To be honest, in my older age, I’ve become a hater of moshing.
I used to thrash in the pit when I was a dumb teenager, before I knew how annoying it actually is to the innocent people who have the misfortune of unwittingly being outside a newly-formed pit. Now, I stay far away from the pit — what my friend Jay calls “The Special Olympics Breakdancing Contest.”
The Sword’s J.D. Cronise isn’t a fan of moshing either.
He tells Decibel Magazine The Sword — as they wrote songs for their new album — tried to avoid crafting sections that would inspire moshing.
“It has occurred to me multiple times over the years that we’ve been playing live that when I hear ‘Battery’ by Metallica, my instinct is not to put my head down, run in a circle and shove people around me,” says Cronise.
“That to me seems bizarre and kind of silly. When other people hear songs like that, that is what their instinct is to do. To me, that takes away from a musical performance when there’s accomplished, talented musicians onstage performing songs for you; to engage in this totally unrelated physical activity to me is disrespectful, in a way, to the rest of the audience that doesn’t want to do that, and to the band on stage that are trying to perform for you.
“We kind of wanted to dial back the thrashiness a little bit in the hopes that people would sit still (laughs) to a degree,” he says. “Still rock out and bang their heads and enjoy the show, but not take it to such an extreme, adrenalized level where they kind of act like lunatics.”
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