|Quick introductory interview.|
|1. Who are you and how did the band get started?
We are Boneworm, a doom metal trio from Portland, OR. We got our start earlier this year. One night in a dream, the world had ceased to exists as we know it. Standard human institutions had crumbled under the weight of reliance on technology. A midst the return to a more primal existence, a slow, churning riff seemed to get louder and louder, with little change and a slow pace, ringing symbols. A sound as if suns were crashing into earth, the survival of the human race in the balance. I woke up and somehow remembered the riff, though it would be years before it saw realization with a full band.
The moment when the world shifts beneath you and everything disappears, and Boneworm rises from the ashes.
2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?
Tim here, I write the base riffs for Boneworm. I wouldn't say I chose Doom so much as Doom choose me. I have been writing and playing rock music for some time, leaning towards the psychedelic and heavy. Particularly with heavier projects, I always have had this nagging feeling that the riffs should be played slower, with more space between notes and less stuff filling space up, but because of the need to meet in the middle with fellow musical collaborators, I have ended up playing what seems like faster and faster. Over time, my riffs have gotten slower and slower. In fact I decided to move on with a band I was playing with because every time I brought a riff in, we would end up playing it faster and faster. I didn't want to be in a band where I was constantly having to fight against the other member's desire to play faster, or their desire to play fancy fills that were technically impressive, but leave little space in the music. When Dave and Chaz and I started playing together, we didn't talk about playing slower and leaving more space, it just happened that way, and I knew then that I had found the right group of guys to play with. Looking back it was a logical progression of the evolution of my musical desire, and connecting and accepting with some fundamental truths both in my musical tastes and about myself as a musician.
Succinctly, I would describe our style as slow, low, and heavy.
3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?
Tim here again. Boneworm is the highlight of my musical career, after all, it is my current project. The only thing I am really looking for is to make music that people enjoy. Seeing people spontaneously sharing our music, and getting unsolicited offers to play shows around the world gives validation to the music we have created. When you create something new, it is hard to remain objective about the music, and having independent people validate your work by showing interest should be the highlight of any musicians career, but often the realities of the world, the need to support yourself, can sacrifice artistic integrity.
4. Which three bands most influenced you?
I could list the well known bands that influence me, but who wants to hear another heavy band list Sabbath as an influence? Not me I know. Recently there are three bands that I feel like make music that has an intellectual honesty and speaks to me on a primal level, while offering something that sets these bands apart from so many others.
The first band is called U.S. Christmas and hails from North Carolina. Nate Hall fronts the band, and has a pure immediacy in his vocal delivery that says he means everything he sings. The arrangements tend to be sparse and sprawling, with liberal use of delay on the guitars, and spares yet complex drums, and the addition of the violin adds lonesome droning that just intrigues. Occasional use of swirling electronic effects makes for a band that inspires me to create something I hope is as unique and interesting.
Next on my list is Ancestors, a band from LA. Ancestors build a giant sound based around the thundering drumming, and complemented by both keyboards and searing guitar tones, Ancestors blend in a healthy mix of progressive rock by way of Pink Floyd. The arrangements build and grow and have somewhere in mind, where they are heading as opposed to hap hazard noodling. The songs slowly build with an understated intensity till the explode with vigor and heaviness. Ancestors are making music that to my drives the genre forward in a new and interesting way.
Finally, there is another LA band called Black Math Horseman. The dual guitar attack with interweaving and alternating attack are both at times haunting and crushing, and when combined with bass and drums give the perfect backdrop for Sera Timm's haunting vocals. Black Math Horseman combines a variety and techniques genres in way that is both familiar, yet does not seem to fit neatly into the standard genre or sub genre categories.
All three of the bands have had a profound impact on my writing pushing me more in the direction, towards the call of doom metal.
5. What are your plans for the near future?
For the near future, we are planning on playing more shows in our home market here in Portland, OR. We have not played a lot of shows as of yet, and we will be doing more live shows, and are working on doing some shows regionally as well. We would love to tour the US and Europe, but that may be a few years off. Additionally we are working on new material for a 2013 release that we hope to press on vinyl this time around. There are only two ways two hear the new material. Come see us play live or wait until we get it recorded and released.
6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.
All three of the members of Boneworm enjoy writing and preforming the music we make more than anything else. We have a great time doing what we do, and we hope that people enjoy what we are doing. In the modern world, making music can be a daunting task. We ask that fans take the time to listen to new bands, and get out there to see live shows, and support the music you like. Go to a show, buy a T-shirt, throw a few bucks towards a band who is making music you like. It may seem like a small thing, but such acts of support can make a huge difference to an up and coming band. Thanks for taking the time to listen.
The debut album is available HERE, as name-your-price download including free.