B. Jason, A.K.A. Last, Says Noise Music Is "What Punk Rock Strives to Be"
County Grind: For a minute, you were the only harsh noise act I was aware of in Broward. And maybe even South Florida in general, because Rat's contingent isn't especially "harsh." I remember seeing you (and even booking you) for a couple hardcore shows. Did you have secret peers I was unaware of?
B. Jason: The only other "harsh" noise artist in Broward was Human Fluid Rot. We were working parallel to each other when I was starting to create. But artists like Rauh, Hoor-paar-Kraat, and Drowning The Virgin Silence are my peers and family.
Why are power electronics dudes so angry? Or are they?
Playing "harsh" stuff for me is a true catharsis of any type of obsessive feelings I have, and the anxiety and tension that comes with it. That is also what Last, as a whole, is about.
Do you have any rules, parameters, or guidelines for what you do in terms of generating sound?
No, the sound is constantly evolving. Nothing can be ruled out. For the moment, I have been working solely with tape loops of field recordings, and a contact mic.
Last and a bunch of punk bands.
What is the longest set you've ever played? What's the shortest? What determined the length of both of those performances?
The shortest was a house show with Failures and Salvation. I think it was three minutes. The longest was the noise show on the back patio during Today is the Day, at around 7 or 8. When I was fulfilled within the allotted time, I stopped.
Will Last ever start playing techno and/or cold wave?
No. I love those genres though. I hope to have a Dim Past cassette out on my tape label a bit later this year.
Last and a bunch of noise.
I mean, like, is noise even music?
This question has been debated for so long with great arguments on both sides. I can easily write a few paragraphs explaining my feelings on the matter but I will keep it short and sweet. I think it's what punk rock strives to be.
What is in your bucket? Can I has your bucket?
There is a contact mic and chain in the bucket. If I had another you can has.
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