By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Abel Folgar
By Kat Bein
By Jacob Katel
By Karli Evans
By Jose D. Duran
By Pablo Chacon Alvarez
On Magrudergrind's Crusher EP, there's a track called "Heaviest Bombing" about writing graffiti. It fades from grindcore brutality into a hip-hop breakdown, ends in a squall of screeching feedback, and then jumps back into violent chord changes for the next song.
That shit's pretty cool. And the Washington, D.C. band (whose dumb name comes from the neighborhood it used to practice in) will unleash crude, sneering grindcore at Churchill's Pub this Saturday.
So last week, we spoke with singer Avi Kulawy about screaming, graffiti, and smoking crack.
5501 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
Category: Bars and Clubs
Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District
New Times: What is the fastest band in the world?
Avi Kulawy: Quattro Stagioni from Germany. They're fast as shit. That drummer, like, smokes a bowl of crack before he plays, man.
What's the fastest, shortest set you ever played?
Probably, like, 5 minutes, when that shit got shut down. We prefer to play shorter sets in general. Once you get past a certain threshold, it's not intense anymore.
But you have a 62-track album.
Yeah. It's a compilation of EPs and singles and records we put out before. We aggregated everything from the first few years and put it on a CD. It came out in 2005. It's old and outdated.
You remember how to play those songs?
I recollect them. I don't know how to play them. I just scream. So I recollect 'em.
How long would it take to play that set?
It would take maybe 40 or 50 minutes. We used to make our songs way shorter than now. We don't play anything off that record. Mostly we play what's on the self-titled record from 2009 and the Crusher EP from 2011.
You guys are really into graffiti, huh? What is Magrudergrind's relationship to street art?
We're all real big fans of street art. We all listen to a lot of hip-hop and integrate it into what we do, and we really appreciate it. We all used to paint stupid shit — not really anymore. But I still love the shit out of it and appreciate the shit.
What's the story behind the Magrudergrind Über Alles graff that turned up in Europe?
We just did a tour in March. We played in Toulouse, France, and someone painted that up the night before the show. We were surprised and ecstatic about it.
How do you feel about being able to make the type of music you do and go around the world with it?
It's the most amazing thing ever. With punk and grind and metal, you have a community anywhere in the world, and you can call on people who know your friends from other cities or countries. The network is supertight, and it's the best way to travel, having someone who lives there show you the cuisine and local spots.
How many shows have you played over the years?
Shit, I don't know, man. Maybe, like, 500 or 600 shows. Maybe more.
Where was your first show?
We played a house show in D.C. and no one knew who we were or what we were doing.
How long will you play?
I don't know, man. Forever. Till I can't scream any longer.