Interview with Prostate
The Prostate Funeral Politics cassette was one of the highlights of 2020 hardcore: terminal hatred, white hot guitar squall, dim wit agro chanting backed by a hectos drum machine, like Mark N punching on with a punk band, like Jezus and the Gospelfuckers stayed around long enough to get influenced from gabber.
Guffo is the individual responsible for this hate noise, and they self released the tape on their Miracle Cortex label.
We hit them up for some insight into hardcore 2021.
How did you determine when Funeral Politics was finished?
Funeral Politics was truly finished when I started driving around and delivering the tapes to letterboxes. It was no longer boxed up aggression and endless hours hunched over a 4 track. Seeing it become physical contraband definitely signified the project's birth. I distributed physical copies for about a week or so before putting it online, which was good because it meant close circles got it first. Prostate is only meant to be a small project for people with similar mindsets.
Do you view your work as contributing to a national political conversation? Are you community minded? Can you share the lyrics for 'Terminate Melbourne'?
No not at all, I don’t see Prostate as contributing to anything really. It’s more so an outlet to counteract the hypersensitive politics and herd mentality that a lot of people cling onto. The song ‘Funeral Politics’ somewhat touches on politics, in the sense that it is centred around belief systems both religious and political, and how they all evidently lead to the same grave. I choose not to subscribe to the notions of community or scenes, they tend to become cesspool environments where people leech off of you and only care about current fads or trends, rather than anything of substance.
- Terminate Melbourne -
This city’s a fucking joke
How do you vermin cope?
A disgusting scene of status and greed
False importance and inflated ego
Your painful death is all I plea
I hate this place
But there’s nothing more important
Than your ugly image
Terminate all these things I hate
Terminate it now!!!
Can you speak of some of your creative rituals and habits? Do you work to a routine, or are you routinely disorganised?
Most ideas for songs begin when I’m at work. It’s easy to get lost in your head when working labour intensive jobs. More often than not I’ll think of the song title or topic of the song first, then rush to the dunny and type out the lyrics on my phone. Then as soon as I get home I start writing music around the lyrics. However sometimes it can be the other way around where the riffs come first. Having said that, there is definitely an element of disorganisation, which I find to be a thriving environment.
Can you share with us a choice band photo / lyrics from hardcore punk history to sum up 2020?
YDI - Mad At The World would be a good song to sum up 2020, and any other year on this earth for that matter. (attached is a photo of bobby soxx to sum up 2020)
YDI - ‘Mad At The World’
Look into my eyes and see
I'm not normal you can believe
Savage fury, uncontrollable rage
I'm gonna put you in the grave
Visions of murder run rampant through my mind
Death to all humankind
I'm mad, mad, mad at the world
No money, no family, no home no job, no life, no nothing
I'm mad, mad, mad at the world
I'm ugly, I'm poor, I'm awkward, I'm nothing