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Checking In With Matt From Centralia

Centralia, the hard hitting Trenton, New Jersey metal act has been hard at work over the past couple of months. They're preparing to release a full length album, playing shows around the tri-state area, and trying to put an East Coast tour together. You can keep up to date with the band at their myspace page and their website.

I talked to drummer Matt Cook via email for some metal Q&A.

Fetal Feast: How is life as the Centralia skinsman?

Well I wish I had this big long elaborate and interesting response to give ya! I keep busy trying to book shows for the band and network to find new bands, venues, and promoters to help further our cause. Outside of that it's just a nice, quiet, fun life here in NJ with my girlfriend and my dog. Nothing out of the ordinary I'm sorry to report!

FF: What gear are you currently [ab]using?

Abusing would be the right word!!! God damn....Right now I'm beating the shit outta my Yamaha Stage Customs (ebony pinstripe heads), and I'm slowly destroying all of my Sabian cymbals. I've always had to go with the Sabian because they have seemed to hold up the best through my bashing. Other than that I use DW 4000 double-bass pedal with Iron Cobra beaters, and Pro-Mark 5AN sticks.

FF: How long have you been behind the kit?

I technically got my first kit about 9 years ago, and would just screw around for a few years. Ive been seriously playing with bands for going on about 5 years now. Started off way back with a band called Increate, then moved onto a short run with a band called Black Dahlia (this was before the band The Black Dahlia Murder got popular), and now I've settled in behind the kit for what I hope will be my final and most successful band, Centralia.

FF: Which drummers have you drawn inspiration from? What about other musicians?

Well since, in my stupidity, I decided not to take lessons, I drew a lot of my inspiration and style from bands that I was listening to when I first picked up the sticks. The drummers that have had the biggest impact on me in my career have been Vinnie Paul (pantera), Igor Cavalera (sepultura), Thomas Haake (meshuggah), Gene Hogland (SYL), Raymond Herrera (Fear factory), Virgil Donati (planet X/indp.), and I'm ashamed to say, the band formerly known as Metallica. As far as other musicians go, I don't seem to draw inspiration from them but I certainly do appreciate the talents of people like Chuck Schulinder, Frederik Thordendal, and Devin Townsend.

FF: Centralia is in the midst of putting together a full length album. How far along are you?

Well since we took the summer off we have about six new songs completed and ready to be recorded. We are starting to record a couple of them Nov. 4th. We will probably be releasing one of them via our myspace page (www.myspace.com/centraliaburns). We are looking to complete about eight songs total for release on a new album, and as soon as we name the record, the artwork will begin to be developed and we will also be posting all of that info as well. This new album is going to surprise some people, I can say that for sure!

FF:Could you elaborate on the 'HUGE opportunity' that would 'take you down South' which you spoke of in the last band update?

I can't really go too much into detail about that at this time because we really don't have too many of the details ourselves. I can say that involves a big recording opportunity for us with someone that the metal community knows well!

FF: What bands have you shared the stage with?

In our two and a half years as a band we have shared the stage with NUMEROUS great bands, but the ones that really stick out in my head are Anal Cunt, From a Second Story Window, and our buddies in Mensrea and also Spur.

FF: Is Centralia a full time project, or do you and your bandmates have jobs/careers outside of the metal circle?

Centralia is a full time project in that it is all of our main focus. Joe is actually going on tour for a week in Europe with another band, but all of our main goals are focused around Centralia. Unfortunately we all do have jobs outside or Centralia as it's not making us enough money yet to support ourselves.

FF: What are Centralia's plans for the near future?

Well like I said we will be releasing this full length album sometime in the near future (we dont have a release date yet), and we are just going to keep doing what we do! We have picked up our friend Chuck who is helping us out a lot on our way with show bookings and contacts and we hope to just keep getting bigger shows and extending our fan base. We are trying to put together a bit of an east coast tour which would take us down to Florida with stops on the way and will keep you posted on that! Other than that we are just gonna do our thing, play our metal, drink ourselves stupid, and have a god damn blast doing it!

FF: I appreciate your time. Any last words?

I appreciate your interest in us and hope to see everyone out at the shows and checking out our record when it's released! Thanks a lot man, Keep It Heavy!

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