The Southwest Terror Fest is a two-day festival covering the best of Arizona’s metal scene with some of the best bands from the underground playing in an intimate setting over two days in Tucson, AZ. The Age of Metal is partnering with the folks from The Southwest Terror Fest to give you a primer of all of the bands playing. Today we look at grind peeps Blister Unit…
Band Name: Blister Unit
Where are you from?
What do you sound like?
Our sound is a mash-up of precision grind, west coast powerviolence (we both are from Los Angeles originally), hardcore and modern death metal – all powered by the cruellest, chest-caving-est drum machine these United States has ever witnessed.
How did you get involved with Southwest Terror Fest?
We met the guys from Godhunter when we played together in Vegas earlier this year – and, for the record, they are remarkably cool guys who have been nothing but good to us – they invited us to play, and we were happy to oblige.
What do you think of Arizona’s metal crowd in general?
I think it’s very “by-the-people, for-the-people.” Most folks I see at shows are the people in the bands, or associated with them – which is not a bad thing, mind you. But it would be nice to get some bigger turnouts. Luckily, every show we’ve played has had no shortage of enthusiasm – I always see people moshing, dancing, generally freaking out, having a great time, and that’s what it’s all about anyway. The scene is really awesome, too – they got something in the water down in Tucson, let me tell you.
What’s the most ridiculous thing that’s happened to your band?
We’ve gotten a show shut down because we scared the shit out of a bunch of cowboys – literally, had women in frilly vests and Burt Reynolds look-alikes running out with their hands clapped over their ears.
How has your sound changed over time?
We were much more black metal/punk oriented when we started BxU in 2007. We also wrote primarily via e-mail and FL Studio, as we were living in different states at the time. once we were in Prescott, we were able to flesh out older songs and generally iron out how we wanted to sound. we’ve definitely gotten faster.
What’s the one thing you’re looking forward to the most at the fest?
Every band playing the fest is fantastic, really, so there’s that.We’re just pretty excited to play, hang out with our friends, and maybe make some new ones. We’re also going to be playing some songs from our new record for the first time in a live setting, which is exciting.
What band do you recommend seeing aside from yourselves?
Bloody Corpse Dismemberment, Twingiant, Godhunter, Bereft, Sorrower, Methra, Hull.
Is there a place we can hear your music online?
Yes! our first album “Nodes” is available for free at blisterunit.bandcamp.com