- What inspired the name of the band and what are your influences?
Zach: Doug gets credit for the name. Crypitus is a misspelled version of the Latin word for the sound of breaking bones. My influences are everything proggy and weird, especially Between the Buried and Me. They’re the bees knees.
Pete: Doug had the name from a previous incarnation of the band. I’m influenced by Frank Zappa, lots of older jazz fusion stuff, Mastodon, Between the Buried and Me, Intervals, stuff like that. I love progressive stuff from all eras.
Joe: Doug came up with the name. My influences are Metallica, Primus and System of a Down.
Doug: The name was actually inspired by a wilderness first aid course I took in high school, my teacher at one point randomly came up to me and said “You know what would be a sick metal band name? Crepitus is the sound of breaking bones!” I was sold instantly. My influence at mostly thrash metal based like Death, Exodus and Testament but I love all sorts of subgenres of metal and I try to use that variety to not pigeon hole our sound.
- How do you approach songwriting? Are there any themes that you are keen to explore when you start off?
Zach: The guys come up with riffs and stuff and then I hit things in relative time. There isn’t much planning behind it. We’re all incapable of complex thought.
Pete: So far, we have a riff or two that we turn into a song by jamming to it till it resembles something.
Joe: I just go with the flow.
Doug: We are very organic writers, we had an idea and we ride it out.
- Why do you write the sort of music that you do?
Zach: Really for me it’s because I couldn’t find anyone that wanted to play anything else when we all met.
Pete: I wanted to play heavier music than what I was doing with a blues rock band before
Doug: Metal music has always been an important outlet for me, a real no bullshit kind of music.
- How do you decide what songs to perform live and how do you transpose them into that live setting?
Zach: We never know what we’re going to play ahead of our set. It’s always a surprise
Pete: The setlist is always off the top of our heads on stage. It’s not that hard to play stuff live that we’ve practiced in our jam space.
Joe: Doug calls a random song out and I play it.
Doug: No setlists please, but we stick to being able to replicate anything we record live, no backtracking no bullshit.
- What are your plans for the future?
Zach: World domination. If that doesn’t pan out then our goal is to just have some fun
Pete: See how far we can take this I guess. We are about to release our first album and after that just playing shows and writing more music.
Doug: Play music as often and as widely spread as we possibly can.