Thursday, March 9, 2017

Carolyn Emerick - Pagan Poems Vol 1

Most poetry I've read has been simplified into utter emotionless slop, over-complicated wannabe Shakespearean word salad, or some awkward shit that should reside in a Papa Roach album lyric. Safe to say my foray into most poetry hasn't been very good, and I can only read Robert E Howard, Hans Christian Anderson, Norse Sagas, Germanic Romances, and Brothers Grimm so many times before I go out looking for something new. 

Through facebook I found her page and instantly began reading all of her indepth posts about European Customs/Traditions and whatever else she would end up sharing. Alongside her I found other interesting pages such as Northern Grove and Paradise Is The Way; both who have shared Carolyn's page before. For a drinker of Mimir's Well, she also ha the talent of trimming off the excess and distilling the emotion, story, and drama down into an easily digestible yet powerful poem. The flow tends to remain simple, steady, almost like a heartbeat in sync with yours as you hear her voice reveal the magic of each syllable.

Liminal Places transports you straight into a world of enchantment, Faeries, Moonlit Paths, which then leads into the world of Imagination and Dreams being more real than you think. If you know ANYTHING about Faeries, I mean F A E not F A Y, then you should understand that things are not always what they seem, nor are they always nice hehehe. In Der Schwartzwald gives you a bit of a warning as you go on your journey, it also touches on pride in a nod to an old tale(which you'll have to find out when you buy the book).

But it is not all Faeries and Magic in that sense, but also Romance, Love, Devotion, Warmth of another person in all seasons. When I say this, some lesser-minded men surely will scoff GIRLY SHIT BRUH, then this isn't for you. This love is Timeless, but also of Legend, of Life, it speaks to our desires, needs, and Ideals. Her poems The Cold Winter Night and Under Cloudy Scottish Skies contrast two types of intense Love and Longing. Cloudy Scottish Skies with it's maddened desire, it ignites a thought even of Conan when he was aboard Belit's ship(Queen Of The Black Coast 1934). Lightening's Strike is also an honourable mention.

One of the shining stars in this book is The Warrior's Passage. This was the poem that made me purchase the book, it conjures up a feeling ancient and old, one of honour, truth, and balance. 

"With Cold And Steely Gaze
She Will Look Behind Thine Eyes
Thy Words Are Only Edifice
True Character The Soul Belies"

This single stanza is something all should meditate on daily. Your words mean nothing if Action, true honest action, does not follow. The Wicce goes on to see if the warrior is worthy and if she will cast the runes, contact the norns and understand his fate.....This poem is Runestone level in my opinion. It has Honour, Honesty, The Other Realms....no different than any of the best Sagas out there.

Although I have not mentioned the other poems here, they are surely good.
You get a poem which touches on all aspects of Life, Love, Nature, The Dead, The Enchanted, The Warrior....

I highly recommend it, it may even inspire you to write your own or research into the meanings of each passage. I recommend it to Europeans who want to get in touch with their roots, see something beyond what the sagas have to offer. 

Connecting with her is easy, she is very nice, and I advice you all to read her articles on Traditions. They are to die for, or to live for and honour your ancestors for....yeah that sounds about right!

Honour Thy Ancestors. 
Become A Warrior of the Mind. 
Honour Thy True Gods.

Free Sample Poems

Friday, February 24, 2017

MyFaRoG: The Burzum RPG or whatever you wanna call it

I found MyFaRoG through reading Varg's website, I can't remember the exact posting it was but he said something about creating his own RPG on his own time for himself. He said he wasn't sure when it would be done, and of course nearly a few months later 1st Edition comes out, good timing on my part, except I didn't get one of the copies since I was broke. Fast Forward to when 2.4 was on it's last limbs, I buy that version, read the shit out of it's papyrus glory and ordered his main books (Sorcery & Religion In Ancient Scandinavia / Reflections On European Mythology & Polytheism) along with it. Man oh man it was so cool to see a musician who made their own RPG, I have been fascinated by them and made homebrew stuff a little before I knew he was doing his own, except mine mirrored the gameplay of Warhammer Fantasy Battles and RISK instead of proper D&D, and of course I did story telling type stuff with Abra which required dice rolls only at very very very special occasions.

A long time after I found out about the Mythic Fantasy Roleplaying Gamers Group on Facebook run by William and Jeff. I found out I needed 2.6, got pissed off, ordered it, and then jumped into a game run by William shortly after (which can be seen HERE) which scored me a slot in a game with Eddie (which can be seen HERE and HERE).  Excuse my horrific roleplaying, I was nervous, I am much better now I swear.

I Was Hooked.
Hooked So Hard.



I was drowning in my rulebook so much in hopes to become a better player but also a future Myth Master, I purchased all the supplement books and spent hours going through everything I could. A bit much to where I was ignoring my girlfriend a bit but she understood and was supportive of me getting my mind off life stresses etc etc. One thing I noticed was the Fantasy Factor was I guess Low Fantasy instead of High Fantasy, it really struck me once I noticed how alot of it seemed more realistic and down to Earth in a sense rather than this crazy wild fantasy realm with tons of suspension of belief. Yes of course there were some things in here like the Ettins, Creeping Crawlers(HOLY SHIT SCARY!) and a few other creatures that are over the top. But most others felt Basic Yet Believable. The ghosts, wraiths, hulda, nar etc etc, spooky but we all have a sense of them in our lives and can connect, unlike a fucking Dragon or Griffin. See what I mean?

I remember another review bitching about the Swimming Chart in an earlier version, yeah ok I'll say it, I don't quite understand the difference between a Gentle or Light breeze, but I am guessing Varg fucking did considering he did painstaking research as seen HERE on Swimming In Armour. I don't see the other reviewer trying to disprove it, just complaining. Put up or Shut Up. He is also inspired by certain RPGs which had some intense rules like Rolemaster and MERP, I haven;t checked out Harnmaster but it sounds pretty nuts too. He definitely distilled it down to a simple to learn system if you have enough brainpower(you don't need much if you just take notes) since his KIDS can play atleast a simplistic rules light version of it with him, if you can't you must be retarded.

The rules light version is very fast in my opinion, all you need to know is how to conduct basic combat, memorize your character sheet, know how to test skills, and for fun add in Fumbling. As time goes on you can add in one rule each other session to keep it fresh and exciting. Playing different types is something I haven't done yet, I've stuck with Warrior, Berserk, Ranger, Civilian so far, but the other classes such as Trickster, Stalker, Sorceror, Bard Maenad/Bachannte,...etc


When I was creating my character I found, although this version has an index, I still had a bit of trouble locating things, information about weapons, armour, items were in two different places and a few other things, so I had to make a Cheat Sheet for myself and others(provided at the bottom of the post!!!) and so far it seems to help a bit, and there are tutorials on character creation HERE.

The game itself is fatal, lethal, dangerous, your character WILL FUCKING DIE, so don't think you're gonna just walk in and bust heads with your Battle Axe and drink potions while arrows ping, zoop, and phwew off your Conan-esq man titties. My first playtest with a fellow named Philip who put me and a few others up against 4 Cave Lions, best first game ever because I died second, not first, and I threw a torch at the lions which had atleast one catch on fire before they charged us. Thats how I learned combat, reminiscent of Saber teaching Emiya in Fate/Stay Night, intense fast unrelenting scary....it made me rethink my approach, I think it should be mandatory for all newcomers to just be slaughtered like flies a few times, to get that glint out of their fucking eye, make them buckle down for some real Role Playing and not just a Hack n Slash frenzy.

Battles will come my warriors, it will come and it will go, most likely taking your life with it. Whether you fight a wild animal, a Khemetian, a Thulean, or even the ferociously vile Arbi who will surely sink their fangs into your pale scrumptious flesh quicker than you can say TiwaR Guide My Blade. Did I mention the Lore? Shit, the GODS, the Calendar, the Festivals/Holidays/Traditions....its ALL THERE for you to follow and use, or disregard depending on the Depth of the game you'd like. You can even go as far as figuring out your Birthday and patron Deity if you are so inclined(must own Gifts & Curses). If you own Sorcery & Religion/Reflections on European etc etc books you can also use the research from those in the game, its all interconnected into a beautiful tapestry of European Wonder.

Learning about the game is easy since Varg has an entire Playlist dedicated to rules, ideas, lore, and examples of play HERE. In another playlist he discusses European Mythology which can be viewed HERE. Those two playlists alone are inexhaustible resources for the Mindset and Know How to really immerse yourself into Thule. Of course if you don't know much about RPGs or just want to see what its like before throwing down the MASSIVE AMOUNT OF 13 FUCKING DOLLARS YOU CHEAP CUNTS, you can go through his playlist of Actual MyFaRoG Playing.

Now we have come to an end with my little rant about my latest obsession(oh my god!!! He isn't writing about Anime/Manga or GWAR????). It has helped me feel more connected to something larger than the selfish society I grew up in, I feel a resonating hum when I read the books, imagine the peoplee and their daily lives, their customs which were once my ancestors, even just the Calendar which was just one step outside of this haze into a more fulfilling path. Varg's videos are always a huge inspiration as is his music, his family life which he so graciously allows us to view never fails to put a smile on my face. Hearing a man mostly known for shit 20 odd years ago, laughing happily with his family as they pick berries, drive that fucking loud jeep held together by rubber bands and faerie dust, or teach his kids how to be great people is Fresh. While the rest live in the past, Varg looks forward, with his own rules.

From Burzum.org in the Umskiptar


But anyways, my love for MyFaRoG has grown, and I have written up a few Unofficial Documents on how to better immerse yourself in the game, add a few new elements to make a Living Thule, and visualize the surrounding world better. They are for free, download them, use them, whatever. PLAY THE FUCKING GAME! ITS 13 DAMN DOLLARS! DONT BUY CIGARETTES LIKE ONCE AND YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK! You don't even need a printer to make character sheets, HERE is a fillable one in PDF format!!!!! WHAT IS STOPPING YOU FROM PLAYING?

Frost's MyFaRoG Character Creation Guide
Frost's Thoughts On Khemetians and the Arbi
Frost's A Living Thule

Varg's Channel ThuleanPerspective and Website and Burzum's Website
Marie Cachet's Channel and Website
MyFaRoG Website and Facebook Gaming Group (NOT RUN BY VARG)
Related Channels:
Balrogs & Bagginses (MyFaRoG, LOTR, and other stuff too!)
The Myth Masters (MyFaRoG)
God Emperor Leto II (MyFaRoG and other games)
Eshan Hussain (upcoming Myth Master Workshop series)
Fantastic Dimensions (MyFaRoG and other stuff)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Gwar interviews from 2011-2012

When I was trying to get some interviews from Dim Times members of GWAR and from Slaves instead of the Mainline members that everyone goes after, I had an idea to make zines explaining GWAR but then I heard about the Dim Times Documentary that so far has only had a 10 minute promo DVD given out to gain interest....so I just kinda flipped the table all pissed off, I was mad but also happy that there was something official coming out from GWAR which would be far better quality than anything I could cook up, and I couldn't find a few members and was rejected by one of them.

Years went by, I had a small zine but didn't get around to the GWAR issue that I wanted to do, killed the zine and they have just been sitting around collecting dust unfortunately.So to celebrate finally releasing my Reasons To Love GWAR post from the other day, here are the interviews!

BOB GORMAN

1. When was your descent into the world of art and music? Was it in childhood or in Art School?

From my earliest childhood I had always wanted to be an artist or illustrator. That led me naturally to Art school. I went to a redneck High school which I did not care for, so when I heard punk/ alternative music late in high school, I gravitated toward that.


2. I seen a few zine covers on your website, were you drawing alot before GWAR for maybe other bands and fanzines?

I was drawing since I can remember, mostly cartoons and comics, mostly for myself, some for high school plays and such. i was not very focused. Later I drew some stuff for club flyers. that was right before I got involved with Gwar. I worked for a club Maxs' corner cafe. Most of the Zine stuff happened about the time I started getting involved with Gwar. I suddenly got real motivated to do work.


3. It says you came in at 1988, was that before or after HELL-O! was recorded and had their tour for it? And how were you introduced to those jolly fellows?

I first saw Gwar in 1987. I was already pretty disillusioned with art school. I saw wild costumes and punk music and art that I liked better than what was being pushed in art school at the time. "Representational art" was not really in at the time.  I knew Mike Bishop (Beefcake 1) from the punk scene. He was my age as opposed to the other Gwar guys who were 5 to 10 years older than me. He suggested I come by the slave-pit, which was pretty much on campus at the time. I went by one day to help work on props, and Don Drakulich kinda took me under his wing. Hell-O had just come out, but Gwar had never done anything other than light east coast touring at that point.


4. Can you name some differences, advantages and disadvantages of working in GWAR back then and working in it now?

Being young and idealistic made doing Gwar a lot easier. It is romantic in a way to be young, poor, living in a warehouse and doing what you love. As you get older, security starts to matter more, Gwar has been very lucky to have had the resurgence of popularity over the last 6 years, and we have all worked very hard to maintain our business as our career. It just gets harder to run a small grass roots company with no healthcare plan and such things as you reach your 40's.


5. How many roles have you played onstage? Its kinda hard to tell who the hell is in those costumes so I thought I'd ask.

It would be hard to estimate how many roles I have played over the years. I have performed in every Gwar show since summer of 1990. (and a lot before that) I usually play from 2 to 5 characters a show. The muzzle slave, flopsy the cunt faced boy, and Bonesnapper are probably the most recognizable of my stage roles.


6. In GWAR you didn't have much if any of a vocal part in the show, but in X-Cops you had the song and character Zipper Pig(which I saw a badly taped performance of at the last GWAR-B-Que). Have you ever thought of starting your own band or have had one?

I sang for a band for a short time in 1989. That taste of singing made me realize it was not for me. I enjoy being behind the scenes, without all the pressure that being the frontman brings. I sang two songs every x-cops performance as zipperpig and I loved doing it. Being behind a mask is a lot safer way to perform in front of an audience.

7. How long do most props, let say a full costume take to construct and paint(I am not even sure if you use paint, I heard something about pigment? not sure)?

6 weeks to 2 months. It is a very labor intensive process. I could write a whole book about that alone. We tint the rubber itself with a special pigment.

8. What would you consider to be the best time working in GWAR? Favourite album as well?

The early 90's was a golden era. Tour de Scum. The Rag-Na Rock live show and Surf of Sin was especially good in my mind. I thought those were well done and conveyed an understandable story. Recently I really enjoyed the Electile Dysfunction tour, because of Sleazy P. being back, and getting to play Bonesnapper for the whole show.  Favorite album "Scumdogs" and "Beyond Hell"

9. What about your pre-show or even pre-tour rituals? Have any special things you need to do to get ready for shows? or better yet long ass tours. You guys have done that 25 year anniversary tour, how was that?

Pre-show, a giant liquor shot. I call it "talent Juice". Pre-tour, we work on props until the last min. Lately we have tried very hard to choreograph the action scenes so the first several shows don't suck. We always refine the performance as we go, so it just gets tighter. The 25 year tour was good, but we tour all the time so really for me it was just another day at the office.

10. Whats the 411 on that Coffee Table Book? Is it on hold or in progress?

In progress, slow progress. Working with an L.A. company, rrockenterprises on it.

11. You said you became a fulltime writer as well for GWAR, is that for Movies, Comics, Stage Show? And will there ever be any comics from GWAR again?

I'm not sure when I said that. I guess I meant I do that for Slave-Pit as well as all the other things I do. Yes, I have written parts for the live stage show, longform videos and comics. I'm pretty sure the Slave-pit funnies are finished, but Matt Maguire is planning a graphic novel comic type thing on the Gwar mythos.

12. Who were your main influences in drawing comics? And have they changed since you started working with GWAR?

I always loved clean advertising type illustration. Jack Cole, Jack Kirby. I was a big John Byrne fan as a child. Any of the older Mad Magazine illustrators, Jack Davis, Dave Berg, of course Don Martin. Once I started working with Gwar I was introduced to more underground comix type stuff. Weirdo, Greg Irons, Slow Death and that type of stuff I was not familiar with. I now count that as some of my favorite comic art.



JOEY SLUTMAN

Frost:
You've been in the Hardcore scene for a looong time, playing guitar in Judicial Fear from 80-84. How was the Richmond scene at that time?

Joe Annaruma:
I was in Judicial Fear from 1980-1983, that's about how long it lasted. basically, in Norfolk, there was a decent little punk/hardcore scene, a lot of bands came through Norfolk, like 999, Agent Orange, DRI, Battalion of Saints, Bad Brains etc. There wasn't too much going on in the local band scene, Frontline was about it. I got together with a few guys and we bought some cheap equipment at a pawn shop and put together a band. at this point, I had never been to Richmond yet. Judicial fear played some local shows at house parties and a couple of venues like Dominics in Norfolk. a couple of Richmond people came down once and we hung and pretty soon we were going up there, and bringing Richmond bands to Norfolk. White Cross and Honor Roll were some of the first bands from Richmond that we had play with us. They gave us some shows in Richmond. we played with DOA, Minor Threat, AOD, White Cross and others in Richmond. pretty soon the Norfolk crowd was going to Richmond to see all the big hardcore shows like Black Flag, Dead Kennedys and a bunch of the early D.C. stuff. My friends in White Cross were hooking us up with all kinds of shows in Richmond. I sarted hanging out up there on weekends. after Judicial Fear broke up, I moved to Richmond in about late 84 or early 85. So to answer your question, JF was a Norfolk band, and we didn't know too much about Richmond until about 82-83, but once we learned of their scene, there was a lot of exchange taking place. it was a cool time. Richmond and Norfolk had their own style, but the two scenes became close for a while.

Frost:
What was your main influences to get into the hardcore scene and soon enough into a somewhat Metal scene with GWAR? And were you living in the Slave Pit at the Dairy while in JF?

Joe Annaruma:
My influence to get into hardcore was seeing the bands that came through Norfolk, and also listening to hardcore and punk records in the early 80's. We realized that most of these bands really didn't know how to play in the traditional sense. we figured that we could do it too. as I said in q1, I bought a $50 guitar in a pawn shop and my friends Jon Graf, Pork Chop and Jimmy Shaefer started Judicial Fear. At this time, Ray Barbieri (Agnostic Front, Warzone) was living in Norfolk. We had all been in the Navy at one time or another, and most were booted out for one reason or another, thats how we all wound up in Norfolk, because of the navy base down there. ray was in the Navy in the early 80s. Before he went back to NYC, we were jamming and stuff. Judicial fear came out of that. Once ray went back to NYC, agnostic Front was formed. JF played a big show in NewPort news Va. with AF (their 3rd show ever), an earliest version of COC,Death Piggy and Honor Roll from Richmond and the Mob from NYC. Norfolk had a real tight connection with the NYC hardcore scene, about as tight as Richmonds was with DC. mainly because of our connection with Ray (RIP). As far as the metal scene is concerned, i was never a metal head, except before hardcore, I was into sabbath and zeppelin, but who wasn't in the 70s? When I moved to Richmond, Gwar had done their first show, and it was only an off-shoot of a Death Piggy show. I heard that the singer Johnny Slutman quit so I tried to gedt the job. Brockie was kind of a dick to me at first, but after a couple of weeks of me pestering him, they gave me a tape oif the songs and I auditioned with them. I guess they liked it because withing 34 months we were playing halloween night at Rockitz with White Cross in 1985. Gwar did not start out as a metal band, it was a parody of metal, we were making fun of metal, the drug excess, the whole celtic and viking vibe that some early death metal bands were throwing off were amusing to me. thats why I sang in that grotesque cookie monster voice, it was a mocking emulation of the early death metal style. The first Gwar incarnation with me in it consisted of guys from local pun k bands...Death Piggy, Cashmere Jungle Lords, Mudd helmet and the Alternatives. None of us were metal heads. Gwar became a metal band later on in the 90's I guess, more so in the last decade. I guess they just got sucked into their own parody. either way, it kind of makes sense. Look at the Beastie Boys. They did that Polywog Stew ep as a joke, they were doing a rap parody. They were a hardcore band from NYC. But look how influenciial they became in the rap/hiphop scene. but, to get back to your original question, I was never into the metal scene so much, I liked the old 70s stuff, and I still love early Metalica and slayer, but I have always been more into playing in punk or hardcore bands. and Gwar was a punk band when I was in the band in 1985-86

Frost:
Also I read on a forum that there was your version of the Time For Death and Slutman City lyrics, any diehard fan would kill(much human filth!)to read those. Would you ever share those?

Joe Annaruma:
Yeah, I wrote the original lyrics for time for death and slutman city, but once I quit, brockie added his own lyrics with mine, keeping about half my lyrics in the song. But that was a long time ago, and while I was a little pissed off early on that I wasn't given credit on Hell-O for my contribution to the early gwar songs, in the final analysis, I quit, he didn't, and 25 years later Brockie has turned Gwar into a huge cult phenomena and my little blurb hardly counts in the big picture. But I probably wouldn't bring all that out by putting out the lyrics. the original song recordings are in Brockies hands, so I have no way to put the songs out. They are on the same demo as the stuff of mine they used for then there was Gwar. They also have the videos from my shows. I have nothing, and what I did have was lost in Hurricane Katrina. I had a couple of tapes of early practise sessions, but I never bootlegged them or anything like that. I would come off as being vindictive if i did that, and contrary to what people like to put out there concerning how I feel about Brockie or Gwar, I have never felt any malice or anything towards them, this is why I almost always turn down requests for interviews and stuff like that. wow, i am rambling. to answer your question, I will just say that the lyrics I wrote for the original time for death and slutman city aren't any better than the ones Brockie wrote for the final version. If he wants people to hear the old lyrics, he can release the demos that they are on. thats his decision not mine. so no, I have no intention of making the lyrics public. sorry

Frost:
The demo which you were on with GWAR, was that ever distributed before the Compilation CD came out during the War Party tour?

Joe Annaruma:
No, that demo was never used in anyway except as a sountrack on a video they used to get their first tour. The album they put out in 2004, let there be gwar I think its called was the first time it has been used. They were nice enough to send me ONE copy. hahaha

Frost:
You mentioned that everyone was basically a D&D playing pothead of sorts and from what I read from Brockie's memoirs he says that too, did you guys ever play your characters in D&D to see how each would work out before deciding on names and alignments? And do you still roll that d20?

Joe Annaruma:
yeah! we played D&D. that was fun. I had never even heard of the game before I met these guys. But I totally got absorbed into it, I even quit a job because my shift fell on the night of a particularly awesome game. But we never used D&D in connection with GWAR in anyway, not as far as our characters were concerned. we just smoked some weed and played. I will tell you, that first year in Gwar was awesome in many ways. All the guys in the band were really cool guys, Chris Bopes, Greg Ottinger , Delaney, Brockie, all of them were funny and creative people. we all hung out and spent a lot of time making the initial costumes and practising the new songs and skits and stuff. It wasn't a chore. we played d&d as an escape from Gwar. hahahaha, we lived Gwar that first year, at least I felt that I was. I think I was 21 or 22 then, I was in a hardcore band before that, and we only formed Judicial fear because we wanted free beer and to get girls. oh, and be cool. I had no aspirations of being a musician. But these guys were serious, and I learned a lot from that. D&D was just a game we played when we wertn't doing gwar stuff. the two were not connected in anyway, gwar and D&D that is. But that is only my opinion of the first couple of years. after I left, they could have incorporated D&D into Gwar, I have no idea about that. But for me, D&D is part of the fun I had with those guys. I think I have played D&D maybe three times since then. haha

Frost:
Actually have you heard of the bootleg called Pubes In Phallusland which is the video of a performance of Gwar at PB KELLEYS when you were on vocals, I think it was you, its hard to tell with everything since half the time nothing has credits. But its on youtube.

What were punk shows like when you guys played back then though? Was it super insane? I saw some pic you uploaded of you playing and Ian Mackaye was standing by a wall and I was like WTF NO MOSHING? Also thats nuts cool about knowing Ray from Warzone. Did you guys ever get to do like a full on tour on the east coast under Judicial Fear during those years or was it mainly a pretty local thing?

You don't by any chance have contact with Dewey do you? I can't seem to find him anywhere.

Joe Annaruma:
That pubes vid is of johnny slutman. the first show ever. Playing shows back then was nuts of course, it was all new and there were so many cool bands. People weren't moshing because we were the opening act, on a couple of songs, some of our friends were slamming. we only played one other show in Richmond at that time. They were moshing big time when white cross and minor threat were playing. Judicial fear didn't do a tour, we never played outside of Virginia. the only recording we had was a basement cassette recording of a practise. that was lost in Hurricane Katrina too. there is little evidence that Judicial Fear ever existed, aside from some flyers and photos. Ray lived with us in Norfolk. the irony of it all is, when I was in New Orleans, I didn't play music for the whole 10 years I was there, i only promoted it, booking shows and stuff. I booked Warzone with the Business not too long before Ray passed away. I'm glad I was able to see him before he died. especially since it was like 15 years since I saw him. and I have not seen or heard from Dewey in 20 years. I was just in Richmond last weekend and no one else has seen him either. sorry.

Frost:
Oh ok that clears that up then for me. Fucking hurricanes always ruining everything. I saw one of the Gwar flyers for the Floodzone survived in a thread which you posted, so YAY for that. Oh I thought you moved to philly after living in Richmond, maybe you should build a timeline of the events of moving and different bands you were in for me. I'd like to know when things happened like when was Throttle started and when did it turn into Man Is Doomed, and if there were any bands in between. Did you only book shows(holy shit The Business, thats awesome) while in New Orleans? What did you do for a job other than that and were you involved in art stuff after GWAR at all?

Fuck that sucks about Dewey.

Joe Annaruma:
I moved to Philly after Richmond, 9 years later I moved to New Orleans, I went to Kansas City a couple of years later managing a marketing office and 2 years later went back to new orleans. I came back to Philly after Katrina. In New Orleans I managed night clubs, promoted bands at various venues under the name Lucky 13 entertainment. I also worked for two years with Blaine Kern artists building and maintaining parade floats for mardi gras. They sent me to S.Korea once to help build some floats for an amusement park. I drove a float in the orange bowl once and was the sound tech on the texas float during the 2000 presidential inauguration. that was a trip. I did some theatre and a couple of independant films, none of which have seen the light of day. hahaha.
Judicial Fear Norfolk va. 1980-1983
Gwar-Richmond Va., 1985-1986
Throttle- Philadelphia, 1989-1993, 2007-2010
Man is Doomed- Philadelphia 2007-now
Throttle just started when Paul Billbrough (She-Male Encounters) asked me to join him in starting a band. the stuff we did was just wierd. you can hear my hardcore influences, but the drummers (Chuck Treece and later John Doyle) along with the guitarist Paul and the Bass player Tom Donovan (Serial Killers) were super accomplished players, jazz, classical,blues, they just funked it all up. so it was like a jazzcore/metal/funk thing. it was just all over the place. we broke up, and I was working on starting an industrial band but things weren't working so I moved to New Orleans. for some reason, I didn't play music, I thought about it, but I was booking bands for clubs and from experience I learned that if you do both, you start hating music altogether. After katrina, I came back to Philly, and withing 6 months, me and Paul were looking to play again. I started Man is Doomed to play a benefit for New Orleans after katrina. Our first show was on the 2nd anniversary of Katrina, Aug 29. we played a couple of more shows for charity only. Meanwhile, Throttle came back to do a big charity show for a friend fighting cancer. We did a couple of more, it was fun, but we did the last ever throttle show last year and are now concentrating on Man is Doomed. we have a bunch of shows coming up in NYC, Atlantic city and Philly. we are just having fun playing, not expecting anything in the way of getting signed or anything like that. Just playing shows for the fun of it. I am actually going to grad school next spring, so I don't think I'll have time to do more than play a few shows here and there. We do want to record and put out a cd or something though, small pressing for local consumtion.

Frost:
Have you ever tried self publishing those films or were you just acting in them? Did you enjoy doing that or was it not your cup of tea?

Joe Annaruma:
I only acted in them, and the one short that I did was lost in Katrina. I do have about 40 minutes on VHS, how that survived I don't know. I will do somethinbg with it soon I hope. I did a few plays in NOLA too. I liked it of course, but acting isn't something you just go out and do, unless you have a lot of cash to bankroll yourself. It pretty much hangs on who offers you a gig.

Frost:
With Throttle you seemed to deal alot with Freaks in the titles, was that referring to anything in particular like the travelling freakshows, or how society looks at punks/metalheads/anyone who doesn't listen to Jay-Z, or nuclear radiation sickness and such? On New Freaks on the Block it looked like Side Show Freaks. Were they maybe a mascot of sorts or just fun to draw etc etc? And with Man Is Doomed I am guessing its mainly about humanity just fucking up hardcore, but I could be wrong.

Joe Annaruma:
The name Throttle was just something I pulled out of the air. after the first couple of years, I felt like it was a sucky name, but it was our name so... The freaks thing however, was a concious choice. Throttle wasn't a "cool" band, hipsters and douche bags didn't like us, and we were not a band the girls flocked to see. There were always freaky looking misfits coming to our shows. Dudes that looked like pedophiles and wife-beaters. they had a filmy look in their eyes. if you listen to throttle, realize that those songs were from 17-22 years ago. We play them now and people love them, back then, nobody sounded like us. every local paper, and magazines like AP, flipside. Maximum R&R etc gave us awesome press. and labels would ask US for a demo. hahaha, but then they heard the music and that was it. a couple were cool enough to send us personal letters saying that they just didn't know what to do with us, even though they liked us. also, with the freak thing, I believe that if you were able to see what a person looked like on the inside, but morphed into a physical body, most of the beautiful people out there would look like hideous trolls. hahaha

Frost:
Have you ever thought about using sites like Kunaki.com to just press them as CD-Rs with pro printed packaging? These days it seems really fucking hostile towards any bands who aren't well known so you usually have to DIY everything. What are your plans for Man Is Doomed after the CD is out? Maybe a Live DVD or a crazy double coast tour/benefits? Just some more jammin and recording?

Joe Annaruma:
Man is Doomed is the closest to what I have wanted to do musically in a long time. After we record, whenever that may be, we'll see. We do sporadic shows in clusters, but unless we are paid decent money, we won't be doing any westcoast tours. we all have things going on other than music. we are not young men any more, it would be naive of me to believe that middle aged men can just come out with a band and make it. this business doesn't work that way. no matter who you were. Look at Lief garrett. hahahaha we just play because we like to, and we still get a nice crowd in Philly and in Virginia too. A live DVD was something I wanted to do, I have been recording all of our shows recently and after this next group of shows, I may do it. I'm sure we can sell 200 hahahaha.

Frost:
Out of all the music out today, what bands do you find to be interesting enough with their music and maybe even performance? And how have your musical tastes from back in the day to now. What are some old favourites of yours that maybe got you into music in general?

Joe Annaruma:
Bands today? wow, that's a hard one. Honestly Most of the new bands I like are just kids I meet on reverbnation who have bands. There are so many great bands that nobody will ever hear out there. I actually do like a couple of newer bands though, I like God is an Astronaut, they are different. Theres a band from D.C. I like called Mobius Strip, we are playing all these shows with them in Philly, NYC and Atlantic city. I like them a lot, and they are decent dudes too, that's always a plus. Like I said, I was never a huge metal fan, People call Neurosis metal, but I always thought that they transcended that label, that is the kind of metal band I really liked, they were deep. i have always been more into hardcore and goth/punk stuff. I still love Chrome and The Swans, Nick Cave in any form, I even liked Bow wow wow a lot, I thoiught they were cool. And as I have gotten older, I have listened to a lot of jazz and classical, blues, Arabic stuff. Living in New Orleans for 10 years, I was immersed in all kinds of excellent music. and there was a cool punk scene there too. and as far as what got me into playing initially? man all the old HC stuff from cali like Agent Orange, Adolescents, Circle Jerks, Black Flag, kennedys. But also Nina Hagen, Pistols, PIL, X, Siousxi and the banshees, Throbbing Gristle, Minor Threat, Urban Waste and Cause for Alarm from NYC. I was lucky to be around when American hardcore was exploding, when anyone could get a cheap guitar and start a band. thats what I did, and 31 years later, I am still playing punk clubs. I love that. I think I rambled enough.

Frost:
And the last words from the almighty Joey Slutman are!

Joe Annaruma:
It's funny, but since yesterday, i have actually connected with all the old crew from Gwar on FB, collette, jim, Ron, Dave , Chris and Danielle too, they are putting together a doc about the dim times. crazy. it's actually real cool to touch base with these people again. If I was going to say anything else, I would just say that in retrospect, it's amazing to see what Brockie has achieved by sticking to his dream, there are only a few bands that have lasted as long as Gwar, think about it...the Stones, Aerosmith, well, I know there are more, but not too many. It is quite an accomplishment. I am happy to have been a part of it at the beginning. I also know that If I stayed in Gwar, it either would have been something different, or it would have collapsed. Brockie was made for the part of oderous, he's the funniest motherfucker I know. This band, whether you like the music or not, this band will be remembered and talked about 30 years from now, I'm sure of it. To be a part of the history, even a small part is cool.

COLETTE MILLER

Frost:
1. How old were you when you first met up with the GWAR dudes, and who did you meet first?

Colette Miller:
Gwar started when we were living in the milk bottle (dairy warehouse). i was around 19-20. i was dating/living with  brockie  and we both ended up having studios in the milk bottle .

Frost:
2. For those who are too young or missed out back then, what was the main job of GWAR Woman at that time?

Colette Miller:
I made props/ I was a gwarrior, helped attack people with over sized weapons.. I did a cereal commercial in the middle of the set..... " and now a word from our sponsor GWAR' cereal.... . and then the musicians and characters would come up and eat cereal. That was really a  diss on all the junk that is allowed in consumerism and commercialism that is embedded in our society to make the almighty dollar. At the  detriment of our  health  and children's health. I also had a huge diamond I wore that Techno gave me ??, did a bit of back up singing  at a few shows, I think I was the supposedly the  main singer on Americanized  at Shafer's Court show.. which was our first full blown gear show that really turned the corner for the band. I wanted to sing and do more like that, but Dave was the singer by then.. he was the leader and of course hunter starting the original over sized warrior cartoon costumes. I made a giant raid can to kill the chernobyl coach roach. we put a fire extinguisher inside and I sprayed him dead. and he was in reality choking inside his big costume.

Frost:
3. The only video out there is one called Pubes In Phallusland which is an official bootleg(from what I heard)with stuff from the super early days. Have any stories from the early days, any mishaps in costume or messups or troubles other than amplifiers not working?

Colette Miller:
I do not know this bootleg. where can i see it  pubes ??? jeez. i cant show certain people this article anymore .. i wish i had the whole Shafer's Court show. Someone does. If you google 'Gwar 1986 1987 Shafer's Court Youtube' you can see some photos. And some clips from early days by the way.

Frost:
4. Were you also part of the writing process with the rest of the band making up all the jokes and parts of storyline? I remember the story about Hitler's Underpants, what other props did you make?

Colette Miller:
Hitlers underpants wee never used in GWAR. They were used in another band we were in called MILK. Brockie, Jim Thompson , Ron Curry , Tim Harris . I played keyboards and that was a performance/art/music experience band. We in the early days opened up for gwar then would go be gwar . Milk was a lot of fun. In GWAR we had meetings every week or so and would sit around and brainstorm. Actually we were supposed to rehearse during these times but we didn't do much of that. As far as i am concerned, I was the sole female character after Heather Broome left, she played The Temptress. and it wasn't a piece of cake to have my voice heard. it was more of an experience based on the time and era of the moment.

Frost:
5. Why the hell does dave keep calling you Surfer Girl. Is it because of the tan you had?

Colette Miller:
I suppose so. I did live at the beach  a year or so before I came to VCU. I do surf some here.  I was going to study oceanography some but I kept painting at the studios there. And as a kid i was always doing art and it was my favorite thing so I ended up at the best art school in VA. And now I heard it is considered the best  university art school in the USA.

Frost:
6. Oh I know, but weren't the underpants going to be used on Gor Gor at a time? Are there any ways to hear MILK? Bootlegs or Demos or was it total Jam Band?

Colette Miller:
I wanted hitlers underpants worn by gor gor and they would have fit perfectly but everyone boycotted them especially hunter, radical though he is. I wanted them worn at the parade we did in the early days . In which we as gwar walked around richmond dressed as the band. The huge backwards pink swastika on the left leg was too alienating people feared or that it would be taken out of context that GWAR was pro nazi or something. But they were so ridiculous looking i dont see how anyone could have thought that. Milk did record a couple times. I beleive on a 4 track. I am your dad was one song i remember. I did a scale on the keyboard. in milk we would all brainstom before the show to come up with mainly performance art and yes real songs we rehearsed in the freezer that was in the middle of the dairy. The main redeeming quality of the olf freezer was that is was basically sound proof. And quite big.

Frost:
7. GWAR woman seemed to have a really strong image in the comics, I am surprised that you didn't get more vocal time. Wait you mean you guys had the Techno x Gwar Woman marriage ceremony all the way back then?!

Colette Miller:
I was not near as experienced as a 'singer' as dave or some of the other musicians were. Gwar and Milk were my first bands. This was all formative year stuff for gwar also. Figuring out who were the leaders, the characters and who was going to be in the band for the long haul. I believe hunter started the comics based on the scumdog of the universe concept. And I have to refresh my memory why I made a giant diamond ring out of clear hard plastic that I glued in facets, because at the Shafer's Court show(Halloween 1986), I think techno gives me the ring and i remember acting all materialistic and sold out, like diamonds are a girls best friend for a gwar minute but I cant remember the story.. (this is 1986- as far as I can tell, not much rehearsing when on with as far as 'moves' were concerned. I think it was more like -you are cardinal sin and you come out after the airplane crash and you are grab the gwar cereal box after a e i o u and the band will quit playing and come up and you pour the cereal.. etc..

Frost:
8. During those meetings you guys made up the gags and worked on props, how much did you guys rehearse fight scenes and storylines? And how the hell did you guys transport the big Raid can or Cardinal Syn costumes stuff!? That shits HUGE.

Colette Miller:
As far as transporting back and forth from the dairy to the gigs in richmond a couple guys like Musel and Hunter had pick up trucks and vans.

Frost:
9.I read a story about a problem with skinheads in Trenton, New Jersey and how people used to try and steal props when rushing the stage. During the shows you played was the crowd ever a bunch of pricks and break out in fights?

Colette Miller:
I wasnt at the trenton show, that would be Lisa Harrelson, or Danielle Stampe, the females that played gwar girl after I was gone. But when we played a show at our local club 'Rockitz' and one of my last shows with gwar ( we played there a few times) one night I think the crowd was less then friendly. Plus i was personally off that night because Dave and I were broken up yet i still remained in the band and living at the milk bottle but it was definately not a comfortable feeling for me. But that night the crowd was rude and when I did the cereal commercial they were yelling and Dave grabbed the bowl of milk- or it may have been white water- and just took the bowl and poured it on the crowd and i remember looking over and catching his eye for a brief second and given him a thanks.

Frost:
[Link to GWAR section of Shimmy Disc Video Compilation] maybe this is the winter footage you were talking about actually, there is another angle of that footage shown on the BLOODBATH AND BEYOND DVD which came out in like 2008 or something along with footage of them making cardinal syn and stuff.

Colette Miller:
That is some of it at the beginning but, not including the richmond news segment which was real. Bobby Gorman would know where it is also, another facebook friend. He keeps things organized. But I can find out teds last name he shot hours of footage. The early stuff is so hilarious too. So inspired yet raw and undeveloped.

Frost:
My first interview was with Bob Gorman actually for this issue haha. Oh man I would love to check out any footage from those times. I heard something about Don making some movie from all the footage reels he has and something about having over 25 hours of interviews and TV spots. He was around for a while, I wonder if he has any stuff from 86, I am not certain when he came into the whole thing.

Colette Miller:
Don came in around later 86. He lived in the milk bottle too. He replaced the manager known as Sluggo P. Martini, which was the first manager- played by a Michael Moore at PB Kelley's show( that is Heather Broome in that show there by the way) and then a Tim Herman- who was hilarious. He got so wasted one night and was the 'manager' but it just worked. Tim Herman lives in LA.

Frost:
Yeah I saw clips of Sluggo in this one short film Hunter made called GWAR MUST BE DESTROYED which is also on youtube as part of the video compilation called Return of Techno Destructo and you see sluggo talking about something but its Hunter narrating it all and walking through the crowd and you see Mike Bonner in the front and he gets stepped on. Oh ok so that is Heather, do you know who that is with Lisa in the GWAR THEME video with the Shimmy Disc Video Comp?

Colette Miller:
Yes i think that was Lisa in the black bikini. You have read dave brockie version of events on rva news gwar column right? You also have to remember when brockie and i broke up it was pretty bad for a while to be around each other. and i had o get out somehow, really from the whole scene.

Frost:
Oh yeah man I read those things atleast twice over because they are so damn short haha. Was he really as much of a manwhore and bad lay as he keeps saying he is? If its too personal you don't have to answer, I just think its hilarious he keeps repeating it. And yeah I can understand that, I have been in bands before and once something turns sour, shit hits the fan. Alright so lets skip a bit to you being out of GWAR and that whole thing. What were you up to afterwards? Still doing art and the stuff you're doing now with the paintings and travelling?

Colette Miller:
no, he was great. but then i was so inexperienced i wouldnt have known the difference either way. I just thought i loved him and thats all that mattered to me . he WAS a pretty big slut after we broke up and before we went out ,so i heard. hes lucky i guess, girls always liked him- he has charisma.
after gwar--yes, immediately after leaving gwar and richmond behind for ever (so i thought) i travelled with basically zero money to the middle east for an adventure and to clear the brain. this was an amazing ime, hitchhiking, camping working some odd jobs. and still managing to paint. i sold a few paintings out that way. one called crete, which was in a gallery in crete greece,in hania. i ended up through israel and then egypt, where i visited the pyramids one late night and was chased by bedouns with a scythe, runnng under the moonlight over the sphinx paws.
then i landed in NYC and lived in a gallery in lower east side on 13th street- stockwell gallery- where I once again hung hitlesw underpants.
I started the dayglo aborigines, at first a performance art band with music then morphing more into a legit band. we would perform in the early days at abc no rio..
i met vince cat in thompkins square park and he was south african, this took me that way for 2 years, where I continued to paint and have a couple art shows there- one which I sold the show out . i still was developing the dayglo aborigines and came up with the concept of doing a song for every color of the chakras, stating with balck and going up towards the higher consciousness-gold/light ending in a kind of revery/silence. an opposite of a rock concert. after leaving south africa i went back to nyc and still worked on my art/ having a few shows here and there. . stendhal gallery in soho (now in chelsea) i showed with for a bit. i lived in miami beach one year , still painting, then back to nyc where we attempted to make a feature film, which we technically did- called for the longest time- which is pretty good, considering the footage, but it should be re editted. its so slow, but footage from nyc during the early 1990s..we even flew over the world trade center and soho in a cessna, making a video for the dayglos, throwing paper mache bombs out the window.
after nyc i eventually ended up here in LA, where i edit/film with ecnews, whch takes me a lot of interesting places and still paint, and am still woring on music with brucifer- bruce edwards- a fantastic guiatarist who ives in nyc. he just gave me 15 tapes where we will collaborate on, me mostly writing the lyrics and him sculpting out most of the riffs.
Econews.
Also i am working on the beginnings of a doc on native american mystical areas/ lands here in north america. Also, i stayed in tanzania for 3 months and painted a mural for the children at an orphange. And also the water and wells video I showed you.

Frost:
Oh wasn't BLEST before Dayglo Aboriginies? Or was that same time or after that came to life? You went to South Africa and played shows with DA and it sold out? What is the art and music scene like over there?

Colette Miller:
Blest was in a time between /during a dayglo aborigines hiatus., a different line up. dayglo dave was in both bands with me at the time. dayglo aborigines and blest. blest was early 90s before south africa. and no i meant the art show sold out..not dayglos. that was pretty not professional, just inspired. dayglos has always been pretty below the line. never got the word out.. yet... the art and music scene is actually fantastic in cape town. africans are not wimps. and most were really sussed. had a grasp of the world from a removed stand point- out of the bubble that can be the USAs feeling. a vantage point for perspective. i still carry a purse made out of a tire tube with a spark plug decoration that my friend made in cape town.
i love south africa music and the musicians often .white and black/ came together to combine their atitudes, but things have changed and gotten tense in part. its shockingly beautiful/africa that is.

Frost:
I see you have members for pretty much wherever you travel to for Dayglo Aboriginies, do you maybe plan on doing a world tour with session bands in each country of friends? Woah 15 tapes, should we expect maybe a full length coming out anytime soon?

Colette Miller:
Dayglo aborigines h to work with who was avaialble where i was, so the members have been mutable over the years but of late I am working with Bruce Edwards (brucifer) who is a guitarist based in NYC and he and I will collaborate on new stuff. he did perform and write with me in NYC in the late 1990 -when we did the chakra concert i wrote first in cape town, in NYC, lighting the stage in the chakra colors and starting in black and ending in silence and white.

Frost:
When was the movie released and how was it's reception? Was it experimental or a documentary? Do tell do tell.

Colette Miller:
we showed some of the film , for the longest time, at the tribeca film center in NYC . the editing is so slow at this point. it really needs to be re editted. that may be coming. the strong point of the film is we actually shot in NYC in the 1990s and to shoot a film in NYC is really hard and expensive but we did it guerilla style and captured that era in NYC time, so maybe the strength of the film will be documenting that era. its a fictional feature that seems a bit documentarial. starring nathan motley as the lead. i am a supporting lead.

Frost:
Explain your work with Econews, I saw the video about the well water in that village and them needing to complete 13 more wells before rainy season. But shed more light on the whole organization and your participation in it.

Colette Miller:
i work as an editor and cameraman for econews and sometimes a producer/director, as I did with the water /wells short video.
its an environmental documentary video non profit that travels the world and films ecotourist and environmental issues around the world. it has been around since the 1970s and has been nominated for 3 emmys. Nancy Pearlman is the host and executive producer. I started working with her about 5 or 6 years ago. One of my first editting and shooting opportunities was in Tibet. where we really shot with small tourist looking cameras so we wouldnt attract attention from the Chinese .

JIM THOMPSON

1. You were in the Alter Natives in 1986, some sort of Hardcore-Jethro-Punk-Tull sorta thing. What made you choose to join GWAR in 1987? If those dates are even correct.

All of these groups we're coming to life around the same time. death piggy was one of the first richmond, virginia bands i saw when i arrived to richmond in the fall of '84. i was not in the art school but was an undecided major student at VCU eventually becoming an english major. i hung out with all the kids in the art school though. the sculpture dept. had the best parties. brockie was still an undergrad when i came on the scene. one night i followed a crew of new friends for brockie's surprise birthday party. i didn't know him but pummeled him along with others when he arrived at his crib after class one night. death piggy was refreshing because they had the energy of a hardcore band but not the fashion/poseur attitude. it just wasn't so serious rather it was serious about having fun and being silly. the Alter-Natives had no agenda, no particular thing we were going for. we just met each other and started jamming. learning our instruments. of course we thought we needed a singer but it just was easier to stay instrumental. the sax/flute guy-eric ungar-was sculptor student who like us. thus the jethro tull thing. but really it was very unorthodox whatever it was. 'spazz jazz' it was called at one point. we shared the same building-an old dairy-with GWAR. that's how we became GWAR. i don't know why dave chose us really. just seemed natural.

2. You were also in MILK with Colette, Brockie, and Curry, got any stories from those performances or any recordings from it?

I just emailed about MILK recordings. one time we performed underneath a giant tarp.

3. Did you also attend VCU with everyone else or did you meet them a different way?

Should be explained in question #1.

4. You posted up a tour sheet from the 1989 GWAR tour and from reading responses from other GWAR members you guys were trippin on acid or something watching trails as you hit the cymbals. Do tell more about this or anything you can remember from that tour. Since you called it a Peak Experience, you gotta have some awesome stories.
I noticed a distinct lack of NY and NJ in that list, is there another page?

That was the west coast tour. we met kurt cobain, el duce from the mentors, toured with the dwarves, threw jello biafra in the meat grinder. played an insane show in tijuana. incredible!


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Unfortunately Jim stopped responding, probably hella busy with his record label and life in general, so I was happy to atleast get this out of him. I would like to thank Bob, Joe, and Colette for answering back my e-mails and helping with the Information Void that is Early GWAR. It really is a long journey, and you mainly get certain stories only from each person, stuff about bigger productions or a tid bit here and there about something related to 1987-1990 era. I would love to hear more about that stuff, from Death Piggy, to all the wacky side projects or even failed projects that were probably just an idea down on paper from Hunter or Chuck etc etc. 

Luckily Hunter has become far more GWAR friendly, doing interviews, doing his exhibitions as well as his wrestling events as Techno and Scroda Moon, GWAR is still alive and well in various forms. Matt Maguire is working on a book, Gorman is still working on the coffee table book, the 4 issue comic is in Kickstarter Mode right now, Let There Be GWAR the book came out not too long ago although the documentary seems to be at a StandStill for now....there is much to look forward to.