Sunday, September 15, 2013

Throw a WRENCH in it.

Hailing originally from Brooklyn, New York, Robert "Toxic Bob" Deacy has rubbed shoulders with some of the greats in metal. Found now behind a guitar in an apparently reformed band called simply WRENCH, Bob has quite a hectic schedule. I managed to chase him down to catch the latest news and background on this Brooklyn group.

Hi Bob thanks for coming by to answer some questions..

First off, tell us a little about yourself and your band Wrench.

Hi Synde. Thanks for taking the time to contact me. As for myself, I am just another schmo from Brooklyn- the same part of it that spawned a lot of great heavy bands, like Carnivore, Type O, Biohazard, Life of Agony and more- must be something in the water here… . WRENCH is a “Sludge Metal” band (though I recently saw us reviewed as “Doom Core”!) from Brooklyn. Originally formed in the early 90’s. After a great run and touring and shows with Type O, Life of Agony, Biohazard, Gwar and COC, the band- on the verge of signing a record contract- broke up. Now, years later (older and wiser!) the band has a line-up that is not geared to self-destruct and have just done our first full length album, Dry Heaves And Tears. It is currently being shopped while we spread the word with live shows and social media.

When writing music, is it a collaborative process or does one person do it all?

 When we write, it is an amazing process! Either John (singer/2nd guitarist) or I bring a riff to the studio and just start jamming on it with the other guys, and the songs amazingly write themselves! We just gel like that- I’ve never had anything like is pretty hardcore,where do you find your inspiration for the themes in your m And the musical influences that helped shape the band’s sound as it is today?

Your music is pretty hardcore, where do you find your inspiration for the themes in your music?
And the musical influences that helped shape the band’s sound as it is today?

I think that all people have a tortured place inside them that they live with and for the most part remains buried. With us it is exposed, like a raw nerve and we can’t help but let it come exploding violently out of us in our music- it's therapeutic!

What instruments do you play?

I play guitar and bass mostly- though I fiddle with everything from the harmonica to piano. In Wrench I play only guitar though.

Any favorite live music venues?

Yes! Sadly, the long closed original L’Amour in Brooklyn. It was an institution that everybody from Iron Maiden to Metallica passed through. We may never see its like again… but there still are a lot of great places to play.

What is a typical week for the band?

Lol- that's a tough one! NOTHING is typical about us! We just had a great week on the road with Biohazard and typically tried to torture each other as much as possible! : )

Tell us about your connection with Type O Negative.

That is a difficult subject. Peter was a dear friend, and I remain friends with the rest of the band and do my best to support all their endeavors. Very early on, I played in my first signed band with Sal Abruscato (Type O/ Life of Agony/ A Pale Horse Named Death) called Toximia. We did a lot of shows with Peter’s old band, Carnivore. When Carnivore came to an end, I started playing with Pete and we wanted to something different- slower- heavier- more industrial. Initially, it was Peter, Sal and myself. Soon, as happens in music- especially when you play with friends, we began to drift apart. I went my own way and soon after, Josh and Kenny completed the line-up. It was just one of those things- I had a different path. I remain friends with all involved and eventually (Thank god!) returned to music myself!

Do you have a band that really inspired you as a kid and made you say, “I want to do that"?

Yes! Without question- BLACK SABBATH!!! Of course, there are many influences- Jimi Hendrix, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, to name a few. I was a huge Randy Rhoads fan also!

What books inspired you as a child? 

Hmmm… I loved Poe from an early age (disturbingly early, probably!) I also discovered Dante’s Inferno at about 10 years old which had a profound effect on me!

Lighting round

Horror movies or comedies?- Horror!

Whiskey or Vodka?- Whiskey (used to be! I no longer drink.)

Favorite male fronted band?- Black Sabbath

Favorite female fronted band?- Fleetwood Mac

Favorite guitarist?- Tommi Iommi

Favorite vocalist?- Ozzy!

Favorite lyric written by someone else?- Hand Of Doom by Black Sabbath!

What CD are you listening to that you absolutely love?- Dopethrone by Electric Wizard!

Pepsi or Coke?- Coke!

What's next for Toxic Bob and Wrench?

 For me? Recovering from falling off a building at Ground Zero!
 For Wrench? WORLD DOMINATION! : )

Where can people find your music? 

You can find our 4 song EP on iTunes or other on-line sources. For the full length, you can order a free copy at !

WRENCH on facebook

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