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Heart Attack at the Hotel Diplomat

An interview with Jesse Malin of HEART ATTACK. This interview took place on the phone in early August. HEART ATTACK takes a vacation for a while auditions for a new guitarist continue:

(Interview by Javi Savage)

WHY NO NEW SONGS ON THE NY THRASH TAPE?

Because they gave us a deadline and no money to record. I hate the tape and I think it's a poor compilation to represent New York hardcore. Most of the songs are so old. We hate the fact that our old songs are on it. We didn't like the "God Is Dead" EP when we released it. If they put songs by the Mad on it, why didn't they put the Stims on it?

I FEEL THE SAME WAY, BUT I DO LOVE THE TAPE ANYWAY. MOST OF THE SONGS WERE PLAYED ON THE NOISE SHOW, CARE OF TIM SOMMERS.

Tim exploited NY hardcore and punk on THRASH. It's not what New York is doing now.

DID YOU MAKE ANY MONEY FROM IT?

Yeah, but not enough to record.

HOW MANY "GOD IS DEAD" EPS DID YOU PRINT?

300 copies. People ask us to re-release it, but we say 'no way.' We know it could sell, but doing that would represent us as making money on something we don't even like.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO SELL OUT?

Two weeks or so. We sold them at gigs, we didn't want to have anything to do with it. We sold them as quick as possible, as soon as we got them.

I SEE HEART ATTACK TEE SHIRTS AROUND, DID YOU MAKE THEM?

No, a guy from Jersey makes them. Tony. He also made The Mob and Misguided.

DO YOU LIKE OUR RADIO, 'PIRATE' AND 'LIFE AFTER DEATH'?

It's good to have cool music on the radio. They're good shows, better than having no hardcore programs at all.

BETTER THAN TIM SOMMERS' NOISE SHOW?

Tim had a very personal show. He played what he wanted to play, not what the majority of listeners liked. NOISE had no dedication.

HOW DO YOU LIKE NY'S HARDCORE SCENE?

I don't think it's a scene. There's no unity whatsoever. Too many people and too many different attitudes. There's a lot of stupidity and a lot of 'coolness'.

WHAT ABOUT THE SLAMMERS AND SKINS?

They have an outlet to hurt people, to dance and show their emotions. The dance is so routine...

REMEMBER THAT LAST NIGHT AT THE PEP? YOU SAID YOU WERE SURPRISED THAT THE GIRLS WERE EVEN DANCING, THAT IT WASN'T LIKE A FOOTBALL GAME. THAT WAS GREAT.

WHAT'S THE REASON FOR A NEW GUITARIST?

It's a change, to be more intense. It's for performing for the show. I can concentrate on the vocals more.

DO YOU HAVE PLANS ON PICKING UP THE GUITAR AGAIN?

For a couple of songs. We have ideas.

YOU'RE A GREAT GUITARIST AND HEART ATTACK IS GREAT. WE'RE CONFUSED, WE THINK YOU SHOULD STAY A TRIO.

It'll be a change for the better. We're trying something different. Don't knock it before we try it.

HOW'S IT GONNA BE JUST HANDLING THE VOCALS?

I feel good, positive. For the show.

WHAT'S UP WITH THE NEW SINGLE?

It's recorded, but we have some doubts. It's a change.

WILL IT BE HEART ATTACK AS A TRIO?

Yes and I don't know...

WILL IT BE ON DAMAGED GOODS RECORDS?

No, Rat Cage Records. Paid for in England.

HOW MANY SONGS ON THE NEW ONE?

Probably just two.

WHEN WILL IT BE RELEASED?

If soon, 3 months.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE NY BAND?

I like alot of them, but alot are stupid. At least they're trying.

FAVORITE OUT OF TOWN BAND?

Minor Threat. I used to like the DKs alot, but they disappointed me this tour. The Circle Jerks are great. Great drummer.

ARE THE POSSESSED REFORMING? (PAUL FRAVERS' OLD BAND)

No, not as The Possessed.

WHAT'S JOHN FRAWLEY DOING?

He doesn't come out anymore. Rumors say he's joining the Marines or he's playing jazz music.

HOW OLD IS EVERYBODY IN THE BAND?

I'm 15, Paul's 17 and Javier is 22.

BESIDES GOING TO SCHOOL, DO YOU GUYS WORK OR FUCK OFF?

We all work. I work at a gas station, Paul works at Baskin Robbins and Javier works at Tropicana.

GOOD LUCK WITH AUDITIONS, HOW'S IT GOING?

Pretty good. A lot of auditions, but we still have people in mind. We only tried out six.

SEND US A DEMO TAPE FOR REVIEW, OK?

Sure, send me a Savage Circle demo also.v

NAME SOME HEART ATTACK SONGS, OK?

Sure. 'Family Life', 'From What I See', 'Our Approach', 'Waiting for WWIII', 'Brainwashed Children', 'Trendies', 'Morality', 'Society', 'English Cunts'. (As he's saying the names I hear him playing Heart Attack songs on his guitar.)

ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY?

Not really.

ONE LAST WORD.

Bye.

SEE YA AT A7 THIS WEEKEND...

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