Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Seymour, Connecticut based Occult Metal band Vestal Claret. Huge thanks to Simon Tuozzoli 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?

My name is Simon. I’m in the recording project known as Vestal Claret. I play the guitar, the bass, keys, percussion, and sing some. The band was formed in 2006 as an occult metal project. We had a rocky start. After composing our first full length, Phil (vocalist) took his lyrics from the album and applied them to Hour Of 13’s first LP. We reformed years later and finally released that original record, then followed it up with 2 LPs, along with other recordings.

How did you come up with your band name?

Phil Swanson named the band before it was formed. The name literally translates to “Virgin Blood”.  He had the concept and was looking for members to make it happen.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Northeast USA. The scene is horrible. The majority of our supporters are from elsewhere.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We released a self-titled LP a few weeks ago.


Who have been your greatest influences?

Phil is influenced by much cooler, obscure music. His knowledge of underground music is preposterous. I like a lot of different stuff; some popular (70’s-80’s), some classical, some 80’s metal, medieval folk, and progressive music.

What first got you into music?

Listening to my mother’s records.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I’d bring Custer La Rue out of retirement.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Any doom fest because doom is the best.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A box of Century Eggs.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

I am grateful beyond belief for your support.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Dio. (Don’t tell Phil).

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Creating. I don’t get paid to do it.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The consumers. If they dug harder to find music than just taking what was fed to them, the world would be a better place.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

1. Vinyl, 2. CD’s, 3. Cassettes, 4. Downloads.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Sad, but it was years ago. My band played a Knights of Columbus gig in Middletown RI. It was all ages. The kids ate it up, the band was on fire. It was magic.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’d be a fucking watermelon, and I’d taste like shit.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Howell Golson, Jay Murray, Dave Boccuzzi, Bruce McCulloch, and a camera man.

What’s next for the band?

Just promoting the new record. We might play live next year.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Bandcamp and Facebook.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

That’s a biscuit friend. Haven’t had one yet, but I can see from here, that’s no cake.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I appreciate your questions. Thanks.

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