Book of Wyrms Interview 08/04/21
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
We're a bunch of weirdos with weird tastes in music. We started with the idea of being "appalachian doom" but as we jammed it just got spacier and more varied than that. Weird tempos and textures made themselves available to us. Now we call ourselves space metal.
I think the big obvious influences are still Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Hawkwind, and ZZ Top, but there is so much other music that's inspired us to reach further with our playing and writing, and to try to stand out a little. I'm thinking of bands that really groove, like WAR, Band of Gypsys, and Steely Dan, and heavy bands that write excellent songs, like Bolt Thrower and Megadeth.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from:
I guess mostly books - a lot of sci-fi and fantasy novels and comic books. Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics are a huge inspiration. I read every book Gary Gygax recommended in the Dungeons and Dragons Appendix N, and pretty much anything that's ever been nominated for a Bram Stoker or Nebula award. We use our own creatures and imagery a lot of the time, but stuff from books and movies do make appearances. Sometimes it can be a really subtle influence, like on our new song "Speedball Sorcerer," the idea of bees as an alchemical tool came from Leonora Carrington's novel The Hearing Trumpet.
The "Weatherworker" was from A Wizard of Earthsea - it's one of the types of employment you can get as a wizard, making good weather for ships. Sarah actually does research too: she read a book on ancient meteorology for that song, and for one of the new ones she was reading all over the place about rituals relating to warding off the evil eye.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
Like a song we all love? Probably "Rainbow Demon" or "Fast as a Shark."
Or are you asking if we have a favorite of our own songs - because we probably all disagree about that. My current favorite of our songs is "Hollergoblin" because I get to space out and jam for an ungodly amount of time before the verse hits, and because it's based on a true story that scared the shit out of me. We got lost on a mountain and were definitely on someone's land that didn't want us there.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021
Everything went to shit after COVID and we haven't started trying to book again yet. When it's time, we're going to do the Southwest for one tour and Canada for another. Other than that, we'll just prowl around the East Coast, bumming out squares wherever we can. I need to start working out again because I think the first load-in might make my back explode.
MM: What can we expect from you guys live
We're loud as shit and we don't talk much between songs. On the best nights, I sort of work myself into a trance while I'm playing, and lose track of time and space for a little while. I come out of it when we finish and it's like "where the fuck did the last 45 minutes go" and hopefully I can give the audience a little of that same feeling of being zoned out into something bigger and weirder than normal experience.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
The road friends are amazing, partying and hanging out with these people you don't get to see very often, and that you have so much in common with; people can show such kindness and generosity when they give you places to stay or make breakfast for the band, or even just stop by and say what's up.
The worst is always the ride home. Like you've had all the fun, you probably have work tomorrow, your mouth tastes like shitty ash, and you've got four more hours of interstate traffic before it's time to load all your shit back into the practice space, go get your car, and go home to feed the cats and clean their shitty litter box before you can pass out until work.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
Spellbook, Green Meteor, and Jakethehawk - a lot of them are dirty hippies like us and they're all super fun to hang out with.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
Gwar at Gwar-B-Q was pretty memorable - they were amazing and seeing them on their home turf at their festival was an incredible time. Sarah actually got to interview Oderus at that show and he was such a gentleman, he covered his giant phallus with a towel while they chatted.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
Having seen what other people and bands go through, I think just keeping this band moving and growing, and still having a blast doing it, has been a huge accomplishment. A lot of people burn out or get resentful over time, and the fact that we still enjoy this shit is awesome.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
Hawkwind's Space Ritual and Bolt Thrower's IVth Crusade
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
It was probably in school and I think I hated it. It's different when you're writing and playing your own shit, but being up there singing someone else's song or acting in someone else's story didn't feel fun. I mean what else could that feel like but doing tricks you'd been trained to do?
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
Alice in Chains, Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana, and maybe Led Zeppelin.
MM: Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
Robert Johnson, Little Richard, and Jimi Hendrix. Without them you don't get Ozzy or Lemmy or Tony Iommi.
MM : What's the most important thing to the band right now?
Right now just staying healthy and making the most of the record release. It's the first time we've put out a record we couldn't tour to support, so we are definitely missing that part of things, but we want to be ready to hit the road as soon as it's a realistic and responsible thing to do again.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
I can't tell you the real one we're thinking about because someone could see it and cover it before we get to. We've often fantasized about covering ZZ Top's Eliminator album from top to bottom live, just because it would be an unstoppable party.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
We're not like the other bands, man. If you check us out you'll have a real cool time, and you were probably going to waste your money on something dumb anyway.
MM: Four words to describe your Band
Outer Space Heavy Metal
MM: Final Words for your fans and our readers
We really appreciate your interest and support, and we hope our new shit's gnarly enough for you!