It was way back in April that Aussie hardcore party favourites Deez Nuts released their fifth album Binge and Purgatory to a deservedly great reception. Heavier, darker with more groove and breakdowns than previous albums, Deez Nuts continue to blur those lines between hip-hop, hardcore and metal to create a unique vibe enjoyed by many around the globe, including it seems the 1000 capacity crowd in the Camden Electric Ballroom, London, UK on November 5th, where Deez Nuts appeared as the penultimate band on this year's Impericon Never Say Die! Tour covering the UK and Europe throughout November, alongside Emmure, Chelsea Grin, Sworn In, Kublai Khan, Polaris and Lorna Shore. I was invited onto the bus to chat with frontman JJ Peters before the show, where we discussed the new album, tour and more!
Welcome back to London. When was the last time you were out here? JJ Peters: We didn't come on the Summer festival run, so last time we were here was back in March alongside Venom Prison and as support to Suicide Silence. We always have a great time in London, we have a long history playing here, usually we are playing (smaller) venues like The Underworld which is more familiar to our genre, but for a big package tour we get to play venues like this.
Watch the band's video for their song "Binge / Purgatory" right here.
Do you enjoy playing these bigger shows or the smaller shows? JJ: I honestly like both for different reasons, you can’t compare the energy of being face-to-face with people in a crowded, sweaty packed room, which feels amazing, too being on a big stage with a room full of people singing along, which also feels amazing but for polar opposite reasons. I take the best from both.
How did this tour come about? Do you know or have you played with any of the other bands on this tour? JJ: We did the Never Say Die! Tour six years ago with Emmure and have a long history with Avocado Booking and Impericon so that's why we got put up on it, we saw the line up and are always down to meet new people and play to a different crowd. We're obviously the least metal-sounding band on the bill, but that’s the only way you can play to new people and hopefully make some new fans. As for the smaller bands on the bill, we hadn’t met or played with any of them previously but we are all getting along like a house on fire and it’s very cool.
How would you describe the sound of Deez Nuts to someone who’s never heard you guys? JJ: We’d always just call ourselves a hardcore band. We are all grown up now but we are still hardcore kids at heart, that’s how we all know each other and how we met each other originally, got into the music and got into touring. It's always how we’d identify ourselves. But we do have a bit of a different musical vibe and aesthetic than other Hardcore bands. We’re just Deez Nuts. We’re our own thing.
Most people may know you off the commercial success of your previous albums, in particular 2015’s Word Is Bond, but you have a new album out Binge and Purgatory. Tell us a little about it. JJ: Well, it's a little bit more introspective, there’s been a lot more pro-party songs on the other albums than this one. When I was writing about partying I was writing about my personal experiences and not necessarily encouraging it. Whereas this album, once again i’m not telling people not to do that shit, but telling them about the downsides I experienced from doing that. When I write, I always want it to be from an honest place and at that point in time I was feeling the effects of that lifestyle so I wanted to discuss that a little bit.
Would you therefore say it’s a more serious record than previous albums? JJ: It is... All our albums are serious, 'cos I take partying and brotherhood seriously, but this is a little darker which always feels little more serious.
Like previous albums, you have continued the the theme of guest appearances by including Scott Vogel (Terror) on the track "Antidote" and Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) on "Lessons Learned". How did that come about? JJ: Very organically. We only ever feature guest spots from people who are our actual friends. I always think its a little bit corny to reach out to somebody you don’t know and say “hey get on board” as that doesn’t translate as being honest, so we generally write a song and then if that song sound’s like it would work well for them on it, then we reach out to them and that’s what we did. One of the parts on the album was way too heavy for me to really know what to do with, 'cos I don’t really have a very heavy vocal range, mine shits a little bit more rappy, so when I heard it, I was like Jasta would kill this part so we reached out to him and he wanted to do it. We sent it to him and got it back. So very organically…
Check the "Discord" music video when you got some time... or now.
Tell me about the writing and recording process on this record. JJ: We collaborated again with our friend Andrew Neufeld from Comeback Kid as a producer. We wrote for a month in New York and then we went into a studio (The Brick Hit House) just outside of Boston in a small town called Cape Cod and recorded there, which is the same formula we’ve used on the last 3 albums. We all work best under pressure and I myself am like a great procrastinator, so If I don’t have a deadline it just won’t get done, i’ll keep just being indecisive and second guessing and shit, so I always request from the label that we have a deadline of when they want a copy of the album finished and ready to go to print. Whenever they set that in place, then we give ourselves exactly one month to write it and one month to record it, that way we make it happen. We don’t leave the studio for a month writing, then we drive up the road and don’t leave the studio for a month recording, and then the product is the product.
Have you got a favourite song on the album? JJ: I have a particular favourite ("Carried By Six") which is one of the shorter songs off the album. It runs for under a minute I think, but it was a curveball of a song and I didn’t really know what to do with it vocally because doing vocal patterns is difficult for me, and then when I finally worked it out, I surprised myself because I didn’t think I could come up with something like that. I thought it was clever at least and I still really love hearing it and I enjoy playing it every night. So, even though it's probably not the most technical song on the album, or one of the standouts for fans even, for me personally, every time I hear it I get a little bit of a thrill from it.
What’s in store for Deez Nuts going forward? JJ: After we wrap this up, we got an Australian Tour in January 2018. Then we’ll be doing Europe again in March and then we’ll hopefully be going to South America and possibly South East Asia. Then we’ll have festivals in the Summer back in Europe and the UK. There’s always things in the works!