EMQ’s with CRYPITUS
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Vermont, USA Thrash/Death/Prog Metal band Crypitus! Huge thanks to all of them for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Zach: Hi. I’m Zach. I play drums. Crypitus has been around for about 3.5 years. It all started with Doug and Pete living and playing together. At the time I was desperately searching the internet for local musicians to jam with and Pete was the first to respond with Doug in tow. The rest is history.
Pete: We are Crypitus. We play thrashy groovy prog Metal. Doug and I used to play guitar together and we decided to find a drummer. Zach was available and it’s been history since.
Joe: I’m Joe and I play bass. I joined after a friend introduced me.
Doug: I’m Doug and I’m the guitarist / vocalist for Crypitus. We really started this group in the spring of 2016 when Zach, Pete and I got together. After cycling through a few bass players Joe stood true as a solid fit.
How did you come up with your band name?
Doug: The name Crypitus actually came from when I was taking wilderness first aid in high school, my teacher came up to me rather excited and exclaimed “Do you know what a sick metal band name would be? Crypitus; it’s the sound of breaking bones!” I was sold instantly.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
Zach: We hail from Mendon, Vermont, USA. The metal scene varies from State to state here. My favorite local metal scene is definitely in Maine, which is the north Eastern most point of the country. No matter where we go in the states though, the music scene is a very humbling experience. It’s like a tremendous underground brotherhood.
Pete: We’re from the United States. The metal scene is booming here. Lot of different genres going on! The people are incredible in the scene. They just treat everyone like family.
Joe: We are from Vermont, USA. The metal scene is awesome here.
Doug: I love the scene we have around here, I see so many bands in the New England region hungry to make music for people and have a great time doing it!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Zach: We just released our first album, “Ill World (That’s What You Get)”. The first single from the album is called ‘Out Of Line’. We are very excited to have some fresh material out for the world to hear and we are looking into getting a music video made soon.
Joe: We just released our first album “Ill World (That’s What You Get)”.
Doug: “Ill World (That’s What You Get)” is our first official album, it’s so great to have that released now. It’s a culmination of the last 3 years of Crypitus, and we hope that it helps people understand our sound as a whole. The lyrical content is meant to display the danger we endure in this Ill, dying world.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Zach: My biggest influences are Blake Richardson from Between the Buried and Me, Terry Bozzio and Mike Portnoy.
Pete: Frank Zappa, Aaron Marshall, Between the Buried and Me, Exmortus, Mastodon.
Joe: Metallica, Primus and SOAD.
Doug: I love Megadeth, Death and Death Angel.
What first got you into music?
Zach: Birth. As a toddler, my father was a metal head. I had a drum set made of phone books and pots and pans. Riding in the car, I used to bang my head off the front of my car seat when the metal was blaring. It’s in my blood.
Pete: I’ve been into music since I was really young. I played piano from 5-10 and switched to guitar after that.
Joe: My parents listened to good music when I was growing up.
Doug: Music has always been amazing, ever since I can remember I was delving into music and artists and all the stories surrounding.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Zach: I’d really like to get a chance to rock out with Sithu Aye. There’s another local band that I’d really like to replace their drummer too.
Pete: I’d love to jam with Plini.
Doug: I’d love to jam with Voivod.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Zach: Herd Flock. It’s a small one but it’s like home.
Pete: Reading Festival in England seems really cool.
Doug: I’d love the chance to play Heavy MTL in Montreal QC CA.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Pete: I’ve gotten some free drinks once but that’s about it.
Doug: We got sent home with an insane amount of homemade bread once!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Zach: Hakuna matata.
Pete: Just play the music you want to. Don’t conform to any genres.
Doug: Support your local artist! Literally anyway you can, we are working our tails off for you!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Zach: Chuck from Death. He’s the only one.
Pete: I’d bring Frank Zappa back.
Doug: What Zach said?
What do you enjoy most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Zach: I really enjoy hitting things with sticks. Also getting to play in front of a crowd is pretty amazing. What I like least would have to be some of the long ass drives we make to get to a show.
Pete: I love expressing myself through the guitar. I hate breaking strings.
Joe: Get to play cool music and travel around to awesome places. Dislike long car rides.
Doug: I love being able to express myself, especially in front of people, it’s exhilarating. I do hate equipment issues with a passion.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Zach: The fact that it’s almost impossible to make a living as a musician unless you get famous.
Pete: I’d change the music industry to not rely on capitalism to thrive.
Doug: I wish that music wasn’t a trap for people to sell out in.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Zach: My all-time favourite album is “Colors” by Between the Buried and Me.
Pete: “Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd.
Joe: “Sailing the Seas of Cheese” by Primus.
Doug: “Rust In Piece” by Megadeth
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Zach: 8 track.
Pete: I love vinyl.
Joe: Downloads are cool.
Doug: CD’s for sure!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Zach: That’s a hard one. It was either our first Herd Flock or this year’s RPM fest. Both were awesome crowds.
Pete: RPM fest in Massachusetts was pretty rad.
Joe: RPM fest was probably one of the best we played at.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Zach: Maybe fishing a bit.
Pete: Nothing. I’d be a husk.
Joe: Not a lot.
Doug: Disappearing into the woods and never coming back.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Zach: Gandhi, Blake Richardson, Plini, Steve Rinella and my dog Lucy.
Pete: Frank Zappa, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell, John Mulaney, Joseph Stalin.
What’s next for the band?
Zach: A lot of shows and album promoting, winter hibernation, and world domination.
Pete: We’re playing with Exmortus in December.
Joe: World domination.
Doug: Scattered shows throughout the fall and winter and expecting a heavy 2020.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Zach: Do they have frosting? Do you smother them in gravy? Idfk what a Jaffa cake is.
Joe: It has cake in the name so cake.
Doug: Word on the street is it is a luxurious biscuit that is like a cake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
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