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I guess everybody in hardcore knows John Porcelly, better known as Porcell. He played in so many legendary bands, like YOUTH OF TODAY, GORILLA BISCUITS, JUDGE, SHELTER....just to name a few. After playing guitar for SHELTER the last years, he decided to quit SHELTER after touring Europe last fall. Still interested in his projects I managed to do a little interview with him. See what came out!

Porcell. Pic: Ole Chr. Petterson.

So what happened since last autumn when you left SHELTER?

Porcell: A lot, my wife gave birth to our beautiful son, Kana, which was the biggest news of my life. I also have been working on 2 new bands, both of which are almost finished recording CD's.

I`m asking the next question because everywhere I read this "Porcell is now father" thing. Why did you leave SHELTER? Did you guys have different opinions of what you wanted SHELTER to be, different interpretations on spirituality and SHELTER? Was it that SHELTER started as a "Krsna band" and then turned into something different?

Porcell: This is kind of a personal question, it's been asked of me a lot lately and it puts me in an awkward position because I don't want to air any of Ray's dirty laundry. Basically, it had nothing to do with me becoming a father; I don't know where that came from. I quit because I felt the spirituality of the band had been lost over time, I'll spare you the details, but it became pretty disheartening for me on those last few tours and I just couldn't take it anymore. Right now I feel relieved to be out of the situation and I'm just excited like anything for the new bands I'm doing.

Yeah that was also my impression on the last tour, you rocked man, no doubt...but you didn`t seem really happy with the situation. Ok tell me about your new project LAST OF THE FAMOUS. What`s the style and who is involved?

Porcell: I don't know what you would call it, it's definitely punk, some people have labeled it emo but I think we're a bit more hardcore sounding. Daniel is a great singer, he played 2nd guitar for SHELTER on tour last year and Al, who is also ex SHELTER is playing drums, plus other guys from Boston.

I`ve heard it`s really melodic stuff, kinda catchy GET UP KIDS style or so...when can we expect a record?

Porcell: We just finished mixing the CD, 14 songs, it came out incredible and I think it's the best record I've done in 10 years. Right now we're going over offers from labels, but it should be released sometime in the fall.

What do you think about the new BURN stuff? (I`m asking this because I did an interview with Gavin and Vic...)

Porcell: They recorded at the same studio LAST OF THE FAMOUS did (KEN OLDEN`S MONSTER ISLAND STUDIO), so I heard it when I went down to mix. Sounds really really good, very original, which is a rare thing these days.

You`re working on another, harder project...old METALLICA, JUDGE stuff... What`s up with that...anything concrete?

Porcell: Yep, that's coming along great too, I finished all the rhythm guitars and I did vocals for 2 songs already, so that should be finished soon also. Pretty hard stuff.

Plays Krishna consciouness still a role in your new projects?

Porcell: I'm writing the lyrics for the band I sing in (no name yet), so it's got a lot to do with spirituality and Krishna because that's what's on my mind.

Alright, now the questions I ask everyone: What`s your greatest concern about the world right now?

Porcell: Seriously, now that I have a child I worry that we're screwing up the environment so bad, it makes me nervous about what type of world my son will inherit when he gets older. Live simply people, and be kind to the earth.

...and something I always try to discover in myself: happiness. What makes you happy?

Porcell: Being with my family, succeeding at spiritual goals, relationships with God and others, writing and playing music.

Ok that`s it. Thanks for your time bro. Anything else you`d like to say to the people out there?

Porcell: Surrender to truth, war on illusion.

Interview conducted by Magnus Jaschke in August 2001.