of all, briefly introduce your band to our readers.
Qnz (vocals, beats): TS comprises 4 members:
Messer and Taschenmesser on the guitars, Milfhunter Phil
Pedo for live vocal support, and me. I'm responsible for
the vocals and beats. Our music could be bes t described
as a fusion of Gabberbeats, Gore- and Grindcorevocals,
plus Heavy'n Hardcore guitars. Sounds funny, doesn't it?
Tell us something about the band's history. The idea
to form Tourette Syndrom and play gabbergrind was born
in 2002, wasn't it?
Qnz: Actually, the idea was born in 1993 when the
first Hardcore Techno stuff entered my private
collection. Unfortunately, I didn't have the money for
appropriate equipment and, of course, not the slightest
idea how to combine my grindstyle with the Gabber. I
started my first digital-noise-grind-project in 1994, so
I was not a complete stranger in this terrain (a project
called "Vermaledeites Otterngezücht" on an AMIGA500 PC.)
Anyway, this could have been labeled as speedcore as
well. The whole thing was as bad as music can be...
While most (gore)grind acts use incredible fast drums,
the beats you use are often very smashing but not fast.
Why did you decide to be this stubborn?
Qnz: Listen to "The Berzerker" and you get the
answer -- just speedcore, without any groove at all. I
don't like it, this kind of music sounds boring to me. I
like the more groovy mid-temo beats, the ones between
130 and 200 bpm. Sometimes, when the muse refuses to
kiss me, I turn them to 1000 bpm, though.
Do you think you started a revolution with your
gabbergrind? I mean, do you think more bands will follow
making it or not?
Qnz: We´re not the first band to come up with
such an idea. Nevetheless, I think we've contributed an
intersting piece of music to this scene. We have a good
sound and varying song structures, which makes us stand
out from the rest of the crowd to some extend.I've
collected more than 100 digital grind bands until today,
and none of them sounds like we do. Most bands are one-man-projects
and they pretty much all sound like Libido Airbag or
S.M.E.S. By the way, no one (except for us, of course)
has ever started a fight against stolen Morbid Angel
riffs, of which some people constantly claim they had
written them themselves. Anyway, we'll never go berserk
for that (hahahaha ;-)) I like Berzerker´s
gabberproductions, but I don't like deathmetal-speedcore
The use of industrial elements in death/grind is not
a new thing. In my review, I mentioned bands like
Headcrash, NWC666 and The Berzerker. Are you influenced
by them? And what are your other influences?
Qnz: For many years, the NWC666/LibidoAirbag/Gut
people have been good friends of mine, but I've been
more influenced by some split scenes of Gabber, Grind
and Metal. As for the beats, I can list Oldschool Gabber
and Speedcore from Germany's Kotzaak Recs. or NY´s
Industrial Strength Recs. OK, I have to admit that I
sometimes refer to to the Dutch scene as well. As for
the vocals, I've been influenced by Anal Cunt, Gut (who
hasn't been???), FearOfGod (CH) and many others from the
Crustgrind-scene. Our guitarists take inspirations from
all kinds of new and old Hardcore and Metal.
Talking about the vocals: you decided to use screams
and pitch shifter vocals. Why use a combination of them?
I think your music should sound way more brutal when you
only use the gore blubber vocals...
Qnz: Most screams are pitch-shifted, too. I use
more than 10 diffrent vocal distortions. In my opinion,
one-dimensional vocals are exclusively
US-Brutal-Death-Metal. I didn´t want to do a brutal
album, I preferred the AnalCunt comedy type of thing.
Your debut album Gabbergrind recieved a nice review
of our zine, but what do you think of that album
yourself? And how do the others react on it?
Qnz: Our labelman Besen (www.apathic-view.de)
sent the CD to many different magazines. Among them was
the German RockHard, for example. We got the "Assbomb of
the month" (9 of 100 Points). You've given us 83 of 100
possible points.Funny, isn´t it ? Basically, there are
always just very good or very bad reviews.
Unfortunately, the CD includes old stuff, because we
needed 2 years to finish all songs (including recording
and mixing). I'm eager to do new stuff, but all of us
got jobs and hardly have any time at all at the moment.
I have seen there is a gig section on your homepage.
I am really curious how your band sounds live, and the
show. Can you give me a small impression on this?
Qnz: We all like playing live because we like
good partys. We always wear funny masks on stage,so if
you come to a show as a visitor, you can see that we are
really having fun. Messer has got a bunny costume, and
Taschenmesser wears a self-made one, which is similar to
Slipknot's masks. Phil-Pedo always changes his costume
and we never know what´s comin´ next. I wear an
authentic, used butcher costume and a grotesque mask
with dildos on the left and right. See the pics on
And how is the audience at gigs of Tourette Syndrom?
I mean, the music isn't really an invitation for
headbanging or moshing if you ask me, but I might be
Qnz: Yeah, our audience comes from different
backgrounds: the Metalheads stand around with angry
faces, the Gabbers gabber around, the freaks and
grinders slam around. Sometimes, when all have lost
their last sense of moral, we and the crowd pile up on
stage to freak out completely.Just like the Noisecore
scene back in 1990. Some T.S. fans will wear funny
costumes, too. All in all, it's always a great party.
Have you ever seen a narrow-minded Blackmetaler, who
must listen to Gabberbeats for half an hour???
I have read on your page that there will be a live cd
out with some cool extra's. What can we expect of that?
Qnz: Yes, NotLikeMost Recs. (Russia) asked us to
release something, but we´ve got nothing new. They
wanted to release some live recordings which should have
been only for the Russian market. I'm a little sad that
things haven't turned out well yet, because a release
would have included a "best of" of all my old projects,
like Aas (Grind´n´Roll) , Vermalledeites Otterngezücht
(digital Pignoise), Dollbohrer (Gabbergrind, first steps
of T.S.) and some others.
What else can we expect of Tourette Syndrom in the
Qnz: Only recently, we released 2 songs for the
"Cyber Gore Grind Compilation" on Alarma Recs. (Mexico)
and as for the next full length CD, I can say that it
will contain more Breakbeat, Triphop, some Raggae Dubs,
and, of course, a lot of groovy Gabber. Also, we have
planned to include a variety of vocals and to increase
our guitar sound.
Well, the interview ends here. Thanks a lot for your
time answering it. And, as always on this zine, the
final words are for the band.
Qnz: Thanks for your interest in our band. If
someone wants buy the "Gabbergrind" CD (10 € Germany /
12 € Europe / 14 € World) or Tourette Syndrom shirts,
just get into contact: firstname.lastname@example.org If
you have no money, just search Soulseek for MP3s, spread
our sickness around, and have fun. If you already have a
T.S.-CD, run some copies for your friends and keep the
underground alive !!!
Interview by: Gerardo (July 2005)