all things old school: INFERNAL DIATRIBE - Admission Of Guilt

Monday, March 28, 2016

INFERNAL DIATRIBE - Admission Of Guilt

Location: New Hampshire, US
Release: Pine Hill Records, 2016

Last weekend, looking through my CD stash after some fast music I ended up picking Graves from THE NASTY, it's been years I didnt listen to it. Got my copy directly with Johnnie Limit through myspace and the whole catalog available at the time of his label (Arrest Records) back in 2009.

Listened the record twice in a roll, I didn't remeber it was that good, so I went to look up about the band's current status and couldn't find anything. Then I did some research which led me to Valentino Valpa, the only remaining original member. Turns out they recently changed the bands name to INFERNAL DIATRIBE and the release show of the first LP happened last weekend!

For better understanding I asked Tino Valpa some questions about this transition and other related stuff: 

1- To make a fresh start you buried The Nasty and moved on with a new name. Did the belgium band (with the same name) influenced your decision in any degree? It did originally, yes. Because a few labels that were considering putting out Admission Of Guilt did not want to run the risk of any confusion between the two bands. In the long run for many other reason I am very happy we made the decision to the change the name.

2- Infernal Diatribe has a classic powerviolence/fastcore feel but with your own thing going. How would you describe its music and whats the message behind lyrics? Musically: It’s pure aggression and hardcore punk influence from a lowdown, grim perspective. I’ve never tuned my guitar to B-standard before. I’ve always tuned to E-standard. I absolutely fell in love with this new tuning and the songs started belting out quickly. I think I finished writing the whole album in under 2 weeks, just working on a little bit each day. It’s hard to describe the whole record in one subgenre. Looking at it from an outside viewpoint I’m hearing influences of Cro-Mags, Dropdead, Disfear, even Black Flag. Which are all bands I like a lot, so I guess it makes sense.

Lyrically: I only wrote the lyrics to “Admission Of Guilt.” The rest of the lyrics were written by the original Nasty singer Tim Rummo, who actually recorded vocals on this album but left the band abruptly before recording our music videos or playing any shows. His vocals can be found on the physical copies of the LP and CD. His lyrical style has remained consistent over the years. Dark, pessimistic, anti-religious, hatred towards…everything. I’m down with it, he’s a very talented lyricist. We are not considering him part of the original ID lineup. Cam Garnett, who retracked all the vocals, is in the music videos and all the ID audio you’re hearing online is now our singer and should be considered the original ID vocalist. I’m excited to work with him, he has killer energy on stage and no one has been more true to our local hardcore scene for the past almost decade.

3- What can you say about your other bands? in the solo project you recorded all instruments, do you play live with it? The latest album sounds like a mix of 7 Seconds and Dead Kennedys, am I tripping? It seems you took all the aggressivesness left on Tino Valpa and injected on Infernal Diatribe. My solo project is currently my least involved endeavor. I did a 7” in 2010, 7” in 2011, and full-length CD in 2014. The early stuff is straight oldschool hardcore. The latest CD has more to it, and I take your description of it as a compliment because I love both 7S and DK very much. This project does play live, but maybe only 1-3 times per year.

The main thing I’m busy with is The Cryptics. This is the band that takes up most of my time and where I put most of my energy into. It’s nowhere near the sound of ID, or even the solo material. It’s punk, but definitely on the melodic side. I like everything, not just hardcore. The Cryptics have toured with Dead Kennedys, Angry Samoans, and just got back from a tour recently with Guttermouth. That band keeps me very busy but when I’m not doing that, Infernal Diatribe is definitely my next priority. No matter what type of music you play, there is absolutely nothing like playing in a hardcore punk band. I will never abandon heavy music. It’s also my only opportunity to play drums so that’s a huge plus.

4- Name 5 albums released in 2015/16 you've been listening the most: Peter Hook & The Light – So This Is Permanence? [The Complete Works of Joy Division Live]

That’s it for that time frame.

5- As a dweller, how's life in the City of Dover, NH? and how do you feel about today's hardcore punk local scene? I will always prefer the way this city was in the 1990’s but I will say I’m still very content living here. It’s always nice to come back here to my true home after a long tour. We have a small but tight scene locally. The faces change like crazy over the years, but a few solid people have stuck around. One major issue in our town which I see happening all over the US on the road is that there are now 10 different fucking punk scenes in each city.

In Dover alone there’s a “scene” of strictly hardcore kids, crust punks, skinheads, punks, etc. and everything is split up to the max. If everyone just dropped their stupid clique for the greater good of the scene, each show would be fucking packed. But no, we’ve got to keep it as subdivided as possible. It’s the silliest shit on the planet. I don’t give a fuck what useless clique is presenting the show, if it’s good I will go see it. We all share a common interest in some form of punk rock and that’s the bottom line. Friends that were in bands in the 80’s always tell me “back then, you were either punk or you weren’t punk.” There were no further subdivisions and separates scenes. I wish people were as open-minded as people were back then. 

6- Thanks for everything Tino! Feel free to write anything: recipes, advices, shouts, you choose: Thanks for being into our music. Glad you found us from so far away. Infernal Diatribe begins our US tour May 7th through 31st, more tour plans to follow 2016. Keep an eye out!

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