HERE for Rick's Official Bio @ BCRich.com
# 1 • January 2005
since I took over the website, I am obviously the one who writes
most of the text for usurper.us, including everyone's "Profile"
questions. I thought it would be pretty lame to write my own profile
questions, so I asked Jon Necromancer to write them for me. So
he did... and here are my answers.
Rick - Main Guitars.
inspired you to learn guitar?
Learn? Did I ever really "learn" how to play? The
only reason I picked up a guitar is because when I was 13 years
old my mom wouldn't let me get a drum set. I think just being
a fan of hard rock and early Heavy Metal in general at such a
young age inspired me to want to play music and be in a band myself.
I took a few lessons and it sucked! I was learning all this useless
Mel Bay shit, so I quit!
2-Describe the band's work ethic. Usurper works harder than a
lot of bands that have more than twice Usurper's popularity. Many
bands would get discouraged and say fuck it. Usurper never has.
Because when you are obsessed with something it never seems
like hard work. Why do anything half-assed? Either you are into
something or you're not. That is the way I feel about everything
in life. People who slack and take the lazy way out are losers.
They are the ones who waste all their time getting drunk and complaining
about why everyone else sucks, just because they are miserable
about their own shortcomings. If they focused their energy on
trying to improve themselves instead of complaining, perhaps they
wouldn't be such miserable losers!
3-Have you ever not had a "good hair day"?.
Not too often. Even when I do, I just look over to the other
side of the stage and see a couple of fried out disasters atop
the heads of the "Twin Towers" and suddenly everything
seems "all good" on my head!
4-You are the last founding member of the band since its inception.
In your opinion, what is different in the band between now and
Holy shit! This question could turn into a novel. But remember,
Joe "Apocalyptic" Warlord is back now, and he is a founding
member too... but I suppose you mean I am the only guy in the
band who has been here for every aspect of Usurper from its' inception,
until the present day. The basic difference is this: in 1993 we
had this desire to create a band that was not like anything
else currently going on in the scene, but had a classic thrash
metal feel and attitude. We didn't care about the business aspect,
we didn't care if people liked us, we didn't care about anything
except pleasing ourselves.
Today it is pretty much the same, it almost feels the
same as it did when we released our 1994 Visions from the Gods
demo; everyone is hungry to hit the road, everyone takes pride
in their position in the band, and rehearsals are even a blast
once again! Only now we have plenty of experience under
our belt and a small but strong legion of true metal warriors
on our side.
5-Usurper, as individuals, have one of the strangest, and most
violent sense of humor out of anyone in the world. The ball busting
is just as aggressive within the band as it is towards outsiders.
What's one of the most "severe" ball busting debacles
Man, I have to be honest, I think the General was the biggest
ball buster of them all! The way he would hit way below the belt
with his sarcastic insluts was both funny and pure evil! I can't
believe you didn't quit the band after some of the deeply personal
insults he threw at you on a regular basis. I think though Carc
got it the worse than anyone. The 2000 European tour with Cradle
of Filth, was a hazing period of 30 days straight, 24 hours a
day for poor Carcass Chris!
6-Over the years you've toured across the world with the band.
What's one of the most outrageous things you've witnessed while
on the road?
I remember taking that condom full of yogert and putting it
in Carc's pocket, then video taping him finding it (wait till
the DVD, it will be on there). That perhaps was the funniest tour
moment I can recall! Other top contenders would be in 1998 catching
Nornagest (from Enthroned - one of the most satanic black metal
bands ever from Belgium), in full corpse paint, in total spikes
and leather singing the theme to the love boat, complete with
American accent and Isaac the bartender wink and "thumbs-up"
pointing gesture (that will be on the DVD as well). Also
that time you (Jon) were so wasted on exstacy, alcohol poisoning
and other strange pills that you were shitting blood, yet we still
forced you to play the show. We thought you might die,
but the show was more important than your health. Also I suppose
that time that hillbilly nightclub owner and all his employees
from that venue in Massachusetts wanted to literally kill me,
(for undisclosed reasons), so I had to hide in the back of the
van on the floor. That itself wasn't so outrageous, but what I
did to get to that point was pretty outrageous...
and I'll never tell!
7-Usurper are a weird bunch of dudes. In you're time touring or
otherwise, who have you met that was so weird and out there, that
it even surprised you and the rest of the guys?
Remember that weird broad we met in Minneapolis in June of
1996? Remember we went back to her house and then she tryed to
kidnap us? She was pretty weird. Also that time in NYC when we
were walking around with crazy Ted and we ran into that strange
African American street person outside of Denny's who kept mumbling,
"gimme a skillet, homie need a skillet, I really gotta have
a skillet" he was saying it really fast, yet mumbling in
a real low gravely voice and he followed us for blocks but he
never really was talking directly to us or even acknowledged us
when we tried to talk to him. Remember that guy? He was pretty
weird. How about in recent times when Joe was so wasted that he
brought back that scum-bag homeless hippy to my hotel room and
that motherfucker wouldn't leave so I physically had to throw
him out of the room. That motherfucker was pretty weird too.
8-You're known for your outrageous consumption of Jagermeister.
What's one of the goofiest things you did when you were innebriated
on the so-called "nectar of the gods"?
They don't call me "The Spraguermeister" for nothing!
It is the weirdest thing, when I do a shot, I think it's the best
thing in the world, so I do more, and more... and more. I never
really pass out from it, I just get to a point where I feel like
beating the shit out of people, then I can't remember things...
I can't really explain it. I know it is my poison, yet I am always
compelled to drink it. The goofiest thing? I think that one time
when I woke up in the morning and there were all those little
pieces of glass in my hand and wrist, and I couldn't remember
why? Then I called you and you had the same problem, then it all
came back to me about our spree of smashing out all those windshields
of all those cars with a hammer while driving in your old van.
It was pretty goofy alright! Why the fuck did we do that? Again,
when I was all intoxicated on Jaggermeister it just seemed like
a great idea.
9-Describe a typical Usurper practice.
Drive to Joe's house, pick him up, get pissed off at traffic.
Get inside, Dan is sitting around playing PS2 already on his 5th
beer. Those in the band who enjoy some smoke partake in that activity,
crack open a cold one, turn the amp up to 11, and then pound through
some songs. In between songs, plenty of ball busting, for example,
making some comparison to Jon's IQ and scent being that of a chimp.
Goofing on Carcass Chris for various reasons. Making plenty of
references to "gigantism" and "Twin Towers"
jokes. Ripping off quotes from the Simpsons, goofing on past members,
and serious insults that at times lead to some actual physical
violence. Get done with the set, partake in various intoxicants
(for those who like that sort of thing), and play a few rounds
of Hot Shots Golf Fore. Then get road rage driving home.
10-Some people have attacked Usurper's crediblilty over things
concerning their image (the drinking, abundance of leather and
spikes). Does it bother you that some people may look at these
things first and judge the band before they hear the music?
These people can KISS MY ASS! It is not my problem some slack-jawed
loser jounalist would rather stroke off to the latest trendy Swedish
melodic short haired flavah of da month then support real
Heavy Metal. These punk ass journalists are 9 times out of 10
not qualified to review True Heavy Metal. Usurper has been doing
this since they were watching Barney the Dinosaur videos, and
will be doing this long after whatever trendy band's cock they
are sucking is long gone! We've outlasted many, many trends and
many, many crittic's top bands.
11-What's your favorite experience in the band?
Recording albums and touring. I love the escapism aspect in
the music and lyrics; the studio and the road make the element
of escapism a physical reality.
12-What is the gayest thing that ever happened to you in Usurper?
Having to share a stage with the gayest bass player on the
13-Have you ever thought about breaking up the band?
All the time! I know one day the band will have to come to
an end, and trust me once that day comes there will never be reunions,
"best of" albums or any other of that bullshit. Fortunately
I think we still have a lot of gas in the tank, so I don't think
that day will come for a long while. But it is a strange
feeling for me personally because I know I ultimately hold that
card. Anyone else can quit or get kicked out and the machine will
keep rolling, but I know when I decide to quit, Usurper will be
14-What does the name Rocco St. Cool mean to you?
Thanks for giving away my porn name asshole!
15-Is that bulge in your pants really just a cucumber wrapped
in aluminum foil?
That's all me baby, just ask the ladies -I also have a 9 inch
tongue! They don't call me Rocco St. Cool for nothing!