West Berlin, N.J., band Fight Amputation has a new record coming out. But it looks like guitarist and vocalist Mike McGinnis, guitarist and vocalist Rebecca Burchett, bassist and vocalist Jon Dehart and drummer Hissem are really looking just to have a good time while playing their own brand of grungy metallic punk rock that they’ll bring to Cafe Metropolis in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Fight Amputation is no stranger to playing Metropolis, but the band is really unsure of why it comes back to the venue time and time again.
“What else is there to do?” said McGinnis. “They book us, kids come out. I’ve been playing there since I have been in the band Funeral Bird, and to be honest I don’t know why we always come back. Usually just a good and weird time. Honestly, anytime we try to go anywhere else around Wilkes-Barre we get parking tickets or get arrested by mountain cops, so we’ll stick to the Metro.”
In addition to not knowing why Fight Amputation always comes back to Metropolis time and time again, the band is also unsure of what that it commonly writes about.
“I’m not sure we even know, every record we’ve done has a different underlying theme,” said McGinnis. “Our newest record is mostly based around apathy, stress, becoming fed up with the machinery of life, politics and religion and developing a nihilistic attitude toward all three. This sounds way too serious, though. Our songs are really about how comfortable it is sleeping in on work days. Everyone can bang their head to that one.”
Speaking of the new record, Fight Amputation has big plans for 2008 with the release of “Hungry for Nothing” on Translation Loss Records.
“‘Hungry For Nothing’ comes out Feb. 19, and I don’t know if I can put it into a genre, that doesn’t work,” said McGinnis. “We’ve been called everything from noise rock to d-beat. I don’t get it. We just write whatever ideas we have while tipping our hats to our influences here and there. I think ‘Hungry For Nothing’ turned out to be a lot more song-oriented and ended up having a dirgy, early ’90s Northwest or Minneapolis sound. We just wanted to get the sound as close to our live sound as possible without making a boring record. Phillip Cope (Kylesa) produced it and did a great job of helping us make it super cool and groovy.”
Who: Fight Amputation w/ Dirt Vultures, Dactyl, Ike Wit
Where: Cafe Metropolis,
94 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre
When: Thurs., Jan. 24,
doors 6:30 p.m., show 7 p.m.
Cost: $7, all ages
“Our newest record is mostly based around apathy, stress, becoming fed up with the machinery of life, politics and religion and developing a nihilistic
attitude toward all three.”