Now what does 'independence' truly mean? Is it a state of mind? Is it a word 'free-loving' people use when they don't want to kowtow to 'the man'? It is a Goldfish names Clive? Or is it something to do with my great mate, The Impaler. What? You don't know who the Impaler is? No. No. No. I can't have that. I can't have that at all. Here, check out an interview we had only the other day, whilst defining the meaning of existence with some matchsticks and a boiled egg.
1) In your own words, The Impaler, how would you describe your website, www.TheImpalerSpeaks.com? Independent. I like to think that I provide a unique perspective on music and film and other forms of art. The Impaler Speaks is essentially a one-man fanzine. It’s just me. There are no ads, nothing to generate revenue. There is no revenue! I cover things that I like, and that’s it. I chose to host the site on Tumblr because it is free and has a built-in social network of its own, but I see The Impaler Speaks as more of a website than a blog.
- When I review something, my goal is to be informative first and foremost. If I am going to give a ‘bad’ review, it is going to be based in constructive criticism – unless it is blatantly hateful (racist, sexist, homophobic, and so on). Who am I to tell a band, for example, that they suck just because I don’t ‘get’ what they’re doing? That may be my opinion, sure, but I don’t need to share that opinion with them or their moms.
- I have other outlets for ‘bad’ reviews, which I’ll discuss momentarily. Again, The Impaler Speaks is about support for local artists – no matter where ‘local’ is for you.
- I was getting traction with my photos on websites for bands that I love and support, such as King’s X, DeCeMBeR, Stampin’ Ground, and Zoinks!, and for labels that I support, such as Metal Blade, Earache, and Blackfish. I also provided photos for record sleeves by bands like Fall Silent, provided (without pay) photos of bands like DeCeMBeR to mainstream magazines like Alternative Press and a few other biggies, and was writing band bios for press kits at a rapid pace.
- I met an Englishman living in South Wales who had just completed the first issue of a one-man fanzine that he called Mass Movement. It was, I think, 8 sheets of A1 paper folded in half to make a 16-page zine – all written and drawn by hand and with true cut-n-paste technology… scissors and a glue stick! It was awesome. I had to be a part of that. For issue 2, I was able to contact Brian Brannon from JFA for an interview. That was our cover story. That interview is archived at The Impaler Speaks and a follow-up conducted in 2012 is in Mass Movement 33, our current issue. We moved from photocopies to professionally printed magazines that were sold in Tower Records and Borders stores along with all kinds of indie places to an all-digital format with totally free PDF downloads, which is where Mass Movement is today. We’re a collective. We have guys who are legends in the underground – George Tabb, Ian Glasper, Mark Freebase, Martijn Welzen – and each of us has our own opinions, our own voices. It works.
He gets paid. But he’s an artist. His records are earth-shattering, life-changing affairs – and his concerts are phenomenal. He does it all himself. Independent. Butch has said many times that there is a huge difference between a popular song and a great song. He saves the great songs for his own records. His fans know that, and if you don’t, you can learn things like that at The Impaler Speaks.
Hey, Impaler, the pleasure was all mine pal. Right, dear readers? So what are you waiting for? Visit TheImpalerSpeaks today! And don't forget about his twitter stream or the MassMovement website either.
Viva La Independent Revolution.