By Jett Black
Photos by Jason Olsen & Bones
Puncture logo by www.cdjunkie.com
Think of electronic-industrial music wrapped tightly around
a dark metal train spike and you might find yourself listening to Puncture. All
14 amazingly well-constructed tracks off "Immune," Puncture's most recent CD
release, distinguish the smashing excellence with which they were recorded. In
a moment of electronic distortion, Per Nilsson unravels the details wound up
inside of Puncture.
Who is in the current line-up of Puncture?
Current line up for Puncture is
Rick Perry - vocals, guitar
Per Nilsson - programming,
Mike T - guitar, vocals
Mark Powell - bass
Mouck - drums
Will this line-up be changing before your next
Do not know. The base of Puncture will always be Rick, Mike,
and me (Per).
When will you be touring next?
Whenever we get another record contract and our next CD
When will you be recording next?
ASAP. We have all the songs written already, but we have no
label behind it yet.
What concepts will be woven into the next
What is the title of your latest and next
Our last release that came out in 1996 is called 'Immune.'
Our next CD is titled 'Extra Super Crush Machine.'
What changes in style & membership has Puncture
undergone since its inception?
We played for five years without a drummer. We got our first
drummer in 1997. It made our live shows even better. Also, we did not want to
open for GWAR without a drummer for seven weeks. Them GWAR fans would have
killed us. We now have a new drummer since our first one left for another band.
What has been most effective in holding the band
What changes (if any) are planned for the band in
It is hard to tell at the moment since we are labeless. To
be resigned is our main goal at the moment.
How would you describe your band's music that is
ultimately performed and recorded?
Hard and heavy!
Which musical classification would you prefer to be known
Hmm, for the people that wonder what kind of music Puncture
does, industrial metal. But not really coldwave. Puncture is a little heavier.
How would you describe their evolutions from the late
'80's to today?
Industrial has finally embraced sampled break beats or
What other bands have you worked with in the past that
have influenced your style(s) since then?
After Pitbull Daycare opened for us a long time ago, we
realized that having a live drummer does work. I have been working on a side
project with James from Of One Mind. It is different from Puncture. No guitars
so far. GW from Soil and Eclipse and I were working on something back in 1997,
but it did not work out due to time constraints. And GW now moved to Califonia.
I am in Dallas, Texas.
Where might fans specifically look for the most recent
reviews of your music and interviews with band members? Any soon to be in
There are a few interviews online that I have seen. I am
going to link to those from the Puncture website soon.
Looking back upon the progression of your music, how have
your messages evolved throughout the evolution of the musical styles?
The messages have not changed too much. The lyrics are more
personal than about industrial type things.
What experiences have been most influential in the
development of your music?
Mainly listening to other bands. Rick usually writes the
lyrics to reflect his own personal experiences, but someone else that read the
lyrics can put their own meaning to them.
What do you believe is lacking in the industry that if
added would stimulate evolutionary growth and creativity?
More support for the underground. The majors pretty much
tell people what they should listen to these days. It would be great if a major
would tell people to listen to PUNCTURE. :)
What barriers do you perceive exist in the industry that
prevent evolutionary growth and suppress creativity?
Money. I am not talking about selling out, but a little
How do computers, and (additionally) the Internet, impact
how the band presents itself?
Now it is much faster to communicate with us through email,
Do you utilize computer technology to develop the music
Yes. Our recorded music is mainly electronic except guitar
Who would you say characterizes the personality types of
people most likely to identify with your music and its messages?
It is hard to tell. A lot of metal heads like Puncture as
well as industrial people.
Where have you found the largest positive support for
In very unlikely places. When we toured with GWAR, people in
"unhip" cities were more into it than people in cities that have more things
happening. New York was an exception. Those people went nuts.
What activities occupy your time outside of recordings
Television and Internet.
What might you describe as the worst thing to happen in
the music industry in the past five years?
Puncture without a record contract.
What problems have you experienced with audio during your
live performances in the past?
Oh, man. There are too many bad experiences. We are very
particular of what we want in the monitors and not.
What really adds to your personal satisfaction of your
own live performances?
People hurting each other while we play. Mosh mosh!
What do you like most about performing live?
The energy of our shows. Also, meeting and greeting new and
How do your recordings generally evolve?
Rick and I write almost all the music. It takes us forever
to actually finish writing a song. After it is written, we put the sync on
tape, and then record the sequenced parts as a scratch track. Then guitar,
vocals and bass are recorded.
Who usually guides the band through these
Rick, Mike, and I are the three that work on the recording
parts, so all three of us guide each other through the recording process.
Which writers/artists/film-makers have had influence upon
the development of your music?
Front Line Assembly for electronics, Voivod for the
discordant sound, Skinny Puppy for atmosphere, and Geto Boys for attitude. We
are very influenced by cheesy b movies, et cetera.
Does your band appear in any music video or video
Not at this time. We did a video back in 1994, but it was
never finished. It was directed by the same guy who did Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice
How might fans reading this be most likely to contact
your band for more information?
Through our webpage:
http://www.flash.net/~puncture or you can snail mail PUNCTURE
PO Box 172248
Arlington, TX 76003