did and said keep it up because it is only going to get better. I took that as a huge compliment and also being compared to Buried Alive at least 10 times haha. I tend to like heavier Hardcore and everyone will have different opinions of genres but I consider us an HC band. I also recognize and respect older more traditional styles of HC, but I like my music to be crushing so you won’t really catch me jamming out to Bad Brains or Slapshot. I am actually a huge Devourment fan to be honest.
Force Fed paints a pretty bleak portrait of life in the USA and the social and current political and social situation over there. Could you expand on this topic? What are some of the things that are most fucked up right now out there? Any hope for the change for better with the upcoming elections? What are your thoughts on that?
My first thoughts on that were complete surprise on my brother’s writing ability and lyrics themselves. Eric is 5 years younger than me and we are very close. We both have intense personalities and have the ability to understand and empathize with most people, but we also seem to have similar opinions of disgust with how the world works. Knowing my brother it was still very surprising to see how well he was writing lyrics and the thought he was putting into them such as this song.
To put this song in simple terms I think people are honestly just tired of trying to have hope in a world where that’s all it is. Hope, Trust, Change, are all tainted words used not only by politicians but most people. Also, did you ever notice how every time there is a crisis in our own country we always get distracted by something stupid like knitting sweaters for whales or something completely Insane. America gets captivated by so much stupid shit, but we can’t even fix ourselves, because we all have 2 second memories and yearn for attention from social media. Everyone’s mouth has turned into a second asshole in this country basically and everyone wants to be serious about the stupid things like how offensive it is to tell a poop joke. The people we look up to are letting us down and we are letting ourselves down. Most people will never stray from their social groups and I feel like playing in a band and seeing all walks of life and trying new things have really helped make me street smart, which is hard to say for a lot of people. I think my bro is just tired of seeing the same ignorance we all see, and the blame get tossed around, while the problems continue to worsen in any aspect of life whether it is politics or shitty friends or even catching yourself slipping. We all just need to man the fuck up sometimes and come to terms with things.
Is there a theme that runs throughout your lyrics in general? Is there anything you hope listeners to take away from your music?
Again I will try to speak on my bro’s behalf and the band’s the best I can because we have all talked about this a few times. We have all had more than your usual trials in life. Most of us have all had near death experiences which is also weird about us forming this band together. We have seen the very shittiest parts of life that you could possibly witness without being in a war probably. This comes from our own stories and other’s that have come in and out of our lives and influenced us. Some might say yea right, but there are bad areas and bad stories everywhere, even in the most prestigious/glorified areas there is always something dark that has happened. I think with our lyrics we tend to focus on the pain life brings but only as a way of venting. Everyone feels extreme emotion and I think it is a beautiful thing to let out on stage with a bunch of pissed off kids who need an outlet for a couple of hours, but these are the same kids who are most likely to hold a door open for an old lady or who are the first to welcome you at a party or something which speaks miles to how people perceive things. Frustration is what we capture because we know that there are people like us who just need to get it out and we honestly don’t feel like singing and holding hands is a good way to show that.
What inspired you to become a part hardcore scene and how long have you been in the scene? Do you have an particularly good stories connected with hardcore - great shows, awful shows, stupid stuff, etc, that you'd like to share?
Since being in Reckless I have been intensely immersed in the scene for about 3 years, but recently took a step back to work on this band. I have played in bands since 8th grade and on. I am 24 now so I have gotten to jam with some good guys who only helped me get better. I played in a metalcore band in high school called Whispers Shatter the Air and we got decent recognition and we got to play with The Acacia Strain. I just remember thinking how cool that was that I could play a show with one of my favorite bands and then not only watch them but have the singer give me the mic to scream in. It was just crazy to me and seeing everyone flip out was just so awesome. So after that band I was hooked, but didn’t really understand the genre differences until I got older. I would always mix up metal and HC which didn’t really matter. I know kid’s always do that now and get shit for it haha. It’s all heavy guys! So my transition from being more metal influenced to HC was when I had a bad accident as a laborer where my left hand got crushed on a job site by a front end loader. I had to jump out of the way because the guy let go of the brakes when I was chaining something to the bucket of the machine and the first thing I moved was my head but my hand got caught and crushed/ severed to pieces. The first thing I heard in the ER was amputation, but there was a hand specialist there and he wanted to try and save it because he heard I played guitar and 14 hrs that day and about 20 hrs total he did. It was very hard to move at first but then after a few months I got the itch to play guitar and slowly re -taught myself finger by finger. Then I had the sudden urge to start or join a band again, found these guys in an HC band called Few and Proud which we later turned into Reckless after I joined and A few months after that got picked up by Frequency Deleted Records out of Western Ma.
My best show moment was playing my first show in Few and Proud with Death Threat and the pit was crazy for us and it just felt so good to be back at it again. Haha and the ambulance had to come for our set too.
Also a crazy side note to this is that the other guitarist in WID, Tom C, burnt his hands really bad right before we made this band and together we have a lot of scars haha.
As far as the hardcore scene goes, what do you think about the current state of it?
The Hardcore Scene is on a definite upswing and has been being supplemented with some of the best bands to ever step on a stage right now in my opinion. This is the Revival era of HC and is where all of us will make our stamp. The sense of unity is back.
Whats playing on your stereo the most at the moment?
God Forbid-Determination, Also There is this slam band from overseas called Abominable Putridity that I am really into.
As far as Hardcore I am loving War Hound right now, and then Backtrack, First Blood, This is Hell, Terror, Shai Hulud, Incendiary, Rock Bottom, Suburban Scum, and new Stick to Your Guns (which surprised me) seem to have a good amount of play in my car as of late.
My go to album though for the past 2 years has been Oceano-Depths. That cd is just magic to me. So pissed and so good.
My all time favorite bands are The Acacia Strain and Devourment.
Tell us something about South Shore, MA? What are things to do or see over there? What are some other hardcore bands from your area people should give a try?
The band practices in Middleboro and it is a lot different then what I am used, being located right next to Boston where I am from. There is so much land there haha. Everyone has there niches there just like anywhere, it’s just shit is spanned out way more. We also chose so say south shore at the time because out bassist was from Quincy so he was the tie breaker.
The Home Base for any good MA band is Anchor’s up in Haverhill MA which is up North towards NH. So many good bands come out of and are a result of the Valley. Since I have been a part of it, Anchor’s Up has turned from just a venue to a brotherhood as well, Everyone is welcome there and everyone goes off to all the bands and pays respect. Just talking about it I miss it because I haven’t been there in a month or two since the Carriers last show there, before they played the Lido in Revere. I hope that World In Decline’s first show will be there, because I have had a lot of fun playing in Reckless at that Venue and have a lot of friends there.
Bands to watch out for are: Rude Awakening, Black Sheep, Hostage, Revenge, Apes of Wrath, Dry Heave, Colony, Abomination, Anti-Venom, East Beast, Word For Word, Street Sweeper, The Fake Boys, Powerwolves and The Bonus Army.
Also Labels that always give back to the scene and bust their ass are Frequency Deleted Records, Arrest Records, Shoe City Records, and RTF Records.
What future holds for World In Decline? I’ve heard you have started working on new songs already, what should we gear up for?
Honestly, The new shit is really good and I feel for the first time it’s something that will be able to stand on its own without me having to be like well we weren’t sure about this or we should of did that. Our first recordings we knew were only a stepping stone and it was just to get some shit out there and make a first attempt. We took a serious listen to the EP and all knew where we could improve and what we wanted to do and it has been a crazy change. We have so much fun with it and know the potential is there to make a monster. These next three songs are what will define our true start and help us make our mark.
Thanx for the interview, any last words?
If you hide behind a group you’re a coward.
Anyone who gave a shit about this interview and music in general- Thank you
And to you man, what you do for bands, fans, and and anyone who enjoys music, we appreciate it more than you know, so thank you for giving my band and many other bands a chance to be seen and heard.
World In Decline will be starting to play shows in the beginning of summer and recording 3 new songs around the end of this May so be on the lookout and add us on FB to follow us.