Ben Katzman’s Degreaser are everything that is right with the world right now, so if you haven’t heard of them, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE? The band pray to the ‘shred’ gods every night, and intend to get you onboard with their extra-heavy guitar tones and exciting riffs.
ABOUT THE BAND
Formed in 2014 as per their website “amidst the dirt and frenzy of Boston’s electric DiY community” *quickly googles what that means* Degreaser is a “Lovechild” of one Ben Katzman. Ben self confesses his lust for all things Metal, explaining that his main influences are “KISS, Van Halen and The Ramones”
Luckily, we were able to have a quick chat with Ben Katzman who explained that;
“I always push for the ideology that the only way to be cool is to be yourself. These days technical skill is missing from rock, and rock takes itself too seriously. I want people to know you can still have a good time while playing music and that you shouldn’t afraid to be yourself.”
The band themselves ooze personality, which is one main reason they standout over the rest. Of course, their undoubtable musical talent and ability to shred is something they pride themselves upon in a very humble manner, but their ability to come across as ‘quirky’ and ‘fun’ is an excellent trait to have.
WHAT DOES ‘SHRED’ MEAN?
Dude? You don’t know what shredding is? Do you even, bro? – These are all keywords in the vocabulary of a average full-time ‘shredder’. The art of shredding comes from the Metal Scene and is a term used to describe very fast, intricate styles of play on the guitar. Therefore, it’s clear why Degreaser use this term so much to describe themselves, as their tracks emit so much they’d give a paper shredder a good run for it’s money.
BEHIND THE FAME AND NAME
Ben Katzman was able to explain in an interview that he wasn’t always the quirky, happy-go-lucky guy he is now, and in-fact, it was his “anger issues and temper problems” that stemmed from not being able to be express his personality that defined him. From a young age, he was able to convert this anger, into writing and was learning guitar, bass and piano at the age of only 9 years old.
Ben also runs his own independent record label called ‘BUFU’ which has helped launch deals for several budding bands around the world. This proves how much of a humble and extraordinary gentleman Ben Katzman is.
Degreasers new album titled ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ is a mixture of steady and fast tempo tracks that are guaranteed to blow your mind, and if not, your speakers. Be sure to check that out on their Soundcloud (link at the bottom of article) around the 12th July.
So if you haven’t had your fair share of shredding (or intricate styles of play as we established earlier) please do check out the links below, as they are an excellent band with an exciting future ahead!
Words: James Cane | @DJJAMESCANE