Interviews: Bone Tower

We have had the opportunity to interview the  Grindcore/Death Metal band Bone Tower from Canada. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or come out just like that?

Sean: It was partially named after the song “Bone Tower” by Wvrm and is a play on the Yu-Gi-Oh card. We thought it fit our sound the best. 

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Sean: All three of us play in more metalcore leaning bands outside of this project, and we all love bands like Full of Hell, Caustic Wound, and Pig Destroyer and really wanted to embody our love for grindcore in a single project. 

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Sean: Yes, we have known each other for almost 10 years now. We met back in 2012 when I booked Michael and Jonas’ very first band in my hometown of Truro, Nova Scotia and ever since our bands have continued to play shows together. I was also the drummer for Michael and Jonas’ band Pale Ache in its earliest form. 

4. Each band member's favourite band?

Sean: Metallica and Power Trip

Michael: Children of Bodom and Rage Against of the Machine 

Jonas: Periphery 

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Sean: Hearing how my peers and influences continue to innovate, personal experiences, as well as music outside of the realm of metal. 

Jonas: What inspires me to write music is experiencing life and taking inspiration from the things around me. 

Michael: I write whatever feels right and analyze it after the fact. It just exists without a filter and I don’t go out of my way to write something about anything in particular or force it. It’ll happen naturally. 

6. Where was your last gig?

Sean: I played at Menz and Molly’s in Halifax, Nova Scotia with my other band IBEX. 

Michael: Our band Pale Ache played in our guitarist’s basement right before everything went to shit.

7. Where would you like to act?

Sean: We would like to someday perform in various locations around Atlantic Canada, and maybe someday central Canadian locations (ON, QC, etc.) and beyond. 

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Sean: Some of our favorite bands from Atlantic Canada we’d love to play with someday include Blunt Force Grind, Ritual Warfare, Antibodies, Thousand Knives, and Surface Wounds. In central Canada that would include bands like Greber, Cell Press, Discrust, Gazm, Bleeding Out, and Fuck the Facts. 

9. Whom not?

Sean: We know of specific bands that we have decided to not associate with but there is no sense naming them here. 

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Sean: Any time I step on stage I always experience a tinge of stage fright to this day, but I usually harness that energy as best as I can to make for a better performance. My tip for any beginner is to remember that your mistakes are only as obvious as you make them so keep playing through and try to embrace that adrenaline and energy. 

Michael: I get nervous anytime I play. It's not really something I'm ever going to get over as much as it is something that I understand. The first note is the hardest part. If you make a mistake, most of the time you are also the only person who notices. 

Jonas: I don't really get nervous that much anymore. I've become much better at being comfortable and having a good time. There aren’t many things that I love doing more than performing. Once you accept that like, “fuck, im doing this now” feeling, the only other thing that you need to focus on is having fun. 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Sean: Any grindcore, hardcore, metal, and punk bands that radiate noisey energy. This is everything from Cannibal Corpse to Converge. 

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Jonas: “What is your exact workout and training routine, and will you join my black metal band?” 

13. What do you think of your fans?

Sean: Many of them are our friends and peers so we have many close relationships with people who enjoy our tunes and we know that many of them are good people and have similar tastes in music to us. 

14. What do you think of our site?

Sean: I think that is an incredible resource for loud music lovers to discover new music from all angles. I think it's cool that there is a specific part for free music, a way to search bands specifically by country, and having a direct link to the website's Spotify playlist. 

15. Something to add?

Sean: Check out our debut EP “We All Will Die One Day” out November 5th via No Funeral Records and Fresh Outbreak Records. 

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