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Botch’s Brian Cook: “No… We’re Not Back Together. No… There Isn’t More Material In The Pipeline.” (Updated)


There’s some bad news if today’s arrival of the first new material from Botch in twenty years sparked your hopes for more songs to follow. The beloved mathcore outfit’s bassist Brian Cook took to social media to offer some clarity on the band’s current status, and it may leave some hopeful fans disappointed.

Here’s what he had to say:

“‘One Twenty Two‘ is a bit of a fluke. Originally written by David Knudson for his solo album, it eventually morphed into a Botch song as former bandmates were brought on board to add their distinctive flair to the piece. No… we’re not back together. No… there isn’t more material in the pipeline. This was just a random thing that happened over COVID and we decided to share it with the world as part of the upcoming reissue of ‘We Are The Romans‘ on Sargent House.”

A music video directed by Dimitri Luedemann for that new track, “One Twenty Two“, can be seen below. The aforementioned 2xLP reissue of Botch‘s 1999 album “We Are The Romans” will be out on November 04th and can be pre-ordered here.

Update: August 24th, 2022 05:44 PM:
Cook has also posted the blow thread of his thoughts on the band’s ‘return’ via the below thread shared via his Twitter:

“Y’all want my thoughts on Botch doing stuff 20 years after breaking up? Here’s a thread…

The two most pivotal musical moments of my life were hearing Dead Kennedys on a mixtape when I was 13 and seeing Fugazi live when I was 14. Those two moments made me want to be in a band.

Biafra was vocal about DK never reuniting, and the lawsuits from his bandmates a few years later struck me as their way of circumventing his refusal. Ian Mackaye curtly shot down calls for Minor Threat songs at the Fugazi show. Reunions = bad was ingrained in my head early on.

Coincidentally, I pounced at the opportunity to join Botch when Dave said he wanted to cover DK’s “Too Drunk to Fuck.” Never did tackle that song, but I couldn’t have imagined all the other great things we accomplished. When the band was done, it felt like a triumphant end

Twenty years later, people still routinely ask about a Botch reunion. It’s rewarding to hear that these songs still mean to people, though for me it’s been more important to continue forward than to focus on the past.

There was good closure with Botch, and I’ve been fortunate enough to continue getting the same visceral thrill of playing loud, abrasive music thru These Arms Are Snakes, Russian Circles, and SUMAC

The same can’t be said for the other Botch guys. There’s been a sense of unfinished business for a couple of ‘em, and as is so often the case, work/family took precedence over the time commitments and financial burdens of being an underground musician

So while it’s very easy for me to say Botch will never reunite, that’s a tougher line to draw for the other guys.

It gets tough for me to hold that line when public opinion comes into play. It doesn’t bring me joy to field the routine festival offers, but it also doesn’t bring me joy to see people project their cynicism onto any discussion of current Botch activity

Believe me, I get it. So much of what makes a band special is specific to time and place. Taking it out of that context can sully it. Then again, I can’t tell you how happy it made me to see Rorschach on their reunion run or to see Unbroken play at the benefit for Eric Allen

Putting out a new song isn’t going to satisfy the fans that want a full reunion and it isn’t going to please the people who hold the band as some sacred entity. It wasn’t intended to be a Botch song; it was intended to be its own thing. But it was the 4 of us, and it felt right

…and doing something with my four old friends during the loneliness of lockdown for the pure joy of creation was ultimately more important than public opinion.

And that’s it. That’s where we’re at. That’s why you get a new song. That’s why there are no tour dates. For folks who want more, I’m not gonna say never, but it has to be something we all feel good about it, and it can’t be forced

And for folks who are salty about there being a new song, I’ll go with the old Hydra Head motto: Don’t like it? Don’t buy it.”


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