A Hard Way to Dissolve by Peter Bottomley
One thing that sets you apart
from other groups is your resentful lyrics. What do you think
about people calling you one of the angriest bands in hardcore?
I had no idea that we were referred
to as one of the angriest bands in hardcore (I don’t get
out too much). Every band should be striving to be the angriest
band in hardcore. If people think that we are one of the angriest
bands i n hardcore then I think that’s cool. They are
getting the point.
What is it that motivates you
to write such angry, in-your-face lyrics?
For some reason I’ve always
had this paranoia that everybody is full of shit. I’m
a pretty nice guy, I guess, but it’s hard to trust people.
I guess the answer to your question is something that I will
be trying to answer for the rest of my life. I’ve really
got to lighten up.
Some of the topics that you confront
are religion and materialism. Do you think that these are important
topics for the hardcore scene to address?
I make a lot of religious references
because I was raised a Catholic and it ruined me for good. Materialism
is a very important topic to address because I’m really
sick to death of the style over substance thing that has always
bee n a big part of the scene. Ever since I first started going
to shows kids have been really into how they dress and worshipping
the cool bands, and making fun of nerdy kids and dissing the
uncool bands. Fuck all that. I can’t believe that some
of the bi gger bands are actually endorsed by products. Can
you believe it? Why do these down’trodden hardcore kids
dress so nice to come to shows to sweat and bleed and fall on
the dirty floor? When I was 18, I saw Inside Out play and I
thought they were fuckin g unreal, raw, uncut anger straight
from the heart, not the fist. When I asked my friends what they
thought of them they all said that they sucked. One guy even
made fun of Zack’s shoes, and cited that as the main reason
why they sucked. Five months la ter the Inside Out seven-inch
came out and every one of those kids was on their dick and had
to have an Inside Out t-shirt. It was that day that I realized
that the hardcore scene sucks.
But despite the fact that they carry
a message with their music, they seem to think that no one is
What do you think is more important
about your songs, the message or the musicianship?
The musicianship. Why? Because no
one cares what you have to say. The kids just want to mosh.
The political minded kids think everybody is full of shit, and
the older crowd are jaded from hearing the same old shit over
and over again. If you can lure people in by having your music
put together well, then maybe they’ll end up reading the
lyric sheet someday. Besides, if there wasn’t musicianship,
there wouldn’t be a message.
They also don’t think that
the actions of an underground culture can make a real difference
on a large scale. But if we improve ourselves than maybe we
as a whole can improve.
Do you believe that the hardcore
scene is relatively stagnant as far as action in response to
It’s hard for me to say because
the message that I’m pushing isn’t about direct
action. I’m not really concerned with freedom on a tangible,
political level. I’m more into total freedom, the kind
of freedom you can get only from c onfronting your own problems.
I don’t think that the problems of the world can be solved
by a bunch of teenagers and college students with purple hair...
nobody with any power to bring about change is going to take
them seriously. I think the real free dom will occur when people
stop paying attention to how fucked up the world is and start
paying attention to how shitty they are treating each other.
The definition of World Peace is for everybody to stop being
assholes. I’m going to start right now wit h myself.
It is also evident that they see
problems within our own scene that can be solved by using the
Do you think that there should
be a gap between the "punk" and the "hardcore"
scenes like the one that has developed?
Punk and hardcore have been separate
since hardcore shot off from punk all those years ago. Hardcore
kids can’t appreciate their roots, and punk kids are too
snobby. Once again, a problem that can be solved by people not
being ass holes. Anyway, I find it refreshing when I see a show
that consists of bands with different styles. I can’t
take more than three chugga-chugga bands in a night, it’s
just too fucking loud and monotonous. I don’t care how
good you are, the shit gets dul l. The same goes for punk. People
should learn to appreciate creativity in all of its forms.
But when it comes down to it they
really care about the meaning that their music gives others.
If you could be known by everyone
for one thing, what would it be?
I would like people to remember us
in an emotional way, like how they felt when they first heard
us. I would like people to feel that way whenever they think
of us, rather than what we look like or how they fucked their
ankle durin g one of our shows.
The group plans to release something
soon and hopefully we will give them a minute of consideration
because even if you don’t like the music it doesn’t
mean that you can’t like the people and what they have
to say. In closing, Dissolve leaves us with these final remarks:
Don’t ever set yourself up
as something more than you are... it’s embarassing for
yourself and annoying to everyone else. When you have a job
interview, give them a firm handshake and look the man straight
in the eye. Brush your teeth and keep your body clean to ward
off germs and of course, never kiss on a first date. Thank you.