Their foundation is that of Thrash Metal, no not the tinny sounding/shred happy good time Thrash-Core wannabe’s. We’re talking the real deal here! So imagine a Thrash band being thrown in a blender with a healthy pinch (or punch) of Blackened-Death and a heap of musical melody and you have a clue as to the devastating nature of this band.
I caught up with Guitarist Nate "N8 Feet Under" Garnette [the band is rounded out by Vocalist Chance Garnette, Drummer Derrick Nau, Bassist Evan Linger and Guitarist Scott Hedrick] at the House of Blues here in Chicago while the band was still on the road supporting it’s 2007 Prosthetic debut, ‘Beyond The Permafrost’.
None But My Own: Let’s get the typical stuff out of the way, your name and what is it you do for Skeletonwitch?
Well we started in Athens, OH and then our Drummer Derrick went to the Cleveland Institute of Art and he went there for a couple of years. We sort of had our shit together at the time, but when Derrick left it was hard to keep going without a drummer. So we tried a bunch of drummers out and nothing seemed to work so we all packed up and moved to Cleveland. We all lived with Derrick while he was enrolled in school.
Do you get the “how’s it having your brother in the band” questions a lot?
So how’s it having your brother in the band?
What’s the feedback from your people, are they looking forward to hearing some all new stuff from you guys?
We sent out a lot of shit to a lot of labels. We got everything from “we’re really interested” to “We’ll see” kind of responses. It definitely wasn’t a fucking bidding war that I can tell you (laughs)!
Let’s talk about touring…you guys tour a LOT..I mean a fucking lot. Even if I hate a band’s music, if I see they’re just road dogs and work hard at their craft, I end up respecting them. Is touring and the grind everything you thought it’d be?
There were some good bands for sure, there were some good shows with killer support but it was no different than any of the scenes in the towns we’ve played ourselves. But our thing was always to just go for it, our first tour was back in 2004 and it was completely self booked. We paid $1,000 to play the Milwaukee Metalfest and that was the first date of that tour.
God forbid this happens, but if your tour van had a faulty wire and was about to blow up, and you could save only 1 album from inside, what album would that be?
Wow! That’s a tough one, I’d have to say ‘The Years of Decay’ by OverKill or ‘The Avenger’ by Amon Amarth...