interview: wasted space

*Taken from our April 2022 issue: “Lessons in Dissonance”

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A few years back, these guys (or at least two of them) were part of an instrumental experiMETAL band called Squatch! I’m not sure what I was expecting exactly when WASTED SPACE came to be, but what I received was yet another healthy dose of nostalgia. That’s been another recurring theme with this issue it seems. Between SHALLOW TEETH, GUMSHOE, and the almighty WASTED SPACE, I’ve been transported back in time twenty years or so and I couldn’t be happier about it. WASTED SPACE is a reminder of a time when it was OK to like Swedish screamo rockers, BLINDSIDE as well as death metal. The guys still bring forth a lot of dissonance and diminished stuff as per their former project, SQUATCH, but with added catchy clean vocals and sorrowful clean guitars. Their new EP, Never Odd or Even is just a beautiful listen and I can’t wait for you all to hear what I’m talking about!

1. Tell our readers the story of this band. Tell us everything! How did you guys meet? Where did the name come from? How did you arrive at your genre? What bands/artists inspired you to play the music Wasted Space plays?

So coming out of the ashes of a previous band we all were in, the original idea was to make the most violent hardcore music we could and literally call ourselves “Violence”. After having second thoughts and Collins fear that “Violence” sounded like the kind of band that wears cargo shorts, mid-calf socks, and chuck Taylor’s and stands cross armed looking as tough as possible while playing butt rock, we went with a different name. Low and behold Matt came up with Wasted Space which we all agreed was the perfect symbolic name for what we consider the human race. A waste of space. Not that we’re all trying to end the world or anything but we love earth and the environment and we just feel like the human race is kinda ruining the good thing earth has going for itself. As for the musical aspect we all take from different inspirations but we all had the understanding that we wanted to make hardcore music that was fun to listen to and fun to see live. I think we draw a lot of inspiration from bands like the chariot and Dillinger. We’re all about putting our bodies on the line when we perform while also playing our instruments well.

2. How long have you all been playing your respective instruments and how did you get started in the first place playing music?

Collin came out of the womb and was placed immediately on a drum throne. His father was a drummer so naturally he followed suite. Jeremy got his start around age 7 playing blink 182 songs inspired by his older brother who absolutely shredded. A part of why Jeremy can play a mean rhythm is he’s always been that. The rhythm guitarist. Matt’s a little newer to the game but the dude literally screams 24/7. Even in public. His parents are opera singers and it really shows with how dynamic he is with hard vocals and his range.

3. Name your top bands/artists of all-time, regardless of style!

We’re all, all over the place with what we listen to and it’s hard to pick best bands of all time. Just to name a few I think we’d put BTBAM, Pantera, Porcupine Tree, Kaonashi, ETID, Dillinger, Coheed and Cambria, Wu Tang, Motley Crue, Animals as Leaders, Genesis, Rush, just to name a few. Never Metallica though. Absolutely NEVER Metallica.

4. Talk about the new album as much as you can, and tell people what they can expect!

This new EP took a lot out of us (laughs). Collin and Jeremy wanted to spice things up and write something a little more progressive while Matt really enjoyed the current route we were taking. After a couple heated group chat arguments and Jeremy literally not speaking to Matt for 4 days we started writing. It all started with the opening riff of the first song and everything else followed. We wanted something that reflected loss, and especially friends we’ve lost to suicide. Jeremy and Matt both chime in with separate vocal parts conveying how they felt and Matt takes the rains to tell a story of growth and moving through a grieving process with subtle hints at stir craziness brought upon by national lockdowns. While the EP does come to a close and a resolution were brought back to the opening riff, a haunting subtext that life is a constant loop and that you endure the same ups and downs over and over again living the same life for eternity.

5. What was the transition from Squatch to Wasted Space like?

When we transitioned from Squatch to Wasted Space I think we all agreed to simple things up a bit. Not be so experimental. Go back to just good Ole metal. Still be as goofy as possible but go back to metal. Oh and less slap bass. Not that we didn’t want slap bass just didn’t have anyone to slap it.

6. Now that you’ve been around the scene for awhile, talk about the most memorable shows you’ve played, along with your favorite venues!

Honestly we just had a great show at Area 54 next to Amy’s place. Shout out to Jon from Noise Dosage for putting us on it. If you were there to catch our set you saw us take our shirts off, Matt got physical with the crowd, Jer literally walked out on to main street to jam with people passing by oh and he threw his Ibanez RG through the air a few times. Definitely one of the best venues we’ve played but nothing beats Mohawk. We love the absence of light and that sweet smell of dust you get as you walk in. Mohawk 4 Life.

7. Plug your upcoming shows!

Speaking of shows… were playing April 3rd at Stamps with Second Death, May 9th at Soup of Dissent shout out to Sean Reverie another OG of the scene booking awesome shows, May 21st we have a TBA EP Release show, June 11th the 2nd Annual Pigroast shout out to George Borowski for putting us on the bill. Then July 29th – August 6th we have a TBA tour with some homes from Buffalo so stay tubed!

8. Tell us who your favorite underground bands in the local scene are!

As far as our favorite bands in the underground scene go we gotta shout out the homies in:

Inertia

Pale Hell

Perspectives

Shallow Teeth

Prepare For The Mindscan

Anthropic

(Not local but homies) Graysea

9. Plug any relevant links to your online presence. (the simpler the URL, the better)

Easiest way to find all our socials is by checking out our linktree:

https://linktr.ee/WastedSpace

10. Shows seem to be getting “back to normal”, whatever that means. Tell us about the first shows you guys played or attended where you felt as though the pandemic was on the verge of becoming past tense in conversation.

I mean the first show we played back was with soulfly and at that point masks had just been lifted and it was a pretty big show. It was a couple months prior to mask mandates coming back so honestly it felt pretty normal. We haven’t had any gigs yet with any of the mandates or restrictions so it’s felt like we’ve just picked up where we left off honestly.

A few years back, these guys (or at least two of them) were part of an instrumental experiMETAL band called Squatch! I’m not sure what I was expecting exactly when WASTED SPACE came to be, but what I received was yet another healthy dose of nostalgia. That’s been another recurring theme with this issue it seems. Between SHALLOW TEETH, GUMSHOE, and the almighty WASTED SPACE, I’ve been transported back in time twenty years or so and I couldn’t be happier about it. WASTED SPACE is a reminder of a time when it was OK to like Swedish screamo rockers, BLINDSIDE as well as death metal. The guys still bring forth a lot of dissonance and diminished stuff as per their former project, SQUATCH, but with added catchy clean vocals and sorrowful clean guitars. Their new EP, Never Odd or Even is just a beautiful listen and I can’t wait for you all to hear what I’m talking about!

*Taken from our April 2022 issue: “Lessons in Dissonance”

If you’re interested in purchasing physical zines, visit: http://www.linktr.ee/wretchedsound

We never expect anyone to support us monetarily. Just subscribing to our YouTube channel or following us here on WordPress helps. You can find our entire online presence at the link above.

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