I first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with me today. For our readers who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us about yourself and anything about the band you’d want us to know? Who have been your major influences in your writing style?
Zach: Hi I’m Zach. I hit drums with sticks in relative time with Crypitus. My biggest influence is Blake Richardson from Between the Buried and Me. I just try to make my drumming really interesting.
Pete: I’m Pete, I play rhythm guitar in Crypitus. I have a lot of influences that keeps changing but some of them are Brent Hinds from Mastodon, Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom, and Frank Zappa.
Joe: I’m Joe and I play bass. Old Metallica and Primus influenced me a lot.
Doug: I’m Doug and I’m the vocalist/guitarist/manager of Crypitus and my main influences are Death, Dissection and Death Angel.
Let’s talk about what you currently have going on. Any new music or new tours in the works? If you were to say one song of your own perfectly sums up what you are all about which song would that be?
Zach: We always have new music in the works, and a lot of it. Were also working on booking a wicked Canadian/ east coast tour for early summer next year.
I’d say, as far as what is like is concerned, that Symphony no.1 really sums up the direction I’d like Crypitus to head in.
Pete: We’re always writing new material and booking new shows. We have a couple lined up for Massachusetts and our hometown of Rutland, Vermont in the next month. I think our song Crypitus is pretty well named; it sums us up pretty well.
Joe: We always are working on new music. We have a tour next year going around east coast and I think Canada which is gonna be awesome.
I still can barely remember names of songs. Ash and Symphony #1 are cool though.
Doug: We currently are working on more music and a early summer tour through the north east. I can’t pick a song to sum us up but our crowd favorite is Tundra!
When you write any new music, can you tell us what the process is like? Describe to us what happens in a typical writing session.
Zach: We tend to just jam and when we play something that really sounds good, we start to build on it there, and alas, a song is born.
Pete: We’ve never really sat down with writing in mind. We have riffs that we mess around with until they resemble songs and then go from there.
Joe: Just jam and try to play what sounds good.
Doug: Yeah all our songs are results of jamming on nothing and turning it into something.
With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and don’t like about it? What aspects of the industry do you feel have hurt or helped your career? If you could change anything about it, what would it be?
Zach: I love that the internet has become such a useful tool for getting our music to the world. Efforts would be futile without it. If I could change anything, It’d be the amount of competition out there.
Pete: I think the internet is a great tool for getting our name out there. I think an over saturation of bands is a little disheartening but that gives us an opportunity to stand out.
Joe: Internet is cool and stuff for helping getting music at there. Nothing I would really change seeing as I’m still kind of new and I’m having fun anyway.
Doug: Without the internet there’s people from Vermont to Australia that wouldn’t know who we are, and thats plenty enough for me to appreciate it.
Do you or any of your band members have any side projects? If so, what are they?
Zach: No, I wish I did.
Pete: Not at the moment.
Doug: Who has time for that!
When you’re preforming how do you handle any mistakes on stage if they ever happen? Do you have any stories that stand out to you that you had to make a memorable recovery?
Zach: I don’t remember a show where I didn’t screw up something. I recall one show, at Jewel, in Manchester, NH, where we were starting to play and my drums just kinda started floating away. I was like ” No, come back”! I just dealt with it.
Pete: If mistakes happen, we just keep going like it didn’t. The audience usually hasn’t heard our stuff before so they’ll just think it’s part of it. My old amp head started cutting in and out like a tremolo, even though it didn’t have that effect. Luckily, another band let me use their head and acted like guitar techs while we kept playing.
Joe: If I make a mistake I just ignore it and keep going. I don’t think I mess up too much playing live.
Doug: Shit happens all the time! There’s been plenty of shows were I had to figure out how to switch guitars mid song because I popped a string.
How do you decide which songs go into a set when you perform live? Do you change up the sets or stick to a regular set list? Do you have any covers?
Zach: We never know what were going to play before we go up on stage. We try to choose the songs depending on what we think will get the most response from a certain audience.
Pete: We have a lot of songs we can play, upwards of 15 at this point. Doug knows which ones we can play well and have practiced recently, so he just calls them out on stage. It’s never planned and I hope it never will be.
Joe: We don’t really have a regular set list. Doug just calls out what songs we sound good at or practiced recently.
Doug: I think we wrote a set list like once, hahaha. I love feeling out a crowd and picking the songs based on that though.
If you had a choice to go on any bands tour, which tour would you pick and why?
Zach: Between the Buried and Me. They’re my hero’s!
Pete: Scale the Summit would be sweet to tour with.
Doug: I’d love to tour with Municipal Waste that’d be a wicked fun time!
Do you have any advice for any upcoming artists? What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you when you realized you wanted to be a musician?
Zach: Always keep a jar of marbles. Don’t lose them.
Pete: It doesn’t matter if you don’t have other people to play with or not. For the first ten years of my playing, I just played along to my favorite songs in my room. There’s always room for improvement; you should never feel like you’ve reached the top of the mountain. There’s nowhere to go from there.
Joe: Practice makes perfect.
Doug: If you want to be a musician, you might have considered it too long, go back to practicing hahahah. But seriously I do what I do out of passion that’s why it’s pleasurable to me.
Any last words?
Zach: Look what I can do!
Pete: Check out our demo, Exhibit 1: Prelude to the Dead World on sale on our website, iTunes, and streaming on Spotify.
Doug: Thanks for having us, if you found interest in us head over to the merch section of crypitus and getcha self something nice :).