Let’s start off with a few simple ones…
Where did your band form? Where did your name come from?
Pete: Doug and I were roommates and inevitably ended up jamming to some of his songs. We found Zach on Facebook and after jamming with him we started playing shows. Doug had the name from a previous incarnation of the band.
Zach: Doug takes the credit for our name sake. We hail from Mendon VT.
Joe: We are from Rutland/Mendon VT. Doug chose the name.
Doug: Im originally from whats technically considered Satans Kingdom VT, but I met all these fools in Rutland. The name actually came from my old high school teacher of mine during our wilderness first aid lesson, he came up to me very ecstatically and exclaimed “Do you know what would make a sick metal band name? Crypitus it’s the sound of breaking bones!” I was sold immediately.
How long have you been together?
Pete: We’ve been playing together since May of last year.
Joe: I started playing with them in July.
Doug: Me Pete and Zach all started jammin in May 2016.
What influences did you have when the band first started & what influences do you have now?
Have they changed much? How much would you say those influences have come through your music?
Pete: When we got together I listened to a lot of Mastodon so when I played my parts they were more doomy and sludgy than thrashy. Now I listen to a lot of prog and death and thrash. Little bit of everything. One of my newer favorites is Frank Zappa. He’s influenced my playing by making me think about my parts as part of the whole sound and playing accordingly.
Zach: I think my biggest influence as a musician is Between the Buried and Me and they probably ALWAYS will be. Blake Richardson is kinda my hero and I strive to make my drumming as interesting as his.
Joe: Metallica, Primus, System of a down really influenced me when I started playing. Its changing a lot of the time with all the new music I’ve been listening to.
Doug: If I’m being honest I’ve spent a lot more time checking out my favorite local bands and playing theirs songs over and over. So that just always reminds me to give it my all that this New England metal scene holds so true.
How would you say your sound has changed as a band from your first release together and your latest?
Pete: Our first demo just came out but looking back on some early videos we made, all our parts are somewhat different, even though we’re playing the same riffs.. We’ve gotten way more comfortable playing together and playing the songs we started with. Also we’ve sped things up a bit.
Zach: Well we only have one release thus far, but in the year-ish since we recorded it, our sound has changed quite drastically. When we started, our sound was pretty much straight thrash, but the songs were putting together now are starting to sound pretty proggy. Im really digging it.
Doug: Our first release is officially 9/25/17 so I can’t quite answer that but since the beginning we have been striving to form that true Crypitus sound.
Are you working on new music at the moment? Can we expect something to drop soon?
Pete: Demo just came out!! We’re always writing new songs though so expect to hear new stuff at shows.
Zach: We are always working on new music. We just released our first demo. I shutter to think how long it might take to get started on recording the full length- We have so much material that if we don’t start getting it recorded, there’ll be a bunch of songs that the world never gets to hear.
Joe: I’m new to the band so a lot of the music we play is new to me. We just came with a demo. I’m sure we’ll do an album sometime but no idea when.
Doug: Music is fluid, music is organic, ideas are ever coming and ever changing.
When you start writing a song, do you have a certain process that you follow or is it more playing together and seeing what comes from it?
Pete: The latter, mostly. We jam to riffs and each add our own parts to it till it resembles a song. Then we play it for a while and keep changing things in it.
Zach: We start jamming together to see what happens, then we get a rough idea of how we want it to sound, then we play it a thousand times to fine tune the masterpiece.
Joe: I just try to play whatever sounds good together with what everybody else is playing.
Doug: We like to use a strategy I like to call, let it all come together. Jam out on a riff and see where it takes you, if it doesn’t take you where you need it, pause that idea and try again in a day or two.
What brand of instruments do you play?
Pete: I play an LTD EC 1000 by ESP guitars. One of the best guitars I’ve ever played. I’ve also used an older Epiphone Les Paul.
Zach: Im a Pearl man. Ill never switch. My kit has extreme sentimental value to me.
Joe: I play a Washburn bass right now which is pretty nice. I have an Ibanez 6string which I really love though.
Doug: I love Jackson guitars, I have a Rhodes V, King V and a Warrior. My second favorite make is ESP I rock a LTD F-50fr occasionally. I take that and run it through my line 6 g3, which hasn’t broken yet! And bust that through my Peavey MiniValveKing 20 Watt tube head and out a standard Peavey 4 by 12. But the important piece is my pick, 2.0 gauge Dunlops are my jam.
What has been your biggest challenges as a band?
Pete: Bass players for one. Balancing practice and shows with our day jobs is always a challenge too.
Doug: I think our biggest challenge is the adversity that comes with being Vermont based. It’s not that there’s not much of a metal scene but more or a less a music scene. Thankfully with social media we can surpass the hang ups of a unpopulated area and spread our name everywhere!
What advice do you have for bands that are starting out?
Pete: Don’t be afraid to turn riffs into songs. It’ll be your very earliest stuff so don’t worry about it being perfect. I think it’s better to be tight and have songs to fill a set.
Zach: Never give up, Don’t take drugs, er… candy, don’t take candy from strangers and always use protection.
Joe: Don’t give up. Don’t be stupid. Don’t be too drunk. Don’t cause drama. Don’t look at the sun directly.
Doug: The only way to have something happen is do it yourself!
What’s next for the band? Do you have a tour planned or studio time?
Pete: We have a bunch of show dates over the next couple months all over New England.
Zach: Hopefully we will start recording our full length release soon. We always have a bunch of shows coming up. Also Crypitus will be conquering the world in the next couple years.
Joe: We got a bunch of shows coming up soon. Who knows after that.
Doug: Forecast calls for scattered shows around New England in October and November and we get to end the year at the famous Genos Rock Club in Portland ME!
What inspired you towards music?
Pete: I’ve always been interested in music since I was a kid with toy instruments.
Zach: I’ve wanted to play music since I was pooping in my diapers. I had a drum set made of phone books and pots and pans. It was sick.
Joe: Took band class when I was a kid because I thought it would be fun. I come from a musical family too.
Doug: A sacred place for expression.
During a show, what’s the song that gets the crowd going the most?
Pete: Symphony #1 is really thrashy and good for moshing. Danger is fun to move around to as well.
Zach: That really depends on the crowd, but in reality, its Doug that gets the crowd moving.
Joe: Ash and Out of Line
Doug: Symphony #1 and Thunder are our heavy hitters but we know we have fans that are waiting to hear Tundra every time!
Where’s the most exciting place you’ve played at?
Pete: Jewel nightclub was a lot of fun. (Manchester NH)
Zach: Maybe Lewiston, ME, or the Psychostick show. Both were absolutely insane!
Joe: MaxCap for sure. (Chicopee MA)
And to end it on a few fun ones…
What’s the funnest/craziest thing that’s happened while on tour/at a gig?
Pete: We played with Psychostick and Doug crowdsurfed dressed as a BaconTaco.
Zach: Maybe seeing Doug floating around the surface of the crowd dressed as a bacon taco? That was a fun night.
Doug: At our first gig I saw some chick on her bike break her ankle, super ironic, to be honest I thought we would be cursed with broken bones at every show hahaha.
If you could open for any band, who would it be and why?
Pete: Between the Buried and Me because they’ve been a big influence.
Zach: Between the Buried and Me for sure. They’re my hero’s.
Doug: I would love to open for the mighty Gojira!
If you could make a band of any musicians, who would it be and why?
Zach: My dream lineup…. Sithu Aye and Aaron Marshall would be playing guitar. The bassist from BTBAM, and, of course, myself on drums.
Joe: Les Claypool, Frank Zappa, Tosin Abasi, and Neil Peart because I think it would be weird and cool.
Doug: Chuck Schuldiner, Gar Samuelson, Dimebag Darrell and Cliff Burton. I don’t feel like I need to explain.