Were not a bunch of fuckin dudes who come from privilege.
You can hear this, you can feel this. And
Word Is Bond is a passionate album. // JJ Peters
You think you know Deez Nuts? Think again.
Word Is Bond showcases frontman JJ Peters at his most real. Its a short, sharp shock of pure honesty delivered
in inimitable old-school style, and shouts loud and proud that Peters, guitarist Matt RealBad Rogers, bassist
Sean Kennedy and drummer Alex Salinger are here to stay.
And sure, Deez Nuts still go harder than any other motherfucker in the room but now, with Word Is Bond
their fourth album, produced by Andrew Neufeld (Comeback Kid) and Shane Frisby (The Ghost Inside, Bury Your Dead), Peters
is confronting exactly what happens when the party stops. And with a little help from his boys Drew York (Stray From The Path,
who also guests on Party At The Hill) and Sam Carter (Architects), he decided to open up like never before.
I got pigeon-holed, states Peters plainly. This band was not meant to be something serious, but it gained
momentum as time rolled on and now I can say some shit that I really want to talk about. This album, you know what? Im
going to say whats on my mind. This is the truest album weve ever put out.
Deez Nuts have been touring the globe relentlessly since 2008 and have never taken more than a few weeks off at a time. That
intensity takes its toll, and Peters found himself looking long and hard at not just who he is, but who the world thinks he
is. And with this line-up of the band cemented since 2011, he felt comfortable and confident enough to lay it all out there.
On the last album (2013s Bout It!) the party vibe was a strong part of what DN was, he continues,
and I know thats what everybody was expecting, but Im not at that time of my life. Im growing up.
I reached out to Drew and Sam and told them I wasnt feeling it, and they told me to write from the heart about whatever
the fuck is on my mind. And I listened to them rather than being what I thought I was supposed to be. And the band approached
it as talented musicians who werent held back by having to be the four-chord party band.
But writing the first song was really fucking difficult. It was like breaking down a wall. But once I did that, everything
That song is the title track and mission statement for Word Is Bond. And throughout Understand, which
packs more energy into 49 blistering seconds than most bands can muster over an entire career, and the blunt force trauma
of Dont Wanna Talk About It, the release of tension is palpable. Of the latter song, Peters is clear: you
dont know me and you never will. Its none of your fucking business.
I hold my head high, I get the job done and Im an amicable person, he explains, but people try to
relate to me on a level and they just dont know what Im going through.
Im going through real shit, shit I wouldnt wish on anyone, and so is everyone else in the band. Were
not a bunch of fuckin dudes who come from privilege. You can hear this, you can feel this. And thats because this
is a passionate album. And people might sympathise and try to empathise, but they just dont know.
And thats where this gets really interesting, because since their inception Deez Nuts have been a band everyone in the
hardcore scene has had an opinion on, positive or negative. They like Peters himself were seen as caricatures,
but Word Is Bond shows the truth beneath the surface. But dont get mistaken: this is no self-indulgent opera
of dull introspection; instead, this is reality rendered in tones as hard as punk can get.
This time round, I wrote more songs about drink and drugs in a negative aspect than a positive aspect, says Peters.
And thats not because Im telling people to stop what I told them to do, but its because where I am
in my life, its the other side of it. Ive done all that, he says. I feel that this is the one album
that will turn heads that may have not been turned previously. I dont give a fuck about haters we traverse the
globe as hedonists who have done shit to the fullest and weve proved ourselves time and time again but anyone
who hasnt paid attention in the past will find something to vibe on this album.
A major motivation for writing an album like this was the bands desire to be able to recreate it live, hence why there
are only three guest spots (from York, producer / Comeback Kid legend Andrew Goose Neufeld and Hellions
We treated Bout It! like a rap album in the sense we wanted to have as many guest spots as possible,
Peters explains, but when its us onstage we have to perform these songs on our own. So it was important for us
to be able to go out there around the world and do it. Im proud of these songs because they sound like just us.
Deez Nuts know who they are. But do you?