Interview with Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste
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Municipal Waste have been thrashing their asses off for 9 years now. A new album is on the way in August, and it's said to be "Massive Aggressive." I had the privilege of talking to frontman Tony Foresta in Lafayette, LA. He had just come back from trying crawfish for the first time, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Buick Mckane: How’s the tour been going so far?
Tony Foresta: It’s awesome. I think we’re halfway through. It’s crazy playing big ass rooms. We did Canada and we played hockey arenas.
Buick: You’ve played some festivals before though.
Tony: Yeah, we played the New England Metal Fest in New England. We did Wacken last year, and this summer we’re doing a lot of festivals in Europe.
Buick: You’re going to play some smaller venues in Europe too, I saw.
Tony: Oh, yeah. We like to play the small places. They’re crazier. Shit gets rowdier. It’s nice and cloudy.
Buick: I prefer small places too. Well, you’ve got a new album called “Massive Aggressive” coming out in August. Is it going to be good ol’ thrash or will it be a little bit different this time?
Tony: It’s definitely going to be thrash. I think we managed to work out the aspects of punk that we like and the aspects of metal that we like and tried to combine them. And we always say that we do that on every album, but on this album we really pulled it off.
Buick: I have the picture disc of “The Art of Partying,” and I enjoy it very much. Do yall like vinyl?
Tony: Me and the guitar player Ryan are complete record nerds. I love records.
Buick: What’s the difference to you between cds and vinyl?
Tony: I don’t know. It sounds better to me.
Buick: Is there any rivalry between the new generation of thrash bands or is it a camaraderie?
Tony: We don’t really play with a lot of new thrash bands. We try to play with bands that don’t sound like us. But the bands we do play with we love. We end up hanging out with them like Toxic Holocaust. Those are our boys. Our band is weird. We don’t really care about rivalries or who’s doing what. We’re just doing to have fun and meet people. That’s all I give a shit about. I don’t care who’s a cool band this week. The bands that we bring on our tour are friends of ours. I love Iron Lung, personally. We know those guys as friends. We’ve played shows with them for years. When we tour with bands, they bring the bands that they want. When we go on tour, we bring our friends’ bands so we can have fun.
Buick: Are yall friends with Lamb of God since you’re from the same city?
Tony: Oh yeah, I stayed on their bus last night. Those are my boys. They look out for us because we’re the smaller Richmond band. Everyone in Richmond takes care of each other.
Buick: How is the metal scene in Richmond?
Tony: There’s so many I can’t even begin to name them. There all doing stuff; putting out records and touring. It’s not just metal bands; any genre of music you can think of, there’s bands.
Buick: Do you have any cool stories from New Orleans when you were there before?
Tony: We played the Dixie Tavern in New Orleans because we heard it was the best place to play like it was legendary. We didn’t even have a show there. We were so drunk when we showed up and said, “We’re playing tonight.” It was around two in the morning. So they stayed open, let us set up and play a show there. I wrestled a dude with one arm in front of the Dixie Tavern later that night. And he kicked my ass! He’s just a badass. He’s my buddy. He sings for Agents of Satan. And they actually did a split with Lamb of God years ago when they were called Burn the Priest.
Buick: Does your band like to party really hard?
Tony: I like to party. We used to party hard, but we got sick of it. We say we don’t party hard anymore, but we’ve gotten pretty crazy on this tour. We hang out. I’m not like a drug addict or anything, I just like to have fun and have a good time and meet people….and get in trouble. Doing this tour I’ve completely lost track of time. Everything’s so fast. All the bands on this tour are friends. When you get to the venue and set up for the show, you’re always into something. And if not, you’re busy setting up something or getting ready to play, playing, and then everyone’s just hanging out again.
Buick: Do you like touring?
Tony: Best job in the world.
Buick: Do you prefer being on tour and having fun or staying home and recording music?
Tony: I like being home better because I have a lot of good friends. It’s fun being home writing songs and going to band practice. We had a long break this winter just to write the new album and that was fun. It’s stressful, but it’s also really fun to create something. We got 13 songs down, recorded it, and now we’ve got an album. Then we’re going to tour for that for two years.
Buick: Do you have any stories about your tattoos?
Tony: I got one in Australia. It’s a chicken wizard. Chicken Wizard is a fast food restaurant in Sydney. And the band Converge, after they saw my tattoo went and found the Chicken Wizard in Sydney.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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