NEGATIVE CHARGE - Handle With Care (Power Violence/Hardcore - Interview with Darren)

02 June 2024
NEGATIVE CHARGE - Handle With Care (Power Violence/Hardcore - Interview with Darren)
Express interview to help you discover as many of today's most interesting bands as possible - this time, NEGATIVE CHARGE, Power Violence/Hardcore from New York & Pennsylvania, USA - Interview with Darren (Guitars)

Please introduce yourself and let me know how it all began with the band ?
Darren, guitar player here. It began when a fews back, after our other band, Outskirts, started to slow down, Anna and I got together to work on some songs I already had written. At the same time, Mike and I were slowly working on getting something going but due to whatever circumstances, it never got finished. But instead of dropping the idea altogether I asked him to play drums in this instead because he's a killer ass drummer. To round out the line up we needed someone with skill to hold down the low end and luckily, Anna happens to be married to some one with just those skills. Then boom - Anthony's in the band.

Describe your sound and explain why I should listen to YOUR band at all cost ?
I rarely know how to categorize my bands but my best guess is a healthy dosage of heavy hardcore with a dose of powerviolence and sprinkling of NY groove, and you should listen to it cause all that type shit is good!

Lyrical and musical inspirations/influences ? How important are the lyrics for you ? Are there any specific messages or thoughts you try to develop and share through your lyrics ?
Anna (vocals) : Lyrics are important to me whether they are dumb, super smart, or some in between. They need to connect with people in some way, and paint a picture or mood lyrically. Growing up I thought it was cool the way Kim Gordon approached lyric writing early on in Sonic Youth. She would take things she would hear on the street in conversation, or from art, or books.I definitely use that method when I don't have a more conceptual idea to start with, building the song and developing the meaning/theme from there. The tracks on the demo are mostly about the abusers, destroyers, and dissimulators of the world. A little revenge, a little talking shit/calling people out. My favorite song to write for the demo was Off Leash because it's from the perspective of our dog, Dottie. It's about licking your wounds and then going ahead and fucking up your abuser when the time is right.
DISCLAIMER: Dottie has no actual interest in anything but treats, pets, and naps.


About your latest release ?
The demo was recorded in The Locker Room in Queens, NY. I banged through a bunch of ideas I had in my head in about 48 hours and sat on it for a year or two. Once Anna got on board we did vocal sessions whenever our scheduling aligned. Right now it's just digi, cause we wanna do a physical release where everyone plays on the recording.

Future plans ?
Hopefully bang through some new songs, a new EP or something, and get more gigs around the Northeast!

Your most insane dream with the band would be ?
It sounds insane just to be able to tour for a full week off of a new recording, but crazier things have happened! Maybe our schedules won't be that bad and we can actually do it.


Your BEST & WORST concert and why ? Next live-appearance(s) ?
We've only played a couple of shows so but they've been great. We played a show in Brooklyn with Faim, School Drugs, and High Cost which was super fun. We recently played with Contoller, Skives, and No Gods. We're looking forward to a show coming up in Philly in July that's a benefit for Homies Helping Homies mutual aid. Check out all of these bands, they rip!

Some words on your local scene - bands you're friends with and you'd like to name ?
Shout out to the homies/bandmates/other projects in Death Certificate/Medicinal, War Babies, Effective Relief, and Born Sinner, Colony, and generally to dope NY bands like Dead Last, Bazooka, Heads Will Roll, and Combust.

Last word is yours..
Hardcore still lives! Liberation for all!

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Credits :
Band photo by Darren Nanos
1st LIVE photo by Shelby Ringer.
2nd LIVE photo by Michelle Mennona.



Born 1969, grew up with the NWOBHM sounds, musically educated with cult french magazines that were ENFER and METAL ATTACK, definitely nailed to the style when "The Number Of The Beast" by IRON MAIDEN was released... From 1982, it was clear life would never be the same ! Young & getting wild to the HEAVY sounds of SAXON, VENOM, BLACK SABBATH, MOTORHEAD, Young Fab also discovered thanks to school mates the NOISE, FILTH & FURY of Hard-Core/Punk bands like G.B.H, DISCHARGE, BROKEN BONES but also CRO-MAGS, BAD BRAINS, FUGAZI... and later on, through the 90's, everything that was ALTERNATIVE, EXPERIMENTAL, GRUNGE, INDUSTRIAL (SONIC YOUTH, NINE INCH NAILS, SOUDGARDEN, ALICE IN CHAINS)... Passion & curiosity grew up as years went by ... Fate was SEALED... no turning back ! No Music = No Life !

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