I recently did an interview for Latency Magazine with Jorge, vocalist for Doomsday Mourning. I was more than happy to interview Jorge because I'm a fan of Doomsday Mourning myself and have booked them for a few shows we've done in the past. I think they are doing something different and that's refreshing when, in my opinion, the hardcore/metal scene is becoming homogenized. So fuck the "shark biters" and the "swagger jackers", if you will, this is Doomsday Mourning.
Rob: Jorge, tell us a little bit about Doomsday Morning. How did it all begin and what are you guys up to lately?
Jorge: DM started in late 2009 a few years after my old band broke up. My drummer & I decided to work on material he had written over the course of a few months. Right now, we are working on a new release and adding some shows to our schedule.
Rob: I really enjoy "The Science of Exploitation", it's in my car stereo right now and I like to blast it really loud outside of elementary schools at 3:00 when parents are picking up their kids. When reading the lyrics for the EP, I think it's pretty clear that there is a great resentment, disgust and anger throughout. Where does this anger come from? Are most of the songs based on your own life experiences? If not, what inspires the subject matter?
Jorge: My anger comes from life. I've seen and experienced a multitude of setbacks and loss over time. DM is a way for me to channel that energy into something creative. I tend to draw from personal experience to write my lyrics but inspiration comes from everywhere: close friends, family, movies, books, other artists, etc.
Rob: "The Science of Exploitation" is Doomsday Mourning's debut release and it is an unrelenting assault from start to finish. What can we expect from your second EP "Culture of Corruption" and the full length "Predisposed"?
Jorge: Our fans and friends expect a certain something from us and we don't want to disappoint. You can expect that brutal onslaught we cultivated last time, but with more of a push forward. We can't replicate the same things over and over again, so expect a few changes here and there. We always strive to keep it new and interesting without totally abandoning what got us attention in the first place.
Rob: I think with the gaining popularity of any underground music scene there is a surge of copy-cat bands that inevitably emerge. Doomsday Mourning is a breathe of fresh air for me and I think for the genre as a whole. What do you personally think sets Doomsday apart from the countless bands in the scene? Also, is there a conscious effort to create something that is unique or does it happen organically when the band comes together?
Jorge: I tend to not worry myself with what other bands are doing. DM gets together with a common goal, and that is to write music that we would want to play and listen to ourselves. We just keep it true to ourselves. I guess in that sense we differ from other bands that are struggling to find their own identities. We have a good understanding of our musical preferences and what we want to write, and I believe that shows in our songs.
Rob: Many of the members of Doomsday have been a part of this scene for many years. I can only imagine all the changing trends that you have witnessed. How do you think it has affected how you guys collectively write your own music in Doomsday Mourning?
Jorge: Being around that long has made us aware that quality and integrity tend to stand the test of time. We don't get caught up in the 'flavor of the week' crap, we do what we like.
Rob: From an outsiders perspective this style of music can be easily misunderstood as a catalyst for violence and aggression. As a fan of aggressive hardcore music for years, I personally understand that this music is a way to relieve that aggression, a therapy of sorts. You've been singing and participating in this scene for many years now...what does this music do for you personally and why are you creating this music versus any other? Also, what would you say to those that believe this music causes violence rather than working to relieve it?
Jorge: I've just always been a fan of the energy and raw emotion that is encompassed within the genre(s). There is a sense of understanding, strength and power that keeps me motivated to write music in a heavy band. People get very passionate about the heavy bands they like. Sometimes that passion boils over into fights and disagreements and just like any other aspect of society, there are also dickheads that want to flex on kids and gang up on who they perceive as vulnerable. I don't blame heavy music for assholes though, I just blame the assholes.
Rob: I think most people over the age of 50 can't wrap their heads around this music. It is simply too chaotic for them and I don't think anything even remotely close to this existed in the 60's or 70's. It makes me wonder how much more aggressive this music might get. What trends do you see emerging and what bands do you see progressing the genre?
Jorge: Music and entertainment tend to be so fickle that its hard for me to make a blanket statement or try to pin point exactly what the future holds for trends and the artists/ fans who follow those trends.
Rob: In these current times, it seems harder than ever for a band to really make a living playing music since everybody often illegally downloads their music. On the other hand, it seems almost infinitely easier to get your music out there due to the internet. There's an obvious double edged sword to how technology is affecting the music industry. How does it affect you personally and what do you do to try and work around it? What is your take on the internet, how do you use it to your advantage and what's your opinion on illegally downloading music?
Jorge: The internet has definitely made it easier to share art with the world, but with that being said, it is also easier to have it downloaded illegally and lose out on money that could have been yours. I don't really mind the illegal downloading since the music eventually ends up in the hands of someone who appreciates it. There is no real way to get around it other than to play shows and be a working/ touring band. Labels and stores got way too greedy and the 'consumers' reacted accordingly. I aint no insecure Hollywood bitch, I didn't get into this to make millions or to impress wanna be entertainers. So the fact that music doesn't pay all the bills right now is a reality I'm cool with.
Rob: Where do you see Doomsday Mourning in 2012?
Jorge: Hopefully back on the radio and back on the road.
Rob: "The Science of Exploitation" sounds amazing and it was all self recorded, will you be going the same route for "Culture of Corruption" and the full length "Predisposed"? It's evident that you are creating some solid stuff all on your own but is there a big interest for you guys personally to get on a label?
Jorge: We come from a very DIY mindset, so self releasing and self producing our art is something we take pride in. And yes, we will be going the same route for our upcoming releases. I don't need any fucking validation from a label, a bitchy girlfriend, hipsters, genre purists or a motherfucking website, so no, I don't really care all that much about getting on a crappy contract where some asshole owns our music. Fuck outta here with ya ass backwards loan. We'll jump into something if it seems right for us and that's that.
Rob: I've noticed you are also a big fan of hip hop, is there any way that you see that crossing over into Doomsday Mourning somehow? I've noticed on "Science" that there are many tracks featuring guest vocalists from other bands which reminds me of hip hop albums that feature many different guest rappers.
Jorge: Hip hop has always been a huge part of my life and I believe that can be heard in our musical and lyrical content. A crossover situation is always possible, so keep ya ears open.
Rob: There are so many bands out there and so many kids trying to do what you guys have been doing for years. What advice would you give to kids starting up their own bands?
Jorge: My only advice is, work hard and have some fucking fun!!!
Rob: Jorge, thanks so much for the interview. I'm a big fan of what you guys are doing and I look forward to the new stuff! Any final words for the readers?
Jorge: Thanks to all friends, supporters and the bitch made haters, you guys make it all worth while.
The Science of Exploitation is available on iTunes right now.