Destroy My Brains – Interview

Interview with Jarret, guitar/vocals in Destroy My Brains and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

J: Hi, and thanks for reaching out to do this interview with us. We at Destroy My Brains really appreciate it with having a new album coming out sept. 27th and all. Anyways, if I were to describe Destroy My Brains, I would have to say it’s like if Mike IX from EHG had a baby with Acid Bath, and that baby had ADHD and serious self destructive/anger problems and tourrettes syndrome, that would most likely describe Destroy My Brains. Its loud, its foul, its aggressive and we’ve been calling it Prairie Sludge lately.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

J:  Sure, so we are based out of Lloydminster Alberta/Saskatchewan, which is a border city stretching over two Canadian provinces. It’s fucken cold up here most of the year so we hide inside and smash our intruments to stay warm. I think we formed the band in 2014 in my garage with just me and Jadan at the time. We were both life-long musicians from the same hometown and had been freestyle jamming regularly for a few months before Jadan asked if we wanted to make a real band, and I said hell ya we should. That’s basically where it all started. We made a few super shitty demos, but we liked it, and then we went on to find other members, Jeremy who isn’t with us anymore, and then Chase and Rob.


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

J: Basic inspiration mostly comes from being metalheads since we were teenagers. Bands like Mudvayne, Sepultura, Crowbar, Acid Bath, Tool,  Fistula, a slew of punk bands, plus tons more all have played a part in continuously inspiring myself, and the other guys have tons of favorite bands as well. Everyone in this band is a serious music junkie.

As far as song content goes, most of our songs deal with mental health issues, death, drug abuse, suicide, shit i see on horror movies, and also personal issues. Its pretty depressing stuff if you dive into the lyrics, but we make it as a channel to get feelings out maybe. I don’t know. It’s just misery music. It’s made to make you feel bad.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

J: I guess, speaking just for myself, I aspire to make some of the most heinous songs I can and I’m going to do it for as long as I can, and as long as my voice hold out. I really want to advance as a guitar player and musician. I’m self taught so there is a ton of stuff that I’m lacking that I want to improve on but I make it work.


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

J: The proudest moment I think I’ve had in my music career was recording our 1st terrible song called Gunsmoke. It was so bad but we loved it. We recorded that piece of crap song on a little two channel mixer for guitar AND drums. My voice blew out while doing full bore screams and it made a funny blow out noise. But it didn’t matter. I was proud of Gunsmoke, and it’s all been downhill from there. Hahaha just kidding. I wasnt proud of that song at all, it was embarrassing. What im actually proud of is the line up we have now. Chase who was our bass player moved to second guitar, and we aquired Rob who drums in my other band on bass guitar. It’s early on and we still have to play our 1st show with this crew, but I’m pumped for it.


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

J: It sure is a challenge. Its seems like everyday there is 100 new bands in the genre’s we got lumped into. It’s so watered down, and there’s so much copycat riffing and songs out there it makes it tiring to even check stuff out sometimes. So you are competing with all these guys doing the trademark sound of the genre, and sometimes its hard to get noticed if you don’t fall in line with what everyone else is doing sometimes. But here at Destroy My Brains, we like to do our own thing and be creative and not copy anyone elses sound the best we can. We have aggressive drums, throat tearing vocals, chubby chuggy guitars and fat ass bass. What more could you ask for?


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

J: We unfortunately haven’t played too many live shows, but when we have we just self promote. However with this new lineup I think we will be playing out there a lot more. We are looking to do an album release show late September early October to promote the album, and hopefully a pile more to follow.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

J: When I was a kid Napster was the greatest thing ever. I mean ever! I had downloaded over 2500 songs on my dad’s computer and filled the hard drive at dial up speeds! Imaging how much time that took. If it wasn’t for downloading music, I’m totally serious, I do not even know where my life would be. I would be a different person. Im not even kidding. I wouldn’t have discovered hardly any of the bands I now can’t live without. It’s crazy to even think about. And as for streaming sites, they are good and bad. They are bad for anyone trying to get paid making music. But good for anyone trying to get discovered. I want to give streaming sites the middle finger and also a thumbs up at the same time.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

J: I wish I would have written every single Crowbar and Acid Bath song ever made, since those are like my bible. But I’m totally cool with reality-based thoughts and having the real artists take claim to their work hahaha but maybe in an alternate reality I would have wrote all those records. Haha what a rediculous thing to say.


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

J: I wish you could make money as an underground artist. If I could do music all day everyday I would in a heartbeat. But I got mouths to feed and a few hundred a year in CD sales don’t really keep you out of the homeless shelter now does it. Most of us music artist put all our time, heart and soul into this and you still gotta punch the clock at a job somewhere to scrape by. That’s the way she goes I guess.


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

J: Well right now, we just finished everything on our album Tormented, and I literally just sent the master away for physical production less that 24 hrs ago. So we are on a one day break and then I want to get the guys going on writting the next one. There’s no rest for the wicked. But who needs rest when there is more music to make!


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

J: Well, all of the members of the band have social media. Look us up, we love to chat about music and other stuff too. And our music is available on our bandcamp, youtube, and other streaming sites. Please stop by and follow our pages and check our music out we always have something going on. Also check out our memebers other projects Ashes of Yggdrasil, Wrought, and Discarded Self. They are all just as killer as Destroy My Brains! Cheers and thanks for the interview!


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