|First I want to thank John Chavez for taking
some time to do this interview with Metal Fanatix. It’s much
appreciated…now for some questions.
1. How did you get involved with the band and if you weren’t
in a metal band, what would you be doing today?
John Chavez: I basically started in Vehemence by
being the person always there at their band practice. I’d arrive
after my own band practice with a band called Brides of Christ which
were in the same building. We had close band schedules where I could
do that, and one day Scott Weigand guitarist which was in Vehemence
at the time decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. I stepped
up to the job immediately because I saw the potential in the music.
It is incomprehensible for me to even think of me not being in a band
or playing music. If anything I would be focusing more on surrounding
myself around the music industry either by recording music or making
music videos, something I already do now.
2. Where do your personal influences come from that you use
in the band today? Include anything you can think of…bands,
books, movies, environment, etc.
John Chavez: I was influenced by a great deal of
everything growing up. The music that interested me the most came
towards the late 90’s and into the new century. Just to name
some bands off, I paid attention to a lot of guitar bands like Theory
in Practice, Gojira, Resurrection, Deprecated, Gorefest, Illdisposed,
Symbyosis, Creation is Crucifixion, Julie Laughs No More, Embraced
and some other death/black/hardcore stuff. As far as books, H.P. Love
Craft, Steven King, I’m not the lyric writer in the band but
I have always had the feeling to write some lyrics, maybe on the next
album. My trashing on stage is always fueled by the intensity of the
crowd if anything.
3. How would you describe the sound that Vehemence has created?
John Chavez: Vehemence has created a sound that basically
sounds like the word Vehemence. We have some uncompromising evil heavy
break down riffs along with melodic overtones that are spontaneous
that flow all together nicely with guttural to midrange vocals. I
haven’t heard anything like it so far. We write music that we
want to hear, what we think sounds good.
4. What is the meaning that Vehemence is trying to convey to the world?
Is there any specific message or meaning?
John Chavez: Well the word itself is about the passionate
hatred that society brings amongst itself. Throughout Vehemence’s
lyrical history you will find each album to be different in content.
Well, starting from the first album with its blood n’ guts,
god hating views, to our second album’s fictitious conceptual
horror story, to our new album which explains some of the reality
in this world.
5. How did the band decide on using the name Vehemence?
John Chavez: Our vocalist Nathan Gearhart thought
up of the name in high school, like in 1995, and just decided to use
it there on after for future plans to be in a band.
6. “Helping The World To See” continues the grand sound
and momentum from your previous work. Is there anything new you guys
are trying or are you guys just seeing what comes out when you write.
Is there anything unique about your latest effort?
John Chavez: We just write for ourselves and basically
for our fourth album’s material we are taking this back to format
and basically relearning the guitar to add many more diverse and dynamic
skills to our music. The next album will definitely be a bit different,
just a Vehemence upgrade x 100.
7. Some bands let it all hang out when they play live, tell me what
Vehemence is like when you guys are on stage. Any tours coming up
that people should know about?
John Chavez: We basically create a kick ass atmosphere
before we begin, we don’t run up on stage like 80’s pop
stars, or act way serious, but we do have our fun with the crowd by
making sure everyone is comfortable. We are a pretty laid back band,
and without that I don’t see how being serious and acting mean
without smiling a couple times can be satisfying after the show is
done. Musicians are supposed to be charismatic, funny characters though,
to each to their own.
8. It seems no matter where a band goes, something always seems to
happen when a band is on the road. Is there any crazy tale you want
to share from touring?
John Chavez: Well there are two prank tales, to make
a long story short; when we were on tour with Incantation/Impaled/Decapitated
in 2002, on the last day of the tour we tied this black life sized
blow up doll underneath their van with duct tape. The then got stopped
at a state line check point and the check point guards pulled them
out of their tour van and questioned why there was this funny looking
black blow up doll wearing a jean jacket, the guards got pictures
taken with the bands and let them go with no problems. On a recent
tour with Mortician and Akercocke, on the last day of our show the
guitarist Paul of Akercocke and drummer Sam of Mortician decided it
would be funny to take off our drummer’s cymbals during our
last song, I didn’t notice the whole time cause I was too busy
rocking out, and behind me was just a chaotic mess of toilet paper,
and shaving cream. So basically I was just playing the toward the
end of the song Christ I Fucking Hate You with only Andy’s snare
drum and kicks. That’s just .001% of the fun stuff that happens
on our tours.
9. What do you prefer beer or hard liquor? What’s your favorite
drink for when you jam or play a show?
John Chavez: I prefer the dark beer, and I enjoy
Guinness, Rum n Coke, Jagerbombs, and Long Island Ice Tea’s.
Sometimes I would just spend my own money on my own beer because I
can only stand so much cheap bullshit beer venues love to give out.
10. What do you do when you’re not playing in Vehemence?
John Chavez: I am basically promoting the band from
home along side our label, trying to get back out on the road, I live
for touring and hanging out with other like minded individuals. I
get by from odd jobs here and there and that’s just fine by
11. What does the future hold for Vehemence? Where do you think the
band will be in 20 years?
John Chavez: Vehemence will be a little wrinkled
and toughened by the road. You never can tell these days, it takes
some pretty diehard members to see the band all the way through, the
bitching and whining will get you no where.
Well it’s been a great interview, thanks again! Is there
any last thing you would like to say or address to your fans?
John Chavez: Thanks for this interview, and anyone
can check out our website at http://www.vehemence.com
and email us at [email protected]
Our labels website is http://www.metalblade.com
thanks for your time.