RADIATION SICKNESS (U.S.) Interview by Agathokakological Webzine


by Agathokakological Webzine

By agathokakologicalwebzine

1. Hello and who is this from Radiation Sickness?

A. I am co-founder Doug Palmer I started Radiation Sickness with Ryan Rollins (RIP) in 1987. Ryan  killed himself in 1989 and is still missed till this day.

2. The band formed in 1987 could you please give us a BRIEF  history?

A. Four drunks suffering from depression with nothing better to do. Totally into the cross-over movement and the euro crust punk that was going on. Started a band played a lot, drank a lot, split up in 1993. Got back together in 2010. Having the time of our lifes.

3. Tell us about some shows and gigs you guys did, you where around at the start up of Death Metal-Grind core.

A. We of course we played “A Day of Death” the first ever death fest. Used to play with gods of grind Repulsion. Played with Macabre a lot once in a garage show. Impetigo, Vital Remains you name it.

4. So you just started playing again in 2010 what is the story behind that?

A.  Re-connection with old pals. Sick of the life and lies I was living. Trapped in this fake plastic world by a wife that I have divorced. I got back with friends at first did not want to do it, but I said hell yea lets do this. Two years later have played all over, two releases, one new and the other the early demo tapes, live show and a DVD. Plus real cool things in the works.

5. Radiation Sickness’ lyrics man,  graphic and to the point, what is that story.

A. I write lyrics about the most evil thing of all “Life”. A brief moment in time between birth and death filled with suffering and misery. That is it. I suffer from serious clinic depression and have recovered from addiction over and over. I am not proud of it, but life it is. I have see so many friends, family members die to over dosing, killing yourself, murder. It sticks with you. I wish it could be all butterflys and winning lottery tickets but that is not what it is about. Depression and addictions drivers us. Life is an evil thing.

6. Tell us about recording “Reflections of a Psychotic Past”

A. It was a blast, I was a tad nervous at first recording in the computer era. Last time I recorded was in a 24 track studio. After a few hours in we where having a blast. Friends stopping by hanging out.  It is funny most bands get slower with age. We blasted like fuck on this. You can get this CD from US or  Abyss records.

7. You just re-released all the old demo tapes, “The bounds of Reality” ep and a live DVD called “The Madness Begins 87-90” on Negative Reaction Records can we get a briefing on that.

A. Mark Murray old RS fan and friend where chatting one day and said let’s put this stuff  out. Stuff like “We are all the victim” demo was re-mixed and sounds so much better. The video was proffesional done in Flint, MI. It was our first gig with Repulsion.

8. Who is the line up now?

A. Myself Doug Palmer founding member, Byron Holton Bass, Tom Ball guitar, Mike Herald (OG drummer) played on the new CD but due to family issue’s left on good terms. He was replaced by Kevin Gibson who is a major asset to the band. He is younger very fast and way more driven then Mike was to  play live.

9. In your live shows you seem very pissed off on stage why?

A. Well first of all I am a pissed off person. Life leads us down paths some right some left. I have made great choices in my life but always seem ending up getting fucked. I also suffer from Bi-polar disorder and clinical depression, It shows it’s ugly face when on stage. I let all my anger and intrusive thoughts  out when we play.

10. Closing words thoughts, information on contacting the band or getting merchandise.

A. Thanks for the interview. I am home again in the underground, surrounded by the people I need  to be around. Cheers and miss all my friends lost on this fucked up  journey we have all been  through. 

If you want to reach the band for touring, merch or just to chat go to: https://www.facebook.com/RadiationDoug

To Get “The Madness begins” CD-DVD go to: http://negativereactionrecords.blogspot.com/

To get “Reflections…” and other merchandise (Hoodies, Shirts, thongs, patches) go to: http://www.officialabyssrecords.com/

Interview link: http://agathokakologicalwebzine.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/radiation-sickness-interview/

Radiation Sickness links:

Booking Agent: indycardoug38@yahoo.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RadiationDoug

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/radiationdoug

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Radiation+Sickness

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase RADIATION SICKNESS “Reflections of a Psychotic Past” CD and other RADIATION SICKNESS merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=radiation+sickness


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