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ASSCHAPEL’s Dallas Thomas Talks Band History, Southern Lord Reissue & Possible Asschapel Reunion

"[We called it a day because] We were broke and burned out.

Asschapel is a cult underground band whose legacy has survived and endured. The members are scattered across the country so a reunion seems unlikely, but anything could happen. While the band is currently doing the press round for the reissue of their discography through Southern Lord, I chatted to guitarist Dallas Thomas about the history of Asschapel and the songs themselves!

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Jack: Hi, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. How are you doing?

Dallas Thomas (Guitar): Doing good. No problem.

Jack: I want to talk about your history first. How did you all meet?

Dallas: We all met through punk shows around the Nashville, TN area.

Jack: Asschapel were part of the Nashville punk scene. What was the scene like back in the day?

Dallas: It was pretty small for the most part with the biggest shows being around 100 – 200 people unless Fugazi played [Laughs]. But in Nashville it could be pretty tough to get people out to shows back then.

Jack: Do you still follow the Nashville punk scene?

Dallas: Only via social media [Laughs]. I have been living in Chicago for eight years so I am pretty much out of the loop as far as Nashville goes.

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Jack: What was the main goal with Asschapel when you formed?

Dallas: To have a rippin’ good time!

Jack: What were the main influences of Asschapel?

Dallas: Old-School Thrash, Hardcore Punk and 70s Prog.

Jack: What was your fondest memory of your time with Asschapel?

Dallas: It is all a blur at this point… but for me Asschapel was the first band I actually got to go on multiple tours overseas and put out CDs and LPs.

Jack: What do you think was the best show you played?

Dallas: Hard to say. I am going to say Athens, Greece on our last tour in 2006.

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Jack: Why did you decide to call it a day in 2006?

Dallas: We were broke and burned out.

Jack: A lot of bands have been reforming lately, would you ever consider reuniting at all?

Dallas: We are all scattered across the country now. So to do it right would take some serious dollar. Never know…

Jack: Your latest release Total Destruction: 1996-2006 has been recently released. Why have you decide to release this?

Dallas: Putting our demo on Bandcamp is what got us talking about doing a discography.

Jack: Do you have fond memories recording the material?

Dallas: Yeah I do. It was pretty awesome because our original bass player Jrob worked at a small project studio so we got to spend as much time as we wanted recording that stuff. Which in turn is why I feel the performances hold up 10+ years later even though it was all recorded on Tascam DA-88s [Laughs] Remember those? [Laughs]

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Jack: What was your favourite Asschapel song?

Dallas: I don’t know, they are all hits [Laughs]!

Jack: What’s it been like working with Southern Lord to release the material?

Dallas: Totally awesome! I could not have imagined a better way for us to preserve our legacy of ASS…

Jack: What bands are you currently in and what are the upcoming plans for Asschapel?

Dallas: Currently I play in the Chicago band Pelican and as far as Asschapel goes there are no plans at the moment…

Jack: Finally, Slayer’s Reign in Blood will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. What does this album mean to you?

Dallas: Jeff Hanneman Rest in Peace…

Jack: Thank you for your time, have a good day!

Dallas: Thank you!

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About Jack (789 Articles)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

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