Agalloch's Aesop Dekker: "People Tend to Either Downplay or Overexaggerate the Role of the Drummer"
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Aesop Dekker currently drums for the incredible and long-running metal outfit Agalloch, as well as VHÖL and Worm Ouroboros. Whereas I would love to spend the next three sentences exhausting my word count hailing his skills and making crap statements like "powerhouse dynamo" and/or "a whirling dervish of the skins" -- I will abstain, because he's been very vocal in his dislike of the ephemera of such language concerning drummers.
South Florida might remember this current West Coaster as a drummer and co-conspirator of seminal Florida punk-rock band the Fuckboyz back in the late '80s/early '90s. As a music journalist, in the past, I have failed time and time again to sing the praises of this band. For that I am sorry. Its entire catalog is flawless.
Dekker may no longer embody the spirit and chutzpah of a young punk rocker; truth be told, we're not entirely sure "smiling" is something that occurs naturally to him, but this roguish, rough-around-the-edges, thoroughly tattooed musician is one of maybe five people in the universe whose knowledge, understanding, and just sheer erudition of music is one I respect and believe in blindly.
Fuckboyz - Fuckboyz vs. the Hawaiian Mafia EP
Let's talk a little Fuckboyz first and what your memories surrounding that band are nowadays.
Aesop Dekker: The Fuckboyz was, and forever will remain my first real band, and my first connection to Matty Luv who I spent almost 15 years playing music with. Our first couple of gigs were really strange (a Special Olympics at our bassist's high school, a Take a Bite Out of Crime Halloween Block Party, etc...). Seaweed, our vocalist, has been my friend since the fourth grade and remains one of the greatest voices I have ever had the honor of being in a band with. Really, it was the tireless work ethic of Matty that made me a better player. The Fuckboyz was where I cut my teeth. I learned so much in so little time.
I was an avid follower of Cosmic Hearse and as such have a deep respect for your love of music, tell us a little bit about that project, how it came about, and why it stopped.
I started seeing these sort of blogs, mainly Erich Keller's brilliant Good Bad Music, and I loved the format. I have always been an avid "collector" of strange music. I get anxiety that there may be some amazing record that has eluded me. I am also the sort that if you were to come to my place, I will run around excitedly playing you records you absolutely must hear. So the blog made sense, it was that, me playing you records.
After a while, the format kind of died due to legal hassles and overzealous file sharing services deleting links en masse in order to avoid those legal hassles. It became too much work to keep up with. I have been thinking of doing it as a podcast, but I just need to find a coconspirator and a shred of time. I still meet people who tell me how much it meant to them, in some cases musicians that I have adored as long as I can recall. I'm truly honored that it was so well loved, but it just couldn't last forever.