By Theron Moore
I first heard of Sarkoma when I was writing for SLAM Magazine, then more and more at the local gigs I attended, their name kept popping up. It wasn’t until a few years later when I was doing my zine “Louder Than God” that I finally decided to interview the band.
I was at work sitting in the breakroom. Some skater kid sat down by me and started talking about the Sarkoma shows he was at, I think it was Rotation Station in Loves Park. A few weeks later Greg from Pure Aggression mentioned them to me, how he was friends with the band. Now Sarkoma was a “must see.”
And what a show it was. It was the band’s debut performance at a small bar outside of Belvidere after being signed to Grindcore Records. Sarkoma and Forchristsake. To say it was a fun exciting time would be an understatement.
Church of the Necromoicon: What year was Sarkoma started?
Brian Carter (Vocals): 1987 in Aaron Ingrams garage just the two of us. I was playing guitar at that point.
COTN: How did the band members come together?
Brian Carter (Vocals): Stu and Mike came into band around same time as Aaron and i. we then moved it to Mikes basement where it stayed till it’s end
COTN: You were a young kid at the time Sarkoma was around. Was your personal goal to take Sarkoma nationwide and be a working musician or keep the band local and maybe consider school?
Brian Carter (Vocals): At this point in my life all I wanted was to be a rock star, like Dave says “ I lived my life like there was no tomorrow…
COTN: Prior to be signed, was Sarkoma playing just Northern IL or all over the Midwest?
Brian Carter (Vocals): We did mostly midwest shows. Loved doing all aged shows kids appreciate music more than drunks in bars…
COTN: What larger name bands did Sarkoma do shows with?
Brian Carter (Vocals): We never really did too many shows with bigger bands that I can remember.
COTN: Do you remember that one point in time when it occurred to you that maybe Sarkoma could be bigger than just a local band, that maybe, just maybe you could score a record deal?
Brian Carter (Vocals): Of course that was when I heard us on the radio for the first time, but I never really thought much about what it was going to become. Just played rocked and let it live.
COTN: Who found who when it came to Grindcore Records?
Brian Carter (Vocals): A friend at the time was managing us ( Nick Senave ) he was working at Grindcore at aske me to give him a demo next thing we know we get signed on my 21st birthday.
COTN: At that point in time the Rockford metal scene was pretty active. Were you thinking that maybe Rockford could’ve been the next big metal scene outside of LA?
Brian Carter (Vocals): No never crossed my mind.
COTN: Looking back at that era, what’s your opinion now, all these years later? Do you think Rockford could’ve been the next big metal scene?
Brian Carter (Vocals): Not really, Rockford has always had great talent but without other like minded clubs and bars or places for these talented people to play, it makes it pretty hard.
COTN: I believe you did two records with Grindcore — “Integrity” and “Completely Different.” Were you able to tour the country for both records, if so, what bands did you tour with?
Brian Carter (Vocals): The only tour we did had ¾ of the shows cancelled before we showed up, it was a great learning expierence. Made it all the way to mexico and back…good times
COTN: What happened between Grindcore Records and Sarkoma? I believe the label went out of business, right?
Brian Carter (Vocals): Ya but our 2nd CD was on Redlight records same label different name and different bands, more comercial bands
COTN: Was there any label interest in the band post Grindcore?
Brian Carter (Vocals): Ya Redlight.
COTN: What led to the dissolution of the band, what were the factors involved?
Brian Carter (Vocals): Two people wanted to go in different directions and they did, 1 wanted to get more heavy and one wanted to play rap rock, guess what one I am????
COTN: Was it a good split or bad split?
Brian Carter (Vocals): Bad
COTN: Why not revisit Sarkoma now?
Brian Carter (Vocals): All members have moved on, and too much time has come between us.
COTN: Any plans to make Sarkoma music available on iTunes?
Brian Carter (Vocals): Not sure
COTN: Is there a Sarkoma Facebook Page or website you’d like to plug?
Brian Carter (Vocals): Nope
COTN: Post Sarkoma 2014. What are you doing now? Do you know what the other band members are doing?
Brian Carter (Vocals): Well after I was in a way more successful band called The Heavils we were signed to MetalBlade rercords for 5 years put out 2 CD’s and toured with some awesome bands, got to open for Slipknot 3 times opened for Slayer toured with Six Feet Under the Red Chord, Misery signals, Bloodhound Gang Devin Townsend produced our 2 release Heavilution, we were in Guitar Player Magazine twice, Guitar world, Rolling Stone. This was my proudest achivement in music.