Two-piece Raw Noise Pollution est. 2009 from Itaugua, Paraguay. I knew CHANGOZ few years ago. A noise terrorist that is really active and productive with hundreds (countless) of releases. CHANGOZ took part in my compilations Noise From Hell and also in a 8-way split entitled “Stop The War Now!” under my now-defuncted label Without Prejudice Records. Hate, noise, play fast and raw are what CHANGOZ stand for since the beginning. It’s time to have a talk with them. Noise, not music! Fuck the melodies! Destroy the music with raw noise pollution! – Interview by Trashnoiser [21.12.2018]
Hello Changoz. How’s life in Itaugua, Paraguay? How does the noise/grind/hc punk scene look like in your homeground?
My friend, thanks for the space in your webzine, grateful. Life in Paraguay is generally hard, corruption and murder became normal, while gentrification and state terrorism are on the rise, but that is life in the third world. The scene in Paraguay is not very big, but it is very united and strong, each band maintains a self-conscious attitude.
Let us the in brief the history behind Changoz and what inspired you to form this band? Who's the band lineup?
The band starts in February 2009, that year we just recorded a rehearsal. In 2010 we started playing in our city with a lot of bands. What inspired us was the need to make noise and show that it can also be expressed through dadaism, breaking imposed structures, destroying music. We had several formations, at one point we were a collective of noise but we returned to the original formation: Piero: blast beats - Wati: distortion/screams.
What’s noisecore in the perspective of Changoz? In your opinions, what things that really important in noisecore music?
The noisecore from our perspective is the resistance to the music industry, managers and all that false life that you sell. Is the essence of anger and nihilism, we live in a reality where hydrogen bombs are manufactured and there are wars. The important thing in my opinion is to have conscience and a lot of strength, it is necessary to know the disc/tapes/vinyl trades, stay active and anti fascist.
Do you define Changoz music as noisecore or more than that?
Basically we do noisecore. At some point we made crust, something raw black or hardcore. We always maintain diversity, each one has its influences, but we keep experimenting with the noise.
How do you manage to compose and record your tracks?
We do not compose, each album, split and concert is different, just improvisation. We recorded live with a low and raw quality, without effects. Record by track seems complicated to us, we are lovers of the recorded rehearsals and improvised bands.
Do you know about “harshnoise” or any other electronic genres? Did Changoz ever made any split with project/band like that?
Yes, something I love is harsh noise, in fact Piero has his project called Synthmolation, where he makes harsh noise and already has several splits. Also genres such as industrial, HNW, noisegrind or jazz noise. We have splits with projects like Nitts, Stilnox, Dental Work, Ricochet Anal, GSOL, Gooze, Anal Violence, No-joy, Theo Nugraha.
Since you have hundred of releases, can you please mention 10 most important releases to Changoz?
Yes, we are close to 300 materials, it is difficult to make a list, but it would be something like this:
-split w/ Shitnoise Bastards (Malaysia)
-split w/ Deathwank (Scotland)
-split w/ Akratia (Greece)
-split w/ Rascabuches (Paraguay)
-split w/ Agathocles (Belgium)
-split w/ GarciaxVega (United States)
-split w/ Radiacion Suicyda (Mexico)
-split w/ Tres Teztikulos (Peru)
-Ruido en contra del autoritarismo
-Bonus: split w/ Vitimas Do Crack (Brazil); split w/ Stilnox (Italy); split w/ Chikara (Bosnia / Sweden) and split w/ Virosis (Mexico).
Do you have any releases that make you feel pissed off after it was released? If any, why?
Yes, there is one that I wish I had never release and it is the split with Contra Todo Estado (Paraguay/Argentina). It’s because after a while we got to know each other better and they turned out to be hollow heads, the bass player wanted to hit me, he was a poor football lover, idiot.
Changoz has joined many v/a compilations right? Based on your view, what are the benefits of compilations?
I think we have more than 40 compiled, I lost the account. the importance of the v/a are essential, we appeared in compilations of Colombia, United States, Argentina, Chile, Italy, Portugal, Nepal, England, Paraguay, Germany, and other countries, including some compilation that you edited and there we met several bands with which we have a very strong friendship.
Well, what are the messages within your music/tracks?
About nihilism, wars, social struggles, anti-fascism, anti government and always against the bastard police. We are a band with contents ranging from the nihilist and anarchist, through the coexistence of our day to day. We also vindicate the native struggle against colonization and the freedom of the oppressed collectives.
What's next plan for Changoz? Do you have played in other bands?
To continue with this, is what we believe in, keep making noise and sharing with friends, always active in the world of noise, sharing with bands, organizing concerts and spreading noise. I have an alternative project called Combustiön Radioaktiva where I make all the noise myself. Also with Piero we have a project called JorgexCastro where he plays distortion/screams, while I’m on drums, we are in the process of creating a new label to spread more of what is done in the underground world.
Thank you once again for the space, we invite people to activate a label, a netlabel, which is expressed despite not having artistic or musical knowledge, that breaks with prejudices and structures, that open your eyes and hold firm against fascism, there is so much shit everywhere. A big hug from Paraguay. Cheers, freedom and noise!