By Heath Fenton
VANCOUVER — Local grind busters Zuckuss have been at it for nearly 20 years. They play regular gigs thoughout Vancouver, but space them out with enough months in between for a hefty dose of headliner excitement every time they pop up on a bill. Zuckuss play what they like to call Star Wars inspired pornogrind, and it goes pretty much exactly like it sounds. “Basically we take pornography, Star Wars, and death metal grind, [and] fuse them all together,” drummer Bossck Jass explains. “Conceptually that exists mostly in our artwork and song titles. There are no lyrics. We use vocals purely as a percussive instrument.” With three records under their belt, Titfucked By A Tauntaun (2000), Rancor Rimjob (2004), and Gamorrean Gangbang (2009), you can probably get the jest. Let’s just say that the artwork for each album is pretty much spot on too. It may seem all tongue and cheek, and it is. But make no mistake, when it comes to the music, Zuckuss are as serious as it gets. Jass, guitarists Dungar and Boba Frett, bassist Lord Blader, and vocalist Landin Morpussyin spew out a spastic, chaotic, and brutal brand of metal. Crazy, obscene, and often bizarre samples are trampled under sheer terror vocal sounds and savage musical earthquakes. Their lack of song structures makes it go off like a symphony of car bombs. “We’ve averaged it out that a song that is typically under two minutes long may contain anywhere from 25-30 different riffs with blast beats upon blast beats. Very chunky and heavy,” says Jass. “It takes a lot of hard work to play and learn this music.”
Are there any other metal bands in this town that can lay claim to being around for 20 years? If there are, then I can’t think of any (Annihilator doesn’t count). Zuckuss might just be the oldest band you never heard of. However, they are no slouches. They have been around the greasy metal shop like an old oil rag. They’ve shared the stage with such high profile acts such as Napalm Death, Cryptopsy, Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, and Kataklysm. They are very well versed in the underground and that is where they get their respect from. “We kind of want to be that band that no one knows about. We’re not exactly making a product that is very sellable,” Jass goes on. “Especially with the blatant plagiarism of Star Wars imagery. We don’t pay for any of the samples we use. And we use a shit tonne of them. No record label will ever sign us. The risk would be high to take us on. We have a very limited fan base. So we really don’t fucking care.”
True to form, Zuckuss have an agenda. They are presently in the studio recording their fourth record and plan to release it to coincide with their 20th anniversary on May the 4th. 2017 is also the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. The forthcoming record Zuck My Nock will be the latest installment in Zuckuss’ plan of an end total of nine albums in three trilogy structures that replicate George Lucas’ Star Wars vision.
“We like to have fun. Most death metal to me is ridiculous. They sing about raping corpses and mutilating people. And the guys doing it are so serious about it. Zuckuss is poo poo humour. We’re playing the most brutal, heaviest, fastest, and most complicated death metal possible. But we do it with a shit eating grin on our face. There is no blood and no violence. We don’t promote racism or intolerance. We are happy when we play our music. We’re a bunch of jokers,” Jass proclaims. “But we’re serious about the music. Make the music brutal, but the imagery light hearted.”
Seeing them live is like a harmless prank that becomes serious business right quick. So you best get in on it.
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