A member of killer Malaysian hardcore-punk band Wretching Hate has started up a new webzine entitled Things We Say – yes, like the Gorilla Biscuits song 🙂 Since we’re fans of Gorilla Biscuits but even BIGGER fans of Wretching Hate (DO check them out down below…SOOOOO good!), we wanted to support our Asian fam when they start to stretch outside of what they normally do – in Shah’s case, creating music.
So we sent in a few questions for our brother to answer so y’all have a little bit of a background to both himself and his webzine. Our tip is that while you’re reading through the interview that you blast his band’s music in the background.
Shah with legend Tony Sly of No Use For A Name (RIP)
Can you just give me some feedback on why you chose to start a webzine?
I have always loved zines and always wanted to do one but didn’t have the time (and lazy too). The main inspiration for this webzine is that there is actually stuff about bands/music that I wanted to know more about but I couldn’t find information on. Probably because zines don’t interview bands that I like or am interested in. So I thought why not just interview the band(s) myself and publish them online. This way I get to interview the bands I like and ask the questions that I want to know more about. Basically, my rules! Haha! For example the first interview I did was with WIZO and more than half of the questions are not very current, but are about things that I’ve always wanted to know more about.
Having said that, printed zines are still the best but at this point of time, this is all I can afford to spend my time on.
What is your own background in case people outside of Malaysia are unaware.
I used to play guitar and sometimes sang for a melodic punk band called ALWAYS LAST, and a hardcore/punk band called DISGRUNTLED. now I play bass in a melodic punk band called THE MINDLESS SHOW and a hardcore band called WRETCHING HATE. I also used to run a small label/distro called Cellulite Records with my wife.
How often are you hoping to be able to update this?
I plan to post interviews (could be up to 3 or 4 interviews) and music reviews once every 2 months. We’ll see how it goes. I’m not planning to post new stuff because people can get news and information on their timelines on facebook very easily these days.
Have you ever done a print zine before? What were some of your favorite ones?
This is my first time. My favourites are definitely Cometbus, Maximum Rock & Roll, HeartattaCk and Razorcake.
For your new webzine – what sites were you looking at for inspiration?
Unite Asia – true story and some other defunct webzines I found online. But I prefer to keep the layout very minimal, simple and primitive as possible.
Here’s the link to his webzine – bookmark this shit! http://thingzwesay.wixsite.com/home