Paul Bearer is the vocalist for one of the most influential and underrated New York Hardcore bands of all time: Sheer Terror. Sheer Terror came out of the very strange New York Hardcore scene of the 80s — before the music became codified into the metallic, bouncy mosh parts we think of as NYHC today. While Sheer Terror is certainly no stranger to blending metal and punk, their sound is much more Tom G. Warrior plus Oi! rather than syncopated, single-string riffs. Nothing against bouncy mosh parts, but Sheer Terror is much more my cup of tea, personally.

Paul and I talk not only about the weird world of punk and hardcore in New York in the 80s, but also about Paul’s cooking and his aggressive and comical pet Russian tortoises.

Check out the full conversation with the legendary Paul Bearer below.

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  1. great interview, but the fact that Paul burned his notebooks is a shame.
    Countless authors regretted decisions such as that. Shit, I have a storage unit – he could’ve kept them in there. 30 years from now, when democracy of death sorts all of us out, some new kid would’ve probably enjoyed perusing

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