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The term "supergroup" is a subjective one, and most definitely open to interpretation. Sometimes it seems like the designation is applied to, well, any semi-established musician that records a friendly one-off with another semi-established musician. This is not the case with Killer Be Killed, which features a legit wrecking crew of heavy-music icons: Max Cavalera, Mastodon bassist-vocalist Troy Sanders, Converge/Mutoid Man/All Pigs Must Die drummer Ben Koller and former Dillinger Escape Plan/current Black Queen singer Greg Puciato.
Sure, camaraderie is still central to the collaboration — but when these guys get together they're collectively bringing decades of Grammy-winning, boundary-pushing, genre-advancing experience into the room with them. And the results, as heard on Killer Be Killed's dynamic new album Reluctant Hero, reflect this powerful alchemy.
Revolver recently caught up with Koller to find out which supergroup he feels has that same combustive chemistry. Below is his favorite all-star act.
The pop-punk kid in me has gotta say Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. I've always been a sucker for pop punk and I've always been a sucker for covers, and they've got both. NOFX was one of the first bands I ever started listening to, followed by Swingin' Utters and No Use for a Name, so that band was kinda like a dream come true for me. The first heavy stuff I got into was Descendants and Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph and that whole world, so it's a bunch of guys from bands I love playing rock, pop and country covers that I love. It's a slam-dunk for me. I actually heard them jamming in the building I rehearse in. I totally wanted to fanboy a little bit, but I controlled myself.