Andrew Lanza (Chain Gang Grave) on Brooklyn, New York

This young band of native Brooklynites, hailing from the “uncool” south end of the borough, pounds out raw hardcore punk, caked in an almost psychedelic layer of noise. Deep in the grime, all sorts of things appear: nods to progressive metallers Voivod and primitive death metallers Autopsy lurk beneath the more obvious punk, death-rock, and noise-rock references – The Birthday Party, The Flesh Eaters, Flipper, etc. 
Frontman Young Al Bundy spews pure, wild-eyed desperation, evoking Guy Picciotto and Mike IX Williams equally. Bury Them and Keep Quiet (released on Friday, November 13) is an awesome reconfiguration of extreme music, created by true outsiders with true demons and superb musical tastes.
Ghettoblaster recently caught up with CGG’s Andrew Lanza to discuss his home, the jukebox at Lucky 13, Steve Buscemi and more.

What’s your town’s nickname?
I’m from South Brooklyn, but it’s so disconnected from “cool Brooklyn” that it might as well be its own town. Not sure if it has a well-known nickname.
What’s your nickname for your town?
“The Bubble.”
Why do you live there?
My friends, family, and band are all here. Also, it’s Brooklyn.
Did you grow up there? If not, what brought you there?
Yes I did. I grew up with Jason (drums). We went to the same high school as Bernie Sanders, which was also home to many sex scandals a few years back.
What’s the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you there?
Unfortunately, 9/11. Truly a horrifying and surreal day – it was raining ashes where I lived. The few times I hung out at Fort Tilden/Battery Harris at night as a teenager were always weird experiences. My friends were all on acid and being around them in that environment was interesting to say the least.
What is your favorite local attraction (monument, park, etc)?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
What is the best time of year to be there?
Not the winter.
Who is your favorite local celebrity?
Steve Buscemi.
Where is the best place to drink and what’s their specialty or happy hour?
All the bars very close to where I live are awful. But Matchless or Greenwood Park are both pretty great, albeit a bit of a trek.
Who has the best jukebox (and what’s in it)?
Lucky 13 in Park Slope had an incredible jukebox – tons of old school heavy metal. Have not come across a jukebox I liked in a while.
Do you play music there? If so, where is your favorite place to play?
Yes! Any DIY venue (Palisades, Aviv, etc.) or Saint Vitus or the Acheron are all excellent. One of the best things about Brooklyn in the past 10 years or so is the proliferation of cool venues.
Does where you live influence your music?
It does. The area in Brooklyn we are from and practice in is quite isolated, so that isolation played a role in shaping our music. I recently read an interview with Tom Warrior where he went into detail about how Hellhammer’s isolation from a “scene” contributed to their idiosyncratic sound. To some lesser extent, the same could be applied to us.
What is your favorite place to see live music and what was your favorite show there?
Music Hall of Williamsburg – great sound, plus they have a raised platform adjacent to the stage so I can actually watch the band play instead of staring at the backs of people’s heads. Hard to pick a favorite show, but Harvey Milk/Torche/Pollution was very memorable. It was the first time I had heard Pollution, which really fucked me up. Harvey Milk was incredible, and Torche was really fun. But Pollution just hit the spot and set me on a specific musical trajectory I am still on.
What is your favorite local band?
Active: Couch Slut; Inactive: Pollution, Villains.
What is your favorite diner or restaurant and what is their best dish?
Roll n’ Roaster in Sheepshead Bay. Their Roast beef sandwich drenched in “cheez” is my go to forever.
What is your favorite record store and what was your best find there?
Generation Records. On the same day I found the Rorschach discography CD and Thralldom’s first album in the used section for $5. Unfortunately, I didn’t buy the Thralldom CD and am still kicking myself for it.
What is your favorite local publication (alternative weekly, zine, website or blog)?
Chips and Beer (I think one of the guys is still in Brooklyn).
What is your favorite local shop?
Forbidden Planet.
If you could live anywhere else, where would that be?
Tokyo, Japan. Or Ridgewood, Queens.
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