“I like dabs, I like liquor, I like things that fuck you up quicker.” And with that, we’d like to introduce you to Get Ignorant.
Pete (Vocals), Tom Hanrahan (Guitar), Vinny (Guitar), Aaron Harris (Bass), and Mike Leandro (Drums) make up the Long Island group, Get Ignorant. The self-described slamcore masters are the first up for the National Rock Review coverage of Full Terror Assault 2015. Pete isÂ kind enough to get first in line and tell us about the band, what lies in store for them, and about some badass tee shirts.
NRR: What’s been going on with the band in the last year to catch the Full Terror Assault fans up to speed?
Pete: Get Ignorant was formed in November of 2014, since then we have played many shows on Long Island, New York City, and New Jersey. We have shared the stage with Full Blown Chaos, Suffocation, Extinction AD, DRI, Hammerfight, Brick By Brick, Skarhead, and Strength Through Suffering. We recorded two demos and an EP.
NRR: Hopefully you guys have a great time on stage this year. Are you looking forward to anything in particular at FTA?
Pete: We look forward to three days of whiskey-fueled mosh! We are just as excited to play as we are to enjoy all the other awesome bands playing.
NRR: Tell me about the new EP, High Life. What is it like, where can people snag a listen, and etc?
Pete: The new EP, High Life, is three songs (on two tracks) about the get ignorant lifestyle aka the HIGH LIFE. The first song is the theme song of the band, “Get Ignorant.” The second track is “Pass The Blunt.” It goes out to all those big mouths who won’t stop talking during the cipher and the third track is our big hit sing-along “High Life.” If you don’t know the words it goes, “I like dabs, I like liquor, I like things that fuck you up quicker.” I feel like that song is an anthem that will resonate through all of the FTA weekends. We will have physical copies with us just ask.
NRR: Tell me about the band. How long have you been around, how did you get together, what’s the story behind the name if there’s one?
Pete: Get Ignorant has been around for just under a year, though most of us in the band have put in our time playing in local bands for some time. Originally formed at a party to fill time waiting for the next band to show up, the rowdy backyard crowd enjoyed the riffs and slams and shit got ignorant. After some small lineup changes and lots of practices, we became the slamcore monsters we are today.
NRR: If FTA rolled out the red carpet for you guys, what one thing would you want waiting for you backstage before and after your set?
Pete: Well, if we are getting the VIP treatment, we are all fans of good whiskey.
NRR: What can we expect from the band after FTA is a dark, mutating master plan of a sleeping metal demon until 2016?
Pete: After we return home, we are planning to take a break from live shows to focus on recording our full-length album that we plan to release in early 2016. There may be a couple of shows before the new year depending on if the offers we received come through.
Get Ignorant – Lucky 13 Saloon Brooklyn, NY
NRR: Is there a band(s) on this year’s FTA line-up that you are looking forward to seeing as fans?
Pete: We are very excited to see our Brooklyn family in Apparition, our PA brothers in Death Grip, our fellow Long Island slammers Internal Bleeding, the legendary Obituary, our drinking buddies Eyehategod, and the keepers of the bong, Cannabis Corpse.
NRR: How important is the merch table for you as a band and what might be the crown gem of the selection for the purchasing fan this year?
Pete: The merch table is the lifeblood of the touring band and FTA will have first crack at our freshly printed T-shirts from Long Island’s most metal-printing company, Hels’ Trash Industries.
NRR: What kind of stage presence does the band have while performing and what can the crowd expect as far as your sound as well?
Pete: We are all over the place and in your face on stage. Our influences range from S.O.D., Pantera, Exhorder, Black Sabbath, Sheer Terror, Slayer, Blood for blood, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, and Devourmant. We try to bring a unique blend of old school NYHC, with groove metal and crushing slams.
NRR: What has been the most memorable show you’ve played so far, and why?
Pete: I would say playing the show for our friend, Gutter Christ, in NJ at the Meatlocker. It was just our kind of spot. A dirty punk rock club in a basement covered in stickers with a bunch of people fucked up on who knows what, moshing at full intensity.