Earthbound

Working on an interview with Dylan Carlson of the might Earth for the Ghettoblaster mag. Not much time for anything else. Except, maybe, a small preview…

The band I was in before I started doing Earth… I mean, I was always a big fan of the Melvins. They were my favorite band in the area at that time. I saw them play the most of any of the local bands, they definitely clued me into the whole “slowing down” thing. I always liked the slower stuff like Sabbath and Deep Purple and stuff like that. They (Melvins) had started out really fast in the early days and… I don’t know what it was that made me like that more. At the time it seemed like everyone was trying to be as fast as possible, so being young and contrary, I… went the other way. (laughter)

Any time you do music you don’t want to be a slave to any sort of “we’re the fastest band,” or “we’re the slowest band,” because then it’s more like a sporting event. I’ve always liked the slower stuff. I’ve been to a few Dead shows and of course they’re famous for extending their songs for long periods of time, which was probably aided by pharmaceuticals. (laughter) So that probably also had something to do with it. And I was really into, at the time that Earth started, early King Crimson which was on the longer end of things. And then I always liked the idea of taking something and seeing what it would sound like slowed down. I liked a lot of speed metal back then, like Slayer, but it was always like, “Wow those are cool riffs, but I wonder what they’d sound like slowed down!” And then there’s always been the slower side of hard rock like “Dazed and Confused” and the Hendrix stuff that I’ve always liked was the slower stuff rather than the faster. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. Little did I know…

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