Band of the Day: Aboleth

Fan of fuzzy, doomy, bluesy stuff? Aboleth are the band for you.

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We’re based in Los Angeles, California!

How did you meet?

Basically just through the LA musician circle. Brigitte (vocals) met Boll3t (drums) through a mutual friend of our former guitarist, and Mark and David (our current bassist and guitarist) were each old friends of Boll3t and Brigitte, respectively.

How long have you been playing as a band?

We first formed in 2016.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Dungeons and Dragons!

What are your influences?

Influences for the band’s musical style are Soundgarden, Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains, Led Zeppelin, and Bessie Smith. All the members listen to a huge range of music, though.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

As Brigitte often likes to put it, we’re metalheads who love the blues, and our music is in a limbo somewhere in between both. There’s a lot of overproduced music out there nowadays and we love to keep it raw and emotional, so that often makes us stand out.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

A lot of the songs on our recent record are inspired by different relationships, but not always romantic ones. We have the occasional narrative-driven song too, and they usually revolve around fun fantasy and occult themes.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

We recently did a 23-date U.S tour, after which we’ve lost count of the shows! Live is the best way to experience our band, because we bring so much rawness, energy and spontaneity into the performance. It’s different every time!

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

One time in St. Louis a fan asked us to sign his car, which he said he named after our band. We’ve signed everything from boobs to vapes, but the Aboleth car was the coolest so far.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Pearl drums, Soultone cymbals, Mesa Boogie guitar Amps, Gibson guitars, Lakland basses and Aguilar bass heads. We also mess around with a bunch of pedals to get that dirty fuzz/distortion sounds in our live set.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

We’re still hyping our debut album Benthos, which came out in May, and we’re currently writing new music and planning the next tour. But we’ll have some new videos coming out soon, and Benthos is coming out on vinyl in the next few months, so definitely plugging that. Also, we have a show coming up November 15th at the Viper Room in Los Angeles and we’re promoting that show very heavily.

What are your plans for 2018?

Write write write! Plus a new video or two, and planning the next tour, which we want to do at the beginning of 2019.

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!

So many to choose from! It’d be awesome to open for Opeth. As far as opening for us, there’s a speed metal band from Oregon called Bewitcher who have opened for us before, and they’re righteous!

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