Fister has been around if I'm not mistaken since around 2009. Much work has been accomplished within the band it seems with various releases leading up to the release of your most recent LP this year, Gemini. Can you tell us a bit about how it all started with Fister?
Kenny Snarzyk > We started this band out of boredom. We honestly didn't have any plans to do much with it. Marcus was my room mate at the time, and Fister was just something we would crank out while we were stoned.
The production on your latest (soon to be released) Gemini is huge. How was your overall experience in the studio? Were you happy and the end of the day with the end result? Is there anything you would of liked to have done differently on Gemini?
Kenny Snarzyk > Until this record, the most time we've ever spent in the studio was one day. Gemini took six days to record and 3 days to mix/master. We owe a lot to the talents and patience of Gabe Usery. He's pretty much solidified himself as a member of the band at this point. I can't imagine doing any big projects without him. I wouldn't change a thing on this record. Would you?
I believe there are some tour dates in July for a Midwestern tour, any chance we can see the band venture out west?
Kenny Snarzyk > We are heading North and East in July, and we are playing Denver Doomfest in October. Hopefully (job situation permitting) we can head further west from there.
A few of your band members seem to have their hands full with bands past and present. Does it ever become any issue when it comes to keeping a balance with the various projects? Would you say that Fister takes priority over the rest of the projects?
Kenny Snarzyk > At this point, no other bands are really getting in the way. We've butt heads in the past with a project or two, but as of right now, I think it's safe to say that Fister is the priority band for us. We've done a lot of growing up as a band, considering it went from a humorous side project to a full time serious band.
Charles Bronson seems to be a character which seems to have much influence within the band. Could you explain a little further? By the way I'm a huge fan of the man himself. From the infamous Death Wish movies to 10 to Midnight. They don't make movies like they used to!
Kenny Snarzyk > The Charles Bronson thing was a weird night of stoned ideas coming to life. The interrogation scene in 10 to midnight alone is worthy of an Oscar.
Some of your older material (vinyl & cassettes) are now sold out. Are there any plans for re-releases?
Kenny Snarzyk > Yeah. Maybe. We talk about it sometimes, but it seems like we end up investing in future releases more than the old stuff. Why? Do you know anyone that wants to put Bronsonic out on vinyl?
Gemini seems to be gaining some widespread attention from all kinds of blog sites and reviewers in a relatively short amount of time. Is this something of an unexpected surprise within the band?
Kenny Snarzyk > The response has been great. We knew this was going to be a big record for us, just because of the time and effort we put into it, but we have been overwhelmed with the amount of praise it has received so far.
Some additional musicians were brought into the studio during the recording of the album. How did this idea come about?
Kenny Snarzyk > I'm not 100% sure. I know that I wanted to add strings to the end of Antitheist, and Marcus wanted to add a wall of guitars to the end of III. The rest just kind of happened in the studio, for the most part. We completely rewrote the title track in the studio, combining it with another idea that we had. It all just kind of worked out in the end.
From a lyrical and thematic stand point, would you elaborate a bit on the content of Gemini?
Kenny Snarzyk > Well, it is heavily inspired by Cronenberg's Dead Ringers. It's easily my favorite movie. That movie gives me a general feeling of unease and sadness, yet I love it. That hung heavy on us while making this album, and we wanted the listener to have similar emotions.
I've noticed some classic gear in some of the band pictures that have popped up here in there. You guys seem to have one hell of an arsenal! I can't even imagine what your live sound is like. Can you tell us what some of your most memorable performance(s) have been?
Kenny Snarzyk > As of late? We have been laying pretty low since we went to the studio. We've only played 2 shows since December. Last years tour was pretty awesome, so was playing with Yob and Norska late in the summer. We did a weekend run with The Lion's Daughter in the fall and it was so great that we are going to do a small tour with them in July.
Any local (St. Louis) acts that have caught your attention as of recently and would be a worthy mention?
Kenny Snarzyk > As of late? Bastard (ex Harkonin) and Heavy Horse are the only new bands I can think of worth mentioning. New stuff from The lion's Daughter, Ashes and Iron, Everything Went Black, The Gorge, Cross Examination, and Blackfast all have either just wrapped things up in the studio, or are currently in there working on new releases. I'm pretty excited to hear them all.
Favorite quote(s) from the legendary; Mr. Charles Bronson?
Kenny Snarzyk > He was actually a really deep guy, but this line from Death Wish 4 is still my favorite:
Villain: "Who the fuck are you?!"
Paul Kersey (Bronson): "Death"
With the release of Gemini, it seems this will keep the band tied up for some time to come. As you mentioned earlier Doom Fest in Denver in October along with some tour dates in July. Do you foresee any future releases this year aside from Gemini? Possible splits perhaps?
Kenny Snarzyk > I'm hoping we can knock out a split or two before the end of the year. We've been talking to our friends in Failed about doing something. Hopefully that pans out. Also a vinyl release of Gemini should happen late this year. We'll see.
Thank you for your time, any last words?
Kenny Snarzyk > Thanks for your interest. And a special thanks to Finland for Thergothon and Skepticism.
Photography: David Torrence