Chat Pile Releases Surreal “The Mask” Video, Talk Korn Fandom


In July, Oklahoma noise-rock quartet Chat Pile released one of the most harmful albums of the year, like nailbomb to unsuspecting ears. Title God’s country, the nine-track LP sounds like it was born far, far away from any holy place, with songs like “Slaughterhouse” and “Tropical Beaches, Inc.” put elements of Godflesh, the Jesus Lizard and Roots-era Sepultura (Chat Pile covered “Roots Bloody Roots” on the recent nu-metal covers compilation Send the pain below) through a meat grinder, then grill the results with a blowtorch.

Ahead of their upcoming East Coast shows, Chat Pile – aka vocalist Raygun Busch, guitarist Luther Manhole, bassist Stin and drummer Cap’n Ron – have teamed up with Revolver to preview the new music video for “The Mask”. Watch above and below, read our brief chat with Stin about the song, the visual, and his undying love for Korn.

THIS BE REVOLVER, WE NEED TO ASK ABOUT NU-METAL FIRST. IS KORN ACTUALLY YOUR FAVORITE BAND?
STIN
Korn are one of my favorite bands of all time, but to clarify, I’m the only member of Chat Pile who feels that way. Pound for pound, this is probably the band I’ve wasted the most time thinking about and probably the band I’ve spent the most money on.

PROVE YOUR FANDOM.
This question reminds me of when I wore a Morbid Angel shirt to an Eyehategod show and the merchandising guy challenged me to name my three favorite Morbid Angel songs. Here, I’m trying to donate money to the band, and the guy working the booth, a grown man, couldn’t help but question me, another grown man, about my credibility in metal. Did you know that the back cover of Take as needed for pain still has a racial epithet on it, and it’s written in comic sans?

Anyway, I once shook hands with Big Jay Oakerson at two in the morning inside a pay-to-play McDonalds outside of Wichita. He had opened for their Korn III: Remember Who You Are theater tour and we both stopped to use the bathroom on the way home from the show.

HOW DID KORN INFLUENCE CHAT PILE?
Well, again, I have to repeat that I’m really the only “Korn Nut” in the band, but that said, we try to weave in big, simple, open riffs with lots of groove behind them. We also have a fondness for traditional song structures, but it’s more of a general “alt rock” thing that can’t be attributed exclusively to Korn. We play in Korn tuning, and I use a lot of high end in my bass sound, for what it’s worth.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE KORN SONG?
“Clown” is Korn’s best song in my opinion, but it’s hard to pick just one. I would put “Need to”, “Fake”, “Chi”, “Beg for Me”, “Here to Stay” and “Blame” on the list.

YOU ONCE TWEETED THAT PILE CHAT WAS NOT INFLUENCED BY NU-METAL; CHAT PILE WAS INFLUENCED BY KORN, AND THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. BUT YOU WERE ACTUALLY INFLUENCED BY OTHER NU-METAL BAND, HAVE YOU?
Not really. Most nu-metal is completely unlistenable, especially anything made after 1999. The early Ross Robinson era had some undeniable hits like Slipknot’s first two albums, Roots and a few others. The Deftones have obviously aged very well and are one of Luther Manhole’s favorite bands, so I’m sure a lot of them find themselves in the mound of Chat Pile influences.

THE SONIC GAP BETWEEN KORN AND GODFLESH AND THE JESUS ​​LIZARD IS NOT AS BIG AS SOME LIKE TO THINK, IS IT?
Gen Xers who lived during this time would probably say there are big differences, but they all share similarities and all come from the same cultural stew of heavy music as far as I’m concerned. The main thing the three bands have in common is an overwhelming reliance on rhythm, non-traditional vocals and very dark lyrical themes. The guitar and bass sound on Korn’s first record is so similar to the guitar and bass sound on [Godflesh’s] Garbage collector I can’t help but think there might have been some intentionality on Korn’s part.

TELL US ABOUT THE SONG “THE MASK”. THE LYRICS ARE PRETTY.
We have a really good friend who wrote a book loosely inspired by the Roger Dale Stafford killing spree in Oklahoma in the late 70s. Raygun based the song on the book, so it’s kind of a “picture in a picture” about the events that took place. It’s definitely one of the darkest songs on the album.

WHO MADE THE MUSIC VIDEO. HOW IS IT RELATED – OR NOT RELATED – TO THE SONG?
The video was directed by Jaun Vargas, and the concepts and visuals are entirely his. The video doesn’t relate to the song at all by design – the idea being to take a more ethereal and abstract approach to the visuals. Believe me, we’ll never make a literal music video and you’ll never see our fools dancing in it either!

WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT FROM YOUR NEXT SHOWS?
We’ve installed D-Box cinema seats in each room that sway to the beat of the music and spray Pabst Blue Ribbon scented mist on your face. So even if you’re sitting at the very back of the stadium, you’ll feel like you’re in the front row! The experience has been rated “Certifiably Bedbug Free” three years in a row by the Oklahoma State Fair Commission.

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