Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Chris: We formed in 2010 after my last band Obliterator broke up. I was looking to do something different and I always loved crossover and hardcore music as well as thrash metal. Rob and I met at a Kreator show earlier in the year and we got along pretty well. We went through two drummers, our first was Nathan Wolff. He went to high school with Rob and didn't live too far from him. His uncle is is Ritchie Ramone, which is bizarre in itself. Anyway, we recorded our awful demo “Blood on the Ice” - which found its way into the hands of Earache Records because I was interning there at the time. I still wish I hadn't done that and hope that someone's using those copies as the kosters they truly are. Then we released the “Mother of the Resistance” EP a few months later and a live album “Live Stupidity” a few months after that. About a year later, we put out “Sucks! The Stupid EP” and Nathan left the band because a) we suck and b) he needed to focus on his career and future. Somewhere between recording “Sucks” I believe we put on our first “Thrash Bash BBQ” show. It's become an annual thing and this year is going to be our fifth and maybe the last one ever – if not for awhile. In 2013 we got our second drummer Roger Padilla after I met him at an Obituary concert I was doing press for. We hit it off and played a few shows and a Thrash Bash with him. In 2014 we recorded most of the album with him, but he had to leave early because of a family emergency. Since then we haven't really had much contact with him, which sucks because he's a really cool dude. We had to finish the album without him by programming drums on two songs, which is why those two tracks sound much different and more clear. The kit we used has seen much better days and that was before we got it. Now, almost two years later we finally have this thing out for your hearing displeasure.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Chris: I would say we're a laid back but hyper-aggressive blend of Carnivore and The Ramones with some cartoon elements thrown in. We also have some of that Dead Kennedy's flair. We were heavily influenced by the above bands as well as D.R.I., Metallica, Megadeth and believe it or not, a lot of old-school rap. If you look at some of the lyrics and listen to the flow you can spot it. For example, “Killer Croc” is lyrically a rap song. We actually covered NWA at our last Thrash Bash. It was a hoot.
Rob: Depending on what song it is, you can hear our different influences come through. For example, the bridge/guitar break of the Greater Evil is very Megadeth-y, even though the rest of the song is very crossover punky. We don't really like to constrain ourselves to any specific genre. We play whatever sounds good to us.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Chris: Why stop at metalheads? Everyone should buy our stuff because it's strange, organic and as DIY as it gets.
Rob: Like I said before, we have so many influences in old school metal that it only makes sense for fans of metal to buy it. If not to listen to at least for a nice cheap frisbie.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Chris: We have the “Blood on The Ice Demo,” the “Mother of the Resistance” EP, “Sucks! The Stupid EP,” a live album called “Live Stupidity” and now our self-titled debut. Looking back on it, it seems like a lot, but we had fun and only want to do more. The reception has been so-so to very bad. A lot of people don't get it and quite frankly, we don't want them to. When we gave the demo to Earache one person threw it in the garbage as soon as it touched his hands – and rightfully so (have you heard it? Do yourself a favor and don't). Another person featured us on a weekly blog post called “So Bad it's Beautiful” and loved our idiocy. Others slammed us, loved us, tried to be nice or just simply didn't know what to say and we can't blame them – we didn't really know what we wanted to do. I think this album will be much better received based on the sound quality alone and the fact that we finally had a real sense of direction of what Zamboni could, should and eventually will sound like.
Rob: When our first demo was released, we posted it on an online forum for underground thrash metal, and it was completely torn apart. We quickly became one of the most hated bands on there, but at the same time people loved our laissez-faire attitude about the whole thing. I think we are just one of those bands that you love or hate, and we are completely fine with it. People who hate us are as big of fans as the people who love us.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Chris: We do but not often do to schedules, drummer issues and not wanting to play out until the album was ready. Lately we've been on a Santa Claus schedule the past few years, which means only playing once a year (usually at our annual Thrash Bash BBQ show). After all the crazy stuff we did with the album and playing to programmed drums last year, we've decided we're just going to keep doing that so that we can play out a lot more. Also the album is finally seeing the light of day so we finally have something we can really push to establish ourselves.
Rob: In the beginning we played live about as well as our first demo, which means awfully. However, I think over the years we have definitely improved. Again, we don't care what we sound like, we just go out there and put on a good show. If people love it, great, if they hate it...well that is great too.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Chris: They need to know that we are an untouchable act because we don't care what anyone thinks of us. How many bands can say “they don't care about anything” and actually back it up? How many bands can you say legitimately don't take themselves seriously at all? We don't go around proclaiming to be the worst band in the world because it sounds “edgy.” We do it because we believe we are and we want to be in the best way possible. We are so intentionally bad, that we want people to boo us. We've pulled people out of the crowd to play drums for us on the spot. Some of them never picked up a drumstick in their life, but we didn't care. Our early material sounds horrible, but that didn't stop us from giving it to Earache. We commit career suicide every night and adore it. We're “The Room” of music. It's so bad you have to endure it just to say you did.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Chris: We want to do more recording and play live a lot more often, be it local shows, small festivals and maybe even a few medium to larger scale shows opening for some bigger acts. We would like to do some small amounts of touring as well. While we love playing shows, we don't want to play local too much because we want that “special attraction” aura. If you play too often, people won't come out to see you very much because they'll feel that you'll be around again in a couple of weeks and you'll kill your drawing ability before you have a real fanbase. The reason people like Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker still sell out arenas is because they're not on every show anymore. They make very limited appearances that count because it's a big deal (as it should be) and it feels like one. That's also why Tool sells out almost immediately whenever they announce live dates.
Rob: We also have some interesting ideas for future releases, and as soon as we get this first album out we want to start working on new material almost immediately, although we may actually go to a studio to record the new stuff.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Chris: You can Check us out on Bandcamp at zamboni.bandcamp.com and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Zamboni666. The album is currently on pre-order on Bandcamp for $3. You'll also be able to pre-order it on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby on March 18th and then on April 15th, the album drops and will be available at all those places. We're playing our album release show at The Meatlocker in Montclair, NJ on
April 13th so if you're in the Tri-State area get the hell over there. We should still have some T-shirts, buttons and patches left over that we'll be selling there too.