Dienstag, 29. März 2016


in 2005 I’ve made an interview ( see below ) with Greg Bennick, vocalist from TRIAL, to talk about their upcoming final shows in Europe …

in 2010 he recorded guest vocals for TO KILL’s record “Antarctica” …

in 2016 the SEA SHEPHERD benefit tape of “Antarctica” found it’s way to Italy, u.k., belgium, japan, germany, austria, indonesia …

thank you all for your support!!!

So what’s up next? The world is so small… we need to take better care of it!!!

thx marco

Interview with GREG BENNICK ( TRIAL )

08/05/2005 hello everybody, we are very proud to present you this brand new interview with GREG BENNICK, vocalist from TRIAL ...read more about him, his movie, the reunion of trial, hardcore and more...

TSM: hi greg, nice to have you for an interview, everything fine today?

GREG: Thanks for the interview, and yes, today is going well so far. I just got back from three weeks in Orange County CA hanging out all the time with some of the best people in the world, so I am feeling pretty good. Everyone needs to go to Wheel of Life, which is this vegan restaurant in Irvine CA owned by a guy named Victor who is so filled with vegan power that he is unstoppable. This is a man who will eventually take over the world.

TSM: It has passed years since your band broke up. What have you been up to since then?

GREG: I have spent the last four years working on the feature film "Flight From Death" which I co-produced and co-wrote with my friend Patrick Shen, who is an amazing filmmaker in Los Angeles CA. That process took up almost all of my time. I also wrote and recorded a first song with a new band called Between Earth and Sky (betweenearthandsky.net) and we will record an EP later in the year. I also did spoken word on records with the bands Parallax (goldenspikemusic.com) and Bridge to Solace (bridgetosolace.com).

TSM: You made a movie!? Great!!! please tell us something about ‘flight from death’, what it is about? And what does the movie mean to you?

GREG: Thanks for asking about the film. The movie is called "Flight From Death: The Quest For Immortality". It explores why humans behave violently towards one another and looks at the role that our fear of death plays in the way we act. The film is extremely important to me. I fear death, just like all humans, whether we realize it or not. Death is an influence on both our conscious and subconscious mind, and it those subconscious influences that the film explores. Basically, cultural developments are reactions to death anxiety, and conflicts between them are on the front pages of every paper in the world everyday. Watching and thinking about and discussing this film could actually help alleviate human violence by shedding light on the motivations for those behaviors and brainstorming ways to diminish them. The film is feature length and is narrated by Gabriel Byrne (From "The Usual Suspects" and "Assault on Precinct 13"). The DVD has a ton of extras like a behind the scenes mini-documentary, photos from the filmmaking process, an audio commentary track, and we are totally excited for it to be finally out.

TSM: is there a chance to see your movies here in europe?

GREG: The DVD will be available in August (2005) and will be region 0, which means that it will play on all DVD players worldwide. People can buy it through our website at www.flightfromdeath.com. In terms of theatrical screenings, we screened two years ago in Dubrovnik Croatia at the Dubrovnik International Film Festival, but other than that screening we have no theater screenings planned at this time. We are always open to suggestions, so if people have ideas for venues, please be in touch anytime through docs@transcendtv.com.

TSM: Some time ago I read an interview with Champion’s Chris (guitar) and he was recalling one of your heartfelt and ass-kicking shows? Have you ever thought to release a live DVD so that kids could have a taste of what Seattle’s HC was like back in 90’s?

GREG: Yes. The October 9th show will be filmed and made into a DVD. We are working out those details now.

TSM: looking at the scene now and than, what do you think, what are the biggest changes and differences?

GREG: Of course, there is more money in hardcore these days in terms of how the bands are promoted, and there are more kids involved across the board, but in terms of what is different that matters most to me? The main thing I see is that there are less bands with interesting lyrics than there were in the mid-90's. Singing about topics that have been rehashed a thousand times over doesn't push hardcore forward like it could if the lyrics and ideas were more imaginitive, eloquent, powerful and insightful. I always liked bands that pushed the envelope, or just tore it open completely...bands like Catharsis, Endeavor, etc. These days, bands like Die Young, Wait in Vain, Parallax, and some others are bringing back that idea of issues and ideas in music, and I hope it catches on, because the world needs a break from the same topics and ways of communicating them that have been used since the 1980's. Integrating issues and ideas is challenging, which is why people avoid it. The challenge gets the best of them, but it shouldn't.

TSM: Aside from the rumours, what’s the real reason you guys to decide to come back together?

GREG: I am not sure what the rumours are, though I can imagine. I am sure I will hear them eventually. The real reason we got back together for these shows is because we wanted to. We never got to play a real last show or series of final shows and we wanted to do it for all the people who supported us years ago and for those who write us every day still today. Timm and I played a Trial song with this band onstage a couple months ago and had a really fun time doing it so we thought we would talk more about the reunion idea. We are doing three shows as of now: Seattle, London, Budapest. I can't wait!!!

TSM: Are there any changes in the line-up? How does the current ‘final’ TRIAL line-up look like?

GREG: The final line-up will be Timm on guitar, me on vocals, Brian on bass, EJ (who was going to play on our last tours) on second guitar, and either Nick Platter or Jesus L. Pecador on drums. We are finalizing that this coming week or next.

TSM: How do you respond to the people who are against old bands reunions? And what do you think about reunions in general?

GREG: How do I respond to people who are against old band reunions? I say "There are a million things in this world more important than reunions for you to be vocal and outspoken about." I think that when bands get together strictly for the love of money, that it is a bit sketchy, but even then, who am I to be the police of reunions? Maybe they are completely broke and need the money and kids are willing to pay it? I know why we are getting back together, and that is all that matters to me. Our shows will be about the ideas, the music, the message, and our deep love for and friendship with the people who come to see us. As for people who are against reunions, people will always create rumors, and talk trash without asking questions for themselves. Creating rumors and speaking badly of others is the way that unimportant, uncreative, and insecure people get to feel significant for a few minutes. As for reunions in general, I have never really thought about it. I like them just fine.

TSM: Could you please give a us few details about the early days of Trial: where was your first practice space? Who was in the band? Where did you play your first gig? …the first steps of a musician/band are some of the funniest…

GREG: When we started, we practiced late at night... after midnight usually, in this practice place near Seattle. We got it from midnight until 2 am usually because it was cheaper then. We had Derek (now in Himsa) on bass, me, Timm, and this guy Troy on guitar, with a guy named Chad on drums. Our first show ever was in Bremerton Washington and we gave our friends copies of our lyrics before the show so that they would sing along. The photos on our original demo of kids signing along are from that very first show. The very very first two songs we ever played were the worst things ever. I have them on tape somewhere and if you give me a million dollars sometime, I might just let you hear part of them. haha....

TSM: In your eyes, how the HC scene has changed over the years? What about the scene in Seattle?

GREG: I always think back to the original cover of Youth of Today's "Break Down the Walls". There so many different types of kids on the cover of that record and I really wish hardcore and punk still had that diversity that we saw in the mid 80's. Everyone segregating themselves into sub-scenes isn't my favorite aspect of hardcore these days. I love the scene in Seattle. There are less fights than most places, and less attitude, and nicer kids and the shows I go to always feel great with good energy.

TSM: you played in europe before and now you will play one of your final shows in budapest? How is to play in europe? …do you play together with BRIDGE TO SOLACE (great band!)

GREG: We loved playing in Europe and we love Bridge to Solace. I mentioned earlier that I did spoken word on their "Of Bitterness and Hope" record, and people should check that out and especially their newer record "Kingdom of the Dead". That is a great record too. We actually have three shows now, with one in London just added. The Budapest will be the last of them though. We loved playing there last time, and when Zoli and his friends offered to fly us there, we were very excited to get one last chance to play there. I always loved eastern Europe. Playing in Poland was amazing too, and the Czech Republic as well. I hope we see kids from all over Europe at our shows.

TSM: The lyrics in “Are these our lives”, especially “War by other means” and “In the balance” are still really fresh and totally poignant. It’s like they could have been written today. The lyrics seem to fit together with what’s going on in the world right now. Nothing’s changed since then?

GREG: Quite a bit has changed in the world since those words were written, but the core issues remain the same. In "War By Other Means" we looked at the suppression of dissent. In "In The Balance" we looked at the value of human lives as they relate to society and the social and cultural structures that are in place that tend to diminish quality of life. Thanks for the compliments on the lyrics... I am glad that they stood the test of time. That was really my goal! The album was written before 9/11 of course, so the fact that the words still apply is a good sign! Suppression of dissent is a big issue here in America. People should check out wordsasweapons.com and click on the feature story of the SHAC 7 to learn more about this issue.

TSM: You recorded guest vocals or spoken word over an instrumental Parallax (Utah) song. How did that collaboration come about?

GREG: The band contacted me last year and asked if I would be interested. I asked them for some thoughts about what the record would be about, what the lyrics would be like and so on and I liked what I heard. They flew me to Salk Lake City this past spring and I recorded the tracks with Andy Patterson who is just great as a studio engineer. Bands really need to keep him in mind. He did a great job on the track. I have yet to hear the rest of the record but I am sure it will be excellent. The song is called "Surgery Without Sutures" and it is about finding meaning and passion in life in the face of our eventual death and the fear that surrounds all of that. It is the title track on their record I believe. I loved doing that track and look forward to more opportunities like that in the future. Parallax can be found online at goldenspikemusic.com

TSM: Talking about your upcoming shows, how are you gonna compose your set-list? Are you gonna play any new songs?

GREG: We will play lots of songs at the reunion shows ...almost all the songs we know or ever wrote. No new songs, but the set will be fun regardless I am sure, and filled with emotion ...of that I have no doubt.

TSM: are you a ’real’ juggler?

GREG: Yes, I am a real juggler. Haha... it does sound bizarre I know. Almost as bizarre as it must sound for my juggling friends to find out that I am a punk rocker! I have been juggling since the age of 13 all over the world. I love it, and have met some amazing people through juggling.

TSM: please give us some names of your all time favourit bands.

GREG: Earth Crisis, Alkaline Trio, Rush, By a Thread, Catharsis, Code of Honor, The Proletariat, Dio, Cro-Mags, Into Another, early Marillion (first four albums), Youth of Today, Tool. That is a good start…

TSM: ok, that’s all for now, we wish you some great ‘last’ shows with lots of energy and sing-a-longs, and successful movies, any last words to our readers, friends… bye marco & marco

GREG: Thanks for the interview! People can be in touch with me anytime if they have questions about anything I talked about here. greg@wordsasweapons.com is a good address to use. Take care!!!

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