Friday, 21 December 2018

Interview: CHANGOZ

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
-Takki Oncoy
-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.

Last words?
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!

Wednesday, 12 December 2018


SHORT THRASH is a thrashpunk/crossover band from São Gonçalo, Brazil. They have recently released “Crossover Inferno” CD, their debut full-length album. You should check it out and give a listen to their impressively great music. The band has previously released 2 demos and a split. We were in contact with their vocalist, Marcos C. Cardoso and here’s the result of an interview we made with. – Interview by Trashnoiser (17.11.2018)

How do you guys met and got together to form Short Thrash back in February 2008? Introduce us further about the band lineup? Were they from and/or still playing for other bands?
We’ve known each other from São Gonçalo’s Underground scene and we’ve always got together to drink. In 2008, we met at Carlos César’s (guitar) house during Carnaval and he suggested starting a band with me on vocals and Lipson on drums. We composed three songs and added them to Myspace if I’m not mistaken. This lineup lasted a few rehearsals and Lipson left the band sometime later and after that Carlos César also left. Carlos was also a member of a thrash metal band called ULTIMATO at the time and he now plays in a crust/punk project called DECREASING LIFE.

The drummer, Lipson, participated in a demo recording of a black metal band of São Gonçalo called READY TO FUCK long before Short Thrash and had a goregrind project called KAUZ BOREALIS. Unfortunately, Lipson passed away in 2012.

SHORT THRASH had several formations through the years and always had a hard time sticking with band members. We’ve had people playing with the band but never really recording anything, just a few rehearsals and gigs, for example.

I’m the only one living in São Gonçalo at the moment. The guitar and bass players live in Japeri and the drummer lives in São João de Mereti, two different places from the State of Rio de Janeiro. We often meet in the central part of Rio in order to rehearse.

Besides of the recent “Crossover Inferno” album, what have the band released previously?
• First demo: MUNDO CÃO (in CDr) 2010
Lineup: Marcos C. Cardoso – Vocals, Jonas Edson – Guitars, Deyvison Santos – Bass, Leandro Silva – Drums

• Split: Short Thrash / God Pussy – Sobrevivência (in CDr) 2013
Lineup: Marcos C. Cardoso – Vocals, Guilherme Silva – Guitars, Carlos Souza – Bass, Laercio Martins – Drums

• Short Demo (in Cdr) 2015
Lineup: Marcos C. Cardoso – Vocals, Vinicius Gomez – Guitars, Juan Blitchz – Bass, Carlos Souza – Drums

• In 2015, we participated in a digital compilation album called Noise From Hell Compilation Vol.9 with the track “Black Short”

Tell us in details about the full-length CD entitled “Crossover Inferno”? How was the responses and feedbacks you got so far? Do you really satisfied with the entire recordings and production?
The CD entitled Crossover Inferno was recorded in 2015/2016 and early 2017 with our main tracks and lineup of the time. It was produced and mixed by Vinicius Gomez, our guitar player, in his home studio at Japeri. We first released it digitally and Ataque Underground Distro later distributed on September 7, 2018. Our audience liked the result.

What would the best description for your music and sound? Which bands that really inspired Short Thrash in songwrirings?
Realistic, violent, anti-conservative, atheist, a mixture of thrash metal with hardrock and punk rock. Bands: Ratos de Porão, Suicidal Tendencies, Lobotomia, Napalm Death, Nuclear Assault and Motörhead.

Could we find any distinctive characteristics or particular trademark of Short Thrash musically?
Short Thrash delivers a powerful strong vocal with anti-totalitarian discourse. Our shows are full of energy and sick riffs.

How do you see the band evoluate in “Crossover Inferno” as compared to your old materials?
The band is much more cohesive and brutal.

What were written in your lyrics? How do you want to spread the messages internationally at the same time you sing in your mother language?
Marcos C. Cardoso – Our lyrics talk about atheism, violence present in our country, anti-conservatism, binge drinking, anti-homofobia, anti-fascism, and we call politicians out for imposing their religious beliefs in our society.

I prefer singing in portuguese because it is my native language. I like the fact that Brazilians can understand our lyrics without looking for translations. Other Brazilian bands like Ratos de Porão and Lobotomia go on tours and they sing in portuguese as well!

What were among the best moments you guys have ever experienced in playing gigs and live shows?
A gig at Rua Ceará in Bigode’s Bar back in 2011 – It was unforgettable. A gig in Nova Iguaçu at Estúdio B called Cruzada Metal, the crowd going crazy. And in Brás de Pina at Subúrbio Alternativo – we played there several times and, to me, it was one of the best underground spots of Rio de Janeiro.

Do you have dreams having tour to other continental or sharing a stage with big bands?
Yes, that would be amazing!

You guys from São Gonçalo, Brazil right? How's the underground DIY music scene look like over there?
There is a lot happening thanks to members from different bands organizing their own gigs and shows in Rio. It happens a lot less here in São Gonçalo. There is one event called Sunday Gory Sunday in which we only played once. We mostly go to Rio to play, but we plan to come back playing in São Gonçalo and other places soon.

What can we expect from Short Thrash in the future?
Play more, record materials. We now have a brand new drummer who is looking forward to play with us.

Current lineup:
Marcos C. Cardoso – Vocals
Vinicius Gomez – Guitars
Juan Blitchz – Bass
Henrique Silva – Drums

Please close this interview with few last words?
You will hear from us soon in a compilation entitled Music for Freak People Vol. 1, by Scum Records (Mexico) with the track Zona de Lixo Eleitoral. Thank you very much for the support. This was our very first international interview and I hope everyone liked it. Thank you for those who read it and please follow us on all our social medias. Best regards, Marcos C. Cardoso.