1) Hi guys. Give me a short history of your band, line-up, etc.
JT: Greetings to you from WarningSF. I’ll make it as short as possible.Warning was formed in 1982 during the beginnings of the Bay Area Metal movement. I was in a band called Thunderhead before Warning and Brian, Tany and Kirk were in a band called Hades. They fired their guitarist and I joined up with them, but none of us wanted to call ourselves Hades because of the previous guitarist. We changed the name to Warning and began writing songs and booking gigs. We fired the first bassist and got a new one and a lead vocalist and started giging around the city and opened for bands like Metallica ( with Dave M ) and Exodus amongst others. We finally replaced the previous singer and bassist with the final 80’s Warning line-up of :
Rob “The Hammer” Halverson : Vocals
Terry Hamilton: Bass
Brian Poole: Guitar/Keys
Jon Torres: Guitar
Tany Fillari: Drums
That is the line-up that is on the 1985 demo that is on the Aftermath album. I broke the band up in 1986 to join another band called Ulysses Siren. In 1999 I started WarningSF back up and got some old friends of mine to play on the record:Aaron, Brian, Will, and Torre. The current line-up is :
Torre Carstensen: Vocals
Brian Poole: Guitar, Keys, Vocals
Jon Torres: Guitar
Ira Black: Lead Guitar
Will Carroll: Drums
Joe Jimenez: Bass
We are currently in the process of writing the next WarningSF record.
2) Why the name change from Warning to WarningSF?
JT: Back in the day when we first started the band there was a French band called Warning that I didn’t know about until my good friend Ron Quintana informed me about them…We tried other names, but none of them worked so we eventually in the year 2001 changed the name to WarningSF to save ourselves from any legal problems.
3) You’ve recruited: Aaron Jellum, Will Carroll, Torre Carstensen. How did they fit in?
JT: Well for the most part they all fit very well. The WarningSF record took quite a while to complete. It wasn’t easy getting all of these great musicians together. I had tried out many other musicians before I got these guys together: Greg Haa from Slough Feg, Tom Hunting From Exodus, etc. I finally got in touch with Will Carroll who had done a Laaz Rockit re-union with us in 1998 for a friend of ours that had passed on. He’s done an amazing job on the record as well as with his live performances. Torre Carstensen was a deadly blessing! What an amazing vocalist he is. As with Will I had tried to sequester other vocalists as well: Russ Anderson from Forbidden, Dave White from Heathen, Etc. Torre is one of the most well rounded musicians that I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. He is not only a great vocalist, but he is also a monster guitarist, great drummer, and decent bassist as well. A treasure to WarningSF. Aaron Jellum is a man who needs no introduction. Lead Guitarist extrarordinarie. Sven Soderlund was supposed to play on the record before Aaron , but couldn’t get his shit together so Aaron came through like the metal warrior that he is and absolutely shreadded all over the WarningSF tracks. Cheers to all of my old friends for coming through for me.
4) A lot of people talked about your re-recordings. Why do you think re-recordings were necessary? Why didn’t you try to record something new?
JT: Originally the WarningSF record was only going to be an EP with only the 1985 demo tracks on it. The guy that wanted to press it initially asked if I had anymore material besides the 3 songs. I told him that I had plenty of songs, but that none of them were recorded on anything more than 2 track practice and gig tapes…Nothing worthy of being pressed.
WarningSF is an “Old School” metal band that got very little publicity or product distribution back in the day, so it made complete sense to me and the rest of the band to re-record some of the old tunes that very few people ( if any ) had ever heard. Writing new tunes has been saved for the new record.
5) You have a contract with Mausoleum Records. How do you get along with them? Why did you leave them?
JT: Yes, we do have a licensing contract with them for certain territories in central Europe and Russia. We have control over the rest of the globe with Relentless Records.
In the beginning we got along just fine. Now is a completely different story. They have bitten off a bit more than they can handle in my opinion. They’ve signed too many artist too quickly and are having a hard time keeping up with their commitments.
Well, we haven’t actually left them yet. They have an option to pick up the second and third albums, but we will only wait so long for them to pick the option up before we move on to another label. Regardless, we will still be on Relentless Records. Check out the websites at www.relentless-records.us, www.warningsf.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
6) In your “Aftermath”, you tell us your vision about the end of the world. How do you see the end? Is it something necessary in our evolution or like something unavoidable?
JT: In some visions I’ve seen the end of the world comes quite quickly actually: By the hand of man and the foolish notion of global domination under one ruling regime. We now have so many different and horrid methods of killing life on the earth that if I had one to choose it be the quicker rather than prolonging a type of global nuclear whirlwind that basically decimates the population and leaves a fallout winter where nothing will survive.
I don’t see the present governments of the world really learning anything from past civilizations as far as a path not to be followed. Unavoidable may just be the case unfortunately. Nostradamus talked about the end of the world.
7) You’ve possibly been inspired by his “visions” or maybe by the apocalyptic end mentioned in the Bible?
JT: I would say probably a mixture of both along with Edgar Casey and other visionary’s as well as real life encounters and stories from friends and relatives.
8) Why do you think that Epic-Doom is the best style to use in these kind of apocalyptic visions?
JT: I know “Epic-Doom” is the right style for apocalyptic material. Let’s put it this way. It would be extremely hard to get your point across if your singing about the end of the world and your music sounds like trippin through the fucking daisies and vise versa.
9) Are you preoccupied with SF books or movies like StarWars, Startrek, etc?
JT: Preoccupied. No. I have a wide range of books and movies I enjoy that have nothing to do with SF at all. To be quite honest I never got into Star Wars, Serpent and the Rainbow, Jacobs Ladder, Pulp Fiction, Night of the living Dead, To name a few. The Interview with the Vampire, The Spear of Destiny, Milton, Of Mice and Men are books I’ve enjoyed. I really loved the ” original ” Star Trek TV series from the 60’s as well as the “Wrath of Khan” and “Search for Spock”.
10) What kind of music do you listen to at home? What bands?
JT: It really depends on the mood. I could range from the Pistols to Slayer to The Reverend Horton Heat. At the moment I’ve really had to lock into my own music so I really try and not be tainted by listening to other bands music but unfortunately I don’t live in a cave so that’s probably not going to happen. I’d say for the most part when I do have something in mind it’s usually older material like UFO, Thin Lizzy, Priest, Sabbath, Old Scorps, Etc.
11) This is all for the moment. Thanks for your time. If you could share with us a word of wisdom…
JT: My Pleasure. Don’t swim with sharks. Always question authority. Darkness is a virtue. Bang you Head til you Dead. Cheers JLT.