XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Zach: We just released our first album, “Ill World (That’s What You Get).” It’s on all the major streaming sites. Check it out. We’re currently in the stage of writing a few songs for the next album. We have just a few local-ish shows to wrap up the year. After that, we hibernate and let our album stew on the internet for a while. Then we’re going to take it back on the road in the spring.
Pete: We just released our album Ill World (That’s What You Get) a few weeks ago. We have a handful of shows left this year but the most exciting one is with Exmortus in December.
Doug: We have shows coming up in Connecticut / New York / Vermont before the year ends but I am most excited about our Exmortus gig in Waterford NY on 12.2.19. We release the album this last month and are very happy to have some quality music out there for people to enjoy.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Pete: I started playing with Doug almost four years ago. We’ve been playing together almost as long.
Joe: I’ve been in the band for around 2 years.
Doug: We reformed basically an idea of a band I had a few years prior, in May of 2016 and have been solid in our line up beside our bass department, however, Joe has been a solid and the longest standing bass player for the band.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Zach: I just wanted to play music with someone. I chose these guys because there weren’t any other available musicians in the area. I’ve always wanted to figuratively destroy a stage.
Pete: I always wanted to play guitar in a band since seeing rock bands as a kid.
Joe: I thought it would be fun and a nice change of pace from what I was doing before I joined.
Doug: I’ve been a musician since I was in the 6th grade; growing up in a rural part of Vermont I had one friend in high school who was a metal musician thankfully a drummer. We played and grew up together and around the year after high school, we started doing some open mic stuff we had a falling out and I had put the idea of a band down. A few years later I had remembered going out to see a show and seeing some of the mediocre generic sounding bands kind of made me have an epiphany like if these bands are going out and making music, why can’t I and why am I not? So Pete and I found Zach and we’ve gone and done more than I could have imagined in that first jam session.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Zach: I’m a prog metal snob. I love technical and fast music. Usually without vocals. I haven’t been in any bands worth mentioning if this is a history question.
Pete: I started playing the piano when I was 5 and I stopped when I was 10. I switched to the guitar and taught myself with tablature.
Joe: I played trumpet in school and switched to guitar and bass after that.
Doug: Not much musical background in my family but I have always loved music. I decided to pick up the guitar when I was about 14-15 years old and at about age 16 I discovered my love for extreme metal music.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Zach: Well it’s supposed to portray the planet being destroyed by the vileness of the human race and I hear the word dystopian a lot, but I think it sounds really upbeat and positive.
Doug: A shining light to expose the world’s darkness.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Zach: Maybe world domination but for now the biggest goal is to have fun and make cool new friends and travel.
Pete: World domination.
Joe: World domination.
Doug: I just want people far and wide to hear our music.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Zach: I dunno. I hate recording with a burning passion but I really like both writing and playing live. It’s a toss-up.
Pete: Playing for a live audience every time.
Joe: Playing live is a lot more fun than recording.
Doug: I love playing live, however, there is something soooo sweet about writing when you accidentally hit the sweet spot, that type of adrenaline is unmatchable!
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about?
Doug: The lyrics for the album “Ill World (That’s What You Get)” touch on a few different topics. The main theme of the album is a presentation conflict-ridden world and the songs themselves touch on political, environmental, and mental dissonance.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Zach: Having a good time.
Pete: Playing music that I can express myself with.
Joe: Playing good and having fun.
Doug: Loving what you do.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Zach: Well, this one time we were just about to start playing our set. I counted off and my drums started floating away.
Doug: One time we played with Psychostick and by the end of the night I was thrown to the stage wearing a BaconTaco getup and Moose their bass player bit me and threw me back into the crowd.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Zach: Play Tundra
Pete: To convince our drummer to play our song Tundra.
Doug: I think the strange one goes out to our friend Jimmy; strangest and best. He asked us to decorate a “custom Crypitus guitar” and because I play in a band with Zach, of course, has a giant penis on it but it’s an interesting and one of a kind piece of art
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Pete: Yeah they’re very supportive. Most of my friends are in the band so I’d hope so.
Joe: Yea my friends and family are awesome.
Doug: Hell yeah they are!
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Zach: Take some lessons. Learn your scales, but most importantly always keep a jar of marbles. Don’t lose your marbles.
Pete: Keep playing the music that makes you happy.
Joe: Practice makes perfect.
Doug: Practice vigorously and take your band seriously.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Zach: Loaded Gun, Out of Line and United Divide if we can play it right.
Pete: Thunder is a fun one. It starts off fast and heavy and doesn’t let up till the last note.
Joe: Breakdown and Out of Line.
Doug: Danger, and Symphony #1.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Zach: Between the Buried and Me really blew me away when I first heard them. It made me want to get really good at my instrument. Before that, I was listening to Metallica and sucked at life.
Pete: When I was a kid it was The Beatles. Now I’m inspired by Between the Buried and Me, Revocation, Intervals, Frank Zappa.
Joe: Metallica because I learned guitar off their songs.
Doug: I’m a big Megadeth fan so Dave Mustaine and his drive and attitude are big inspirations to me.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Zach: An Unction in Braille, She Walks Without Legs, and Humdinger and the Bucksnort.
Pete: Intervals, Revocation, An Unction in Braille, Between the Buried and Me and Mastodon.
Doug: Voivod, Death Angel, and Municipal Waste.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Zach: Releasing our album, for sure.
Pete: Releasing a full album was nice.
Joe: Releasing an album and playing at the RPM fest.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Zach: I’d probably be a homeless drug addict. Maybe a professional fisherman.
Pete: I’d probably be doing something with my hands like carpentry.
Joe: I probably wouldn’t be doing much.
Doug: A terrible one!
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Zach: I use Pearl drums and mostly Zildjian cymbals and DW pedals
Pete: I use either my Epiphone SG Prophecy with Gibson Dirty Finger pickups or my LTD EC-1000 Deluxe with a pair of 81/60 EMGs. I use a Bugera Trirec Infinium head.
Joe: I play with a Washburn bass and an Ampeg pf-500 amp.
Doug: I rocked a Peavey Mini ValveKing head with a Jackson Rhoads Flying V with old school Gibson Les Paul pickups w/an NYD preamp.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Zach: It’s a wonderful thing. The music scene is like an awesome brotherhood. Everyone seems to support each other and the people we’ve met along the way are incredible.
Pete: It’s alright. I don’t like Pop or Country music and there is a fair bit of lazy and uninspired music around but it’s not bad.
Joe: It’s pretty awesome. There’s a lot of cool bands we get to play with and cool people.
Doug: New England has a killer scene! So much talent all over, I’m so happy to be apart of it.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Zach: Uhhhh not public knowledge but I guess people might be surprised by all the roadkill I eat maybe.
Pete: I drive with both feet.
Doug: I misspelled my first name for the first 15 years of my life.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Zach: I love you all!
Pete: Thanks for supporting our music!
Joe: That’s what you get!
Doug: Our album is available for download and shipping at https://crypitus.bandcamp.com/album/ill-world-thats-what-you-get
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Doug Friend – Guitar Vocals
Peter Snee – Guitar
Joe Minard – Bass
Zach Patch – Percussion
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