Interview with Paulo (Guitar) of Copremesis

June 22, 2008 at 10:35 pm (Interviews) (, , , , )

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I’ve known Paulo for more than a year now from a forum we both post at. He would talk about his band pretty often, mostly about how lousy they are. Well, in May he sent me a few tracks off of Copremesis’ Muay Thai Ladyboys album, and I was really, genuinely impressed. Yes, the band doesn’t take itself very seriously, but there’s a level of technicality and brutality that serious bands don’t always achieve. I was really excited to hear that Copremesis would be going on tour with Defeated Sanity and Mucopus up and down the east coast in May before playing Maryland Death Fest 2008. I met Paulo in person at MDF, and he was as friendly and entertaining as he is online. I sent him an e-mail to get his thoughts on his new album, label, and tour experience. I threw in some extra questions to make it a bit more fun. Enjoy, and I wish Paulo the best of luck in the future!

P.S. I’ve been cruising the ‘net for more than 5 years, and rarely have I seen anything more horrific than the layout for Muay Thai Ladyboys. Look at it only if you have a strong stomach, or a penchant for shemales. Salamat, Paulo!

Copremesis formed in 2001 and you just released your first full length. What took so long?

One word: Procrastination. Besides that, we had a couple of line up changes. When Wilson left, first we had to look for drummers. Everyone just thought we were just a joke and no one took us seriously then we remembered Daniel originally played drums for us. So he switched back from Bass/Vocal duties to Drum duties. Another thing was that we had to BUY a drum set. So whatever money we made from the split with Pustulated split and colored logo shirts we had all went to buying the set.

By the time we recorded the drums, Daniel was well on his way to leave for the USMC. There was no pressure from anyone because at the time a lot of people thought we broke up or simply suck. The only label that showed interest of putting out our album at this time was Paragon. All other label interest before the split basically either flaked or lost interest. So we [Alex and I] took our sweet-ass time and just recorded the guitars whenever we have the chance to see each other.

Sad thing is that we did NOT take advantage of this opportunity. The album could’ve sounded much better but at the end result we’re pretty much satisfied with it. There are things that I would like to change but what done is done.

How often did Copremesis play gigs before going on tour? Did you feel adequately prepared for touring?

Prior to the tour, we’ve only played 19 shows in our existence as a band and I think 2 of them wouldn’t be really considered a “show.” Besides being lazy and procrastinating we had a very busy personal schedule from work/school/internship/going to jail/kicked out of the house/etc. We also thought that playing too many shows sucks. We don’t have enough funds/time to do that and people that genuinely like us will eventually get tired seeing us.

Somehow I felt we were pretty adequate for it. The short 4 day mini-tour was PERFECT for a band like us. I know a lot of bands out there are into hardcore touring, for us we just want to tread on this as carefully as possible and lessen as much losses; especially with the rising gas prices/recessions. It’s tvff.

I remember talking to you on the phone two days in to your tour, and you told me someone in the touring package had had an accident with an ambulance. What happened?

HAHAHAHAHA, yeah that was us! And during that day it was Jacob’s (Defeated Sanity) birthday too! Yeah, we were on the Bronx going to the highway for our FIRST DATE of the tour. It was raining cats and dogs. There was this NYFD Ambulance van in front of us, they had a car pulled over because of some accident and in front of that car was a NYPD car! Somehow our driver didn’t notice how wide both our van and the NYFD van was and our side mirror annihilated theirs. At that moment, we just looked each other trying to decide if we should jet it. Alex said that a Cop saw us so we just played it safe and parked. The NYFD and the NYPD took their sweet time. We had to deal with BOTH of them, both had to get the license and insurance and at times looked like they were playing Tug-O-War with the papers. Load in time at the Allston show was 6:00 pm, we got there at 9:45 pm.

Bless Dysentary, Sexcrement, Mucopus and the whole entire time for being patient with us. I remember when we finally got to the highway we were hauling 90+ mph, while it was raining. NEVER AGAIN!

Oh yeah while waiting for the cops and the firemen to come get our info, I went across the street to buy Jacob’s bday cake. I totally forgot to buy plates and utensils. We had to eat it by hand. HAHAHAHA!

How do you feel about the final product of Muay Thai Ladyboys? Are you satisfied with the production? Layout? Performances?

As the artwork, lay out, sound quality [compared to the master] and physical product itself, PARAGON and DGR totally ruled! As for the production of the album, I wish we didn’t procrastinate so much, we could’ve done so much. Lowering my main vocals, fixing the toms [which are barely audible], better kick trigger sample, better compression/mastering. All of these things are learning experiences for us. Now that we have Ian on the boat, I’m sure the future material will sound a lot better.

What are you doing to make that incredibly irritating high pitched vocal for the album’s first song? You pulled it off live, too….

You love that. Yes you do, Sam. HAHAHAHA! I’m speaking “Thai” at that part. On the album we pitch-shifted the vocals up and we did the same for the MDF set but usually we don’t do that. I just go in aZn mode and squint as hard as possible.

Why don’t you wear shoes on stage?

At the Alston show, my shoes were SOAKED. I had to take it off. Personally, I like the feeling of the rug on my feet. Yum! FUNGUS!

NO SHOES!

I heard if you play the silence after Tetsuo backwards and amplify it 30 dB, you can hear a cover of Iniquity’s “Once Encysted and Dormant”. Is that true?

We do not kiss and tell…yes.

In all seriousness, there IS a bonus track on the album. What’d you cover? Whose choice was that?

ITS CREDITED IN THE LAY OUT!!! ITS THERE! HAHAHAHA! You don’t even have to squint!!! Here’s a clue: JAPAN.

What are the future plans for Copremesis? Do you have any albums left on your deal with Paragon records? Would you ever tour again, or was it too stressful?

We are working on new material for 2 splits. 7″ with Buckshot Facelift [Super pissed off Grindcore from Long Island] and a 3 way split with Cesspool and Gorged Afterbirth. We’re still looking for a label to put these two out. Especially the 7″ with Buckshot. We’re aiming to record this late fall.

We only have a one album deal with Paragon. They’ve been really generous to us and a blessing. Nothing is written in stone yet. Personally, it’s too early to say for now but I could see ourselves releasing a 2nd full-length with them. That also depends if they dig the new material/direction.

Now for the fun part of the interview: One or the other

Iniquity or Malignancy?

This question hurts. IniQuitY does have my favorite album of all time but their later releases aren’t to par with that. In the other hand Malignacy have only gotten better and improved at each releases and has so much riffs that people wouldn’t notice if we stole 40 or 60 of them….so I have to decide…that I hate you, Sam.

Brodequin or Copremesis?

Brodequin, no contest. I get tiny penis rage whenever I listen to this band. We are no where in their league of pure ping-blasting brutality. We are not worthy!

Fry’s persistant unrequited love for Leela or Jurassic Bark?

Wow. Its like “HEY! CHOOSE WHO LIVES! YOUR BESTFRIEND OR THE GIRL THAT YOU LOVE BUT WILL NEVER LOVE YOU BACK…”

I’m sorry, Sam but I am a romantic, Fry’s undying love for Leela wins it for me. PLUS, Seymour and Fry got to chill a little longer in the movie! [I know you hate that movie because of that reason hahahaha]

And I’m perpetually in the same state as Fry. I need to move on. I hate women and I can’t stop loving them.

Maryland Death Fest or Wacken Open Air?

I would totally pick WOA. More diversity, awesome beer, OPEN AIR! Plus, EUROPEAN WOMEN!!! Though, it lacks the super awesome death/gore/grind acts that MDF packs.

Tagalog or Human Remains?

“RICH AND CREAMY! JUST THE WAY I LIKE IT!” I would deny my nationality over Human Remains. YES. WONGH.

Bob Vigna or Danny Nelson?

Both awesome dudes. Bob wrote an e-mail one time to my mom trying to convince her to let me go to see an Nile show. It didn’t work but the gesture was awesome. Danny Nelson is more like of a big brother to us. He gives us advice like on Transformers, GI JOE, Star Wars and all the best things in life.

Wicked riffs vs Brutal Howls? Baldy Bob.

Personally: I’ll take Danny, he’s help us a lot. Band wise and personal issues also.

Thanks, Paulo. Now ask yourself a question I didn’t think to ask.

Did you get laid at MDF?

No. *sigh*

Any closing words?

Thank You so much, Sam! This is one of the most entertaining interviews I’ve ever had so far! This rules!

As for closing words for ya’ll out there: Remember, you only have what you have on your hands. Do not let it go because eventually, everything must die, even dreams. Live life happy, it’s too short to be pissed off all the time. Regrets, we all have them, make choices that lessen that.

Come full circle.

Links:

Copremesis Myspace

Paragon Records

Return to the Pit photos of the band’s MDF set

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