Migraine
Posted: July 15th, 2009

"Our songs do not contain messages. They simply document the macabre occurrences from which individuals suffer."

Interview and photos by Jordan Joseffer

Migraine is from Concord, CA, comprised of two-thirds of the members of Brutal Death and two other suburban kids who spend their time playing dark, drowning hardcore. Sounding similar to Infest or Siege they’re guaranteed to give your parents a migraine.

How'd you guys start? How'd you get the name?
Migraine has no origin, nor termination. If the knaves of hardcore modern would have their minds eased by a narrative of birth, let it be told of our conception in the womb of the chosen virgin, immaculate and glorious. Migraine is the vanguard, Migraine is the watchword.

Why does your myspace URL say “Bomb The Mission?”
The Mission finds itself the unfortunate nucleus of many cultural elements deemed counter-revolutionary and reactionary by The Honorable Migraine. Following this truth, its destruction is imperative, ultimately imminent, and shall be relegated to the "dustbin of history," as they say.

What do you guys do in Concord?
The Eternal City? Let the annals of history enlighten you of the possibilities Concord offers. Rome, Carthage, Constantinople, Babylon, Shanghai... Concord. Your thinly-veiled insult begs the question: will San Francisco stand the test of time? Shall its sodomites continue their reign on into the coming era? Migraine thinks not. Migraine foresees that its ruins shall kneel at the altar of Concord.

Who writes the songs?
Chase, Sean, Dan, and John.

Migraine

Any good stories from the road?
Dante's Inferno is roughly analogous to our exploratory mission to Los Angeles. And Portland, little more than a leper colony dressed in modernity, was weak and timid at our feet. Their fortresses of capital crumbled and their women and children turned to slaves—a natural state—upon our entering the city. Seattle was alright, yielding quickly to our domineering influence.

What are the intentions of all the propaganda you guys put out?
The multitude of educational fliers, slogans, bulletins, and mass calls are for the benefit of you, our servile cadres. Migraine labors relentlessly, and with an unceasing devotion, to propel the uninitiated masses to our standards of ideology and organization.

What are the majority of you songs about? Is there a message?
Our songs do not contain messages. They simply document the macabre occurrences from which individuals suffer. It is ambiguous, perhaps unknowable, whether these phenomenon stem from the supernatural or are purely psychological.

How do you feel your first 7" came out?
Upon hearing of our debut EP's release, the masses rejoiced in the streets and everyone gave praise to that same Eternal Banner. There were scattered reports of virgins speaking in tongues, languages not heard in thousands of years, at the news that the darkness of the world had found its liberator: Migraine. Christians were thrown to lions, Jews drawn and quartered, Hindus removed of their ceremonial garb, Muslims were made to know the curious practices of Vlad Tepes. Our introductory communique was received exactly as planned, and we are content.

What's in the future for Migraine?
A new EP on Cowabunga records entitled "Weird Tales," as well as tracks on an upcoming compilation from the same label. We will be appearing on the new MRR comp, and we’re in the process of planning an upcoming tour. It is not the proper place of you or anyone to ask what great feats Migraine will accomplish next. Instead, look within yourself and discover how you can best serve us.

Check out Migraine's myspace for upcoming shows and more music.
  • Larbfest 4 Video

    Larbfest 4 Video
    Warning! Aggressive, messy and chaotic! Larbfest celebrates the bands that provide the soundtrack to our skateboarding. Having a session before the gig is a standard ritual, but this time we turned it into a little mission from Minneapolis to Milwaukee, harvesting parks and spots in between gigs. Turn it up and check it out! —Hitz
  • Larbfest 4 Article

    Larbfest 4 Article
    It was the Larb’s turn to blaze in and show some love to a couple of the finest cities in the Midwest with an onslaught of bands, zines and thrash. Check out the article here.
  • Badbadnotgood Interview

    Badbadnotgood Interview
    Chester Hansen, Alex Sowinski and Leland Whitty took a few minutes to talk amidst a bombardment of selfie requests from fans.
  • Wand Interview

    Wand Interview
    We present to you this interview featuring Cory Hanson and Lee Landley of LA’s best kept secret: Wand. Check it out.
  • Thrasher Radio Ep. 57: Eric Dressen

    Thrasher Radio Ep. 57: Eric Dressen
    When it comes to legends in skateboarding, the name Eric Dressen always gets in there. The ‘70s micro-midget talks about Logan Earth Ski, Laura Thornhill and a young kid named Julien Stranger. Been there, done it. Eric D knows his stuff.—Jake Phelps
  • Incantation Interview

    Incantation Interview
    Incantation’s longtime drummer Kyle Severn took a break from rehearsal to answer our call about their latest work.
  • Aesop Rock's "Hot Dogs" Music Video

    Aesop Rock's "Hot Dogs" Music Video
    "Hot Dogs" is a audio/video project celebrating the tangents of a delirious brain over the course of a late-night skate to the store. –Aesop Rock
  • Shabazz Palaces Interview

    Shabazz Palaces Interview
    Ishmael and Baba opened up about their initial meeting, why they wanted to remain anonymous and how corny rappers are dumbing down the culture. Check it out.
  • Volcom x Burger Records

    Volcom x Burger Records
    Volcom teamed up with the guys at Burger Records to bring you this collection. Check it out.
  • Eyehategod Interview

    Eyehategod Interview
    Given a new lease on life late last year with a brand new liver, we caught up with Mike IX and the boys before a recent Eyehategod gig at Brick By Brick in San Diego.