Crash Worship

The Warehouse - Kalamazoo, MI - May 5, 1995

This had to be the worst interview experience of my life, not only was I totally unprepared for the interview but the band was *HOURS* late and so was I to the location of the show. However the interview was saved due in part of my partners in crime Nick, who came up with half the interview impromptu, and Stephanie, who provided half a pack of cigarettes in fifteen minutes to the nicotine crazed band. I'd also like to thank the DJ from WIDR radio 89.1 out of Kalamazoo, MI for making more of an ass out of himself more than I did, thereby making him eligible for the peon award of the night.

Jester: How does the fully sensory experience of coming to a Crash Worship show compare to say the music on your album? and what if any music from your albums do you play live?

Quintron: Well you sure don't look as if you experience the full effects of the show (pointing at me), he sure has (pointing at nick). I'm not sure your qualified to be asking that question.

Jester: What I'm trying to ask here is do you feel that the experience itself lies outside of the music, that without the experience there is no music?

Quintron: First off nothing released on any of the albums do we ever play live. Secondly I'm not quite sure I understand what you mean by this experience you keep referring to. We're trying to incorporate smoke in the CD so that as soon as you turn your CD player on it starts smoking but thats all that you are missing. We went off on some useless banter at this point making it quite obviously known that I had lost all respect from the band at the outset because I had escaped the show clean and free from the dirt, water, smoke, chocolate syrup, milk, and orgone material that was covering most of the people present at the table.

Jester: What was the motivation behind the name of the new album, Triplemania III?

Dreifsky: Wrestling! Next question.

Quintron: What do you really want to know? Fuck all the prepared questions. What do you really, really, want to know about this band?

Jester: What are you trying to give the audience? What deep down are you trying to pass along to those people who show up?

Jason: An orgasm!

Dreifsky: Nothing! I hate people.

Jester: Then why do you perform?

Jason: Because sometimes the crowd gets so riled up that they spontaneously combust. And everyone once in a while and you can get people moving.

Dreifsky: Its all about two people looking at each other from across the room, like one there in the corner and one standing here. There's a lot of mixed things going, frequencies, wavelengths and all of a sudden there is this feeling that is happening. The feeling that starts at your feet and works up your loins and starts burning. It enters your solar plexus, expands and starts exploding, it's just shining, and thats what it's all about.

Jester: There isn't a single way you can describe it?

Dreifsky: You can't take all those words and put them into one word, you have to take the whole sentence.

Jester: I noticed that the pamphlet (at the start of the show there was a puppet show, and a pamphlet was thrown into the crowd which explained the basics ideas an concepts as well as the dialogue of the puppet show), in the very beginning was an attempt to let the audience know what they were going to experience.

Quintron: The flyer that I was throwing around before the puppet show?

Jester: Yes, you were telling that audience that whither or not they wanted to, they were participants of show.

Dreifsky: A lot of the word and the lyrics we use are on that pamphlet.

Quintron: The lyrics to all of the songs are contained on that paper. There are fragments of all the lyrics pieced together.

Dreifsky: So if you read that, everything is totally disclosed.

Quintron: Did you read it?

Jester: I was trying to grasp what was occurring, I could not get everything as it was coming at me, and it was easier to have something like this pamphlet to guide me along. To experience it and then to go back and look at what was written down on paper and see it all summarized there.

Dreifsky: when you read it, it is very deep. There are a lot of of symbolic things going on. There is some pretty heavy shit if you read?

Jester: Have you always brought the crowd into the show since the start?

Dreifsky: The crowd attack us first.

Jason: The crowd came after us and pulled us off the stage. It's no longer two separate elements. The audience sometimes comes up on stage and plays with us and the band goes down into the audience and plays as well. They are one and the same. We feed off them, they feed off us. They are no longer considered two parts any more?

Nick: Have you ever not wanted to be in the crowd?

Quintron: No, there have been crowds so tight. I have seen bands that they have wanted to burn places down, but thats an extreme and we haven't gone for that yet, we may never go that far. There is still hope for us.

Jester: Do you feel restrained by an indoor environment in which to perform? I've read that you can get away with more in an outdoor venue than you can get away with indoors like here.

Dreifsky: You take a small room, put inside a few drummers, a crazy guitar player, lots of smoke and like this dirt, this drive this continuing things, you get hit with things, you lose all sense of direction, you fall on the ground.

Nick: Are there any major difference between the indoor and outdoor shows?

Quintron: The indoor shows are more up close and personal but the outdoor shows we can go balls out.

Dreifsky: We can do whatever we want, its all part of the plan. It's a bigger picture. For whatever reason its not in the game plan and we can't do it all for whatever reason, but its all for the greater good. You just have to keep that in mind, so that if you see a show that is toned down to not be disappointed and just back come to another show. It's always like this continuing thing, going and going, and eventually all the pieces fall together and it makes sense, but you can't just hope to understand it all after one show.

Quintron: You learn whose cheating on who, whose pushing everybody down, whose yelling the most, whose lighting the most fireworks, you start to choose favorites.

Dreifsky: Things make sense.

Quintron: Do you have a favorite member?

Jester: No, because it seems to me that you never stay constant, there will be a person her and there, and its not 100% the same from show to show.

Quintron: We planned this all before the tour. We knew exactly who was going to be at each show.

Jason: Quintron has been here since the very beginning like ten years ago. He was trying to talk to Marcus and Simon (The other two members), trying to con them into this. And they finally caved in after a couple of years. There were both in rock bands. Marcus was in a Christian rock band way back then.

Nick: Do the crowds normally do pretty well? Or have you played shows were the crowd is out to kill each other?

Quintron: We usually have a pretty good crowd, except for the preppy.

Dreifsky: Like I said, there is a bounty out on the preppy who threw the bottle and started the fight.

Nick: Have you ever had a crowd that is out to hurt people?

Quintron: There was a Nazi Skinhead at the San Diego show.

Dreifsky: How did you know he was a Nazi?

Jason: Because he had "White Power" tattooed on the back of his arm. We all just peed into a bottle, and poured it on him, and then threw him into the crowd. The crowd dragged his ass outside.

Dreifsky: You pee on him and then you putting baking soda all over them, and they just fizz like popcorn.

Quintron: It's not really to hurt them physically, its to hurt their pride. That hurts so much more. Everyone at the whole crowd was chanting "Get out!", it was beautiful. I don't know why it didn't happen with this guy tonight actually. I tried to slow dance with him. He kept shoving me around he was damn violent. Where the heck is that guy anyways?

Nick: Does the show ususually break up into a mini orgy going on?

Dreifsky: I never see anything, I just play the drums.

Quintron: Oh, you were out there in that mini orgy huh?

Nick: I was in it.

Jester: Do you ever have a crowd that doesn't get into it any more? A crowd who refuses to become part of the show.

Quintron: No, even if it seems like it to the band that they are not getting into it, they are. I don't actually play an instrument in the band, although I am the leader, but I do play horn on a few tracks on the album. The crowd is always into it.

Dreifsky: All parts of this music is written out. I think it would be amusing to see all of this music on sheets.

Quintron: Even though nobody here reads, Crash Worship Muzak would be fun. That's what Jason does on the side is make Crash Worship Muzak. He does super market jingles and stuff when we're not on tour. That's how he makes his money. More questions.

Jester: Do you consider this an original work, a concept you came up with..

Quintron: There is no concept at all it's a band.

Jester: Are you borrowing in part voluntary or involuntary from some other source, or are you simply accumulating every you've ever dealt with and expressing it through music?

Dreifsky: Tell him about the channeling. He does want to talk about shit like that, its pretty important shit.

Quintron: Because it's a secret. I don't believe in it channeling. I'm the only one besides Jeff who doesn't believe in it.

Dreifsky: Fine now i don't want to talk about it any more. It's getting too deep.

Jason: When we eat beef jerky we suddenly get signals from the mother ship. *laugh*

Nick: Do you always come out of the shows as high as your crowds? I've only had like an hour of sleep, and I'm completely awake and wired still.

Jason: We sleep less than an hour a night and we do this seven days a week. Don't you wish you could do this all of them time.

Nick: I was suggesting we should follow you everywhere you go.

Crash Worship: NO!

Quintron: No, you have to start something yourself.

Jason: We want to be like the Dead. We want you all to follow us around. [At this point Dreifsky lept over me and the table and tackled Jason telling him to take it back. Quintron grabbed the recorder and held it up close to the three minutes of furious combat between Jason and Dreifsky until Jason gave up and apologized for comparing the band to the Grateful Dead. The band made sure we got this on tape and that it was in the interview].

Quintron: Next question.

Jester: Damn, I'm out of questions.

Quintron: Then make them us as you go along.

Jester: That's what I've been doing the whole time, it isn't an interview if it isn't free form.

WIDR: Would I be stepping on anyones toes if I recorded this for my radio station? [Finally someone less prepared than I do from the local college alternative station makes an entrance albeit a wee bit late and joins the interview thereby removing the stress and abuse I had been taking from the band during the entire interview.]

Quintron: You just missed it.

Dreifsky: You can cut in if you like.

Quintron: Does he have any questions. They've asked all the important ones, can you think of any more.

Dreifsky: People seem to always trip out about our music, but its just pure Americana. Most people can't see that through the lights and music.

Jester: Do you find it offense, stimulating, whatever when someone compares you to someone like Test Department?

Quintron: That's just stupid. Whatever comparisons there are between us an Test Department or Laibach are bullshit.

Jason: They can meet us after school behind the playground. We're down.

Dreifsky: Wait til Budapest!

WIDR: What about comparisons to like 23skidoo?

Quintron: I've never heard of them.

Jason: I was learning to write sentences then.

Quintron: We don't actually read any reviews at all.

Jason: Jeff doesn't even know how to read. Quintron; I make it a point to not let any of the band read reviews.

Jester: Do you think it would unduly influence them in some way?

Quintron: Propaganda, like lame ass comparisons, it gets people going in wrong direction.

Dreifsky: It keeps up pure.

Jason: He doesn't let us listen to music past 1950.

Nick: How much of the stage is thinking about the show and how much of it is just doing?

Dreifsky: We do special exercises before the show. We have special stretches so we don't have to think about stuff like that on stage.

Jason: We do a lot of juggling exercises.

Dreifsky: Juggling is very pure, and when your juggling....your really releasing all thought process, you have trust.

Quintron: You know its a good show when they have to clean it up with a shovel (sounds of the clean up crew shoveling up the water, glass, fireworks, and assorted junk on the floor)

WIDR: Who threw the glass at the very beginning?

Quintron: I dont know I'll bet it was the preppy. But they broke this very important puppet for the puppet show that I don't really have the time to fix. The puppet was supposed to be you Dreifsky.

Nick: Whomever it was, was way in the back.

Quintron: Well they fucking smashed the head off of the puppet.

Jason: They probably play softball for the local college with that kind of aim.

Quintron: Why do people feel the need to throw trash at us? Do they hate us?

Dreifsky: No, they were probably feeling interactive....they had to throw shit back.

WIDR: Have you been asked the name of the band question yet?

Jason: There was a magazine put out about Evil Knevil. There was section about every bone in his body that he had broken, and it was titled Crash Worship. He had broken every bone in his body at least twice. At least that what he says. There is a list of all the hospitals he went to for each accident.

Quintron: If you look back into Evil Knevil's career you can find where Crash Worship blossomed, and when the band originally came from. He was a great man. We all act with this mutual sort of worship.

WIDR: It seems that the band itself sort of transcends that sort of face value.

Quintron: No, we're not that deep.

WIDR: Have you ever gone by any other name besides Quintron that might be recognizable?

Quintron: Robert or Robot...

Jester: Have you dropped the acronym (ADRV) off the end of your name?

WIDR: What does ADRV stand for?

Dreifsky: Alcoholic Drivers Recreational Vehicles. I'm serious.

WIDR: That's not what I heard. I heard it was (some horribly pronounced Spanish words) Like Adoration of Breaking Things.

Jason: That's pretty bad Spanish. If that's what it really stood for that would be some horrible white boy Spanish. We're pretty close to Mexico so that shit doesn't cut it. But it does not stand for that Spanish stuff it stands for what Dreifsky said.

Quintron: It's the constant passing out at the wheel and still making it to where ever your going.

Dreifsky: It's just alcoholic! At this point the interview was effectively over. The band needed to pack up its equipment and find a place to crash for the evening as the cops had arrived and were hassling the bar owners about being open after the two am legal alcohol serving limit in the state of Michigan.

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