Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wormwood Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

Bev and I played together for the first few years of Doomriders' existence. With me on guitar and he on drums. Years later we decided to get together again to make a much darker, more evil noise. After recording the e.p., we recruited Mike Gowell of Phatom Glue for second guitar and Thomas Moses of Disappearer on bass for the live band.

2.In October you have an ep coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

Our sound has a lot of different aspects of heavy music. Doom, sludge, punk, psychedelia, noise and a touch of black metal is mostly what you'll hear. We enjoy all kinds of music, so it's no surprise that the music we make covers a lot of ground.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

Brain washing, genocide, people living phony, shallow lives, murderous rage, cults in the woods...you know, real cheery shit.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wormwood'?

I really just like all aspects of the word, from just the ring of it, to the story of the wormwood star, to the psychedelic root.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Haven't played a show yet. We've been offered great shows but we're still priming the live band. Rehearsals are few and far between because 3 out of the 4 of us have multiple children and regular jobs, as well as having other bands to work around. That said, we will be playing shows very soon.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?


7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of sludge and doom metal?

People seem to dig it so far.

8.Are any of the band members involved with any other musical projects or bands these days?

I'm in doomriders, Bev has a project with Nate of doomriders which I'm blanking on the name of. Thomas has a band called Flowers with Jebb of doomriders, and Mike is in Phantom Glue. It's all very incestuous.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We'll probably stick to the sound we have now until we get bored of it. There's enough styles involved to keep it interesting I think.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Like I said earlier, doom, sludge, punk, psychedelia, black metal. I've been really digging the new Yob record, the new midnight record, raspberry bulbs, and lots of Louvin Brothers and Sabbath.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

I collect a lot of weird, old stuff like art, taxidermy, creepy religious art, skulls. I like documentaries and creepy films.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

We'd love to record a full length at some point. If there's a label out there willing to pitch in to help pay for recording that would rule! Buy our new e.p and keep an eye out for shows! Thanks!

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