Fairly new to the scene, southern Ohio outfit Dismemberment are rapidly carving their own devastating mark into the history book of aggressive music. From the recent release of their dark, crushing-as-all-hell EP, to their upcoming performance in support of certain Bay Area thrash legends, the quartet are breathing new life into their genre and have no difficulty whatsoever in kicking down the doors and laying waste to the weak with their lethal concoction of death-cloaked, blackened thrash insanity. Forbidden Magazine recently caught up with brothers (and founding members) Luke and Jacob Shively for a glimpse inside the growing madness that is…Dismemberment!
First thing’s first…for those not quite in-the-know, could you give a brief history of the Dismemberment?
Jacob Shively: Well, it started with me and my brother, Luke. We started to compose the basic structures for some of the songs that would later end up on The Condemned EP. This was around late 2009. Then J.D. and Taylor joined in July of 2010, and that’s when everything really started coming together and we’ve been going strong ever since.
The band recently unleashed a new EP, The Condemned, on the masses. What was the creative process like for this effort?
Luke Shively: Pretty much it started with the primitive riffs we had from back in ’09. Once Taylor and J.D. joined, that’s when we really started piecing things together. After bouncing ideas back and forth with each other we started really building the songs.
Jacob Shively: Yeah, after Taylor and J.D. joined that’s really when we started to find our sound.
The cover art for The Condemned definitely involves a sense of mystery. What’s the story behind it in relation to the songs contained on the EP?
Jacob Shively: That’s the work of the incredibly talented Andrei Bouzikov. We really gave him a very bleak description of what we thought the art should be like and he turned it into a masterpiece. It’s really open to interpretation, but if you take lyrics from the songs, they definitely can correlate to the imagery in the album art.
The band seems to have a solid DIY approach to recording, performing, etc. How do you think this has benefited Dismemberment, in general? How easy has it been to get the word out?
Jacob Shively: I think we’ve benefited greatly from our approach, but we haven’t done everything completely on our own. We have great friends who have all helped us a lot in spreading the word about the band and our music. I prefer it this way because anyone that contacts us is speaking directly with the band and not a manager or anything like that.
The band’s list of musical influences ranges from the German thrash of Kreator and Sodom to black metal giants Immortal, to the likes of American legends Slayer and Megadeth. Can you recall the instance or event that you started to develop an interest in not only listening to such bands, but eventually forming one? In other words, what bands or music drew you to the “dark side?”
Jacob Shively: Oh, man we have such a huge variety of influences by tons of different bands. We could go on for days about that.
Luke Shively: Yeah, everything from Mr. Bungle to Cannibal Corpse. We all collectively bring in a lot of influences.
Aside from Dismemberment’s peers and musical influences, what other aspects of life and this world find their way into the band’s work?
Luke Shively: We really just write about any types of topics that inspire us. Like war, insanity, history and so on.
Living in Indianapolis, I can testify to the monstrous amount of talent here, when it comes to the more “extreme” side of the local music spectrum. How would you describe the scene in southern Ohio?
Jacob Shively: There’s a ton of great bands out here that are often overlooked. There’s an enormous amount of talent in all the bands we’ve played with, and within the local scene in general.
Dismemberment was recently a part of a battle of the bands, held by an Ohio newspaper, where you have indicated before that the band was clearly from a different side of the tracks, so to speak. What are your thoughts on that experience?
Jacob Shively: Over all it was a good experience, the lineup was just so diverse. All the bands were really good, just not all in the same vein. In my opinion, it would be hard to pass judgment on a metal band and then a folk/blues band playing right after in the same competition. It was still a good time, nonetheless.
If Dismemberment were asked to create the soundtrack to a movie, what would most likely be involved in the film’s storyline?
Jacob Shively: Probably something very grim with war on battlefields…..and snow.
Luke Shively: Definitely a lot of snow.
The band seems to have a pretty solid following in the Ohio area. What does the band have on deck in that neighborhood? Are their any plans on touring or one-off performances across state lines?
Jacob Shively: Definitely open for any talk of a tour, but as of yet we have no plans, just playing as much as possible around Ohio.
Luke Shively: If you book us, we will come.
Aside from live appearances, what else does the near future have in store for Dismemberment?
Jacob Shively: Well, we’re playing a show with Bay Area thrash legends Forbidden, as well as Havok, Revocation and White Wizzard on June 25th in Columbus, OH. We are working on new material now and plan on recording sometime towards the end of the year.
Well, that’s about it! On behalf of Forbidden Magazine, I thank you for your time and effort. Any last words for the friends, enemies, groupies and fanatical thrashers that may be reading this?
Dismemberment would like to like to thank Forbidden Magazine for interviewing us and reviewing our EP. We would also like to thank Gregg Bender, Jeff Stokes, The Metal Shop, Mary Coffman, All the bands we’ve played with, and everyone who has helped and supported us along the way. Thank you all! Thrash hard!