HOME TOWN: Minneapolis, MN
Aaron Weseman - Vocals
Joel Johnson - Guitar
Tara Johnson - Bass
Charlie Johnson - Guitar
Joel Andersen - Drums
The combination of metal and hardcore owes a huge debt to Disembodied, a band who made basements, VFW halls and loosely organized festivals their home long before amphitheaters and energy drinks came calling to their scene. Sure, crucially important bands like Cro-Mags and Integrity pioneered the style, but Disembodied took "metalcore" to uncharted depths of sheer heaviness and unbridled brutality.
And how did this heralded reemergence of Disembodied come about? With an email...
Brian Peterson, a freelance writer who grew up in the hardcore scene, had set about chronicling the genre's '90s exploits with a book called Burning Fight. He reached out separately to Aaron (vocals), Tara (guitar) and Justin (drums) individually about interviews. They hadn't spoken to each other in years.
The band members kept talking and suddenly everyone was onboard. They all met up for dinner to talk about it and decided then and there to give it a go, as the band never had a "proper" final show. They hadn't played their songs in nearly a decade, so they started rehearsing. "We all got along," Tara says. "Everybody had grown up and was more mature. Once we played Chicago and just looked at each other on stage we just had the same passion we had before. We were like 'Fuck it, let's do another record!'"
Disembodied never chased the "big time" nor expected to be a popular band. It was about the experience -- traveling, meeting new people, living on $5 per day in their twenties. And now that they have returned, they have even less intention of fitting in with scene trends.
"We're not trying to play what's cool. We never did and we never will. You'll never hear 'singing' in Disembodied. You're still going to hear the slow and the heavy," Tara promises.
Disembodied's return is marked by one single, solitary, unifying theme: to make "the heaviest record ever recorded." They aren't looking to cash in, become "rock stars" or even quit their day jobs. And it's that type of focus and lack of careerist aspirations that will allow them to retain the purity in their sound and vision, which is what so many people connected with when they were together the first time. Disembodied understands how important a band can be to someone and they respect and value that connection.
"Unbroken was the same way for me," Tara says. "They impacted my life at a time when I really needed something to catch on to. Even though it seems sad and depressing and angry, if you can relate to it, it changes your life. I think that music can do that to people. It can save your life. I think it saved mine."
Look for brand new Disembodied music on Good Fight Music in 2010.