Violent Ramp Get Violent on Ramps

Aaron Dilloway (guitar, voice), John Olson (drums, intros), and Michael Troutman (bass) reside simultaneously in Ann Arbor, skateboard every day, and play in a band aptly entitled Violent Ramp. Inspired by seminal skate-rock like JFA, the Faction, and contradictory Approach, Aaron and John determined their other band (industrial dub trio Wolf Eyes) didn’t afford them sufficient possibilities to truly decimate. After hooking up with their roommate Michael, himself a juvenile veteran of Michigan’s melodies scene, and eschewing their other tasks’ art/noise leanings, Aaron and John begun the band as a conduit for old-school, good- times violence.

Less than a year vintage, brutal Ramp has currently developed a rabid following in their home state and a growing cult nationwide on phrase of mouth alone. Skaters, disturbance nerds, creative persons, and punks both young and old turn out for the party. The shows are pure disorder. At every performance to designated day they’ve set up skate obstacles in front of their gear for the assembly to thrash. This past Few Years they decimated the Elbow Room in Ypsilanti and were ostracized for life. P.A., mics, mic stands, monitors – everything was broken. According to John, “We were catching out the ceiling tiles and shattering them over people’s heads. Even had a battle in my room that night. Killer.”

VICE: So do you friends convey ramps to every display? What the fuck?

Aaron: completely, we set up a launch ramp in front of the bass drum and persons thrash. At one dwelling show this child leapt off the mantel behind John’s head, onto the ramp, right on the count-off. 1,2,3,4! He fell flat on his face, did it like four times.

Michael: If we and our friends can’t skate, no display.

Is this shit a antic?

John: Fuck no, this isn’t any antic. Last week I smashed four boards. It’s altered my life, dragged me from the religious pits. Quit drinking because of it.

Aaron: It is totally not a antic.


John: We all cut into the Dexter Park hip. Strike the g-spot with a massive front or backside Ollie and we are after stoked. And we all agree that White house is the supreme get-in-the-zone jam. Completely focuses you. The best is a junction on the travel home.

Violent Ramp’s 3 favorite things to wax are…?

Michael: decisively not the coping on any ramp. If you need wax to grind coping, your shit is feeble. brutal Ramp’s motto is, “Don’t wax it.”

John: Other than a murdered high ledge or part of ass, waxing is for pussies.


brutal Ramp’s debut 7” is out on Freedom from any day now.