You have one of these names that tells me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Well, we wanted to keep it short but killer at the same time. We didn’t wanna go out there with a band name that has like a thousand syllables or complex definitions. Our approach to the music is a combination of that old gore/horror feel sprinkled in with some of our modern influences as well. Naming the band Cartilage just seemed to fit that image.
Could you give us a short introduction to the latest album?
-Our latest release that we had was an EP entitled “It’s Necrotic” consisting of three songs. It was the beginning foundation of the Cartilage sound. Pretty much they are the first three songs that we wrote together as a band. We released this under a label from Oakland, California called “Transylvanian Tapes”. I highly recommend anyone to check out that label to hear the underground sickness that currently dwells in the Bay Area. (https://transylvaniantapes.bandcamp.com)
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Our biggest influence is Carcass. Every era that band has gone through with their sound is influential to us; from their filthy grind riffs to their more heavy harmonies found on Heartwork. We like to keep the nasty grind sound, but at the same time add in little harmonies here and there. Mike (guitarist) is a master at scattering them along side Ria’s riffage.
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-The metal scene in the Bay Area of California is very active. It’s vast with diverse bands from all over the bay, with shows almost every week. We have been getting more recognized this year and accepted into the scene after we released our EP. Big thanks to James from Transylvanian Tapes for releasing “It’s Necrotic” and spreading the word about us to everyone! He is a damn good human.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-True. If you play in a band that is progressing ahead of the scene that it dwells in, you are part of a (guiding) movement. Cartilage is just recreating the sickness and feeling that old school death metal had compared to the modern day stuff that’s out today. Death metal just seemed more powerful and intense back then. I want to say that we are one of the only bands in the California Bay Area that pours blood on during every set, but there’s some black metal bands here and there that pull that trick up their spikey sleeve as well.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-As of now I can sense that there might not be birds and bee’s in the next Cartilage album because you kinda-sort-of just spoiled our surprise, dude.
However, a great album cover to me is something that compliments the art behind the music. I like to see Cartilage’s music as a disgusting and nasty piece of matter that people dig, so it helps to have a cover almost recreate that emotion you would get from listening to us. The cover for “It’s Necrotic” was done by our guitarist Ria Wallace because she thought it would best portray our music.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-My personal opinion on the digital age in music is neutral. I’m the kind of fan who still believes in buying physical CD’s and Tapes because there’s always that awesome feeling of reading the lyrics and linear notes physically than through a screen. Especially with old school stuff that was pressed before my time…it’s like I’m holding on to a piece of history! Having music being sold digitally these days is merely just to get with the times. People download tons of music and don’t buy as much CD’s like they did before, so selling the mp3’s online is the only other way for labels/bands to make their buck.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-For our kind of genre that we play there’s a vast live scene. Big grind gatherings like Obscene Extreme festival would be a really fitting live setting for us! We mesh up with bands like Hemorrhage, Carcass, Impaled, and Exhumed that deliver the GORE theme in a live performance. Not many bands today still go out there with a bloody mess, so we try to bring back the tradition alive.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We see it as both a party and a happening! We gore ourselves up for every show and pick different themes for each others costumes that we present live. Our vocalist is good at keeping the crowd laughing and entertained, so the audience is usually always in silly/party mood because of his random rants like Pokemon trivia (no joke).We deliver aggressive music at shows and encourage people to enjoy themselves. It’s cool to see the people at shows have the same adrenaline rush that we get when we play our songs.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Hopefully we can get a label to help us press our upcoming debut album that should be released mid-2016. Tons of shows and potentially another summer tour for 2016!