Terminally Ill's Sick Documentary About Their Crazy "Crunk Rock" Band
Terminally Ill isn't an easy band to wrap your head around. Despite labeling themselves as "crunk rock," their beer-swilling live show and fuck-shit-up attitude is only a slice of what these rap-rock pranksters are really about. We've followed them since the "Bro Anthem" and even given them some Locals Only love, but now it seems they're ready to give us a full revelation of the Tao of Terminally Ill.
Recently, the band created a little documentary (er dankumentary) that shows us just what makes them tick. They'll be premiering the doc on Sunday, May 4 at Proof Bar, the sight of one of their latest videos, "Act Sick." We caught up with the group's hardcore rhymers Ryan Risetter (Dank Nasty), Steffan Burrati (Steffen Illuminati), Atwon Bartolic (Twon Solo) and Chris Rock (The P-Town Skrillionaire) to get some insight into one of the most fascinating pieces of local cinema we've seen since in a while (eat your heart out, Newport Beach Film Festival!).
OC Weekly (Nate Jackson): What made you guys decide to do a band documentary now, ya know, before all the fame?
Steffen Buratti: Even though we haven't made it yet, Terminally Ill has always been about hitting people with the preemptive strike. We figure if we assume fame long enough, people will start believing us. You can only bullshit so long before you become the bullshit, you know what I mean?
You guys are starting to get pretty well known for your music videos, was part of the intent to show what goes on behind the scenes of your projects?
SB: I think a lot of people don't truly understand what we're doing [as a band]. So we're trying to actually demonstrate that even though we are sloppy pieces of shit, we've been sloppy pieces of shit for a long time. Also because when we tell people we're a punk hip-hop band, we get the same reaction every time...'that's cool, what's that sound like?'
Ryan Risetter: We went on a small tour and filmed another music video, so we have a lot of footage. There's a lot that didn't go into the music videos that's still really funny and cool and we just wanted to make good use of film that was just lying around collecting digital dust.
Is showing people what you do on stage part of the doc as well? Your shows get pretty crazy.
Chris Rock: I think the live show is part of the DVD, but the best thing about our live show is that usually before we start people think we're just like a shitty band, not an actual tight band until they see us play. Our live show is actually something we take pretty seriously. It's not just us getting shitfaced. We're getting shit faced with a purpose.
Next: A clip from the Terminally Ill Documentary