BrokeNCYDE Don’t Care They’re The World’s Most Hated Band

BrokenCYDE

BrokenCYDE

BrokeNCYDE (pronounced “broke inside,” just like their feelings) might only have a few years of crunkcore under their belts, but they’ve already generated more controversy and venom than most bands will receive over their entire careers.

Offended by the band’s antics and their music’s subject matter, parents have banded together and formed groups like Mothers Against BrokeNCYDE. Unimpressed by their unique blend of crunk and screamo and lyrics like “You make my peepee hard” and “Eenie meenie minni moe/So much bitches at our shows,” critics have called them everything from “fucking horrendous” (Metal Edge) to “a near perfect snapshot of everything that’s shit about this point in the culture” (Warren Ellis).

It’s almost impossible to exaggerate the level of antipathy that Se7en (vocals), Mikl (vocals), Phat J (synths, guitars) and Antz (“fog machine and lights”) have generated in their young lives.

Limp Bizkit were the butt of plenty of jokes and criticism in the ’90s and early aughts, but their cover of “Faith” at least inspired a dose of good will or benign apathy. Insane Clown Posse and their juggalos and juggalettes are often regarded as signs of a diseased society, but at least they bring greater recognition to Faygo pop.

Even if you multiplied the level of bile hurled at those two giants of questionable culture, you would probably fall short of the sheer hatred some (like Thrash Magazine‘s Jay Thrash, who wishes that he could go back in time like Superman and crush them at birth) are starting to feel for this band.

Now it’s time for Canada to lock up its daughters and music snobs, because BrokeNCYDE are coming to town in support of their brand new album I’m Not A Fan… But The Kids Like It!

With the rest of his crew boisterously on the hunt for porn in the background, Mikl (the man behind the less screamy, more Auto-Tuned vocals) took some time away from the good fight to get on the phone with CHARTattack and talk about the band’s detractors, their fans, moms and bitches.

CHARTattack: You’ve been the subject of some pretty heinous reviews. Do you care about what the critics think at all?
Mikl: We don’t care what people say at all.

Even when they speculate that your music is actually a joke? Does that bother you?
I don’t care what people have to say. None of us do. We do this for our fans. People are entitled to their own opinion and if that’s what they want to say, then cool. We really don’t care.

Do your fans care, though?
They stick up for us, they have our backs, you know? But, you know.

So, they start flame wars on the internet in your defence?
Yeah. They always protect us.

Were you aware that the name BrokeNCYDE has made it to the Urban Dictionary?
No.

It’s being defined as a synonym for “ear rape.”
That’s cool.

Yeah? You like that?
Not really, but it’s whatevs.

Now you do have some pretty naughty lyrics, and I just have to ask you: Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
I don’t kiss my mom. That’s kind of weird.

Even on the cheek?
Even on the cheek.

Is your mom bothered by your lyrics at all?
No, my mom supports me in everything that I do. Like, she’s on my side, you know?

Do your songs really get you a lot of chicks?
Yeah, a lot of the guys. I have a girlfriend, so… it helps all of these other losers in the band.

So, do girls really fall for lines like, “You fucking bitch, come suck my dick?”
I don’t know. We’re just saying what people say. But yeah.

This interview was originally published October 13, 2009 via Chart Communications.

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Lupita Nyong’o, Black Panther And Martial Arts

Lupita Nyong’o in Black Panther

Lupita Nyong’o (left) in Black Panther

Somewhat lost in the mega-hype and astronomical success of Black Panther is the fact that the film finally allowed Academy Award-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o the opportunity to showcase her longstanding appreciation for martial arts.

Sarah wrote about Lupita Nyong’o, who’s been dabbling in martial arts since age seven, in a piece for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Gord Downie, Metallica, More

Gord Downie

Gord Downie

Below are some of the stories I wrote for charity-focused entertainment site Samaritanmag back in the fall.

Metallica Will Headline Huge Benefit Concert to Help San Francisco Area Residents Affected By Wildfires

David Foster Foundation’s 30th Miracle Gala Raises $10.2 Million In Vancouver

WATCH: Gord Downie Wanted to Protect Our Water

Dolly Parton Donates Money and Books for Hurricane Relief Efforts

Downie and Wenjack Families Thank Canada for Support

Midnight Oil To Perform Benefit Show To Support Oceans

NABSDay Launched To Support Advertising Industry People In Time Of Need

LISTEN: Miley Cyrus Sings Teddy Bears Picnic To Protect B.C. Grizzlies

Late Tom Petty Supported a Number of Causes and Charities

Bruno Mars Helps Send Students To Grammy Music Camp

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85 Year Old Paints Using Boxing Gloves

Ushio Shinohara

Ushio Shinohara

Ushio Shinohara, an 85 year old painter, has figured out a way to incorporate boxing — actual boxing, using gloves — into making his art.

Sarah wrote about this for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

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Ronda Rousey And Martial Arts’ Influence On Pro Wrestling

Ronda Rousey, professional wrestle-pointer

Ronda Rousey, professional wrestle-pointer

Ronda Rousey’s appearance at Wrestlemania this weekend is going to be a very big deal.

It’s also the latest in a very long line of links between martial arts and pro wrestling.

Sarah wrote about this phenomenon for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

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4 Ways Martial Arts Training Can Help Combat Depression

Martial arts training can help combat depression

Martial arts training can help combat depression

As society comes to learn more and more about depression and the ways to combat it, one tool that’s proving helpful is frequent physical exercise like martial arts training.

Sarah explained why in a feature list story for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

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Bruce Lee Lightsaber Fight

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

A savvy digital editor named Patrick Nan has doctored a scene from Bruce Lee’s Fists Of Fury to feature the martial arts master using Star Wars-style lightsaber nunchucks and the result is amazing.

Sarah wrote about the viral video treatment for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

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