DOUG WEBER (Terror, First Blood, Sworn Vengeance)
Name: Doug Weber @dougweber82
Aliases: BIIIGGGG DOUGGGG, Dougernaut, Bull from Night Court
Location: San Francisco, CA
The beginning of it all. How did Hardcore enter your life and why, so many years later, are you still involved? What sort of a personal impact do you feel it has made on you as a person?
Growing up one of my best friends was from PA, he had an older cousin who was living with him who had all these cassette tapes like Minor Threat, Gorilla Biscuits, Bad Brains, Warzone, all the classic shit, so I always knew about it, but never really KNEW about it. I really found Hardcore through Metal. Kind of a random story as to how I got into it and how it changed my life forever. I was the biggest PanterA fan on the face of the Earth (and still am) when I was about 12 or 13 years old. I was in their fan club and all that shit! I somehow ended up talking to someone who worked at their management company and her boyfriend at the time was managing Earth Crisis. She told me to go to see them play in Berkeley. I went to that show, and it completely changed my life. It was the first time I had ever witnessed anything like that. The raw emotion, people piling up, singing along. People were diving off the bar. It was the craziest shit I’d ever seen! I knew from then and there I had to be a part of it. I was a lost kid looking for something to identify with and I can honestly say that the message Earth Crisis had, and still has to this day, totally changed my life. Even though I’m a drunk asshole now, I found Straight Edge at a time in my life where I really needed it.
Give a rundown of the span of your involvement in bands over the years. How did you first get involved playing and how did one band lead to another?
The first band I ever played in was called Execution Style. I must have been 15 around that time. We played a ton of shows with bands like Hoods, Powerhouse, Sworn Vengeance and a lot of other CA bands. During the same time I was also playing in a band called Above This World with Mikey from Hoods and a few other dudes from the Nor Cal scene. We put out a record on Thorp and did a couple U.S. tours and that was about it. I ended up becoming good friends with all the guys in Sworn Vengeance and eventually they asked me to play guitar for them. They were hands down my favorite local band at the time, so I was stoked when I had the opportunity to play with them. We ended up doing some touring, and we were starting to get noticed worldwide, but eventually we split up due to some dumb shit. Right after Sworn Vengeance broke up I started First Blood with Carl and Tony who were also in Sworn Vengeance with me. Almost immediately after forming First Blood, I got an email from Scott Vogel telling me to quit my job and join his new band Terror. I really had nothing going on for me at the time, I had just turned 19 and the thought of living in a van and touring the world sounded like the greatest thing in the world!
You were a part of the TERROR line-up for some time. Explain the decision and reason(s) why you ultimately decided to leave the band. Are you currently working on anything music-related?
After being on the road for all those years it really just started to wear on me. It wasn’t the life that I wanted for myself anymore. I still love everyone in Terror and I do miss touring, but I love coming home at the end of the day and sleeping in my own bed. I’ve been working on a project which now seems like forever with Rob Barrett from Cannibal Corpse, J.C. from Pro-Pain and you. (ed. - that was weird, haha) Got lots of music written, but finding the right singer has been very difficult. Hopefully we can get this project off the ground by the end of this year though.
How did your involvement at Rebel 8 come about? Do you find yourself smoking retarded amounts of weed more now being around Mike Giant?
After I quit Terror, I was just picking up shifts working at bars around SF. Didn’t really have a solid job. My good friend Ricky told me he knew someone who owned this company called REBEL8 and could help me get a job. He introduced me to Josh (the owner) and I started working in the warehouse here. I’ve been here for over 2 years now and I’m moving into sales and this is the coolest job I could ever ask for. I’m glad to be apart of it! And yeah…I’ve turned into a fucking stoner! Why do you think it took me so long to do this interview?!
You are quite an over-sized human being who has been a bouncer and also involved in quite a few personal confrontations. Share one of your favorite fight stories.
Hahahaha. Well I’m trying to put those days behind me, but if I had to choose one great story from when I was working at the bar I would have to say it’d be the time this crazy cowboy lookin’ motherfucker with a duster and a leather cowboy hat pulled out multiple throwing knives on me for trying to kick him out. Needless to say I hit that motherfucker so hard that he broke his leg when I knocked him out and the amberlamps had to scoop him off the sidewalk. When keepin’ it real goes wrong.
If you were to take 1 film, 1 CD and 1 book with you to the grave, what would they be and why?
Rambo – Hardest movie ever. Period.
PanterA – Vulgar Display Of Power. Hardest record ever. Period.
On The Road by Jack Kerouac. Always thought this book was awesome, especially having done all the traveling I have done.
Thanks for choosing me for an interview. I miss being in a band with you! I hope we can get this shit going. It’s been too long my friend!