Treats From the Underground
by Burt Wolf with guitarist Jim Corrick, vocalist Jim Lippucci &
guitarist, backing vocalist & ball scratcher, Wayne Richards of
the Cleveland, Ohio based band SOULLESS. Interview done March 10,
1) Please introduce yourself & what you do in the band?
Jim Corrick, I play guitar
Jim Lippucci, vocalist
Wayne Richards, guitar, background vocals, ball scratcher
2) Could you please give a little history on Soulless & how you
guys got together?
JL Our drummer Chris and I were in a band called Bloodsick, which
after line up changes became Soulless. Weve all pretty much
all known each other for a while through the local metal scene and
various bands we played in. We pretty much all sank to the bottom
of the heap together.
3) Why was the
name Soulless chosen for the band?
WR Came from a Grave record
Its been rumored that Lippucci
has no soul.
JL The name seemed to fit the material we had written and the whole
feeling of the band
4) Who or what
has been an influence on you creating your music?
WR 80s thrash Kreator, Sodom, Metallica, Slayer, Destruction,
Tankard, Celtic Frost, Voi Vod etc
JL Lets not forget Sabbath, beer and drugs!
5) You guys have a strong 80's, early 90's thrash metal sound merged
with a late 90's technical death sound? How would you best describe
the music of Soulless?
JL That kinda sums it up
WR Were Inspired by the best thrash bands of the 80s with
melodic passages intertwined.
6) I only have your "The Darkening Of Days" CD which was
released in 1999. How well was it received by the underground music
WR Very well
It was voted best demo of 99 by Brave Words
and Bloody Knuckles. Check out reviews at www.soullessdomain.com
JL We pretty much sold out of the first pressing and have only a few
copies left. 98% of the reviews we got were very positive.
7) Could you explain the cover artwork a little bit?
JL We werent really happy with the artwork. Any concept we originally
had was pretty much lost in the final product.
8) Which song from that release is your favorite & why?
JC: Down Hells Path It
WR Down Hells Path, its fast and it rips your
moms ass off
JL What they said.
9) Has that release stirred any label interest? If so, with who?
WR A couple of labels that really arent worth mentioning because
they talk a lot of bullshit, but really exert no follow through
JL Its a little frustrating when people tell you things and
then nothing happens. It really is who you know and whose ass you
kiss and who thinks youre cool. How good you are or arent
doesnt really matter all that much.
10) Do you have any other releases out since the release of "The
Darkening..." CD? Could you give some info on it?
JL We did one of those MP3.com discs and have a three song promo out.
WR The MP3 CD includes some live tracks & some newer stuff, and
the Bleeding Darkness promo will blow your face off
11) You have contributed to a lot of the Dwell Records tribute albums.
Which ones were you on & which was your favorite to do & why?
JL We appear on the Ozzy, the first Judas Priest, the second Metallica,
Twisted Sister and WASP tributes. We also recorded a Destruction song
for a tribute that has not yet been released. Im a huge Ozzy
fan and it was pretty cool to be on that one.
WR The Twisted Sister and Destruction covers were the best. Those
two were very similar to the originals but with the Soulless sound.
Those two would kill any human.
JC: Judas Priest is the best
12) Soulless is from the Cleveland, Ohio area. There is a decent scene
in that area from what I've seen. Who are some of the better bands,
zines, labels, etc...?
WR Cleveland has some great bands
Boulder, Keelhaul, Somnus and
Caveman are among the best. The Michael Stanley band is among bands
that are gay.
JL Nunslaughter, Ringworm, All that is Evil, Schnauzer, Destructor,
Black Death, The Dead Boys, Devo (Akron, Ohio), Pere Ubu, Joe Walsh
place rules!!! No labels or zines come to mind.
JC Also Descend, Dead of Night, Stepsister
13) Have you guys played a lot of shows? With who & where?
WR We dont play out very often, but do when a good opportunity
shows itself. Weve played with Dismember, Malevolent Creation,
Morbid Angel, UFO, Iron Maiden
JL I forgot about the UFO and Maiden shows. When did that happen?
Musta been really drunk
Also Kataklysm, Nile, Krisiun, Incantation.
14) Any unusual touring stories you'd care to share?
JL We really dont get out much
WR No. Dora shit his pants one time in Jersey, though.
15) What is the best & worst things about being in a band?
WR The best part about being in a band is just rocking out on your
songs with 3 other guys who love metal just as much as you do. The
worst thing would have to be sending out a shitload of promos and
not getting signed
JL I thought we were a 5 piece
Its great to do the shit
we wrote and watch people dig it. It sucks not getting all the free
beer drugs and sex that we deserve. It is also expensive when no one
really likes you. Plus it takes up a lot of time.
JC Best Its the best thing in the world
unable to excel in other areas of life, but thats OK
16) What do you do outside of work from Soulless?
WR A few other bands
Dead of Night, Spawn of Satan
pizza, suck tits
JL I work in the sign business and try to support Satan via the internet
with various web sites that I have or help make happen. I just plain
JC I fix Guitars and drink beer
17) Are you into any other styles of music besides what you play &
who are some of the bands your currently into?
WR 70s rock recently been getting into Camel, Glassharp,
BOC & Chuck Mangione
JC Blues Rules! Yardbirds, Cake, Bang, AC/DC, Johnny Winter.
JL I worship Blue Oyster Cult. I also get into some rock-a-billy kinda
stuff: Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins. I like
some hardcore like GBH, The Exploited, The Accused, DRI and NO/FX
18) Whats the one CD you own that your a little embarrassed
to admit you own?
JC Harry Connick Jr., When Harry Met Sally Soundtrack.
JL Im not really embarrassed by anything I own, but do get made
fun of a lot for Sinead OConnor The Lion and the Cobra
and The Cure Disintegration
WR Every CD I own is good.
19) Do you remember where you were & what you were doing when
you found out about the World Trade Center attack on 9-11-01 in New
York? Any thoughts on this tragedy?
WR Apparently it happened when I was driving to work. I found out
when I got there. I didnt actually see the footage until later
that evening. It was terrible.
JC I was at work. An eye for an eye.
JL I was getting ready for work and listening to the Howard Stern
Show when they started talking about what was happening. I turned
on CNN and saw the second plane hit the second tower. I was filled
with shock and intense anger. There are so many stupid people who
out of their own laziness and ignorance devote themselves to ridiculous
religions. All religion is to blame. These people will find out that
although we as Americans may seem at odds with each other we are proud
and united in our desire for freedom. We will kill them in ways they
can not even imagine, and that is very good.
20) What are your views on the following topics: Sex, Drugs, Religion,
Politics & the music industry?
JC Sex would like some, Drugs not for me (except beer),
religion dont care, politics dont care,
music industry be your own industry
WR I really dont see much action in any of these categories.
My life is not affected by sex, drugs, religion, politics or the music
JL I dont get much sex, probably because I am to busy doing
drugs. I am very religious about beer, pot and metal, but not much
else. Politics are a necessary evil that I keep a sideward glance
towards. The music industry has too much to do with industry and not
21) What can we expect next from Soulless?
JL Were in the process of breaking in a new bass player and
getting new songs ready. Check our website for shows. I will also
die or be arrested soon.
WR A full length thrasher most likely a self financed and self
released recording in March / April at the Mars Recording Compound.
And an epic video. This record will kill everyone
JC Lots of ripping!!! More solos. (and some drinking as well)
22) Thanx a lot for doing this interview. Would you like to add anything
to close out?
JL Thanks for the interest. Everyone should check out our web site:
www.soullessdomain.com for upcoming shows, news and other crap. If
you like us, let us know. God knows we dont make any goddamn
money with this shit. Women can also send us naked pictures of themselves
if they are hot.