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SIMGE Survey: Getting To Know Debaser. // Stream “DOG”

Mike Mehalick June 17, 2016 Features, Interviews No Comments


In need of some massive riffage? Newly minted London-based grunge-rockers Debaser. have you covered today with their debut single, “DOG.” Comprised of Omar (singer/guitarist), Ian (singer/bassist) and James (drums), Debaser. craft incendiary, spoken word-led heavy tunes.

On “DOG.,” the talented trio estalbish a dark, Sonic Youth-esque mood with towering guitars and rythyms ala the Seattle grunge-golden days. Be sure to dive in…yesterday.

To help get you know Debaser. a little better, we sent Omar the SIMGE Survey. Check out his answers while listening to “DOG” below.

Name: Omar
Band: Debaser.
Instrument(s): Guitar, Vocals

What sound(s) do you/your band make?


If you could have anything fall from the sky what would it be and why?

Aliens, so we’d all feel a little closer as humans.

When I was a kid I used to love to…

Sit in big cardboard boxes.

An embarrassing phase in my life was when…

I was an emo. Although I still think it was the last true counter-culture the music world experienced. Also, I’m still pretty emo, so it’s a phase that’s lasted a fucking long time.

The 1st album I purchased:

Gorillaz’s Demon Days on CD, Space Jam soundtrack on tape.

The last album I purchased:

Du Blonde – Welcome Back to Milk.

My biggest insecurity:

My knees.

You can easily win me over by…

Telling me you’re a secret Brand New fan.

Sometimes when I feel lost I listen to Explosions in the Sky because there are no lyrics, and sometimes I don’t need someone singing words I try to relate to. Sometimes I need a band to help me discover my own silent thoughts.

After a show people compliment me most on my…

Drummer. A video of James drumming would go viral for sure.

Something most people don’t know about me is…

My parents are deeply, deeply religious, and I spent most of my life growing up in a strict Muslim household.

The band (artist) that altered my perception on life is Kate Tempest because the first time I heard her music/spoken word, I realized this was a new way of talking about stuff. I regard her as the best out of a new wave of contemporary, politically engaging artists emerging from the UK.

If not for music I would probably…

Find some other way to perform with people. I love connecting with people creatively and emotionally live. I’d probably start an art collective, which would eventually turn into a cult…

What are your favorite song lyrics?

So there was this woman and she was on an airplane,
and she was flying to meet her fiance seaming high above the
largest ocean on planet earth.
She was seated next to this man she had tried to start conversations,
but the only thing she had really heard him say was to order his
Bloody Mary.
She was sitting there and she was reading this really arduous
magazine article about a third world country
that she couldn’t even pronounce the name of.
And she was feeling very bored and despondent.
And then suddenly there was this huge mechanical failure and
one of the engines gave out,
and they started just falling thirty-thousand feet,
and the pilots on the microphone and he’s saying “I’m sorry, I’m
sorry, oh my god… I’m sorry” and apologizing.
And she looks at the man and says “Where are we going?” and
he looks at her and he says “We’re going to a party.
It’s a birthday party. It’s your birthday party.
Happy birthday darling. We love you very, very, very, very, very,
very, very much.”

Bright Eyes – “At The Bottom of Everything.”

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Mike is a graduate of the School Of Visual Arts with a BFA in Film & Video focused on screenwriting. His career stops have included editing positions at AOL, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed. He regularly contributes to a variety of outlets. Follow him @mmehalick

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