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Lake Worth's the Toilets Really Don't Stink at All (MP3)

When we saw that there was a band from Lake Worth called the Toilets, we knew they were kindred spirits. Ellis D Traails heads up this punk-metal outfit, playing with Brett Ackling on drums and Robert Bernhardt on bass. All we wanted to know was if they were as fucked up inside as their name is divine.

Traails says, "We honestly set out to be the best punk band the world has ever seen, [laughs] I shit you not." He writes all of the songs himself, which he calls a hybrid of punk rock, death/black/power metal, and prog rock. Once the band formed, he says, "I was free

to write the most imaginative, beautiful, and brutal music I could." He forgot to mention that the music also has some sick lyrics. Their album, to be released in a month, will introduce you to the perversion, their original sound, and ways of thinking. 

Traails notes on the matter of going to far, "I don't think there is any taboo that shouldn't be talked about, and all

risks should be taken. Always. We only use a small percentage of our

brain; why censor it? I say expand it. A lot of times, what we think is

wrong or right we simply do not understand, or we've just been conditioned

to think it's wrong or right."

Traails also played in the

"funk, reggae rock powerhouse" band the People Upstairs and a band with

another stellar moniker, Vaginal Disaster, which included all the same

Toilets band members. 

"Although every band has been an experience in

itself, the Toilets is truly the only project that has been completely

me, no-holds barred and uncensored," he says. "I find beauty in the odd

and the offbeat. The strange and unusual turn

me on as an artist. If there is one universal appeal about the Toilets,

it is that there is not a band like us, our sound, our

songs, our poetry, attitude. We're cut from a different cloth." Perhaps

the cloth is one we might use as toilet paper? Bad joke. Serious subject.   

They're big fans of playing at

Speakeasy, calling it "the one true spot for rock 'n' roll in Lake

Worth," and found a lot of love at Atlantic Brewery. Triple Threat V

Productions events are also something they value. Apparently, for the

singer and songwriter, "Intelligent crowds are a huge turn-on for me,"

adding, "The bottom line is that I truly love each and every beautifully

twisted creature that loves us and supports our art."

Traails is

a fan of videogame music, "from 8- and 16-bit systems. Anyone that's

played the two Legend of Zeldas for NES and F-Zero for SNES knows exactly

what I'm talking about." He also says he takes inspiration from

classical compositions, saying, "Those Japanese composers knew more about metal

than metal knew about itself." Apparently, the Toilets know more about themselves than one might think with a band name that is so perfectly gruesome.

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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