Billy Graziadei says that there was “discuss” about placing BIOHAZARD again collectively.
The group, which is acknowledged as one of many earliest outfits to fuse hardcore punk and heavy steel with components of hip-hop, has been out of the general public eye since Scott Roberts left the band greater than six years in the past.
Roberts, who performed guitar on BIOHAZARD‘s 2005 album “Means To An Finish”, rejoined the group in June 2011 because the substitute for bassist and co-vocalist Evan Seinfeld. Scott fronted BIOHAZARD for almost 5 years earlier than exiting the band in February 2016.
Requested by Metallic Injection about BIOHAZARD‘s present standing, Billy mentioned: “We discuss typically. I used to be with Evan at a memorial for my pal Scott [Koenig], and it was nice to see him. Danny [Schuler, drums] and Bobby [Hambel, guitar] and I discuss very often, and in the course of the pandemic there have been a couple of people who wished to play bass for us. After which in the course of the pandemic, we had been all discussing and had a coronary heart to coronary heart. And mainly, the end result was, like, life’s too brief. If we do not take away something from this pandemic, it is, like, if we will do one thing, let’s put the band again collectively once more.
“I am the one member of the band that is nonetheless energetic in music,” he continued. “I do know the blokes do issues right here and there, nevertheless it’s what I do with what I like. It is me, so I’ll hold going.
“With BIOHAZARD, it is at all times been a vibe factor with us. It isn’t like we sit down and say, ‘Hey, in 2023, let’s make an album. Let’s go on tour and launch the album mid-tour.’ In a enterprise sense, that’d be nice. If I had the enterprise sense that I’ve now, I’d have been far more profitable. However like I mentioned, that was by no means my objective. It is nonetheless not my objective. My objective is music and artwork first. I in all probability will not be acknowledged for something superior till I am lifeless and gone, nevertheless it’s okay. I’ve different means to pay the payments and I’ve an important spouse who helps me.
“BIOHAZARD is sort of like a vibe factor,” Billy added. “It is like when the planets align and shit strains up, we do it. There’s been completely different loopy twists and turns of our historical past, and I’d think about there will probably be sooner or later, however that is life. The pandemic was the fucking craziest curveball anybody ever thought would come, you realize?”
In an August 2020 interview with the “Aftershocks” podcast, Roberts mentioned that he left BIOHAZARD as a result of he “wasn’t comfortable” anymore. “There was one man that I wasn’t getting together with very effectively, and it made touring not enjoyable anymore for me,” he mentioned. “My motive to stay round was to make a brand new report that was nice and I would be pleased with and all that stuff, after which it grew to become sort of clear that wasn’t gonna occur, so I used to be, like, ‘What am I doing it for?’ So I give up.”
Based on Roberts, BIOHAZARD was “doing actually good” on the stay circuit earlier than his resolution to depart the group.
“I used to be truly within the band longer than anyone else that wasn’t the unique 4 guys,” he mentioned. “I used to be within the band twice, truly; I performed guitar the primary time. So I used to be within the band, like, seven years, I feel. The second time, once I was singing, at first, we had been, like, ‘Is that this gonna work?’ ‘Trigger it is actually onerous to switch a singer. In historical past, what number of instances has that really labored? IRON MAIDEN, AC/DC… a handful of instances. At first, it was undoubtedly bizarre; folks did not know what to anticipate. However in time, the exhibits had been getting greater once more, we had been headlining festivals once more — it was rolling, it was occurring, it was working. However it all sort of fell aside.”
In a 2017 interview with “The Ex Man” podcast, Graziadei mentioned Roberts‘s break up from the group, saying that the opposite members of the band “received into some points” with Scott as soon as work started on a brand new studio album. “He simply grew out of it,” Billy claimed. “He was a fucking rigger in New York within the union, making tons of cash, and leaving his household to go on tour for making a bit of bit of cash, it did not pay for him. So I feel that began harboring some points with him. And finally we had been within the studio doing the brand new report, and we had some exchanges forwards and backwards, and he give up. And we had been, like, ‘Fuck! Right here we’re once more.'”
Scott later responded to Billy‘s feedback, saying that he give up BIOHAZARD as a result of it was not enjoyable. “I used to be okay with shedding cash on tour so long as I used to be having fun with myself,” Roberts wrote on his Fb web page. “I’d have stored doing that. The actual drawback was I wasn’t getting together with one of many members and wasn’t having fun with myself on tour with them anymore. The one different motive for me to maintain doing it, was to make a brand new report that I used to be into and pleased with. When one other member of the band made it clear to me that wasn’t going to occur, there was no motive for me to do it anymore. That is the best means I can clarify it.”
He added: “The one motive to be in a band is for the love of it. Not as a result of it is a profession. For those who do not take pleasure in what you are doing, you should not do it. That is my opinion, for what’s it price.”
In “The Ex Man” interview, Billy mentioned that BIOHAZARD‘s collaboration with Roberts “simply labored. The band with out Evan, in a small, hardcore means, it is like VAN HALEN with out David Lee Roth. It was completely different, it was one thing new, nevertheless it was completely different… Scott had the hearth that all of us had, and it simply appeared to work, and folks accepted him. He was nice, he match nice, his vibe was nice, he was all in regards to the music, beloved hardcore, beloved what we did, he was actually into it, and it was fucking superior. So we toured, we stored doing it. And we noticed the crowds getting greater and the folks accepted him and the BIOHAZARD identify… the model began rising once more; as a substitute of being stagnant or declining, it began to develop. And the exhibits stored doing higher and higher. And we had been, like, ‘Cool. Let’s hold this going.'”
Seinfeld made his closing recorded look with BIOHAZARD on 2012’s “Reborn In Defiance” album, which marked the primary LP that includes the band’s authentic lineup in 18 years.
Graziadei is at the moment a member of POWERFLO, which additionally options former FEAR FACTORY bassist/guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers, Sen Canine from CYPRESS HILL, and Rogelio Lozano from DOWNSET.
Billy‘s solo venture, BILLYBIO, will launch a brand new album, “Leaders And Liars”, on March 25 by way of AFM Data.