If you like slow, ultra heavy and grinding music with a pulsating vibe then The Day Everything Became Nothing could be just the band for you. The Australians latest effort Brutal came out in May. Brutal is not that different from their past works, but as usual the band don't disappoint. Some time ago I got the opportunity to ask vocalist Tony Forde some questions and the result is this interview.

Tony Forde interviewed by PSL

Where do you think Brutal differs the most from past releases and how would you describe Brutal in your own words?
It's been two years since the last release, and we've spent a lot of time working on the tracks for Brutal. For us, we tried to incorporate all the good elements of the past releases and make sure every part of every track was killer. There were a couple of tracks we wrote for Brutal that we didn't use because they weren't up to scratch. There is only one word to describe it I think, and that's what we decided to call the album!

Do you limit yourselves to the goregrind genre when you write music or do you try to mix in different styles as well?
The band is always coming up with new ideas and we try not to get ourselves pigeon hold so that it doesn't inhibit any new approaches or ideas we may have. We're classed as a goregrind band, but I don't think it's an accurate description of our style and sound.

Is there any band or bands in particular that have inspired you?
There are plenty of bands that have inspired us, but mainly Cock And Ball Torture inspired us enough to start the band. As for me I've been brought up with a heap of 80's and 90's glam, death, black metal, grind and rock. I also dif some hip hop too.

Do you have actual lyrics or are you pretty much doing like John Tardy did on Slowly We Rot - make sounds and sing a few words here and there?
We get asked this question all the time, yeah I do write lyrics for every song. All songs need lyrics. I think it's pretty funny for vocalists to sing gibberish. If it sounds good, then it's good enough for me.

Like on Invention: Destruction you recorded Brutal at Goatsound Studio with Jason P.C. as engineer and producer. Did you approach things any differently in the studio on Brutal compared to Invention: Destruction?
We've taken the same recording approach, Jason P.C. knows what we're after when it come to recording us. He's an easy man to work with, his Goatsound Studio is based at his house, although we did the bass and drums at the Jam Hut and guitars and vocals at Goatsound.

How prepared are you when you enter the studio? Is there room for spontaneous inputs when you record?
Musically I think we were all prepared, get in, get out, but only knowing we've perfected every song on the album. Vocals usually take a little longer as they can change sometimes with some input from either Jason or the buys.

The Day Everything Became Nothing is a somewhat atypical bandname. What's the story behind it?
It was the drummer Mardy's idea, its came from the band Nomeansno. We think it's brutal.

Another thing that makes the band a little different from most other bands in the genre is that you don't rely on gory imagery. Sure there were a bit on the Slow Death by Grinding EP, but nothing too bloody. Is it just a coincidence or is it something you think about?
Yeah we did that blood thing on Slow Death by Grinding, but seeing as we like to be creative, we like to do things differently on every album.

The artwork on Brutal is about as simple as it comes and like always you do something atypical with the band pictures in the booklet. Common for your CD's is that the layout is clean and stylish. Xavier Irvine is he the sole creative force behind the artwork and layout or do the rest of you have ideas as well?

The whole band comes up with the ideas and themes for our artwork, then Xavier always does a brilliant job on photography and assembling the layouts for most of our releases. We always plan to come up an array of various themes or ideas for upcoming releases artwork, and strive to make the artwork for each release original, interesting and mind blowing for ourselves and our fans.

The Melbourne goregrind/grindcore scene, and the Australian underground in general appear to be vibrant nowadays. Being very much a part of the scene how do you see it?
The Aussie scene these days is great. I think there is room for better bands. There is a lot of shit out there and a lot of good too. But with only a handful of venues to play at in Melbourne the attendances for metal shows can lack sometimes. To get a great crowd you need to advertise in stores, on the web and in the local street press.

Besides The Day Everything Became Nothing what else are you currently busy with?
At the moment Blood Duster are working on new material and I'm working on a two piece project with M-lo from Blood Duster which I'll be drumming on called Siamese Goat. It's going to be black metal, but with a very rock influence. Dave and I also have an improvised project called Fart with our asses doing most of the vocals.

Not to long ago you toured the US alongside Fuck…I'm Dead. How did it go and has it made you thirsty for more touring?
Going to the states was great fun for both bands, having played the Midwest Fuckfest and Maryland Deathfest which was amazing. Happy to play alongside bands we all listen to. We travelled from Minneapolis, stopping in some great cities and meeting new friends and contacts all through to New York City. We can't wait to do it again.

How do the future plans look for The Day Everything Became Nothing?
Well, we are starting to write for a new album with a lot more songs to record for a few splits. We have a few shows for Australia later in the year. Then plan to record the new album early 2009 and then are looking and a European tour and possible the world late 2009.

Anything you'd like to add to conclude this interview?
Support your scene, and look out for Siamese Goat and Fart. And go buy Brutal if you don't own a copy.

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