Word Association Fun with… Liberteer


By Kevin Stewart-Panko

If you were one of the lucky handfuls of people who got to wrap their ears around Citizen‘s Manifesto for the New Patriot album from 2005, you already have a bit of an idea where one-man grindcore blitzkrieg Matthew Widener is going with his new baby, Liberteer. Or not. Manifesto… was originally supposed to come out on Earache/Codebreaker, but someone dropped the fucking ball hard and it never really did. Then, when Widener scored an association with Relapse via Cretin [he plays bass alongside vocalist/guitarist Marissa Martinez and drummer Col Jones; Matt also used to play in Exhumed back in the day] and the band he helps and hangs with, the County Medical Examiners, Manifesto… was supposed to see the light of day then. Didn’t happen there either.

Widener, possibly sick of sitting around waiting, took the bullshit by the horns and created Liberteer and their – well, his – fan-fucking-tastic debut album, Better to Die on Your Feet Than Live on Your Knees. Imagine insanely catchy grindcore driven by military and national anthem-like themes, accented by major-key riffing and super-pissed off lyrics calling the oppressed 99% to arms. It may be a theme and mood that’s been percolating in grind, punk and hardcore since the beginnings of grind, punk and hardcore, but packaged in a way you’ve never heard before. Unless, that is, you heard that Citizen album. Better to Die on Your Feet… is set for release January 31st and despite there being another eleven months to go, I’d be very, very surprised if anything else topples it as my personal album of the year.

Hellbound tracked down Widener and decided to forego the usual interview bullshit for a round of that time-honoured favourite, word association. You know the drill. Ready, aim, go…

Liberty
Bell. Ha. No, I see the color yellow for some reason.

Justice
Failure.

Internet
Freedom and distraction, equal parts.

Exhumed
Couch-surfing. Old friends.

Simon Cowell
Exploitation.

Rambo
Victim.

Housewife
Valium.

Air Travel
Magic.

Beards
Life.

County Medical Examiners
Perfectionists.

Military
Mistakes of machismo.

Drums
Angry neighbors.

Guitars
Shoulder-slung penis with awesome paint job.

Bass
Mystery, hidden heart of music.

Vocals
Throat lozenges.

Non-Profit
Investigate.

Republican
Fear.

Democrat
Ignorant.

Maximum Rock and Roll
Cool kid elitism.

Tattoos
Smile and nod, secretly judge.

Girls
Delightful!

Tattooed Girls
Condoms.

Citizen
Embarrassing. Citizen of what?!

Cretin
Mostly hilarious, subtly forlorn.

Socialism
Compassionate, humane.

English
Stiff upper lip.

Japanese
Noise.

G20
Fucking overlords.

Beer
Ancient, imbibe and be one with past.

Weed
My headache medicine. Also, horny times.

Protest
Responsibility.

Revolution
Hard reset button.

Marissa Martinez
My biggest supporter.

Carcass
Existential truth, purest realization of metal.

Molotov Cocktail
Purification. Toughest drink to swallow.

America
The Beast.

Check in next week for part two of the word association fun…

Sean Palmerston

Sean is the founder/publisher of Hellbound.ca; he has also written about metal for Exclaim!, Metal Maniacs, Roadburn, Unrestrained! and Vice.