We last talked to Crypitus in July last year, and they got back in touch to update us with their plans for 2018 which starts… erm… soon? I’m sure it’s soon. Anyone got a watch handy?
Joe: We are Crypitus and we come from Rutland, Vermont.
Pete: We are from Rutland, Vermont. Nestled right in valley of the green mountains.
How did you meet?
Joe: I met these guys after a friend introduced us when they needed a bassist.
Zach: Pete and Doug were already playing with each other. Meanwhile, I was desperately searching the internet for musicians to jam with. Pete was the first to respond, with Doug in tow. The rest is history.
Pete: Doug and I were roommates and inevitably ended up jamming together. He had some songs written already, so we decided to find a drummer. Zach was a friend of friends of mine on Facebook and we clicked musically.
Doug: I had a backlog of songs that I had been working on for a while, when I moved into a new spot last year Pete lived with me and started joining in. Zach was found through the power of the internet, and Joe… I don’t know where he came from but he’s great.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Joe: I’ve been playing with them for a few months but the band has been around over a year I think.
Zach: I’ve been in on this project for a little more than a year and a half.
Pete: It’ll be two years next Spring.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Joe: Doug takes credit for the name. It’s the sound of breaking bones!
Pete: Crypitus is Latin for the sound of breaking bones.
Doug: Well when I was being trained in Wilderness First Aid my teacher came up to me very excited and said “Do you know what a sick metal band name would be? Crypitus; it’s the sound of breaking bones!” I was sold immediately.
What are your influences?
Joe: Old Metallica, Primus, and System of a Down are some.
Zach: My biggest influence is Blake Richardson from Between the Buried and Me, but I’m also a big Terry Bozzio fan as well as Mike Portnoy. Also from my roots…. The great Acid Bath.
Pete: Death, Animals as Leaders, Between the Buried and Me, Black Dahlia Murder, Mastodon, The Sword, and the immortal Frank Zappa.
Doug: Megadeth, Dissection, Blotted Science and many many more.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Joe: Super cool proggy thrash metal.
Zach: We come up with a slightly progressive blend of psychedelic thrash metal with clownish overtones, flavored by tacos. We really try to create a sound no one has ever heard.
Pete: We mash together a bunch of different styles from progressive thrash to jazzy death metal. We like to change direction in the middle of songs sometimes.
Doug: We are thrashy, blackened death metal outfit with a layer of progressive stacked on-top.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Doug: My lyrics mostly pertain to the darkness and evil that lays before us. Natural disaster, political turmoil, war, racial injustice, mental illness and more.
Joe: High energy, moshing, lots of fun. I have no idea how many shows we’ve played.
Zach: Unmatched energy. Folks going nuts. Sometimes a clown or two. I think we’ve played upwards of 50-60 shows in the last year and a half.
Pete: High energy and lots of headbanging and moshing. We’ve played like 60 shows since we started.
Doug: Energy is definitely a key component to our shows. A crowd is definitely more likely to start rocking out if they see you rocking out. Especially if they are a new audience member, it’s a way to overcome the awkward first impression.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Zach: This one time my drums started floating away all on their own as we started to play…
Pete: Crowdsurfing was a lot of fun when we played with Psychostick.
Doug: One time when we were playing with Wretched Abomination they started their drunken antics which led to me playing bass for half the song.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Joe: I use an Ibanez 6 6-string bass.
Zach: I’m all about this beautiful Pearl.
Pete: I use an LTD ec-1000, a black Les Paul looking guitar with the EMG 81/60 combo in it. I play through an Ibanez MIMX 150 head into a 4×12 Peavey cab.
Doug: I play either a Jackson King V or an LTD F-50fr on stage running a Line 6 wireless transmitter to a 20 watt Peavey ValveKing through a 4×12 amp cab.
What are your plans for 2018?
Joe: We have a tour in the summer.
Zach: 2018 will bring on the start of our world domination plans. We’re also planning a big tour or two.
Pete: This next year we have several shows between February and June all around the northeast US. In June we’re going a little farther north and a bit more south. We might have a full length planned too…
Doug: We are releasing a new single sooner than later, scattered shows up until may or so when we kick back in gear, June with a 7 day Upper Eastern America tour, a couple festivals in Maine and much much more.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Joe: An Unction in Braille!
Pete: I’d have An Unction in Braille open for us and we’d be supporting Epicenter.