Skate n Thrash

I interviewed these guys from Sweden in a previous issue, you can check it out here.

This is probably the best way to see a thrash band, at a skate park, having a shred. This needs to happen more often.

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Dr Living Dead!

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Who is Dr. Living Dead?

 RAD: He’s the result of a failed attempt to create some sort of superhuman or soldier which took place in Area 51 or some similar place in the 50s. They modified this guy with various top secret gadgets as well as installing a second brain. It all backfired since he became way too smart and proved to have very scary psychic powers so the scientists desperately sent him out deep into space in a shuttle. After travelling through time and space for ages (time travelling makes you older but you also stay young, sort of like having eternal life) he’s coming back to earth to take on the human race and it’s fake leaders. 

Why do you feel the need to disguise your indentities?

 RAD: It’s kind of fun to mess with peoples heads a bit. It’s not super secret but we try to stay as anonymous as possible. It just sort of came with the idea of masks in the first place, which is kind of a tribute in a way. But also fits us perfectly (the concept not the masks, that is…)

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How would you describe the Dr. Living Dead sound?

RAD: It’s basically a mix of what we like and enjoy playing the most. Think Anthrax, Slayer, S.O.D, Suicidal and Nuclear Assault and you get the idea. It’s all about spontaneous, intense stuff with an in your face attitude.

Why do you think thrash the greatest form of metal on the planet?

 RAD: Well, there are a lot of other good ones but since you put it that way I guess for one thing it’s pretty honest in a sense that it’s kind of stripped down and talks to the caveman thing in you, just pure adrenaline. If it’s done right there are few things that get me pumped the way it does. But we really try not to get too cliché about it as well as recognize the importance of the hardcore influence to it, not only music wise but also the whole attitude.

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 Why do you think this is so?

 RAD: It’s just something that all four of us really like and I think that we fill some sort of void since there aren’t many bands like that anymore. Sure there are loads of new bands and old that are still going but something has been lost along the way in many cases.

Who is the greatest thrash band of all time?

 RAD: I don’t like answering questions like this… My favourite band is Iron Maiden so I’ll just say that, haha.

Can you describe the current state of Swedish Thrash?

 RAD: It’s pretty dead just like it always was. The best gigs we do in Sweden is usually at hardcore shows. Old school heavy metal is what is considered cool at the moment. But I kind of like it in a way, when we get on the stage we’ll do our thing in front of any audience.

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Who is the greatest thrash band of all time?

 RAD: I don’t like answering questions like this… My favourite band is Iron Maiden so I’ll just say that, haha.

Can you describe the current state of Swedish Thrash?

 RAD: It’s pretty dead just like it always was. The best gigs we do in Sweden is usually at hardcore shows. Old school heavy metal is what is considered cool at the moment. But I kind of like it in a way, when we get on the stage we’ll do our thing in front of any audience.

What bands should we check out from the Swedish Thrash scene?

 RAD: As for new bands I would go with Antichrist, they’re really good if you like the German sound mixed with some old Slayer and Death. If you like it superfast and with loads of hardcore/rock in the mix check out the new Undergång LP.

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Your live shows look insane, complete with props, how would you describe the Dr. Living Dead live experience?

 RAD: We give 100% no matter what. It’s all about sweating and doing it to the point where you almost pass out (yes, the masks are hot). That energy is really important for us, and the crowd is going to see through it if you don’t play it like you mean it.

Is this an important part of the band’s existence?

 RAD: Well, I don’t know, it’s very natural for us. The music came first and then there is really just one way to perform it live, in your face. As for me personally I find it impossible to stand still while playing. But in a way it is true, our live appearances are important for the band as a whole.

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Do you think thrash and skateboarding go hand in hand?

 RAD: That depends on who you are I would say, personally I grew up skating and I really felt that music like this fitted perfectly cause it’s all about adrenaline. I bought my first skateboard and Kill ‘Em All on the day I turned 13, and I remember  listening to the album and the going out skating with the Jump In The Fire riff stuck in my head. Nowadays I don’t skate much mostly because I don’t have any people to do it with, but I also figured out pretty fast that I was a far better musician than I was a skater so that made me change my priorities a bit. It seems though that we have a small following in the skate community which is great. I love to be able to create a backbeat for people to rip to. We were offered to play at a Vans event where Mike V would be skating but we had to say no because we were on tour with Evile at the moment, bad timing man!

Who is your favourite skateboarder, and favourite trick?

 RAD: I’m really into the old school guys a lot, like the Bones Brigade-era and all that. Dudes like Mike V and other that just ride fast and really look suicidal when they ride. I like anyone who skates with attitude and joy and not just tech stuff or trying to be cool. I saw this dude a while back named Ritchie Jackson i think, crazy shit, very creative and cool. I respect any skateboarder who does shit I would never do, haha, skaters are insane! As for favourite trick I don’t really have one but i’ll just go with a nice BONELESS!

How will the earth survive until World War 9?

 RAD: It’s right around the corner man, you just wait!

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 Thankyou for your time, any final thoughts?

 Thanks a lot for supporting the Doc! Hopefully we’ll make it do Australia some day. Keep your eyes open for our next album late in late 2012 and if you want updates on the band add us on facebook www.facebook.com/drlivingdeadofficial or visit our website www.deathfuckingthrash.com

 Keep it up and STAY DEAD!

 /Dr. RAD 2012