Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Carcass interview from 1990

This Carcass interview comes care of long time pen pal and all around rager Luc from France. Many people know Luc from his various bands such as Face Up To It! and Gasmask Terrör as well as running the label Ratbone Records. But in the late '80s through 1990, he also edited a zine under the name of Poulets Basquaise which featured interviews with Carcass, Entombed, Carnage, Benediction, Agathocles, Funebre, Paradise Lost, Immolation, Pungent Stench, Grave and more. An interview was also sent out to Mick Harris of Napalm Death upon the release of "Scum," but Luc said he forgot to include an IRC and therefore never received a reply. Too bad.

As Luc states,
Poulets Basquaise "was a balance of hardcore, punk and thrash metal. I was super young (13-15) and it shows. By issue 4 I had gotten super into the emerging underground death metal scene." The youthful naivete is evident, but there's a sincerity too that's obvious, and that's what makes it all worthwhile.

Luc was kind enough to scan in the Carcass interview from issue #4 (1990) and allow me to post it up. It's a short and interesting two page read. No, it's not the most in depth, but it's still interesting to read where the members of Carcass' heads were at shortly after their "Symphonies Of Sickness" album had come out in 1989.

It should also be noted how much better generic zine layouts of the era look back then than what passes for 'good' zine layouts now. Quite a disparity really in terms of how 'average' quality back then would be considered great today. If there's any 15 year olds writing zines today, they'd be hard pressed to put out something this good looking.