1. Introduce us to your band!
Pete: I’m Pete I play rhythm guitar.
Zach: Hi, Im Zach. I hit drums with sticks for Crypitus.
Joe: I’m Joe and I play bass.
Doug: I’m Doug, the vocalist/guitar origin barer of Crypitus; the sound of breaking bones.
2. How did you guys start out?
Pete: Doug and I were roommates and started playing guitar together and decided to find a drummer. We found Zach on Facebook.
Zach: Pete and Doug were already together. I was desperately searching the internet for musicians to play music with and Pete was the first to respond with Doug in tow.
Joe: My introduced me to the band when they were looking for a bassist.
Doug: I had an old friend in high school that started to make music with me, due to a falling out that failed and left me with a few songs that I wrote. I ended up moving in with Pete and before long he had picked up on a few riffs. Musicians are sparse around here so we are thankful to have found Zach online. Bass has been a wandering/absent element as of late but Joe’s been a really good fit to the group.
3. Describe your band’s sound
Pete: We are a thrashy, deathy, proggy, jazzy hodgepodge.
Zach: Psychedelic thrash metal with a hint of Mexican food.
Joe: Super cool proggy thrash metal.
Doug: Thrashy blackened Death metal with a progressive twist.
4. What influences your craft?
Pete: The mountains that surround us in Vermont influence me a lot. Musically, Animals as Leaders, Death, Frank Zappa, Children of Bodom.
Zach: Blake Richardson from Between the Buried and Me is my biggest influence but I definitely draw influence from Terry Bozzio with Frank Zappa and Mike Portnoy.
Joe: Old Metallica, Primus and System of a down influenced me a lot.
Doug: The works of Dave Mustaine and Chuck Schuldiner, Gojira, Exodus and Dissection.
5. What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
Pete: We don’t stick to any one genre. In the middle of a thrash song we could go into a jazzy part with proggy overtones and back to thrashy.
Zach: Its the energy. Musicians are a dime a dozen, so we try to make our music interesting enough to stand out.
Joe: We have an interesting take on thrash that I think people would enjoy.
Doug: We offer an original metal approach. A modern and classic clash.
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
Pete: Thunder is a great introduction to our music..
Zach: Whenever I’m trying to get our music to get into a new pair of ears, I always recommend Symphony #1.
Joe: Ash is cool.
Doug: According to a lot of our fans Tundra is our quintessential track..
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
Pete: Finding a bass player was a struggle for a little bit.
Zach: I’m not sure if it was keeping a bassist, or not killing Pete off.
Doug: Overcoming the adversity that comes with being so isolated in Vermont.
8. What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Pete: Playing with Psychostick.
Zach: Im not sure.. We’ve had a lot of big things going on.
Doug: The release of our demo Exhibit 1: Prelude to the Dead World.
9. How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
Pete: We have one more show this year, a tour planned for next summer with a smattering of shows in between and maybe a full length album on the way.
Zach: The future is blinding. World domination is on the menu though.
Joe: We have a tour next year that’s going to be awesome.
Doug: A winter hibernation and solid spring strike back.
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
Pete: I want to be remembered for never being boring with our music. We always try to make things interesting.
Zach: As the best clown percussionist that ever slayed.
Joe: As a cool dude.
Doug: As someone who worked hard for something they loved.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us!