----Most bands are lucky to make it twenty-five minutes. ANTISEEN is TWENTY FIVE years old. That they managed to sustain without suckling from the swollen udders of the fat corporate cow makes the their longevity all that much more impressive. Factor in their abrasive sound, controversial lyrics and confrontational live show, and their longevity is fucking amazing.
----It's been a tough row to hoe, believe it.
----ANTiSEEN have forged their reputation on deeds, not words. They didn't wait for somebody else to recognize what it is they did, they went out on the road and worked the circuit in honest old-school DIY fashion. Blood sweat and (your) tears... They paid their dues. Hell they paid MY dues. They've paid YOUR dues.
----There are the recordings. LOTS of them. Somewhere around 16 lp's and 40-something ep's - I mean, fuck the major labels, right? Get in, get it on, get it done. SUB-POP, Rave, TKO, New Rose, Steel Cage and Safehouse being but a few of the 'name' indies gutsy enough to handle the mighty ANTiSEEN.
----There are the live shows. Savage assualts on your senses: volume, bloodshed, destruction and carnage. Forget emo, rockabilly or any other sub-genre, ANTiSEEN deliver full throttled energy and action without a sub-genre safety net.
----There are the fans. A devout cult following spanning the globe of the disenfranchised and disillusioned finding empathy and understanding by the most disenfranchised and disillusioned band in the world. Fuck 'scene' unity, this here runs a helluva lot deeper and sustains far longer.
----There is praise and recognition from the likes of Hank III, GG Allin, Phil Anselmo, Trent Reznor, Jello Biafra, Simon Stokes, Jack Starr, Jeff Dahl, Mudhoney, Smashing Pumpkins, Supersuckers, Nirvana, Dwarves, Zeke, Nashville Pussy and even the late, great Joey Ramone.
----There is the fact that they never change. For twenty-five years they've stayed true to the fundimental building blocks of great primal rock and roll noise. They never sold out, they never gave up and they never cashed in. It's called INTEGRITY boys and girls, and ANTiSEEN stay true to their vision without sacrificing a shred of integrity.
----Sure, over the course of twenty-five years they've had their share of controversy and confrontation. Dismissed as talentless hacks, redneck thugs, racist, homophobic, mysoginistic... you name it. ANTiSEEN absorbs it all without defense. They don't need to defend themselves, coz they know better. And they know what doesn't kill you makes you MEANER. So if you dont 'get it', GET OUT.
Coz ANTiSEEN ain't going anywhere.
-- Russ 'Mad Brother' Ward