Whether chopping a riff into pieces, reversing it, cutting it short, or messing with the tempo, Car Bomb? unique style of forward-thinking metal is the product of dissecting ideas and beating them to death. The result is equivalent to a jet engine propelling gravel into your skull. Car Bomb combines the polyrhythmic and mathematical madness of Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape Plan with the rage and energetic fury of Coalesce and Converge. Though their songs are musically challenging, Car Bomb refuses to dilute their ruthless execution. Their intent is to assault the listener in any and every way possible - compositionally, sonically, and lyrically.
Car Bomb's habit of systematically abusing ideas also dominates its member's professions/hobbies of computer programming, graphic design, astronomy, and quantum physics. "In order to excel in these fields, you have to be a control freak and an obsessive compulsive," Greg states. "These personality traits create struggle and chaos in the writing process, which drives the conception of a song. We wind up with ideas that we'd never think of." Meticulous dissection also finds its way into Car Bomb's lyrical themes. When asked about lyrics, Mike explains , "Its about analyzing and picking at the things about yourself repeatedly to the point where theres nothing left. You wind up destroying who you are."
The inception of Car Bomb started as early as the year 2000, when two bands, Neck and Spooge, shared the same rehearsal space underneath a butcher shop in Rockville Center, New York. Jon recalls, "We called it the Dungeon. It was a hot and muggy cement basement with no windows. Basically, a hole in the earth created for slaughtering animals...but metal bands got to jam down there, go figure!!" The two bands found themselves frequenting the other's rehearsals and developed a mutual respect for their music.
Greg and Mike wanted Neck to break out of the conventional and over saturated hardcore scene by being different. Greg recollects, "We all really dug what Faith No More did, so we tried to emulate that, except heavier and more progressive." With three releases on various labels and five years of shows up and down the east coast, Neck had established themselves as one of Long Island's most unique and brutal acts. On the other side of the Dungeon, bassist Jon and drummer Elliot were a part of Spooge, a more technical and stylistic band.
Influences of Zappa and early Mr. Bungle can be heard throughout their complex and at most times hilarious epics. Despite the fact that both bands had broken out of the traditional molds of metal and hardcore, the need to play heavier and more complex music drove Jon to seek out other musicians. In 2002, he recruited Greg to play in a project that would develop into Car Bomb. Jam sessions commenced and would continue for eighteen months with various lineup changes. Mike and Elliot were eventually added to the group and rounded out the final line up.
In early 2004, Car Bomb's first recording began in the house that Greg and Jon currently occupy. With this recording completed, Car Bomb focused on getting their music out to as many people as possible. Their tireless efforts saw them handing out thousands of promotional demos at hundreds of shows in the greater New York City area and the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Fest. The band? self-sufficiency also saw them compiling a three-song sampler that they would mail out to labels and magazines world-wide. The sampler was met with favorable reviews, being described by long-standing metal magazine, Metal Maniacs as "Technologically-advance Godzilla-like abacus laying waste to everything in site; post-apocalyptic, industrialized chaos in it path, swarms of rabid calculator-creatures swarming all survivors; this ain't some indie-rock pocket-protector-core reiterating blues scales too fast. Supreme tech-metal explosiveness comes to life with this NYC outfit"
In 2006, Car Bomb began work on their first new material since the release of their self-titled demo. Blistering tracks M^6 and Pieces of You came together effortlessly and laid the groundwork for what will be the band's first full-length record, Centralia. The band's confidence in the track M^6 lead them to approach a good friend and director Jeremy Jackson (UNEARTH, CANNIBAL CORPSE, AS I LAY DYING, BRIAN POSEHN) to shoot their first-ever music video on location in New York City along with the Filmcore crew in the late summer of 2006. Car Bomb also made plans to release M^6?and Pieces of You on a split 7" with New Jersey's Burnt By The Sun through Relapse Records.
Through the 7" dealings, Relapse caught a glimpse of what would be Centralia's vicious blast of wildly technical and progressive modern metal and signed the band in the Fall of 2006. Centralia will now become the band's Relapse debut, set for a February 6th, 2007 North American release date (February 12th internationally) and is a disorienting, exhaustive statement of intent and embodies the very essence of 21st century musical extremity and dexterity. The split 7" with Burnt By The Sun will be released shortly thereafter.
CAR BOMB is:
Michael Dafferner: vocals
Elliot Hoffman: drums
Greg Kubacki: guitars
Jon Modell: bass
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