2.Right on thank you. What have you been up to lately and how are things with your band Sonic Wolves? You guys had a 7” record entitled “He said” and then now there is the new full length “Before The End Comes” on Taxi Driver Records.
Kayt- Things are moving right along for Sonic Wolves. In the last few months, we have been playing out to promote both releases, including a recent festival in Genova, Italy that our label Taxi Driver hosted. We have some confirmed dates for a mini EU tour in January of 2017 and we will have more details on that soon. We are also working on booking some other dates in Europe for the next few months. Lately, I personally have been focusing on writing new songs and lyrics for our next album. I’m working out new riffs and just jamming a lot. I’ve been studying a lot of documentaries, doing online research and reading plenty of reference books to educate myself on my lyrical subjects. Basically, approaching the music as I always do, sorting through a bunch of ideas and streamlining everything in the most creative way possible.
Kayt- It was great. Stefano is so easy and fun to work with and his studio is really beautiful. It feels like home because it is his home. He has great band mates from his band I.C.O , Deaf Eyes and Karl Marx was a Broker, who came to listen to and support us during the sessions. He and his awesome lady Sabrina would make us dinner while his dog Mia kept us all company while chasing her tail for hours. Even though his studio is located within the city of Pistoia (near Florence), it’s in a beautiful and inspiring setting where you can see the Appennini Mountains, so it adds a very empowering feeling to a studio performance. To speak of the experience in the studio for the “Before The End Comes” full length, I must first speak of the “Wolfwitch Demo”, for they share the bass and drum lines. Between the two releases it was a somewhat lengthy process taking three separate sessions of 4-5 days on average and many months in between these sessions to transform it from the demo into the full length. So, the first session, which kicked off the “Wolfwitch Demo” era of the recording was begun by Vita, Stefano and me in December of 2014 . Specifically, it was Stefano at the controls and on guitar, Vita on drums and of course me on bass. The second session in April of 2015, was my vocal session. It was done amidst some significant allergy/laryngitis problems I had been suffering. Since visiting a doctor and rescheduling the session in a timely fashion wasn’t an option, I downed a lot of lemon and honey, took some antihistamines and I was able to complete my vocal tasks, but with the intention of redoing them later on for the full length. So, in April of 2015 after the demo was out, we were still on the hunt for a guitarist or two because Stefano could not join us as a permanent member. It took a little while, but eventually in July of 2015, our guitarists Diniz and Paul Melotto learned the songs and joined us. We all began jamming and started working on the third and final phase of the recording- the one that transformed it fully from the “Wolfwitch” Demo to the “Before The End Comes” full length. In November of 2015, the four of us went back to Pistoia to add the new guitars, I rerecorded my vocals and we added Paul’s vocals as well. This session went very smoothly and we knew at that point we could function well as a band. Taxi Driver Records picked us up and released the album and the story continues.
Kayt- In November of 2011, I met Vita on Facebook. He is now as he was then the drummer of Ufomammut. Meeting him was the touch of the Hand of the Fate. I was living in Los Angeles at that time and was playing bass in a band called …Of The Horizon. One day at a rehearsal, while taking a break we got to talking about great local LA shows and the Ufomammut show from October of 2009 came up. My band mates both said “Wow, Ufomammut was probably the best show we’d seen that year…too bad you missed them, Kayt..” After that rehearsal when I went home, I logged into Facebook and immediately the “People You Might Know” category in the friend request section displayed itself. Lo and behold, guess whose name was the first to appear on that list? That’s right. All I could think was “Hey, that’s that guy in that band!”! So I sent Vita a friend request and we started talking. We found that we have similar musical influences and philosophies of life in general and about how to operate a band , so we decided to meet in person. When I came to Italy to meet him in May of 2012, we jammed and wrote some songs. It was magic on so many levels- so now here we are, 4 years later with a demo, a 7 inch and two full lengths if you also count album by Rogue State called “Poetry Is Not For Me”, another band we both play in..
When Zed had parted ways, I moved to Denver, Colorado for about 3 years and played in heavy grind band called Catheter. My time in this band undoubtedly inspired and influenced the creation of my next band, Syzslak which was founded in Denver in 2001. In 2002, after relocating the band to Philadelphia, it became apparent to me that it was a continuation on what had been achieved by Zed. It was consistent stylistically as it was heavy and down-tuned. It was also during this time that I was rekindling my love of playing slower, more fuzzed out metal, so Syzslak was a band that played both fast and slow tempos; doom to grind and anything else in between. I toured with all three of these bands, rooted myself more thoroughly in the metal/grind/heavy/stoner/doom scene and really tried to develop a style all my own on bass. Since Syzslak had some slower doom songs, especially toward the end of it’s existence in 2006, it wasn’t long before I would form a doom band of my own after we split up. Hatchetface was that band. It was the first band in which I played guitar and sang. Although It had only women in it, it was definitely not all-female to have a gimmick. It was this way because I feel/felt that there is a different power and life force behind the music when played by all females. However, we didn’t focus on that aspect of the band much if at all. We just wanted to rock, pure and simple. This HF era was one of lessons on tying up loose ends. There are almost two albums worth of music recorded between 2007-2010 with some songs that still need to be completed. The one exception is a song called “Words To Live By” that made it onto a compilation called “Planet Doom Volume 1” on Doomanoid Records out of the UK. In all, I really enjoyed myself in this band and it opened many doors for me. It put me in contact with the right combination of shows and people to bring me to the doorstep of The Hounds Of Hasselvander. My time with that band was a step into a much broader world with higher expectations. Joe was particular about most every aspect and detail of the band no matter how big or small. Because of this, I became more aware of many small but crucial things in addition to focusing on the stage performance. These were some of my favorite shows to play, including those times when Bobby Liebling would step onto the stage. This era represented to me being a part of something bigger than myself- being present during the onset of the rebirth of an incredible band. People were eager to see Joe on guitar and to see Bobby get back on stage. These concerts gave the crowd a “two-for-one THOH/Pentagram” show – while spinning the entire performance into another dimension. It was completely surreal. It was an era that I owe a lot to. It was an amazing opportunity that helped to bring me where I am today.
Kayt- I always loved many different styles of music throughout my life. So bands like Black Sabbath, Kiss, Rainbow, Hendrix, ACDC, Cream, Steppenwolf, Deep Purple Blue Cheer and Motorhead were always a part of my background. But, when I started playing bass in the early 90’s, I was also influenced by what were then newer bands like EyeHateGod,16, Unsane, Grief, Melvins, Mule, Jesus Lizard, Cherubs, 13, Helmet, Clutch and Zeke… too many to list.
Kayt- Music has always been a big draw for me and I can’t imagine my life without it. I have other creative outlets as well. I make leather jewelry and belts with a heavy metal/70’s/biker style incorporated into them. I do a bit of painting- mostly oil or acrylic. I write a lot too. It’s mostly in the form of poems that usually end up as lyrics. Pretty much everything I do artistically can find a place in my music in some way, whether it’s album or flyer art or something that I end up wearing on stage. It all comes full circle.
11.Any favorite films or books?