NewsMarch 20, 2008 12:33 PM ET26,807 views

Brain Drill breaks up

California death metal outfit Brain Drill has broken up (for now) following some obvious dysfunction within the band. The group just released their Metal Blade Records debut last month. Guitarist Dylan Ruskin explains: "Three members of Brain Drill (Steve, Marco, Jeff) have huge weed smoking habits. I do not and couldn't be more against smoking weed. I don't have a problem if you do it but just be smart about it. Before we left for this tour with the Black Dahlia Murder I told them a million times not to bring weed, pipes, etc. with them in the van because we are driving across the country and the last thing we need is to get pulled over and arrested for possession. The laws in CA are nothing compared other states. They don't listen to me and go ahead and bring pipes weed, papers and even brought an ounce of mushrooms. We get pulled over outside of Salt Lake City, UT, right after they had just smoked a blunt. The car smelled like weed. The cop comes up to the window and he says is "I smell pot," so they take us out of the car and they search the van. They tear it apart and even use a dog to sniff out everything. They find the weed, pipes, and mushrooms. I was convinced that we were going to jail but for whatever reason they let us go. After we pulled away I told them "from now on the rule of the band is to not ever bring weed pipes or other drugs into the van and also not to smoke in the van." Jeff's response: "I don't think that's gonna happen, bro." They neglected to listen to me and the next day there were more pipes and accessories in the van. We then get pulled over another 4 times before our first show. Miraculously we didn't get searched again. We play the tour and we had an awesome time. Our last show was supposed to be in Buffalo. I had bought a stockpile of firecrackers which are legal in South Carolina so I was not 100% innocent but a lot less [guilty] than them. We start driving and soon we see a sign for Canada, I asked everyone it looks like we are headed for Canada are you guys sure we shouldn't stop and turn around? I even took a wrong turn and as we were looking for the freeway… the sign says ‘Canada straight ahead.’ No one answered me so I continued to drive. Sure enough we get to the Canadian border. They ask us for our passports I said we only have our IDs. We show the guy our IDs he then writes us a ticket and makes us pull over. The guy said ‘since you guys don't have passports we are going to have to search your vehicle.’ They find everybody’s weed. They find Steve's knife and Jeff's knife and my firecrackers. Steve and Jeff start to flip out on the border patrol and start cursing and saying ‘this is bullshit, this is the first and last time I'm ever coming to Canada.’ The cops asked ‘why are you guys making this such a big deal?’ They responded, ‘because this is bullshit.’ The cop said ‘since you think it's bullshit we are now going to give you all full body cavity searches.’ I was the first one to get searched. They stripped me naked had me lift my ballsack up so they could check underneath it, and then had me bend over and spread my asscheeks apart so they could look inside my asshole. After they finished searching all of us we were never going to make it to the Buffalo show. All of this shit could have been prevented if they had just listened to me. Also, they let me keep my firecrackers and told me, ‘The reason we are searching you is because we found weed in Jeff's van.’ They said nothing about the firecrackers. I had done nothing wrong but because people in the van didn't listen to me, I was stripped naked and had to go through the most humiliating experience of my life. So right after that happened I took my cut of the money which was $1,000 dollars out of the $5,000 we had made. I told everyone, ‘I am taking my cut of the money before anything else happens.’ No one responded. Since we couldn't make it to that show we figured we would just drive to Tinley Park. I am so mad I thought to myself ‘I can either beat the shit out of all of them, scream my head off or just keep calm and quiet.’ I figured I would be mature and keep quiet. After we checked into the hotel they told me ‘we are going to the promoter's house.’ They didn't say they were going to go set up and get ready for the show, they just said ‘we are going to the promoter's house.’ So I sat there and waited and thought, ‘I can either take more risks and stay with them in the van and risk getting pulled over again and sent to jail again, or I can take a plane home safe and sound.’ My phone had died so I figured they were going to just come pick me up at the hotel when it was time to play the show. Hours go by and finally by 1am they show up to the room, grab there stuff hop into the van and drive off. They had deserted me with no way of getting home. I was lucky enough to stop them so I could get a small amount of cash so that I could at least take a taxi to the airport they asked me if I wanted to come with them but I didn’t want to risk getting pulled over and cavity searched again so I said I'll leave. If I didn't run up to the van they were going to desert me anyway so what is the point of staying in a van with a bunch of people who betrayed and hate you? It was a $309 dollar flight one way back to San Jose, but I had no choice. All of this happened none of them to apologize even once the entire trip after I had warned them several times about keeping weed in the van. Sorry, but being stripped naked and having your scrotum and butthole spread open for doing nothing wrong is where I draw the line. The ironic thing is that all of them acted like it was my fault. After they all got home I said ‘I am willing to talk if you guys have something to say.’ No one replied, so I said ‘Then are you guys done?’ and they said ‘yes.’ So as of now I am the only one left in Brain Drill. THEY DECIDED TO LEAVE, not me, and I didn't fire any of them. I hope to some day at least do one last recording but for now it's all over." Meanwhile, bassist Jeff Hughell responded: "Well, Dylan you left out many facts in this attack on us. The fact that at the border I was totally respectful to the officers and took full responsibility for the seeds that were in the ash tray which is all we had on us, also you had a big bag of illegal fireworks and that was not allowed in Canada. They did not arrest us or give any citation, we probably would have made it to Buffalo just in time to play if you had just given up your fireworks but you wanted to keep them and go back to the US. You then took $1000 dollars right there at the border and would not talk to us. Over 24 hours later I tried to ask if you were going to play the show in Tinley Park, if you just wanted to go home or what you wanted to do. You would not respond, so we left to go to the promoter's house. You texted Steve that you would not be playing the next two nights because we had weed in the van, which we didn't. And you might not know it but we found your piece of paper on the desk with the number for Amtrak. Finding that, you not talking to us, then texting us saying you would not play, what the fuck were we to think? We played the show in Tinley Park without you because you said you wouldn't play. We talked to many cool people that had driven 2 hours just to see us play. We did our best and they appreciated it. We then went back to the hotel to get our things and spend the night at the promoter's house. Again you ignored us refusing to talk to anyone until we began to drive away. You came out to the van drunk and kept saying ‘you guys are leaving me.’ I asked you to get in the van and come with us 4 times. You wouldn't so we gave you an extra $200 to help out with the plane even though you had already taken $1000. Shit happens Dylan. People should know the truth. By the way it's my van, not the band's."

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