ON THE HEELS OF HIS HINDU PEZ TOUR IMPLODING, HIS INDUSTRIAL BAND OPT-OUT WINDING INTO HIATUS AND BEING LEFT HOMELESS IN CALIFORNIA, GABRIEL PERRY HAS THROWN HIMSELF INTO THE APTLY NAMED SOLO PROJECT THE WRIST CUTTER
Gabe: There is a very, very long story that would take up about 5 or 6 pages to explain what happened that caused the 2014 Year Of The Bomb Tour to completely fall apart. But, out of respect for the parties involved and to not put too much of my personal business out there, I’ll sum it up this way : the timing and the money both weren’t right. Q Did all the chaos lead to the name choice “The Wrist Cutter” for this new project? Gabe: Yes and no. The Wrist Cutter in name deals with the constant suicide ideation that consumes the greater part of my every day life. The self doubts, the life regrets, the want for more and the seemingly endless struggle to function and survive as a sober adult now in his 30’s while still scraping by, financially…these thoughts can weigh heavily on the mind and The Wrist Cutter is about dealing with these things and turning them into something pos- itive, as opposed to something self-destructive.
Q: Vocal sample heavy, The Wrist Cutter single “Religion Rejector” has an almost throw back 80’s vibe to it. I was surprised to hear this due to my knowledge of your past work in other projects. I almost hear a Kavinsky influence in some of the electronic hooks. I may dare to say even some Depeche Mode style sounds on the opening synth riff on the title track for example. Was there an 80’s new wave/ synth pop influence when you created these tracks? What brought about some of these new sounds you’re playing with in the songs?
Gabe: Religion Rejector as a single (as well as the B-side, Declaration Of Self) was an experiment. What happens when I mix early VNV Nation with Dr. Dre style beats? I love a lot of early 90’s hip-hop – Wu-Tang Clan, Dr. Dre, Compton’s Most Wanted, A Tribe Called Quest, Mobb Deep, early Ice Cube, all that stuff – but I like a lot of electronic/industrial/spooky stuff, too – early Leaether Strip, Skinny Puppy, Wumpscut (particularly the slower tracks like Tomb, Wreath Of Barbes, etc) early, noisier Ministry, the first couple VNV albums, Covenant – so I’m trying to mix all these different sounds that have shaped the last 15 years of my life into singular cohesive sounds.
Q: As you stated, in much of the beats there seems to be a strong hip hop influence? How much does hip hop influence the way you create music
Gabe: Obviously the aforementioned hip-hop groups were an influence. I’m trying to keep that vibe alive. I think a lot of modern hip-hop is awful, and I think a lot of producers have gotten extremely lazy. Why is everyone using these same shitty hi-hat patterns? What’s with the trap-style sampling? It’s boring. Absolutely boring. I’m trying to create a new form of hip-hop that can appeal to both sides of my musical spectrums while being as sincere as possible.
Q: Do you have any long term plans for The Wrist Cutter?
Gabe: The Wrist Cutter will exist as a project that puts out singles every few months. I don’t want to go to the full album or even EP format that I’ve got going with Hindu Pez. I’d eventually like to take The Wrist Cutter live, but I want to build the songs and build The Wrist Cutter as a musical project and brand for another year or two before I even begin to step into those shoes.
Q: You started releasing new Hindu Pez songs again. What’s your future plans for Hindu Pez? Gabe: The abUSE 2 EP comes out Christmas day, I’ll also do live performances in 2015 with a new live rig and different live look and feel that’ll be more challenging to me, personally, and more sonically appealing to the audience.
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